"The Climate Report" & "Making Tracks" Community Radio Shows

"The Climate Report" & "Making Tracks" Community Radio Shows

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By Dale Steele
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This podcast is based on two programs I record and air on community public radio in Sacramento. "The Climate Report" focuses on climate activities and "Making Tracks" focuses on wildlife and environmental issues.
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This podcast is based on two programs I record and air on community public radio in Sacramento. "The Climate Report" focuses on climate activities and "Making Tracks" focuses on wildlife and environmental issues.
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Making Tracks Show 155 Earth Day Returns to Sacramento and more
Sacramento Earth Day is coming back this month thanks again to Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS).  I’ve got an update on the proposed addition to the Two Rivers Bike Trail between Sutter’s Landing Park and CSU Sac State along the south side of the Lower American River/Parkway. After much public, neighborhood and environmental organization pushback the city of Sacramento is reconsidering the placement of a new 2.4 mile segment of the Two Rivers Bike trail on the south side of the American River in the Parkway. The city requested an exemption from the Am River Flood Control District to build at least 0.4 miles of the new trail on top of the levee. Music: "Earth" by Lil Dickie and a large cast of familiar voices. Note: Making Tracks Show 154 was a repeat.
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May 1, 2019
Climate Report Show 154 Community Forum and strong connections between immigrants, migration and climate change
About 200 hundred people attended the latest climate community forum, “Fast Track to Carbon Zero” last Saturday and Sac City College. Many said it was the best of the 4 forums 350Sac has produced. State and local efforts were discussed as well as the urgency to do more, faster. Several panels offered transformative ideas for speeding up the just transition to Carbon Zero and reported on some of the most exciting climate activities happening in our community as well as the barriers that need to be overcome fast. We’ll hear some of what was covered at the forum on the show today. After a full day of activities, some of the crowd was seen heading for midtown as part of an Extinction Rebellion zombie walk… The March for Science is returning in 2019. May 4th 1-2:30 PM at River Walk Park, West Sacramento (speakers, music, food trucks, kids zone/activities, local organization exhibits and ada compliant bathrooms).   Finally, there are strong connections between immigrants, migration and climate change.  Listen to the following for more insight.
26:40
May 1, 2019
Making Tracks Show 153 Welcome back Swainson's hawks and rattlesnakes and help the Sacramento relocate
"Making Tracks" is back and as always there’s lots to cover. Swainson's hawks are showing up and Friends of the River Banks (FORB) will welcome them back again this Saturday! This is a great chance to see these amazing raptors up close thanks to the Davis Raptor Center and often also in the wind circling nearby at Sutter’s Landing Park.  (friendsoftheriverbanks.org) for details.  Rattlesnakes are also emerging so be aware and give them room. I’ll have more comments on that during the show and there’s also there’s a youth Nutria contest and I’ve got all the details.  Finally, our popular Sacramento zoo has been around for a long time but if it is going to maintain the high standards for conservation and animal care we expect it needs to relocate and expand. More on that today. I support finding a new home for our zoo so that it can continue and expand the great conservation, education, research and animal care that goes on there. It will be important to find a home that supports public transportation and other GHG reducing measures to help Sacramento lead the way to a better climate change future. Music:  Well of course we’ve got to hear a “Snake Song” and some “Nutria Music” as well as “These Days” (original version sung by Nico) before heading off  “Into the Light” with Michael Franti And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!
36:11
April 10, 2019
Climate Report Show 153 The Fast Track to Carbon Zero is here and more!
I’ve got exciting news to share. Next Saturday, April 13 ,350 Sacramento will host an exciting, inspiring Community Forum, Fast Track to Carbon Zero. The forum will focus on the URGENCY of climate action, learn about what is going on now in the Sacramento region, and explore how we can think and act in new ways to make progress at the scale required for the climate emergency we’re facing.  There will be a fast-paced agenda, with *Assemblymember Kevin McCarty giving the opening remarks. Two stimulating panels, Big Ideas: The Here & Now and Thinking Bigger: Transforming Our Region, will look at current efforts and offer transformative ideas for speeding up the just transition to Carbon Zero. In addition, there will be background on the climate crisis, listening sessions, music, and much more. After lunch, participants can choose among six interactive breakout groups: Youth Action, Climate Emergency Declaration, Green New Deal, Community Vi$ion for Transportation, Moving Money Out of Fossil Fuels, and Communicating About Climate Change, to get involved in some of the most exciting climate activities happening in our community.    Don’t wait—sign up today so 350Sac can send you detailed information about the Forum, including the final agenda and transportation options to get there (did I mention that there will be Bike Valet Parking?) There are also several ride sharing and public transportation options. Today on the Climate Report I’ve also got review segments on “Climate Disruption” and the need to “Declare a Climate Emergency” especially at local levels as well as a new segment on “How Nature Can Help Us Avoid a Climate Catastrophe”. That’s a lot to cover so we better get started! Music: “Fossil Fuel Kid” Hayride Casualties, “We Don’t Have Time”, and “Here Comes the Sun”, Antonique Smith And now, find shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!
33:49
April 10, 2019
Making Tracks Show 152 April Showers, Sacramento Earth Day, Two Rivers Bike Trail Update, Bufferlands and Monarch Butterfly Crisis
It’s April and time for Making Tracks! Sacramento Earth Day is coming back this month thanks again to Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS).  I’ve got an update on the proposed addition to the Two Rivers Bike Trail between Sutter’s Landing Park and CSU Sac State along the south side of the Lower American River/Parkway. After much public, neighborhood and environmental organization pushback the city of Sacramento is reconsidering the placement of a new 2.4 mile segment of the Two Rivers Bike trail on the south side of the American River in the Parkway. The city requested an exemption from the Am River Flood Control District to build at least 0.4 miles of the new trail on top of the levee. The flood control board approved this exemption request last Friday. This is a move in the right direction but not enough as continuing to locate the rest of the trail at the base of the levee will lead to loss of habitat and wildlife impacts as was seen nearby at Sutter’s Landing Park and as I’ve discussed on this program before (I’ll repeat that some of that segment today). The best location for the rest of this trail is on top of the levee where several other sections of the same trail are already located. This would avoid unnecessary habitat/wildlife impacts, better separate foot traffic from bike riders and other modes of allowed transportation. There has been a NIMBY reaction by some who live in the immediate area as well as much support by many who use the Parkway. The city still has to revise the overall project so as to avoid significant and unnecessary impacts to sensitive habitat and species and adequately address the concerns expressed by many organizations, the Parkway Plan, and the public.   With the warmer days of spring back there are many places and ways to enjoy nature. The trails are mostly dry and accessible in the Am River Parkway and other parks, the river trail at Cosumnes River Preserve and most other locations now. I want to tell you about an amazing nearby ecosystem you may not know about but should plan to visit soon. The Bufferlands are owned and managed by the Sac Regional County Sanitation District to develop a buffer between treatment plant operations and neighbors. This 2000+ ac open space now provides very good wildlife habitat and open space nearby. There are tours, special events and ongoing restoration. This month there will be a Creek Week Birds and Blooms Tour and an evening Turtle talk and the very popular “Walk on the Wildside” will be back in May. regionalsan.com/bufferlands.  Music:  “Think I’ll go outside for a ride” Lucas Bloom,  “Monarch Butterfly song" singing zoologist Lucas Miller”, “You’re My Butterfly”, Jahari Sai And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!
31:01
April 3, 2019
Climate Report Show 152: "Fast Track to Carbon Zero", the Reluctant Radical and Valveturners review
Happy April! The Climate Report is back and no fooling, climate change is real and happening now! Today we’re going to catch up on some local big events happening this month.  Heading to the Fast Track… Sign up today  for the upcoming Forum  on April 13 350 Sacramento will host their 4th Community Forum/Town Hall entitled “Fast Track to Carbon Zero”. The focus will be on the URGENCY of climate action, what is going on now in the Sacramento region, and how we can think transformatively to make progress at the scale required for the climate crisis. There will be speakers, panels, videos, and transformative ideas, followed with interactive breakout groups (including Youth Activism, Climate Emergency Declaration, Green New Deal, Transportation, Climate Finance) where you can get involved in speeding up the transition to a carbon zero community and world.   Film Night: “The Reluctant Radical” Film and Q& A.  McClatchy Auditorium 3066 Freeport Blvd, 6 pm 4/4/19 Doors open at 6 film at 7 pm. (repeat Valve turners Show 47 segment) A movie by Lindsey Grayzel about Ken Ward one of the Valve Turners who like many can’t stop thinking about climate change and decided to take matters into his own hands with amazing results. You won’t want to miss this film and online discussion with the director and Ken Ward afterwards. You may recall that 350Sac hosted the Valve Turners in Sacramento and I’ll play a clip from that event today. Music: “Keep Towing that Line”, Devil Makes 3, “The Shadows” Sandel, “Love in the Time of Coral Reefs” Ruth Mundy,  and Gasoline, Gasoline by Coltura.org,  And now, find shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!
26:40
April 3, 2019
Making Tracks Show 151 Swallows return, Micro-plastics are everywhere, and all aboard the Kingfisher train!
Spring is in full swing now and March is nearly gone already but we still have some rainy weather at least this week.  A good time to enjoy this time of year and one of my favorite ways to do that is to watch the returning swallows soaring overhead capturing newly emerged insects and maybe relocating each other after another long migration. We have more than half a dozen species of swallows, swifts and purple martins winging their way back for another nesting season. They take amazing numbers of insects while raising their young too. Last week large numbers of Painted Lady butterflies also showed up in our area and Southern California had huge numbers recently too. Spring is amazing!  Less good news, California Department of Fish and Wildlife marked the 1 yr anniversary of nutria eradication efforts and report more than 400 of these invasive rodents have been captured so far. Meanwhile, micro plastics are showing up everywhere now. We knew this tiny pollutants were harming our oceans but now it seems they are found in many freshwater locations, even remote ones.  We’ll hear more on that today. I’ll also share a March writing from “An American River Journal” from the American River Natural History Association. The BBC released a new podcast today, “30 Animals That Made Us Smarter”, let’s listen to part of it about how the kingfisher inspired the design of a train. The story takes place in Japan but could apply with our local Belted kingfisher too if only we had a “bullet” or should I say “kingfisher” train. Enjoy!  Music: I’ll squeeze in a little “River of Birds”,  and “Brother Heron” And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!
26:40
March 27, 2019
Climate Report Show 151 Mayors Climate Commission, Climate Reality Project, We Can't Wait and more.
The Climate Report is back with important news about the “Mayors Climate Commission”, the “Climate Reality Project”, “We Can’t Wait” and the upcoming 350Sacramento Community Forum. First a reminder why we are here. The Earth is warming, severely disrupting sustainable conditions for life and society. This not something that is a distant possibility we can wait for future leaders and technology to fix. We Own This Problem And We Need To Solve It, Now! “We Don’t Have Time”, to wait. The Mayors Climate Commission met for the second time last week was very well attended and included much new information including an update on what the city of Oakland is doing to become carbon neutral and draft recommendations by the Built Environmental technical advisory committee. After a long and detailed meeting many members of the public stayed to provide comments. You can do this too at the next meeting which will probably be in May or on the website (www.lgc.org/climatecommission) where you can also review resources, meeting materials and recordings from past meetings. Meetings are help in the city of Sacramento city council chambers.  The Climate Reality Project recently held a national 3 day training that had several thousand attendees and included local participants. Led by former vice president Al Gore and CEO/President Ken Berlin the CRP empowers people to become activists, equipped with tools, training and network to fight for solutions and planet-wide change. We’ll hear part of an interview from the national meeting.  Finally, 350Sacramento will again how a community forum, “Fast Track to Carbon Zero” on April 13th at Sac City College. Time to register and support this important event. More on this in the show today.  Music: If we have time, I’ll play the new music video “We Don’t Have Time”, by the organization with the same name (wedonthavetime.org), and “I Need Air” And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!
26:40
March 27, 2019
Making Tracks Show 150 It's important to provide wildlife habitat in home gardens
"Making Tracks" radio program is back and today is the 150th episode. How can we sustain wildlife around our home or other nearby urban spaces? I'm glad you asked and you don't have to have access to large acreage to help wildlife and make the space more enjoyable too. The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is coming to Sacramento at CalExpo this week. On 3/21/19 there will be a series of talks including by local California Native Plant Society (CNPS) representatives and Hedgerow Farms speakers and Doug Tallamy who wrote the book “Bring Nature Home; How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants” and was the keynote speaker at the recent California Native Plant Society annual meeting.  Today we will listen in on a recent interview Doug Tallamy, an insect biologist, gave about the importance of providing habitat in gardens. Also the CNPS Spring Plant Sale is returning on 4/6/19 at Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery.
26:40
March 22, 2019
The Climate Report Show 150 Student Strikes for Climate Action Lead the Way
Around 1.5 million school and university students in 123 countries have gone on strike to demand that politicians take urgent action on climate change. The coordinated protests were organised on social media under the Fridays for Future banner and inspired by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg who is in her 30th week of striking on Fridays.  "It’s our time to rise up. Think we should be at school? Today’s climate strike is the biggest lesson of all”. The Mayor’s Climate Commission met for the second time this Monday.  One of three technical advisory committees, Built Environment, has also met and submitted draft recommendations. Reports include a progress report by the Commission, Youth engagement, Carbon Zero working definition, Built Environment milestones/key strategies, Oakland pathways to deep carbon reductions.  I’ll have an in depth report on a future program. Finally, another senseless act of terrorist violence, this time in New Zealand, reminds us that we need  true leadership and representation for all of us regardless of skin color, religion, or any other differences that make up the rich diversity of who we are, we also need a ban assault weapons now. Music: “I Need Air”, *We Don’t Have Time, and “Changing with the Climate”,  remember, if your world blows up, all we’ve got is love you know.  "And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!"
26:39
March 22, 2019
making Tracks Show 149 Endangered species donations and bats below our feet
Today on Making Tracks, we’ve got an important reminder about how you can make voluntary donations for endangered species research and conservation at tax time. I can’t think of many better ways to share a few of your hard earned dollars for good cause. We’ll also revisit a segment I shared earlier about an amazing opportunity to see streaming bat colonies nearby that you may not have even know you pass over them frequently. Music: Tax Checkoff Music , “River of Birds” , “Song about a bat” , and “Wetlands Rap”  And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!
26:40
March 14, 2019
The Climate Report Show 149 Youth leaders, "Trains, buses people" and transportation challenges and efforts
Today on the Climate Report, we’ll hear why teenage Greta Thunberg was just nominated as a leader on International Woman’s Day. Her original solo protest calling for leaders to radically prioritize climate change has had a huge ripple effect of youth protests in over 270 cities around the world.  This Friday March 15th from noon to 2 PM a Sacramento youth protest strike for a Green New Deal and other necessary actions to solve the climate crisis will bring these demands to the west steps of the state capital. Listen to their concerns and support young people who have the most to lose from the increasing effects of climate change.  A new book, “Trains, Buses, People”, is out that looks at transit efforts in all 47 major cities with rail/bus systems. I have a short summary from the book pointing out what is needed to make transit serve our needs and why it often falls short.  Daniel Sperling from UCD and CARB recently gave expert testimony on California’s efforts and challenges at a congressional hearing on transportation funding. I’ve got a detailed summary his very important input later in the show. Music: ”One Day” “Shu-Tez-Caht” Martinez, “Gasoline, Gasoline ”  And now, find shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!
30:11
March 14, 2019
Climate Report Show 148 "Youth vs. Apocalypse and other young climate activists leading the way
The Climate Report is back this week with more on youth group climate activities. “Youth vs. Apocalypse” recently went viral with a Green New Deal discussion with Senator Diane Feinstein who was schooled by those young people. Also, “Our Children’s Trust continues to sue the federal government for endangering them by climate inaction. They had a took a moment to explain why on “60 Minutes” recently.  Music: “I See Fire” Ed Sheeran, and ”I Need Air” Bernadette La Hengst "And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!"
32:03
March 7, 2019
Making Tracks Sho 148 "Making Bad Planning Decisions"
Today we’ll look closer at why the recent Sacramento Board of Supervisors decision to proceed with a plan that could develop several thousand acres of prime farmland and conservation habitat in North Natomas would be a bad idea.  Creek Week is coming back in early April. More on this annual event in the show. It’s not too early to think about Earth Day on April 28th. Head over to ecosacramento.net for details on how you can help.   “Curiosity and Discovery Along the River’s Edge, a Guided Walk”*Mystery and beauty await you. Explore Sutter Landing’s lush riverside woodland with your guide, Molly McBride, on a walk designed to lift your spirits.  March 9, 10 am: FORB event. You’ll be in awe of the discoveries and delights that emerge along the way.  Experience the restorative power and pleasures of nature.  This walk includes both contemplative and collaborative activities. Please bring a small cushion or chair, and dress warmly.  All ages are welcome.* friendsoftheriverbanks.org  Music: New youth environmental songs including “You Can Count on Trees”, “If I Were a Tree”, "And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!"
01:23
March 7, 2019
Making Tracks Show 147 Don't "Boot" Habitat Conservation out of North Natomas
Making Tracks is back and was recorded in the rain. Today, news on a proposal that would undermine existing habitat protection in the “Boot” area of North Natomas. Landowners in the Boot area of North Natomas have asked the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to start the legal process needed for approval of a development plan for 2000 acres of urban development in the County covering most of the existing farmland between the City limit and Sacramento River, south of Fisherman’s Lake. The proposal directly contradicts and would undermine the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (NBHCP) which covers the entire Natomas Basin. Music: Several new environmental songs including “You Can Count on Trees”, and “If I Were a Tree”, plus a few classics.
26:40
March 1, 2019
Climate Report Show 147 Youth Take Climate Action and "Matter"
2018 was officially the 4th hottest year on record and more and more people agree that global warming is real. Another really important upward trend we’re seeing is a surge of new energy around climate action and a lot of that action is coming from youth who have decided enough is enough and have organized to take action on climate. “Our Children’s Trust”, the “Sunrise Movement” and “iMatter” are examples of youth climate change advocacy groups and there is a need for more. Today’s show will focus on one of these groups, iMatter with part of a recent interview. The complete interview will be archived on the 350Sacramento website and I urge you to listen to it. It gave me goosebumps and a feeling of awe! 350 Sacramento wants to support *YOUth* to become part of our local Climate Movement. 
49:02
March 1, 2019
Making Tracks Show 146 The Year of Coexistence with Wildlife and more
This show is a remix of Show 143 with new segment on the Defenders of Wildlife “Year of Coexistence with Wildlife”. PGE in the news again for destroying sensitive habitat, Save leaves/wood for wildlife, nurturing nature in Japanese gardens and more. Music: ”Fight for me” Raye Zargoza, “Child of the Wind” Bruce Coburn And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!
28:02
February 21, 2019
Climate Report Show 146 Rising Oil Production and Greenhouse gases
This is a remix of Show 142 with new information from the ”Drilled” podcast about increasing fossil fuel production by the US. 16 year old Greta Thunberg gave another powerful speech recently. This time she was at the elite world leaders economic conference Davos.  Climate disruption is here, Greenhouse gases are rising again, it's time to declare a climate emergency, and youth climate work. Music: A new song by The Killers, “The Land of the Free” "And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!"
26:40
February 21, 2019
Making Tracks Show 145 Tax Time Helping Endangered Species and more
Making Tracks is back and so is tax time. Did you know you can help endangered species by making a voluntary donation to the Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program? You can and you can also contribute to the California Sea Otter Fund while preparing your taxes. This can be tax deductible too. Past donations have helped protect hundreds of endangered plants and animals in California and several of these species have now been delisted. If more people donate, critical habitat can be conserved and enhanced and endangered species will be protected and monitored for the future.  Donations for sea otters have been used to fund research to better understand mortality caused by diseases, parasites and toxins and hopefully help restore this species to healthy historic levels. Close to home, the Purple Marin depends on a few locations around Sacramento for nesting and it’s numbers continue to drop. This population is the last sizable one remaining in the Central Valley.  A recently published report by a local biologist documents continuing decline and nest failure. More on both these topics today.  But first of all, I know Groundhog day has come and gone for another year but someone asked me what a groundhog was so we’d better look into that even though we don’t have any nearby.  In case you’re wondering, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow so does that mean an early spring this year…? Music: Music today, I’ve been playing with GarageBand on my iPad so we’ll hear a little “ElectroPop”, “GBMixTune” and “FunkBeat” I created.. "And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!"
27:30
February 18, 2019
The Climate Report Show 145 Climate Change Trauma and more
 I’m currently traveling so we’re going to listen to a remix of an earlier show focusing on adaptation to climate change. Climate change also affects our health and well being. A discussion on Trauma from a recent Capital Regional Climate Readiness meeting will also be included. Music: “Oh California” Colin Hay "And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!"
26:40
February 18, 2019
Making Tracks Show 144 New Funds to Restore Former Landfill, Bumblebees and more
Big decisions coming soon as the city of Sacramento has requested a $2 million dollar grant from the Lower American River Conservancy to expand its former land fill and now regional Sutter’s Landing Park.  This Thursday at 10 AM the conservancy advisory committee will make final recommendations on which projects to fund. Sutter’s Landing Park and Camp Pollock are in the running. Why are Sutter’s Landing Park and other former landfills important opportunities for restoring nature, open space and eventually recreation opportunities? More on that today.  We’ve also got information on bumblebees, Shifting Baseline Syndrome and California’s new biodiversity executive order.  Music:”Landfill Harmonic” Recycled Orchestra a young group playing instruments they built from trash, and  “Same Side” Hayride Casualties /And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!/
30:19
February 18, 2019
The Climate Report Show 144 Adaptation and Climate Emergency
Do you feel it as people are waking up to climate change? A tipping point for climate action is rapidly spreading throughout the world. In Sacramento alone there are many upcoming activities by 350Sacramento and other organizations. Check the website or sign up for a newsletter and details New times call for new measures and we will review several today. In these times as we head into new climate conditions on Earth different from those anyone has lived in before we need a call for courage, not hope now. We’ll hear more on that today from a climate scientist. It’s also time to call for the declaration of a climate emergency as others have done including the cities of Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond. More on that today too.  How about a way to move forward? Today, I’ll introduce the Green New Deal as just that and how you can learn more and help secure it.  (repeat from Show 134). I also have a discussion by a major insurer on climate change costing the US $160 billion in 2019.  Music: “Gasoline, Gasoline”, “Change this thing” Alex Smith EcoShock  “And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for The Climate Report!”
28:42
February 18, 2019
Making Tracks Show 143 "Save Leaves and Downed Wood in your Yard for Wildlife"
Today on Making Tracks I’ll share some information on why saving leaves and dead wood in your yard is good for wildlife and less work for you.  I’ve also got information on how spending time in nature and specifically Japanese gardens natures us. I’ll also share more on the ongoing concerns caused by PGE cutting down a large number of trees and surrounding vegetation in the American River Parkway.  My "Making Tracks" blog site has a few photos that go with this show. Music: “Fight for you” Raye Zargoza, “Child of the Wind” Bruce Cockburn "And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!"
26:40
January 31, 2019
Climate Report Show 143 "Economic Climate Casualties"
Do you know what the #1 thing you can about climate change?  Talk about it!! that’s right! The fossil fuel industry has misled people into thinking that climate change is a political issue and, therefore, impolite to discuss. It isn’t. Climate change is clearly a matter of physics/chemistry/biology: when we put additional greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, they form a blanket that traps heat. The increasing heat is wreaking havoc on our biological systems, including human civilization. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) could face up to $30 billion in liabilities from recent wildfires in California. Hotter conditions make for more wildfires, and that’s exactly what is happening in California and the western U.S.. Some analysts see PG&E — a Fortune 500 company — as the first major economic casualty of climate change. Research scholar Michael Wara, who focuses on climate and energy policy at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, joined Climate Cast to explain. We’re going to listen in on some of that conversation today. Music: “I need to wake up” Melissa Etheridge, “Voices for climate change” by various African artists,  and “Build a new world” by Katie Costello "And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!"
26:40
January 31, 2019
Climate Report Show 142 Climate Disruption is here!
You may think climate disruption is arriving sooner than we were told. You are right. Three power-house scientists have published a warning: “ [Global warming will happen faster than we think](https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07586-5) .” They explain three emerging threats that combine to bring climate danger out of the year 2100, and right into the next decade. Today, we’ll hear part of a recent interview on EcoShock about that new article in the prestigious journal Nature in December,  [David G. Victor]  is co-author and a professor of international relations, and director of the  [Laboratory on International Law and Regulation] at the University of California San Diego. I also encourage you to listen to the entire Radio EcoShock interview which also has links to the references.  We’re also going to hear about efforts to get Sacramento to join other cities in declaring a climate emergency, that GHG emissions are rising and impressive work and statements by young climate activists.  Music:  A new song by The Killers, “The Land of the Free”, and an old song "Solar Energy Song" from 1983. "And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!"
33:44
January 24, 2019
Making Tracks Show 142 Coexisting with Wild, Wild Life!
The Sacramento Board of Supervisors recently agreed to hold a to be scheduled workshop on the extensive tree cutting and vegetation removal by PGE in the Parkway. Considerable damage has been done with acres of mature trees and sensitive habitat removed but there is still a need to determine what mitigation and restoration should be implemented. Currently high water in the slough at Discovery Park is close to triggering erosion and sedimentation of exposed soils left without protection by PGE and upstream vegetation removal included sensitive VELB endangered species habitat. More on that when it becomes available.  Friends of the River Banks have posted a calendar of their 2019 second Saturday events. friendsoftheriverbanks.org These events have been popular over the last dozen years. They are also one answer to a requested song, “Where do the children play?” I’ll play next.  Later in the show I’ll also review citizen science opportunities, fires and wildlife, peacock problems and the need to coexist with coyotes. With all of that serious information we’ll need to play some “Wild, Wild Life”just for fun. Music:“Wild Wild life” Talking Heads “Where do the children play?” Yusuf Muslim/Cat Stevens, "And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!"
29:50
January 24, 2019
Climate Report Show 141 Sacramento's Transportation Future?
What is Sacramento’s transportation future going to look like?  Suburban sprawl has created a road system choked with commuters and our largest GHG contribution comes from transportation. We recently heard about the effort of 350Sacramento’s Transportation team which is working with others to improve transit funding and programs here. This is a critical piece of the solution to the mobility needs of people here. Past land use development decisions sprawling result means in retrofitting transit to work for everyone will be a challenge but many improvements and innovations are being planned. Meanwhile, what about other modes of travel? Sacramento has embraced bike sharing in a big way with JUMP bikes and soon will have a similar car-sharing program using 260 EV Chevy Bolts. How can new systems like this best fit in to solving equitable mobility for all? What problems might they contribute to if poorly implemented? I’m going to revisit a previous program that interviewed UCD transportation expert Daniel Sperling to speak to that. The podcast version of this episode posted on 350Sacramento.org will include more details about new car-sharing programs in Sacramento, a longer interview with Dr. Sperling as well as more music. *Music*: a little traffic jam and bus riding music of course.  "And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!"
40:55
January 24, 2019
Making Tracks Show 141 Tracking Monarchs and helping them return home
oday we focus on Monarch butterflies including a look back at an exciting journey that pedaled the route following these amazing insects from Mexico northward towards Canada and back. We’ll also hear about Monarch population declines in both eastern and western populations.  The Monarch Butterfly is well known for its long-distance seasonal migration and its spectacular winter gatherings. West of the Rockies, Monarchs migrate to the California coast. Most of California’s Monarchs cluster in groves of nonnative Blue Gum Eucalyptus, as well as Monterey Pine, Monterey Cypress, and Redwood. Each spring, monarchs disperse across California, searching for milkweed plants on which to lay their eggs. Milkweed is the only plant Monarch caterpillars can eat to grow and develop into adults. Several generations are produced throughout the spring, summer, and fall, with each generation spreading further across the landscape. The last generation then migrates all the way back to the overwintering grounds in the fall. Remarkably, Monarchs return to the same groves of trees as their ancestors. Studies of the overwintering sites over the past 20 years demonstrate that monarchs have undergone a dramatic 95% decline in the western U.S. since the 1980s.  The planting of milkweed at Effie Yaew Nature Center created a field of dreams for the returning butterflies, offering the only species of plant that Monarchs use for laying their eggs. This is a great place to observe and enjoy these butterflies! And if you want to do even more to help conserve this species, consider planting milkweed in your own garden! The two species appropriate for the Sacramento area are:  Showy Milkweed and Narrowleaf Milkweed, which can be purchased through  suppliers.
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January 24, 2019
Climate Report Show 140 Happy New Year & "Think 100%"!
Today we are going to get a little taste of the Hip Hop Caucus’s award winning “Think 100%” the coolest show on climate change and learn about the energetic “Sunrise Movement” who are working to get the massive fossil fuel contributions out of the political process and endorsing the Green New Deal as a way forward for environmental justice and climate change. 350Sacramento hopes to partner with a local Sunrise Movement hub and creative an effective way of youth engaging on climate and environmental justice issues. I strongly encourage listeners to catch think100.info regularly as they are taking the boring, depressing and scary out of climate change so that it isn’t something you’d rather ignore. Think 100% is a show, experience and a community sharing how exciting, inspiring, and powerful saving our climate really is. Later in the show we’ve got a short segment on how “Net Zero Buildings” offer a way to get our built environment on track to Carbon Zero with direct application here in Sacramento. Finally, if time allows we’ll include a segment on the case for a strong global carbon tax and the good it would do. First up, I hope everyone had a great holiday season as we get back to work now the Mynabirds are back to remind us what we really want… In honor and tribute to the work of the young and effective “Sunrise Movement” *Music*: “All I Want” Mynabirds, “Here Comes the Sun”  Antonique Smith /And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!/
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January 24, 2019
Making Tracks Show 140 Let's Make 2019 a Great Year for Wildlife
Happy 2019! Let’s make it a great year for wildlife and our environment! There are no shortages of of issues to get involved in and of course there are many places and ways you can enjoy wildlife and nature nearby.  Today I’ve got news about local threats to Purple Martins, the largest swallow in NA and known to only a few locations in the central valley of California including Sacramento. These native birds are rapidly declining from pesticides and loss of nesting sites and the city is being asked to take steps to protect them. Meanwhile, across town, the city allowed a seasonal wetland at Del Paso Regional Park to be filled in for additional parking they hoped would help lure a developer to build a new baseball complex there. The deal has died but the wetland remains buried. Another example of the city making poor decisions regarding existing wildlife and habitat. Meanwhile, PGE crews continue to cut down large healthy trees and remove all habitat under power lines in the Parkway in spite of requests by local organizations to work together to minimize these impacts. Around 500 people signed a petition calling for this work to stop until documentation including permits and environmental reviews are provided. I’ll include more information on my blog for this episode. Like I said, there are no shortage of issues to work on. Fortunately there are also lots of places to go locally to enjoy wildlife and nature. Be sure to do that often.  *Music*: We’ll start the show with “River of Birds” Libana, “Fight for You” Ray Zargoza, and end it with “Wetland Rap” singing zoologist Lucas Miller /And now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!/
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January 24, 2019
Climate Report Show 139 Looking Back and Forward
I’m recording this show on Xmas eve and it will hopefully be aired as the last Climate Report for 2018. We’ll look back today at several segments from earlier this month including an update on the newly formed and now kicked off Mayors Climate Commission, why this is a time for courage, not hope, and a very real fairy tale about “Slaying the Climate Dragon”.  As we enjoy a much deserved break with family and friends over the holidays, let’s remember why it is important, critical really, that we do all that we can in the year ahead and beyond to make sure our fragile blue planet is livable for all and especially those we love and wish a bright future for. Repeat show or  recombine segments (Climate Commission, Courage, not Hope, Slay Climate Dragon *Music*: “Storm of Light”, Hayride Casualties. I “Feel Fire” Ed Sheeran. Climate Dragon story by Kate Marvel *And now*, find some shelter and get ready it’s time for the Climate Report
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January 24, 2019
Making Tracks Show 139. Microplastic beads, Monarch butterflies, and too many falling trees...
Today on the last Making Tracks for 2018, tiny microplastic beads and fibers are everywhere, why is that a concern? I’ve also got an update on Monarch butterflies in our region, And finally PGE continues to cut down healthy trees and sensitive vegetation in the Parkway without documenting the need, avoiding unnecessary impacts or working with the many groups and individuals who work hard to protect this unique place. A petition and media advisory is being circulated today by Trees for Sacramento  and Save the American River Association are calling on the County to stop unnecessary impacts and require documentation, avoidance and collaboration before allowing the remaining work upstream continue. Music: “Smallest Tree”, Rootz Underground. “Optimistically” by local band Occupy the Trees Head outside* when you can, it’s time for "Making Tracks"
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December 27, 2018
The Climate Report Show 138: Stealing our children's future in a climate emergency
15 yr old girl, Greta Thunberg, recently rocked the adults at the COP24 climate meeting (“You say you love your children above all else, and yet you’re stealing their future before their very eyes.”) her message pulled no punches and those not present need to listen too.  We’ll do that today. The recent release of the National Climate Assessment “ (A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.” -GlobalChange.gov) was timed to avoid the very attention and reaction it deserves. 350BayArea Information Officer shares thoughts on why this was done and what it means. In spite of the recently released dire climate reports at global, national and state levels, GHGs are rising again just as we are nearly out of time to reduce the effects already being seen but that doesn’t change anything other that the need to work harder. Much of the best and most effective work underway is coming at local levels but even there we need much more.  "Declaration of a Climate Emergency" in Sacramento 40+ people from the greater Sacramento area met last week to hear about why other cities are declaring a climate emergency and why we should too. The group will move forward with outreach meetings, drafting a resolution for presentation in local cities and the newly formed Mayors Climate Commission.  A Climate Emergency recognizes the legal and practical role of local jurisdictions to help their community respond to a disaster, including preparing for and avoiding the damages of the anticipated catastrophic event. Historically this has meant earthquake and drought preparedness, and evacuation plans for flood and fire. As we have seen in the past two years, the warming climate is making these disasters more acute and more frequent in California and around the planet. The vision forward should include a Green New Deal. *Music*:  “All I Want” Mynabirds, 4:00, “Deepwater ONE” Fossil Fuel Kid, 0:42, “Break Free” Barbara Ford 2:50 And now, find some shelter and get ready it’s time for the Climate Report
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December 27, 2018
Climate Report Show 137 Transportation Team Updates and Slaying the Climate Dragon
Transportation is changing rapidly. Just look around at the various forms of vehicle and ride sharing, electric cars and transit, and many more new options becoming available. Transportation is also the largest contributor of GHG emission here. One of the best ways to reduce carbon emissions quickly is to cut down on ICE trips but what will it take to get us out of those fossil fuel burners? What will our transportation future look like and how can we shape it to improve our health and mobility, and see that fair and equitable solutions are available for all? Today we’ll hear from Glenda Marsh one of the 350Sac Transportation team leaders working with others on many transportation planning decisions and the urgent need and opportunity to help shape transportation for a better future. I’ve also got a special story about a magical kingdom, elixirs and dragons and how it relates to solving our current crisis at the end of the program. You don’t want to miss it! *Music*: How about a little traffic jam/bus riding music?, If you hear some Dragon music later you’ll know why. And now, find some shelter and get ready it’s time for the Climate Report
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December 14, 2018
Making Tracks Show 137 More Falling Trees, Nature Art and More
PGE continues to cut down mature oaks and cottonwoods in the Am River Parkway and have now moved upstream for the 150’ wide 1 mile long swath they clear cut across Discovery Park including sensitive stream side habitat there. Sacramento set a high priority to expand Sutter’s Landing Park and is seeking grant funding to acquire more lands there, meanwhile nearby the city plans to cut many trees and sensitive habitat to extend the Two Rivers Bike Trail in spite of a better alternative that would avoid those impacts. Across the Sacramento River, West Sacramento has added a great piece of public art that fits in well along the River. Mayor Cabaldon will tell us more about “SubTile”. Art can play an important role in helping us focus our experience in nature. For some it is much more. Less than a century ago a young California artist, Everett Ruess dedicated himself and his art to living and experiencing the natural world. The mystery of what happened to him has never been solved. We’ll hear more about that today.
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December 14, 2018
Making Tracks Show 136 Peacock/Human Conflicts, Wildlife Counts, Nature Rhythms and more
It’s time for Making Tracks again! Human/Wildlife conflict comes in many forms including different shapes, sizes and even colors. Well Peacocks are very colorful but they aren’t wildlife here although they can cause problems with enough help from us. More on that today. And what about those butts? Did you know that cigarette butts are toxic to fish as well as being harmful to other wildlife. Listen up and no excuses, if you smoke, hang on to those butts and dispose of them properly. Meanwhile, don’t forget to pay attention to those open skies and you just might get a look at one of the most beautiful raptors in our area, the White-tailed kite. Last weekend was the 34th annual Wildlife Count on the American River and the results aren’t available yet but it was another great event. We’ll hear about a previous event while we wait. And finally, as we draw this year to a close and look ahead to the one coming, how about thinking about “Nature’s Rhythm” curtesy of the American River Journal. Music: Let’s out in the “Forest” with Twenty One Pilots, and enjoy another “Long December” while we count wildlife with Counting Crows. Now, head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!
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December 8, 2018
Climate Report Show 136 Mayors Climate Commission, Declaration of Climate Emergency and More
The Climate Report is back and today we have information on the recent kickoff of the Mayors Climate Commission. This is a major development and critical for our region and beyond. There have also been a number of new climate reports at state, national and global levels and we will only have time to mention them but you are encouraged to look closer as they are finally getting more attention as they should. Thousands of pages of important science further documenting that Climate change is real, it’s here now and we know what to do but need to get everybody involved. This next decade is critical as more of us are figuring out. Locally there are also many new meetings and events you can participate in and I’ll go over the ones coming soon. I’ve also got a short piece on science denial from the new Drilled podcast and another on climate depression from Yes! magazine continuing a multi-media program! Music: “Don’t hear nothin” Bodhi Bill Miller,  and “Storm of Light” Fossil Fuel Kid” And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for the Climate Report!
26:40
December 8, 2018
Climate Report Show 134: New times call for courage, climate emergency and a Green New Deal
New times call for new measures. In these times as we head into new climate conditions on Earth different from those anyone has lived in before we need a call for courage, not hope now. We’ll hear more on that today from a climate scientist. It’s also time to call for the declaration of a climate emergency as others have done including the cities of Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond. More on that today too. How about a way to move forward? Today, I’ll introduce the Green New Deal as just that and how you can learn more and help secure it. Climate music and more too!
26:40
December 1, 2018
Making Tracks Show 134: Expanding Sutter's Landing Park, Bike Trail issues, Ponds, Moons and more
Today on Making Tracks, the City of Sacramento wants to expand and enhance Sutter’s Landing Park and has requested a state grant to do that. As part of that proposal a section of the Two Rivers Bike Trail on the south side of the American River would be constructed. The City also has a proposed project to extend the Two Rivers Bike Trail east of Sutter’s Landing Park and connect it with CUSU. While this bike trail would be an important addition to the ARP for recreationists and commuters, the currently proposed project would cause significant impacts to wildlife including sensitive and listed species, trees and other vegetation and require expensive work to partially excavate into the flood control levee. Is that necessary? More on that today. PGE is still cutting down lots of trees around Discovery Park in the ARP. The level of impact from their work is excessive and could have been reduced while still providing important protection to the electricity grid in the easement that crosses the Parkway. Efforts are underway to address this problem now and for future work. More on that in a future program. Its’s November and as we finally welcome some rain back with cleaner air and fall weather how about some reflection on Ponds, Moons, and Blue dandies? Why not?! Music today: Let’s go for a “Bike Ride” and see what else we have time to play.
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December 1, 2018
Making Tracks Show 133: Bad Tree Cutting Decisions, Megafires, Jaguars as Tigers and more
Making Tracks" radio show is back! I've got lots of news but not all of it is good. I've previously covered PGE's proposed project to remove trees and other vegetation under their power lines in the American River Parkway at Discovery Park. The utility refused to provide information including environmental surveys, permits, or document the number of trees to be removed. They also did not offer any mitigation. In spite of requests for more information by local groups and elected officials, PGE moved ahead with this project which is underway now. Based on what is resulting it's clear that they are treating the Parkway as any other forested or open range in terms of fire risk in spite of not documenting that risk or any known fires impacting power line function in the Parkway. This "one size fits all" approach to vegetation management around electrical power lines is playing out around the state across hundreds or thousands of miles of corridors. I visited the site again over the weekend when there was no work underway and walked the alignment while taking additional photos which are now included in an iCloud shared folder. It is very clear that there has not been selective vegetation removal but everything in a wide swatch has been cut down and/or scraped away. There are more marked trees, likely to be cut down, mostly across the trails on the slough side of the corridor. It looks like the work may be finished this week after several days of shutting down the paved bike trail to allow for trees they cut down to be hauled across it. The bike trail and multi-use trails will look very different the next time you travel them afterwards.
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December 1, 2018
Climate Report Show 133: Court rulings, Fires and Climate Denial Crimes
No new news on the Juliana v US court case. As previously discussed this could be the trial of the century as 21 young people are suing the US govt for not protecting their future from climate change. The Supreme Court recently agreed the case should go forward at the District level in Eugene, OR. We are continuing to wait on the new court date and start of the trial. I do have new information on a recent rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline permit that would allow tar sands to be piped into the US. A new podcast, “Drilled” is coming out this week and will be a true crime series about the most elaborate and effective propaganda campaign of the century which created climate denial and made it viral. Wildfires and the damage and health risks they can cause are on everyone's mind these days with fires burning throughout the state. Forests and rangelands cover over 80 percent of the state’s 100 million acres. Climate change will affect tree survival and growth, reduce the lands' productivity, change the habitat and make forests more vulnerable to wildfires with increasing temperatures. The state has various adaptation plans in place for the forest sector and rangelands. Forests also provide important opportunities for sequestering carbon dioxide and keeping it from being released into the atmosphere. I also play a clip from Monday’s NYTimes “Daily” podcast report speaking to the Trump claim of state forest mismanagement and threat of withholding future fire disaster payments. How’s Sacramento doing with bike sharing? *Music*: New Bodhi Bill Miller Song “Don’t Hear Nothin’”
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December 1, 2018
Making Tracks Show 132 Sandhill cranes and fall return, bees buzzing and trees falling
Today on Making Tracks we revisit the return of Sandhill cranes to our area and where they come from. We’ll also hear about more about making Sacramento a Bee city. I’ve also got information on the upcoming 45th annual Environmentalist of the year awards. I’ve reported on recent shows about PGE preparing to cut down mature native trees and riparian habitat in the American River Parkway near their power lines. Despite repeat requests for better information, documentation and coordination that work is now underway and is causing trail closures in the lower area of the Parkway around Discovery Park. Long term impacts to wildlife-habitat-environment are likely but groups will continue to pursue answers and improved protection. *Music*: Fall and Tree Music: “Seasons” Rebel Diaz, “If a tree falls” Bruce Cockburn, Chainsaws, Note: This show was recorded before the election. Remember one of the most important ways to address climate change is to vote for the climate! and You should have done that by now. “Head outside when you can, it’s time for Making Tracks!”
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November 8, 2018
Climate Report Show 132 Updates on SMUD and Juliana v US climate lawsuit
Today we revisit SMUDs recent disappointing decision regarding their strategy to reduce their carbon footprint. We’ll also have an update on the landmark lawsuit, Juliana v US including a very recent decision by the Supreme Court that will allow the case to be heard in court. Note: This show was recorded before the election.  “And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for The Climate Report!”
26:40
November 8, 2018
Climate Report Show 131 Halloween, Condolences and Hope
Happy Halloween but sad condolences to all of us who continue to be hurt by senseless acts of violence! These are certainly scary times we live in, especially if we are young or have children. We need to live our lives fully without fear and look out for each other. Today we will learn more about “Our Children’s Trust” lawsuit against the federal government for not addressing climate change. A recent Ted Talk by one of the young plaintiffs, 18 yr old Aji Piper, explains why the the lawsuit is important and offers much hope. Meanwhile, want to help make things better? Get out and VOTE! No excuses or complaints, step up and do your part! Music: "Vote em Out!" Willie Nelson, "Paint the Future" Peace Poets and Thrive Choir, and "Gasoline, gasoline, the worlds aflame" Coltura etc.
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November 3, 2018
Making Tracks Show 131 Why we need wetlands and more nature observations
Biologists can’t be everywhere and will never see all that goes on in nature. Fortunately we all can contribute observations that help answer questions and ask new ones just by paying attention and documenting what we find. Put those smartphones to good use! What are wetlands and why do we need to find a better way to preserve them in the fast of increasing disasters to protect people? Music today includes the "Wetland Rap" by singing zoologist Lucas Miller, 2015 and "Citizens of Science" flashback to 1980 by the Yellow Magic Orchestra.
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November 3, 2018
The Climate Report Show 130
Why SMUD's carbon footprint reduction decision doesn't add up. Update on "Our Children's Trust" lawsuit against the federal government for a lack of protection for their future and climate change. New music from one of the young people in this landmark case. Aired 10/24/18
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October 27, 2018
Making Tracks Show 130
(aired 10/24/18, repeat show 123). Converting landfills to parks, a vision for Sutter's Landing, a local landfill/park, Nutrias are spreading in this region. "Peace of the Wild Things" by Wendell Berry and more.
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October 27, 2018
Making Tracks Show 129 Monarchs, "Butterbikes" and more
Do Monarch butterflies make tracks? Maybe but did you know where they gather to overwinter in Mexico highlands you can hear their wingbeats at times as millions set out on their long journey north. Did you know that the amazing migration journey Monarchs take requires up to 5 generations of butterflies to complete but is at risk due to pesticides, climate change and habitat loss. It’s true and Monarchs need more protection. More about that today and What do you get when you put together Monarch butterfly migration and bikes? “Butterbikes of course! Hear about an amazing bike ride on the eastern monarch migration route from Mexico to Canada and back across the US. Be sure to check out “beyondabook.org” to learn more. Meanwhile closer to home, a state legislator and local environmental groups continue to press PG&E to provide more specific about their proposed removal of large trees in the lower American River Parkway and collaborate with experts to avoid unnecessary impacts. Elsewhere, the utility cut the power to thousands of customers in the foothills due to the risk of fires and high winds. That’s a very different situation than the one found in the power lines crossing the American River Parkway. Speaking of impacts, why do thousands of rock music fans flock to Discovery Park in the American River Parkway? Well, that’s where the Monster AfterShock concert continues to be sited in spite of over a week of detours, construction, access limits, noise and impacts to soil, water and vegetation. I like open air concerts and powerful music performances, but question the location now used. Lots of others do too but at around $200 for weekend tickets and sold out performances, money talks. Hmm, I wonder if any of that cash will make it’s way back into the Parkway to repair the damage and restore sensitive habitats? In a more appropriate location, Remember the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Tour will be at Sierra 2 in Sacramento on Oct. 20th at 6 pm. You don’t want to miss it. Music today? Absolutely and it’s all about butterflies and bikes. Be someone’s butterfly and go for a ride! “You’re My Butterfly”, by local Sacramento band Jahari Sai, "Go for a ride" (http://bicycletimesmag.com/take-a-break-and-listen-to-luka-bloom-sing-about-biking/) by Luka Bloom Head outside when you can, it’s time for “Making Tracks”!
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October 19, 2018
Climate Report Show 129 Reducing utility carbon footprints, turning valves and more!
We have an opportunity to urge SMUD to set a new course to aggressively reduce their carbon footprint. They are expected to select an alternative at their board meeting on Oct. 18th, unfortunately at 9 am. Staff are recommending a lesser, “business as usual” alternative but 350Sac continues to press for SMUD to help lead the way to becoming carbon free. Attend the meeting or send them your comments ASAP. Remember the Valve-turners? They came to Sacramento a while back to share their amazing story of safely shutting down 15% of the tar sand crude oil coming into the US. We’ll hear about a recent court decision that has freed those that weren’t tried earlier. The valve-turners will also be one of the feature films in the Wild and Scenic Film Festival which is back on tour in Sacramento on Oct. 20th at Sierra 2 Also a brief preview of the powerful new IPPC climate report from the UN with more to come on a future show. New Music today, “Gasoline, Gasoline (the whole world is aflame)”, Coltura with a big support cast, Patti Casey reminds us we are “Stronger Than That”, a solution to our dirty carbon energy problems from back in 1983 (“Solar Energy Song” Kim Wallach), and finally, Willie Nelson offers a solution to politicians in the pockets of big oil special interests with(“Vote Em Out!”). And now, find some shelter and get ready, it’s time for “The Climate Report”! Radio show aired 10/17 at 12 pm
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October 19, 2018
Making Tracks Show 128
Another PGE tree removal update, Wild & Scenic Film festival is coming back, Friends of the River Banks celebrate another salmon return Music: “Ghost of Cain” New Model Army, “Rabbit Song” Boy and Bear “Salmon Life Cycle” (I will survive) Aired: 10/10/18
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October 17, 2018
Making Tracks Show 127
More Fall thoughts, no new info on PGE vegetation impacts proposed in Parkway. Meanwhile some music to inspire and help us do the right thing. Music: “River of Birds” Libana, “Child of the Wind" Bruce Cockburn,“ Smallest Trees” Rootz Underground,, “In the River”/“Fight for You” Raye Zargoza, “Same Side" Fossil Fuel Kid, and we’ll end the show with “Oh California" Colin Hay Aired 10/3/18
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October 17, 2018
Making Tracks Show 126
Fall is here, Sandhill cranes, Bee Update, Parkway Problems review Music: “Seasons” Rebel Diaz, “If a tree falls” Bruce Cockburn Aired 9/26/18
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October 17, 2018
The Climate Report Show 128
Update on SMUD's IRP carbon footprint reduction decision including public testimony given. Music: “Change this thing”and “Push” by Alex Smith and EcoShock Aired: 10/10/18
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October 17, 2018
Climate Report Show 127
Let's take a break from issues, put our hands together and raise our voices for inspiration and motivation. Music: “Voice of my granddaughter”, “Rise like Flowers”, “Rise for Creation”, “We are the Protectors”, “Paint our Future” and “Calling all Warriors” (Peace Poets and Thrive Choir), “Climate Change" AppleJaxx, “I'm a patriot” Clan Dyken and “Hold On” Howard University Choir. Aired 10/3/18
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October 17, 2018
Climate Report Show 126
Topics include Governor's Climate Action Summit, Sacramento Climate Commission launch, California's 4th Climate Change Assessment, Renaissance Society Climate Change Course. Music: “Optimistically” Occupy the Trees “I feel threatened” Mallard Aired 9/26/18 (extended version)
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October 17, 2018
Tesla’s Sustainable Transportation Event at the California State Capital
This is a special combined "Climate Report and "Making Tracks" program. I attended Tesla's Sustainable Transportation event at the California State Capital May 16th. New reports on Tesla's economic footprint in California and health and climate related savings from moving to zero emission vehicles were covered. There was limited media coverage so I put this special report together to help get this important sustainable transportation information out. Find shelter or head outside but get ready it’s time for a Climate Report/Making Tracks program! The economic footprint of Tesla in California:(https://ihsmarkit.com/research-analysis/the-economic-footprint-of-tesla-in-california.html) Clean Air Future: (http://www.lung.org/local-content/california/documents/national-clean-air-future-report.pdf)
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May 19, 2018
This is the Intro Segment for Making Tracks Show 106
The full show will play on 96.5 FM in Sacramento or streaming at AccessSacramento.org this Wed. 5/2/18 at 12:30 PM Pacific Time Zone
01:57
May 1, 2018
Making Tracks: Bird Nests & Tree Care, Tricolored blackbirds finally listed and more
This is the intro for my show which played on community radio today. Today I want to talk about Bird Nests and Tree Care considerations, share an update on the recent decision to list the Tricolored Blackbird and remind us why becoming an endangered species can help protect a species. 💥*Music*: new music “Blackbird Song” Lee DeWyze, “Farm Girl” Ry Cooder. The full episode is available on my blog: https://daletracks.blogspot.com/2018/04/making-tracks-to-save-tri-colored.html
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April 26, 2018
Climate Report 105: Intro How to best prepare for transportation's future?
Transportation is responsible for 30 to 40% of the CO2 released into the atmosphere and triggering climate change. What does that mean for the future? Moving away from fossil fuel transportation would be a major step in reducing climate impacts. But can the era of individually owned, gas-powered cars driven by humans draw to a close? A new age of shared, zero-emission, automated vehicles is emerging. Best-case scenario: we end up with cleaner air, better-connected communities, and an expansion of accessible and affordable mobility options for all. Worst-case scenario: we end up with more sprawl and pollution as people are willing to travel farther in their cushy driverless cars. Today we look into three revolutions that will shape that future and how we need to best prepare for it by the expert who literally wrote the book… Full episode will be available soon on 350Sacramento.org
01:49
April 26, 2018
Intro to "Making Tracks" Show 103
Latest episode of Climate Report & Making Tracks Community Radio Shows
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April 11, 2018
Intro to Climate Report Show 103
Latest episode of Climate Report & Making Tracks Community Radio Shows
01:28
April 11, 2018
Intro to the 100th Episode of my "Making Tracks" radio show.
It’s show 100 for Making Tracks today and yesterday was the first day of Spring! It’s sometimes said that the prize for winning an environmental victory really is the need to fight again for the same thing later. The full show gives regional and statewide examples. A link to the full radio show follows: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wq5ef8r1l3z08ka/MakingTracksShow100Extended.mp3?dl=0
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March 20, 2018
Introduction to my 100th Climate Report.
Climate Report show 100 today focuses adaptation to climate change. As individuals, a region, the state and beyond the climate affects our health and well being. A link to the full show follows: https://www.dropbox.com/s/c5l6gyr1y8day9n/ClimateReportShow100Extended.mp3?dl=0
01:47
March 20, 2018
Climate Report: Keep it Cool!
Your home & city may be pretty cool now but it's going to take everyone working together to keep it that way...
06:00
March 16, 2018
Making Tracks Show 99 Intro (Murmurating Moments etc.)
This is the intro segment for show 99. Details on the show and an audio link to the entire program are available at: https://daletracks.blogspot.com/2018/03/earth-day-murmurating-moments-and-more.html?view=magazine
00:59
March 15, 2018
Making Tracks radio show intro 2/28/18
This is the intro for the show that plays Wednesday at 12:30 pm in Sacramento or online via accesssacramento.org
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February 27, 2018
Making Tracks Show 94 (Sprawl, Poaching and more)
Introduction to a recent episode of Making Tracks. The audio for the full show can be heard here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/y5a0knskbxoefli/MakingTracksShow94.mp3?dl=0
02:51
February 24, 2018
Making Tracks Show 95 (Nutria, MBTA and more!)
This is the introduction to my Making Tracks community radio program from last week. The entire show can be heard at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/51gtmqo3isxpq8b/MakingTracksShow95.mp3?dl=0
02:44
February 24, 2018
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