A podcast about environmental issues. Listeners have tuned in from all over the US and on six continents.
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With help from others, podcast host Dr. Vivian Thomson analyzes why some environmental problems have been solved and others have not. At the end of the podcast, we will apply these lessons to the biggest environmental challenge of our time, climate change. The goal is to figure out which policies stand the best chance of being adopted and of working effectively.
Background and theme music composed by Percy Grainger, recorded by Vivian Thomson. The Meaning of Green is an independent production of Cedar Closet Studios, which is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Professor Thomson taught environmental policy for 20 years at the University of Virginia, from 1997 to 2017. She retired early so she could devote herself to speaking out in public about environmental issues, which have been her life's work.
Professor Thomson offers policy insider scoops from her work as an air pollution official at the state and national levels. She has published articles, editorials, and three books, on garbage transport, climate change politics, and how power is wielded in the air pollution policy arena. In 2018 she and a U. Va. student team published research on who might suffer the most from the Trump Administration's air pollution rollbacks.
For botany buffs: the striking tree above is a 70-year-old fig tree (Ficus drupacea var. pubescens (Roth)) that was one of the first plants landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx added to his incredible tropical preserve in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Lessons from other countries
Twists and turns in the US's dependence on coal, the ripple effects of oil crises, and a coal miner's daughter describes the devastation in ...
Energy efficiency and renewables are unquestionably the waves of the present and future. But we must keep our eyes wide open for collateral ...
Disappearing birds and oaks, disputes over the Endangered Species Act, the comeback of the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, and clima...
Bad housemates, the global commons, policy reversals at the national level in the US, counteracted by policy action in the states.
A memorable landlord, a summary of lessons from previous episodes, and how the ideological rifts in the US could affect the climate change p...