From Climate One Radio: – We explore how mountains and forests are being impacted by climate change and, in turn, affecting our health. An economist and a doctor connect a rise in Dengue fever and a rise in the temperature of the Earth. A corporate consultant and an environmental advocate explain how planting trees is good for business. And a professional snowboarder says the demise of ski slopes is motivating skiers to launch into action on climate volatility.
From Climate One Radio – All eyes are on the Federal debt these days. But who is counting the environmental debt? Natural systems provide all sorts of economic benefits such as cleaning water and pollinating plants. Yet these assets are often not calculated on the financial balance sheet of a company. Nor are they part of our GDP. Who should pay the bill for the environmental cost of doing business? And how can we collect?
From Humankind – The clash over who gets health care coverage and who pays — which resulted in the 2013 government shutdown — is just part of the story. According to the CDC, more than three-fourths of U.S. medical costs are attributed to largely-preventable illnesses related to our lifestyle behaviors (what we eat, whether we exercise, how we manage stress, if we smoke).
From Round Earth Media – The U.S. and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but our understanding of Mexico is often limited by a laundry list of stereotypes and generalizations. You probably think you know Mexico because you’ve been on vacation there, because we’re neighbors, or because you have family there. But in spite of our proximity to Mexico, it remains a mystery to many.
Intelligence Squared US – While gridlock and division in Washington make it difficult for either party or ideology to set the policy agenda, single-party government prevails in three-quarters of the states. In 24 states, Republicans control the governorship and both houses of the legislature, and in 13 states Democrats enjoy one-party control.