Aired: April 11, 2015

Dragons of Inaction


For this Earth Day, we’re taking the planet’s pulse—and our own.

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  • Dragons of Inaction (11 min.)

    With: Robert Gifford, University of Victoria

    A psychologist explains the dragons of inaction that keep us from changing our behaviors, even if we know they’re bad for the environment.

  • Effectively Communicating Climate Change (12 min.)

    With: Edward Maibach, George Mason University

    Maibach suggests we start conversations about climate change in unexpected places: Facebook, the doctor’s office, and the TV weather report.

  • Shifting Shorelines (8 min.)

    With: Christopher Hein, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

    One coastal geologist says that due to climate change, east coast shorelines are shifting… fast. But, he says there may be a way we can help barrier islands preserve vital ecosystems throughout the accelerating changes.

  • Consequences of Synthetic Hormones for Animals (11 min.)

    With: Sara O’Brien, Radford University

    Synthetic hormones are flooding the waterways, so one biologist is conducting experiments to pinpoint the source of human-made hormones and to determine the consequences of exposure to them. The canary-in-the-coal-mine for O’Brien’s research is the ubiquitous “mosquito fish”.

  • Weather and Climate Change Converge

    Weather ForecasterClick here to see TV forecasters talking about climate change.

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  • Diagnosing Dragons

    Today, about half of all Americans believe in human-caused climate change, and yet, few Americans modify their behaviors in any serious ways. Allison Quantz explores the dragons of inaction that keep us from changing.

    To hear more about climate change listen to our recent show.


3 Comments on “Dragons of Inaction”

  1. Wm Deutsch

    Very interesting, especially the DR.SARAH O’BRIEN portion
    of the program.. We can’t say we haven’t been alerted.
    Thank you RADIO.ORG.

  2. Sara's Dad

    Since Dr. Sara’s humble beginnings on that farm in Northern Illinois, it was obvious to me that in her lifetime she would “slay the dragons of inaction” both socially and environmentally. At 4 years old she brought three baby Kildeer’s in from the hay field. She realized the commitment of a Mama Kildeer protecting her young. It stuck.

  3. Sarah

    To Wm Deutsch and to Mr. O’Brien:
    We knew of contamination from hormones given to livestock, but the notion that synthetic hormones from the pill and from certain plastics can’t be filtered from our drinking water is even more cause for worry.

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