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AUDIO UP!! Charles Yarish – Fueling the Future

Photo courtesy of Peter Morenus /UConn

Dr. Charles Yarish heads the Yarish Seaweed Marine Biotechnology Lab at the University of Connecticut at Stamford, Ct. and is a pioneer in the field of sustainable seaweed aquaculture, otherwise known as seaweed farming. Yarish is nothing short of bullish on seaweed, and kelp aquaculture in particular, and it is no wonder why. The benefits of seaweed are enormous. Some seaweed species take CO2 out of the atmosphere at 5X the rate of land-based plants and it is a sustainable food source for humans and animals. Nori, a red seaweed, provides more protein than soy, more vitamin C than orange juice, as much heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids as many fish, as well as minerals like iodine, zinc, and magnesium – all with no need for agro-chemicals, fertilizer, or antibiotics. Kelp species could well be the biofuel of the future. Initial feasibility studies suggest that an acre of kelp can produce 2,000 gallons of ethanol, five times the amount derived from corn. This just keeps getting better!

With Yarish’s help, seaweed farming is experiencing a small boom in Maine, Southern New England, and Alaska and it is predicted to grow significantly over the next several years. Kelp farmer Bren Smith, formerly a traditional fisherman, contacted Yarish after hurricanes Irene and Sandy devastated his shellfish beds. It was Yarish who introduced him to kelp farming. Smith has gone on to found the non-profit GreenWave whose mission it is to create jobs and protect the planet; grow good, local food for communities; and to make a living on a living planet.

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Gustave Speth on the History of the Environmental Movement and Climate Change

urlConsidered to be one of the most prominent, knowledgeable, global environmentalists of our time.

See fully embedded audio links below.

Gus Speth joined the faculty at Vermont Law School in 2010. A Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos, he completed his decade-long tenure in 2009 as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

As taken from his Vermont Law School biography:

Throughout his career, Professor Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation’s Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America’s Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Environmental Law Institute and the League of Conservation Voters, and the Blue Planet Prize. He holds honorary degrees from Clark University, College of the Atlantic, Vermont Law School, Middlebury College, and the University of South Carolina. He is the author, co-author or editor of seven books, including the award-winning “The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability” and “Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment.”  His memoir, Angels by the River, published by Chelsea Green Press, was released in 2014

I recommend viewing the following:

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/off_the_pedestal_creating_a_new_vision_of_economic_growth/2409/

Full Audio Embedded.  To listen click on the link below.