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Big Solutions for Big Problems

Human activity has moved mass amounts of carbon stored within the earth and released it into the atmosphere. Let’s face it, we’ve burned a lot of fossil fuels. Millions of years of stored carbon in the span of the 200 years. As we begin to feel the effects of this drastic change to the earth’s systems in the form of warming, severe weather, ice retreat and other symptoms, its natural to wonder how we can put the genie back in the bottle. Scientists like recent Harvard PhD Graduate Katie Dagon are researching ways to geoengineer solutions on a major scale. Ways to keep the heat out, and remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Katie Dagon, Climate Scientist

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Psychology of Sustainability

Have you ever wondered why habits are hard to change? Are you curious about the best ways to facilitate change and foster sustainability in your community? Professors Christie Manning and Elise Amel have dedicated much of their careers to answering questions like these, and many more, in their mission to understand the psychology of sustainability. Listen to our conversation to find out why “there are no environmental problems, just human behavior problems”.

Elise Amel. Professor of Psychology

Christie Manning, Professor of Environmental Psychology

Join us Tuesdays at 3pm on Radio Boise at 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream us online at http://www.radioboise.org.

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Many listeners will recall the negative news associated with Volkswagen vehicles and U.S. emissions testing. In case you missed it, in 2016 Volkswagen was found guilty of installing  emissions software on diesel vehicles sold in the U.S. that enables the vehicles to sense an active emissions control test, turn on certain emissions control devices during the tests, and render them inactive during normal use. In other words, Volkswagen was found guilty of mass producing vehicles that autonomously cheat on emissions tests.

In 2016, Volkswagen was court ordered to provide billions of dollars to create trust funds to offset the damage caused by the emissions that exceeded EPA standards. As part of the settlement, Volkswagen is funding the $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust. The Environmental Mitigation Trust is divided between states based on the number of affected vehicles registered in the state. Idaho is set to receive $17.3 from the Environmental Trust and will soon be finalizing the plan for how to use the funds to improve air quality in the Gem State. Volkswagen also funded two other trusts as part of the ongoing settlement –

  • Buyback, Lease Termination, Vehicle Modification, and Emissions Compliant Recall Program
  • National Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan

Our guests Michael  Brown with the Idaho DEQ and Beth Baird with the Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition give our listeners an overview of the issue and a look at how the funds are likely to be applied in Idaho. To learn more about the status of the funding in Idaho and provide your ideas for how to make use of the settlement funds, visit the Idaho DEQ Volkswagen Diesel Settlement website.

Michael Brown Idaho DEQ Airshed and Diesel Emissions Project Manager

VW Court ordered to fund billions in response to emissions falsification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tune into the show every Tuesday at 3pm on Radio Boise at 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream us online at http://www.radioboise.org.

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Photo: Snake River Alliance

It’s clean air month on Building a Greener Idaho and today I speak with Chad Worth with the Snake River Alliance and Beau Husfloen from Bluebird Solar and Light about the Solarize the Valley program. What does clean energy have to do with clean air? C’mon, our listeners (YOU) know the answer to that question!

Solarize the Valley 2.0 just kicked off for a second year with a goal of installing 250 kilowatts of clean solar energy on rooftops of homes and businesses across the valley. Chad and Beau will discuss the details of the program including why it’s a great time to go solar and how participants will get the best pricing, warranties and service as they invest in our collective clean energy future.

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