Stefan starts the show with a review of new research regarding our climate change reality including updates to the math of just how much we need to cut back and how fast. Hint: It's not better than we thought. We also touch on the importance of the upcoming Paris Climate Agreement signatories of which Canada is included in the yet-to-ratify camp, as well as the importance of such an agreement within the context of the US elections in less than two months.
- Recalculating the Climate Math
- Soil carbon storage not the climate change fix it was thought, research finds
- Carney backs green finance to cut emissions and boost growth
- Paris climate agreement poised to come into force
- Taxes more difficult: Economist suggests regulating carbon not just pricing it
The middle section is all about the inherent flaws in our corporate regulation, and the fake outrage from the US Congress about excessive profits by companies like Mylan (Epipen Manufacturer) and Turing Pharmaceuticals (Martin Shkreli) despite the fact that this is precisely the behaviour our corporate laws are designed to incentivize. We discuss this with reference to the increasing coverage and litigation of and against Exxon.
- Congress scolds Mylan CEO for trying to get 'filthy rich' off EpiPens
- Hillary Clinton 'dropped climate change from speeches after Bernie Sanders endorsement'
- Imperial Oil described its climate-warming business as 'anti-social'
- SEC Probes Exxon Over Accounting for Climate Change
Finally, Stefan and Daryn discuss new reports concerning shocking levels of Mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows communities, and the continuing amazing work by First Nations groups across North America to stand up to oil expansion while many of the rest of us sit back and let them do the heavy lifting for all of us. Please support First Nations groups fighting tar sands expansion! They're doing the hard part in many cases, the least we can do (literally) is voice our support.
- 90% of Grassy Narrows residents show mercury poisoning signs: researchers
- First Nations across North America sign treaty alliance against the oilsands
- An American bank just became the first in continent to pull its investments from fossil fuels
- Montreal woman surprises Justin Trudeau with serious question in New York
Alex Ricci (our tech) joins the hosts to discuss solutions to the problem brought up in the middle section "dirty dirty liars" about how this type of greed is a feature of the system, not a flaw or oversight. Good news! We solved the problem :) bad news... there's not a politician on earth with the courage to enact these policies... yet.
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