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Paul Werbos is discouraged about the failure of COP27, but was excited about a zoom meeting in China where the Chinese seem eager to set up an internet-regulating system; he would like to combine that with the Guterres and Biden desire for an office to manage all existential threats. Opinions in the group were divided as to whether a ceasefire in t…
 
john Liu witnessed the transformation of t he Loess Plateau in China resulting from the work of the local people who made terraces, enriched the soil, and planted trees. Since then he has been engaged in promoting ecological camps in other parts of the world for people to volunteer their labor. Both Heather Schibli and Joyce Hostyn are Canadians wh…
 
Dr Sandy Greer is an activist in Blyth, Ontario, near the potential site of a repository for low-level nuclear waste from power plants. Erika Simpson is a professor of political science at Western University; both women, and Adam Wynne are concerned about the potential for radioactive dangers if the large existing amount of nuclear waste is buried …
 
Professors David Beerling and Noah Planavsky are both experts in the innovative practice of "enhanced rock weathering," which crushes rocks such as basalt and applies the powder to soil as a way of improving the quality of the soil and also capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequestering it. Planavsky is not only a computer modeler bu…
 
Adam Hochschild's new book, American Midnight, records the dramatic and deplorable phase of hysteria in the United States during and shortly after World War I. The details about the violation of civil liberties can only shock, for numerous instances were even worse, in Hochschild's opinion, than during the Trump presidency. The book presents numero…
 
Nathan Funk is a professor of peace and conflict studies, Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo. He studied Middle Eastern religion and international relations a American University and in Syria, and his wife is a professor of Persian background. We discuss the relations among the various faith communities and how to conceptualize the relat…
 
Douglas Hooton, professor emeritus of civil engineering at University of Toronto, Chris Cheeseman of Imperial College in London, and Michael Barnard are experts on concrete. Because concrete is the source of 8 percent of the world's carbon emissions, we must urgently develop concrete that is carbon neutral or even carbon negative. Hooton describes …
 
Carl Gershman was the head of the National Endowment for Democracy for 37 years. In 2004 NED awarded Seymour Martin Lipset a medal for his work on fostering democracy globally. That is when he and Metta Spencer met, so they talk a little first about Lipset. Then they discuss the bright spots that Gershman sees in the contemporary polarized world, t…
 
Thomas Homer-Dixon is the founder and director of Cascade Institute, a Canadian think tank that is studying several problems that are converging upon us all simultaneously, mostly complex systems connected with climate change. They are working on the methane being emitted by thawing permafrost, and believe that some help may come from growing mosse…
 
Brad Bass and Ole Hendrickson are both ecologists and both are section editors for Project Save the World; they monitor the contents of the comments column, among other good deeds. They both are professionally concerned with the quality of water in our waterways, so we discuss first the current state of the wetlands on the southwest coast of Hudson…
 
Alexey Prokhorenko and Andre Kamenshekov have both left Russia and are opposed to that country's aggression. They discuss the routes that refugees can take when fleeing Russia. The group of participants in this town hall favor organizing via Zoom those male Russians who fled to avoid being mobilized into the military. They could be effective in inf…
 
Nivedita Das Kundu is an international relations expert who was born in India and educated in Russia and Ukraine. She is able to describe vividly the attitudes that most Indians share about their friend, Russia, which has helped them in many ways. But they also are friendly toward Ukraine, where many Indian students study medicine and engineering i…
 
Franz Oeste is one of the scientists who discovered the important role of iron dust in moderating the climate, fertilizing phytoplankton, and creating whiter clouds with greater albedo. Oswald Peterson is working on a project to put this discovery to beneficial use in the current crisis, and Peter Fiekowsky is a Silicon Valley activist and entrepre…
 
Alexey Prokhorenko was an interpreter in Moscow until Putin mobilized troops in September to fight in Ukraine. Like almost a million other men, he left the country and is staying temporarily in Istanbul. Because he arrived without a long-lasting visa, he has to leave the country every few months to re-enter from elsewhere. There are more such Russi…
 
Sandy Smith, Heather Schibli, and Michael Rosen are foresters and arborists who often work with trees in urban areas, including farmland. They agree that we an expect only negligible early effects on global carbon sequestration from planting forests in cities, and that the urban environment makes such forestry difficult. Nevertheless the many servi…
 
Brian von Herzen is director of the Climate Foundation, working on developing seaweed permaculture. David Demarey is a farmer and soil chemist. Thomas Vanacore owns a quarry and is an expert on farming with rock dust. They discuss the potential use of rock dust, biochar, and seaweed extract in a mixture to improve the fertility of soil while retain…
 
Peter Fiekowsky just visited the Blue Planet plant yesterday and shows photos of its operations to Chris Cheeseman and Michael Cook, British engineers who are working to develop a new component in cement. Blue Planet is producing limestone aggregate for concrete that is so carbon-negative that it offsets the CO2 emissions that inevitably result fro…
 
Paul Rogers, a professor at Bradford University in England, discusses his book Losing Control, which has been rewritten for the new edition. We mainly discuss the conditions leading to the current war in Ukraine and the troubling likelihood that neither side can win and so a negotiated compromise must be the outcome. Because the Russians are probab…
 
Monia Mazigh is a writer and activist from Tunisia who immigrated to Canada where she had to organize support on behalf of her husband, who had been imprisoned in Syria. Her engagement with this cause brought public attention and she has worked on human rights issues since then, as well as running for political office, teaching at the university, a…
 
Stephen Salter has been designing a nozzle to spray extremely tiny drops of sea water into the clouds, which they will whiten thereby and increase the amount of sunshine landing on the earth surface below. Peter Wadhams is an expert on Arctic sea ice and he and climatologist Paul Beckwith are enthusiastic about using this way of retaining some ice …
 
David Waltner-Toews is a epidemiologist and veterinarian with an expansive vision: He addresses "zoonoses" -- diseases that are shared by animals and people. This inter-disciplinary project also looks at ecological systems and interactions among the creatures that live together in them. Some organizations practicing “one health" focus as much on th…
 
Leonid Yurganov is a scientist who measures the methane emissions all around the world with spectrometry from satellites. He has twenty years' data on the subject by now. Peter Wadhams specializes in the study of sea ice and the methane being released in the Arctic. Yurganov shows some maps of the north pole area taken from his instruments at diffe…
 
Project Save the World hosts a town hall on the last Sunday of every month. Here we talk about beavers, wind, cooperation with Russian scientists, mental illness and suicide among youths, spirituality and consciousness, and the predicament of Russians who oppose the war but may be conscripted. Guests include Bill Liekam, Peter Wadhams, Franklyn Gri…
 
Prabhat Jha, M.D. is an epidemiology professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of Toronto. He has been studying the causes of death in India and Africa and notes that the Covid pandemic is far weaker in Africa than the Delta version was in India. WE discuss the changing trends in smoking, breast cancer survival, and suicide. The study in I…
 
Robert Schaeffer is a sociologist who specializes in macro-level global trends – notably globalization. He sees the period of globalization as ending now, and attributes much of the world-wide swing toward right-wing politics to the popular reaction against its economic effects. (He also attributes some of the effect to the consequences of partitio…
 
Reiner Braun is Director of the International Peace Bureau, the oldest world-wide umbrella organization of peace groups in the world. We discuss the speech given the night before by Vladimir Putin, who is holding a referendum to incorporate the occupied territories of Ukraine into Russia, and who has warned that attacks on the Russian homeland (whi…
 
Nicole Redvers was invited to discuss her book about indigenous medicine, The Science of the Sacred, which is described by Amazon: “Modern medical science has finally caught up to what traditional healing systems have known for centuries. Many traditional healing techniques and medicines are often assumed to be archaic, outdated, or unscientific co…
 
Rajagopal and his wife, Jill Carr-Harris, are Gandhian leaders of a civil society organization in India, Ekta Parishad. They have several ashrams where they train uneducated youths to take the initiative in their villages to challenge corrupt practices and hold officials accountable for providing services to the poor. They have led a march across i…
 
Stephen Zunes is professor at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches about strategic nonviolent action. He recounts the invasion of Western Sahara by Morocco after the withdrawal of the Spanish colonial government. Morocco has organized the migration of an overwhelming number of Moroccans into the occupied territory, and this has been su…
 
Rebecca Fannin is a business journalist with several financial magazines. She has published several books about the transformation of India and (especially) China into corporate and technological entrepreneurs. One of her early books was Silicon Dragon, about China. Now, because of Covid's travel restrictions, she has confined her reporting trips t…
 
Mustafa Bahran teaches physics at Carleton University and was formerly Yemen's minister of energy. He notes that the war has been at least paused for six months. The question is whether the Houthis are just collecting weapons for another round of fighting or whether the extended truces will turn into a ceasefire. He discuss the ideology of the Hout…
 
This is one of our regular town halls. Oded Grajew in Sao Paulo tells us about the upcoming election in Brazil. Lula is the better environmentalist. Erika Simpson, Joni Arends and Robin Lloyd speculate about the dynamics behind the failure of the NPT Review Conference to reach a consensus document; Russia was the reason, but was it about the Zaporh…
 
Jefferson Tester is a professor of engineering at Cornell University, where he is establishing a district heating system on campus. Last year he showed the general design, but now he has completed digging a hole three miles deep there. The rocks at the bottom have a temperature of 90 degrees, so cold water poured down there can be pumped back up at…
 
David Demarey is a soil chemist and farmer; Tom Vanacore owns a quarry and makes rock dust; John Sewuster is an expert on seaweed farming; Ted Wysocki is a farmer, and Ryan Brophy is an agronomist. What they have in common is a conviction that mixing rock dust, biochar, and seaweed produces a soil amendment that can not only improve the quality of …
 
Bruce Conn is a professor of One Health at Berry College and and invertebrate biologist with special interests in insects and bivalve mollusks, so we talk about various mosquito-borne diseases and the services provided by oysters and clams to clean sea water. Antibiotics have been used to fatten cattle (apparently it takes a lot of energy for an or…
 
Brian von Herzen is an expert on seaweed. He is creating platforms in the ocean that are farms for kelp. Wave-powered pumps bring nutrients up from the depths to enable the seaweed to thrive, and around them are vast numbers of fish, that come "for the good stuff" the seaweed provides. About a quarter of the plants fall off and sink to the bottom o…
 
Craig Stephen is a public health professor and One Health expert who began as a veterinarian. Nowadays he teaches by telling stories that show the connections between the narrow medical problem and the environment or social circumstances that are involved. Often, he says, by reducing the risks of the undesirable behavior (eg. drug use), we empower …
 
David Matas is a Canadian international lawyer who published an article in the Globe and Mail suggesting a mechanism by which Canada could charge Putin with the crime of aggression and make it dangerous for him to leave Russia for he might be arrested in other countries. First Canada would have to sign the treaty making war aggression an internatio…
 
John Liu was a television producer and cameraman in China when he was asked to make a documentary film about the Chinese government's project to revive the degraded loess plateau – a region that had been the center of a cradle of civilization. A thousand years ago it had become a desert because of the poor animal husbandry, the cutting of the fores…
 
Kehkashan Basu recently attended the Non-Proliferation Conference. James Simeon discussed the new effort to merge a "nexus" of three issues: humanitarianism aid, development, and peace. Unfortunately there can be contradictions in the approaches. Peace issues are about political conflict, and conflicting political or military enemies do not like fo…
 
John Moore was responsible for China's geoengineeing work at a Beijing University. He explains to climatologists Peter Wadhams and Paul Beckwith his proposal to set up underwater panels of unwoven fabric in channels around Antarctica where warm water is flowing under the Thwaite Ice sheet. As a result, the glacier will melt and calve off as iceberg…
 
Amy LeBoeuf's young son contracted Bartellosis from a cat scratch, and her search for medical care led her to found an NGO in Louisiana that educates people about zoonoses – diseases that are transmitted between animals and people. Her search created a friendship with Amanda Elam, the founder and CEO of Galaxy Diagnostics, a company that specialize…
 
Marilou McPhedran is a Canadian senator who recently attended the first meeting of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We discuss the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Dina Zisserman Brodsky is a Russian Israeli professor who recounts the opinions of Russians toward that atomic bomb. Sam Lanfranco is working o…
 
Michael McFaul, the US Ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, is now a professor at Stanford who heads an institute that supports democracy movements around the world. They bring activists for training programs where the trainees offer useful advice to the US about the great problems now facing democracy. He doubts that there is any …
 
Peter Wadhams specializes in ice and glaciers. We discuss ways of stopping the runoff of water from Greenland and Antarctica, and of insulating icebergs while towing them to places that need freshwater. We worry about whether Russia will continue to prevent the export of grain from Ukraine, despite having agreed to allow it. Alexey Prokhorenko answ…
 
Maria Puerta Riera is a Venezuelan political scientist living in Florida. Lester Kurtz is a sociologist at George Mason University who has taught several years in Korea. William Geimer is a retired law professor who left the US for Canada because of his disapproval of US wars. They discuss the current dynamics in Asia and the expansion of China int…
 
Dmitri Makarov is the youngest member of the Moscow Helsinki Group's three-person chairmanship, replacing an extraordinary woman, the late Lyudmilla Alexeeva. That group was founded in 1976 by Yuri Orlov and other Russian dissidents, pretending to offer "assistance" to the Soviet government in fulfilling the commitments it had made in the Helsinki …
 
Peter Phillips studies the handful of people who control the global investment money. Harry Glasbeek, a retired law professor, also worries about the control that the corporations have over national governments. James Simeon is focusing primarily on the tragic displacement of people by war, and the use of forced migration as a weapon of war. Simeon…
 
Drs. David Heymann and Ronald St. John are epidemiologists who have worked on various forms of the SARS virus, including Covid 19. Here we discuss GPHIN, the system Dr. St. John developed for monitoring the outbreaks of diseases around the world faster than the WHO could do at the time. Similar techniques are being used now in Sitata, the company t…
 
Whitney Lackenbauer is a professor at Trent University who studies the Canadian North. He is especially enthusiastic about the Rangers who work in their home regions of Canada's Arctic, mainly to provide human security for their local neighbors, but they also support the maintenance of cultural practices, such as the ability to build snow houses: "…
 
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