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Podcast: On Coal And Ocean Acidification

Dec. 4, 2012 | EarthFix
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  • Utility staff and consultants conducting duct leakage tests at a home in North Central Washington for a couple who said they were able to cut their energy bill while making their home warmer and cozier. credit: Courtney Flatt
Utility staff and consultants conducting duct leakage tests at a home in North Central Washington for a couple who said they were able to cut their energy bill while making their home warmer and cozier. | credit: Courtney Flatt | rollover image for more

In this week’s podcast, find out how old-fashioned insulation and high-tech thermostats can warm you up while drivving down your energy bill. And hear how global environmental trends — shipping and burning coal and acidifying oceans — are hitting home in the Northwest.

You’ll also learn how an entrepreneur in Eastern Oregon is trying to mill nuisance trees into wood products for your home.



Podcast Extras

Courtney Flatt looked into ways people in the Northwest are pulling off a nifty trick as winter arrives: making their homes warmer and more comfortable while reducing their utility bills. She also found out how the designer of Apple’s iPod has built what many reviewers are hailing as an innovative thermostat that can learn your habits and work with wifi.

Amelia Templeton’s report in Eastern Oregon yielded this report: “In The High Desert, A Sustainable Mill Targets A Thirsty Tree.”

Ashley Ahearn and Katie Campbell teamed up on a multimedia explainer on the way Puget Sound’s increasingly acidifying waters may be threatening the region’s shellfish farms.

Here’s a video from that report:

And if this latest podcast’s conversation about covering the Northwest’s coal debate piques your interest, here’s our topic page on coal export proposals and a slideshow from one of the most recent hearings on one of the region’s proposed facilities:

(Hover over markers to hear reports on coal in communities of the Northwest. Then click “website” for more EarthFix coverage. Click here for larger map view. Note: Train routes are approximations. They illustrate potential corridors based on existing lines and publicly available information.)

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