This week, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit demanding that the Department of Interior do more to protect endangered sea turtles from the effects of oil drilling off the Gulf Coast. David Godfrey is not waiting for the outcome of that litigation. He’s a native of Florida, a conservationist, and one of the many people fighting to save sea turtles from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also, if you saw the Pixar movie 'Up,' you probably thought nobody can really fly with balloons. Well, you can.
It's been three months since Hurricane Ike - one of the most destructive hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S. Like most of her neighbors on the coast near Galveston, Texas, Dana Bethune will be spending this holiday season camped out in someone else's home. Her home was destroyed, and has yet to be rebuilt. Also in this episode, another in our series of "When Politics Gets Personal."
Earlier this month in Washington D.C., former government officials and cabinet members sat around a table to discuss our nation's reliance on oil. But they didn't show PowerPoint slides - they played a game. The simulation is called Oil ShockWave, and enacts what might happen in an actual oil crisis. Gene Sperling, former economic advisor to President Clinton, played the role of secretary of the Treasury. Also in this episode: a similar simulation focused on citizen reaction. And: a shoplfting season
Our series continues today with a look at technology. Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst, has seen plenty of water filters that fail and he talks about the "people factor." Physicist Ashok Gadgil grew up in India where several of his baby cousins died from bad drinking water. He came up with a kind of filter that's cheap and easy to repair, and he's hopeful about the success. It means millions of people now have clean water to drink.
Tim Harrison, a retired public safety officer from the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, is an expert in the safe handling of exotic animals. He advised responding authorities last October when a man released 56 exotic animals from a rural farm in Zanesville, Ohio.