Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Patt Morrison for Thursday, June 16, 2011


Thursday, June 16, 2011

1-3 p.m.






1:06 – 1:39





1:41:30 – 1:58:30

What’s Southern California doing about climate change?

In frostbitten Chicago, they’re already preparing for global warming by planting different trees and paving streets with different materials. Whether using data to make smarter choices about building materials, what kind of trees to plant, or how to make the best use of streets, cities around they globe are thinking about how to adapt to a changing climate in the absence of more viable national plans. Those cities’ mayors received some extra help this month from the World Bank, which signed an agreement with 40 mayors around the globe to offer financial aid for city level projects to combat climate change. How are California cities bracing for climate change? Patt checks in with the mayor’s office and a group that gets cities talking about ground-up solutions to these issues. While federal and international efforts have had varied success, with treaties being sidelined by stubborn nations and cap-and-trade policies getting grid-locked, could it be more affective to address these global issues on a city level?

Monica Gilchrest, regional officer for the greater LA region for ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, a nonprofit member organization made up of local governments


Romel Pascual, deputy mayor for environment, Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa




2:06 – 2:30

Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the U.S. – is stability possible in a region of conflicting interests?

With the debate over whether or not the U.S. should begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan next month, the future of that embattled country is uncertain. Much depends on whether President Karzai’s government can maintain itself against the resilient, Al Qaeda-sympathetic Taliban, or come to a power-sharing agreement that would stabilize the region. If the latter option fails, could the “Graveyard of Empires” fragment into disorderly, dangerous territories controlled by tribal warlords, the Islamist militia group, and the government? Bin Laden’s death has also shaken the Middle East and the U.S.’s relationship with Afghanistan’s next-door neighbor, Pakistan, where there has been great public and private opposition to the U.S.’s covert presence and casualty-heavy drone attacks. Will Pakistan continue to cooperate with U.S. counterterrorism efforts? Join Patt for a discussion of the Middle East in the wake of bin Laden’s killing with Seth Jones, senior political scientist at RAND.



Seth Jones, senior political scientist with RAND; recently returned from Afghanistan as the representative for the Commander of the United States Special Operations Command to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations.

via ISDN



2:30 – 2:39




2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Rebuilding & recriminations: what will post-tsunami, post-nuclear disaster Japan look like?

The earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit northern Japan in March has had immediate impacts on the Japanese and those towns in the path of the wall of water, but the ripple effects are international:  as the aftermath of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant unfolded Germany has declared that it will decommission all of its nuclear reactors within the next ten years while other European countries are considering the same.  The meltdowns of all three reactors at Fukushima have spurred a nuclear crisis of conscience all over the world, and in Japan it has threatened the stability of the government, the health of the Japanese people and the overall economy.  How can Japan rebuild and will it ever fully recover?  The Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. is in studio with Patt to talk not only about the what it will take to decontaminate hundreds of square miles of Japanese land and ocean but also to rebuild shattered homes, lives and trust in a Japanese government and utility system that seemingly let down its people.



Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese Ambassador to the United States




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