Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Carbon Footprint
May 25, 2010 4:55:14 PM PDT
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

BEYOND THE HEADLINES
May 23, 2010
Carbon Footprint (HDBH1011)
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This week's show examines how climate change is shaped by the size of our carbon footprint.

According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, over 42 million tons of waste is hauled to landfills every year across the state.

Also, according to a 2008 report by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, fossil fuel consumption in the transportation sector was the single largest source of the Bay Area's greenhouse gas emissions the previous year.

A carbon footprint is a measure of day-to-day actions that produces greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases are an assortment of toxic gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane that contribute to global warming.

We look at some of the political debates around climate change and what it could mean for the "health" and "wealth" of our communities. We also discuss some simple ecological tips to help reduce our carbon footprint.

Studio Guests:

Jared Blumenfeld
Region 9 Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
epa.gov/region9

Erin Rogers
Western Region Manager of Climate and Energy Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
ucsusa.org

Patricia Dines
Author, "Ask EcoGirl" column
www.askecogirl.info
www.facebook.com/AskEcoGirl

Additional Resources

For information about recycling: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/

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