Two Environmental Topics: Brownfields and Global Warming

10/20/09 Robert Lorei
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk with some scholars about global warming. But first: brownfields.

Brownfields are defined as: Abandoned, idled or under-used real property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental contamination.

We’re going to talk about a conference on brownfields that will be taking place in a few weeks here in the bay area. We are joined by Bruce Nocita who is with Qore Property Sciences and Mary Yeargan who works for the Hillsborough Environmental Protection Commission.

Once thriving areas of economic activity, today brownfields lie abandoned often contaminated from past uses. Sitting unused or under-utilized, brownfields are impediments to economic development in rural and urban communities across our Nation. But redeveloped, brownfields can be catalysts for community revitalization.


This Saturday- October 24th, environmental groups are participating in an international day of action to pressure governments around the world to reduce global warming. We're joined now by two people who pay close attention to global climate change. They are:

Demetra McBride – The Heat islands Schooled both here and in Europe, Demetra McBride is a former lawyer, currently working for Sarasota County's Environmental Resource Management division. McBride regularly publishes and presents on climate action and urban heat islands, as well as mitigation/adaptation strategies and countermeasures to both. Most recently, she presented her peer-reviewed paper on eco-masterplanning cities as urban islands before an international audience of scientists and researchers at a conference hosted by Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories.

David Benzing hold's a PhD in botany from the University of Michigan. He taught biology and environmental science at Oberlin College for 41 years. He's published four books, chapters in more than a dozen more volumes, plus about 75 research reports in technical journals including on titled "Climate Change". He has also taught a course on climate change to undergraduates. He currently occupies an honorary position at the Selby Gardens.


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