Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/21/2023 - 06:00
It is possible to pay farmers a premium while selling single-origin chocolate at a cheaper price – but it means companies have to transform the way it’s made Is it possible to make an ethical chocolate bar that’s also affordable? Tim McCollum, the founder of the bean-to-bar chocolate brand Beyond Good, says the answer is yes – but you have to transform the way it’s made. Beyond Good produces single-origin chocolate bars from cocoa sourced in Madagascar, an island nation off the eastern coast of Africa. Like other specialty chocolate brands, the company says it has sought to improve farmer livelihoods by curtailing the long chain of middlemen that typically participate in the trade of cocoa. Unlike most others, though, Beyond Good says it has managed to eliminate intermediaries altogether: the company buys its cocoa beans direct from local farmer co-ops and drives them to its manufacturing facility in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital. Continue reading...
01/21/2023 - 05:00
Killing of Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, who opposed training facility, is ‘unprecedented’ in history of environmental activism, experts say Belkis Terán spoke with her child, Manuel, nearly every day by WhatsApp from her home in Panama City, Panama. She also had names and numbers for some of Manuel’s friends, in case she didn’t hear from the 26-year-old who was protesting “Cop City”, a planned gigantic training facility being built in a wooded area near Atlanta, Georgia. So by midweek, when she hadn’t received a message from Atlanta since Monday, she began to worry. Thursday around noon, a friend of Manuel’s – whose chosen name was “Tortuguita,” or “Little Turtle” – messaged her with condolences. “I’m so sorry,” they wrote. “For what?” she asked. Continue reading...
01/19/2023 - 21:00
On this episode of Shorewords!, join host Lesley Ewing in conversation with Kiki Patsch and Ryan Anderson about their paper, Adapting to Shoreline Retreat: Finding a Path Forward. We spoke about this paper in September 2021, but in light of the recent series of devastating storms that have attacked the California coast in late 2022 and early 2023, it was time for another conversation. Certain events can become reference points for future decisions and these storms may be such a reference. As Kiki said, people need to hear new messages 57 times before the information sinks in.   Perhaps the hundreds of news stories can accelerate that process. Both Kiki and Ryan have been checking out the coast; listen to this podcast to hear their observations from their local beaches and how these storms may change perceptions about coastal dynamics.
01/17/2023 - 21:00
Tune in to the first Sea Change Podcast episode of the New Year to catch up with Jenna and her good friend, Rafeed Hussain. During this discussion, the two chat about their love for the ocean, photography, the importance of ocean planning, and so much more. In addition to being a friend of Jenna's, Rafeed is a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs Student at the University of Rhode Island, a talented photographer, and a former Ocean Planning Program Specialist for Ocean Conservancy. This episode is excellent for anyone considering grad school or entering the field of ocean policy.
01/15/2023 - 21:00
In this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, co-hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Mayor Patrick Rosenello of North Wildwood, New Jersey to discuss the ongoing legal battle between his town and the state of New Jersey. The town is suing the state for $21 million, claiming that it spent a decade trying to hold back the waves with trucked in sand, and that the state's refusal to allow emergency repairs is putting public safety and property at risk. The DEP counters that there is no emergency, and that the proposed work could actually make erosion worse. Tune in to hear the latest developments and the mayor's perspective on this contentious issue. Only on ASPN!