Jersey City is putting residents’ lives in their neighbors’ hands

As filed for The World on August 31, 2015.

Jersey City is just across the water from lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. About 40 percent of the town’s residents were born outside the United States, and more than half the city speaks a language other than English at home, according to the most recent census data. So, it’s perhaps no surprise that Jersey City is embracing a style of emergency medical services that, until now, has only existed abroad.

Times Square Ivory Crush

Coverage of the federal government’s crush of a ton of illegal elephant ivory in Times Square in June 2015 for NPR Newscast. Despite public displays like this one, poachers are still finding a market for illegal ivory on American streets, thanks to the US’s confusing and hard-to-enforce poaching laws. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and a host of state governors, say they are working to close loopholes.

Despite big efforts, the US is still a major consumer of illegal elephant ivory

Anti-poaching advocates have tried all manner of ways to get people to stop purchasing illegal animal products, from celebrity ads to staged, public destruction of ivory caches. In June 2015, the US government made a very public display of crushing a ton in front of thousands of onlookers in Times Square. Yet poachers are still finding a market for illegal ivory on American streets, thanks to the US’s confusing and hard-to-enforce poaching laws.

SF ivory

Long feature produced for America Abroad Media in July 2015, which is distributed by PRI.

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-07-22/despite-big-efforts-us-still-major-consumer-illegal-elephant-ivory

Global Mayors Sign Climate Pact at UN Sustainable Development Summit

Mayors of cities from around the globe gathered in NYC for the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. Many of these leaders also signed some tough new climate goals aiming to reduce carbon pollution by at least 80%, as compared to a 1990 benchmark. That’s less than 2-tons per person. For context, each American currently produces about 18-tons.

For NPR Newscast on 9-25-2015

How DC Water Turns Poop Into Power

 

There’s a new kind of power in the nation’s capital: Every time a toilet flushes in the District, or a garbage disposal runs, it’s helping power DC Water’s Blue Plains Treatment Plant. The utility’s new digester facility is creating roughly enough renewable energy from solid waste and microbes to power 10,000 homes.

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