Podcast – Crucial FEWSION Episode 5: ‘Is My Burger Killing a River?’
Does it matter what you eat? When you enjoy a juicy burger or steak are there any environmental consequences of your meal? What if you knew that your beef-eating habits may be directly threatening rivers in your region? If you knew that you could positively influence the health of a river by eating less beef – would you? In Episode 5 of Crucial FEWSION we hear from Professor Brian Richter, a water conservation specialist and member of the FEWSION research team. He’s been using FEWSION data to investigate just how much are beef-eating habits are affecting major US rivers. He tells us which ones and how we might avert a water crisis, without threatening farmers’ livelihoods in this episode of ‘Crucial FEWSION’.
Read the research paper in Nature Sustainability from March 2, 2020:
Recorded and produced by Diane Hope.
Music by Arthur Vincent.
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Podcast – Crucial FEWSION Episode 4 – The Last Mile & the Role of Citizen Scientists
FEWSION project data provides an averaging, total picture of your county or city’s food-energy-water supplies. But the important protections afforded by US data privacy laws mean that researchers don’t have access to the supply chain data from the local grocery store to your front door.
That’s where Citizen Scientists and students come in. They’re helping FEWSION researchers to collect a different type of information – finding out how personal consumption creates individual food, energy and water footprints, which contribute to the city, state and country scale FEWSION data.
In this episode of Crucial FEWSION we hear from Sean Ryan, the local coordinator for the Citizen Science component of the FEWSION project on the goals – and the rewards, of working with Citizen Scientists. Two of the first cohort of Citizen Scientists, along with some of NAU’s FEWSION students, explain what they’ve been finding out. And how those findings are radically changing their everyday behaviors. Also NAU Climate Science Master graduate highlights some simple actions that can reduce your own personal water consumption.
Suggested Citation: [Hope, D., B.L. Ruddell, R.R. Rushforth, and S. Ryan, Crucial FEWSION Episode 4: The Last Mile & the Role of Citizen Scientists, https://soundcloud.com/diane-hope/crucial-fewsion-episode-4-the-last-mile-the-role-of-citizen-scientists/s-6y8vL.].
Thanks to FEWSION Citizen Scientists Julia Collier, Martha Johnson and NAU students Andee Lister, Darren Bingham, Denise Stoner, Tosin Ayudeli and Valentyn Panchencho. Also to NAU Climate Science Masters graduate and host of the Eco Chic sustainability podcast, Laura Diez (www.lauraediez.com).
This podcast was produced by Diane Hope for NAU’s FEWSION project with funding from the National Science Foundation.
Music: Mango Ice Cream Truck by DOMICIDRE (Arthur Vincent), Phantom by Nctrnm and Unit by Nctrnm (remixed by Diane Hope).
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Podcast – Crucial FEWSION Episode 3 – The Butterfly Effect: Understanding Resilience, Vulnerability and Sustainability in Food-Energy-Water Systems
Who do you think has the most sustainable water supply – residents of the mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona – or its vast, desert neighbor of metropolitan Phoenix? In Episode Three FEWSION data scientist Richard Rushforth (Assistant Research Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University) has the answer. The overall water security of these two contrasting cities is not what you might think. FEWSION project director Ben Ruddell (Associate Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University) explains why it’s important to consider resilience and vulnerability to fully understand how to make our Food-Energy-Water systems more sustainable. And how FEWSION data can be used to do that. Using the concept of the ‘Butterfly Effect’ Ruddell describes real-life examples of drought (US 2011-2012), Hurricane Harvey and the current China-US trade war to demonstrate how a change of conditions in one part of the food-energy-water system can cascade through those systems. And why FEWSION data can help us to predict and better prepare for such scenarios in the future.
Suggested Citation: [Hope, D., B.L. Ruddell, and R.R. Rushforth (2018), Crucial FEWSION Episode 3 – The Butterfly Effect: Understanding Resilience, Vulnerability and Sustainability in Food-Energy-Water Systems https://soundcloud.com/diane-hope/crucial-fewsion-episode-3. Accessed November 2nd, 2018.].
Podcast recorded, narrated and produced by Diane Hope.
Music: ‘Drip Hop Emergency’ and ‘Emergent’ composed by Diane Hope.
Podcast – Crucial FEWSION Episode 2: What is Local?
Episode Two of this podcast series is all about the methodology of how FEWSION’s national data sets are derived. FEWSION project director Ben Ruddell (Associate Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University) describes the ‘how’ of where the FEWSION data comes from. And some of the ‘why’ – outlining the main reasons the FEWSION team treat U.S. county-level data the way they do. FEWSION project Data Scientist, Richard Rushforth (Assistant Research Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University), then outlines the content of the various data ‘visualization layers’ that comprise FEWSION’s new web user interface. And he takes listeners on a ‘data tour’ of City of Flagstaff, with some of the vital annual statistics for food and water use in Coconino County – and by inference its main population center.
Suggested Citation: [Hope, D., B.L. Ruddell, and R.R. Rushforth (2018), Crucial FEWSION Episode 2: What is local?, https://soundcloud.com/diane-hope/crucial-fewsion-episode-2. Accessed September 12th, 2018.].
Recorded, narrated and produced by Diane Hope.
Music: ‘Drip Hop’ track composed by Diane Hope.
Podcast – Crucial FEWSION Episode 1: Introduction to FEWSION
In the first episode of this new podcast series, project director, Ben Ruddell (Associate Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University) describes the aims and scope of the FEWSION project. Also featured are shoppers and traders at the Sunday Farmers Market in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Suggested Citation: [Hope, D. and B. Ruddell (2018), Crucial FEWSION Episode 1: An Introduction to FEWSION, https://soundcloud.com/diane-hope/crucial-fewsion-episode-1-introduction-to-fewsion/s-gWrqK. Accessed July 10th, 2018.].
Recorded, narrated and produced by Diane Hope.
Music: ‘Waste Not Want – Big Drippy Mix’ by Diane Hope.