Environmental Professionals Postulating
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Since March 2017 the Environmental Professionals have been Postulating on a range of topics. From the extreme fringe of radical Environmental theory such as the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT) and the potential for Abrupt Climate Change Leading to Near Term Human Extinction, to the more mainstream issues such as Politics, (Trump & Brexit), Climate Change and Business. Episodes are released monthly and available via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Overcast or your other podcast provider of choice. Remember to subscribe and help the show by leaving a 5* review!
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Ep 013 - A discussion with Dr. Richard Nolthenius. Part 1 of 3
Dr. Richard Nolthenius has a background in thermal engineering and astronomy. He currently runs the Astronomy Program at Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz California. He also lecturers and has been a visiting researcher for UC Santa Cruz since 1987. He describes his professional transition in to climate science as “quite a shock, not necessarily a pleasant one”! Dr. Nolthenius suggests that Professor Tim Garrett’s work on linking global wealth and energy consumption has not been given the attention it deserves, Dr. Nolthenius also concludes that the only way to advert the increasingly critical climate change situation is in line with Prof. Garretts publications and therefore requires sharp, rapid cuts to our use of fossil fuels. To achieve this end Dr. Nolthenius has compiled a list of 7 Policy Mechanisms which he will discuss in Part one. These include: Tax and Dividend End government subsidies to fossil fuel companies Trade sanctions against all countries who do not enact Tax and Dividend or end fossil fuel subsidies. Devise an efficient mechanism to impose Tax/Dividend on all externalized costs. Tax consumption, not income. End Child Tax Credit, and promote policies which economically discourage population growth. Amend the Constitution. Dr. Nolthenius explains exactly what the above may involve, and discusses ideas for getting them implemented with a million person Occupy DC movement. In Part Two Dr. Nolthenius highlights potential technological ‘band aids’ (and their short falls) which could potentially be implemented alongside the Policy Mechanisms discussed in Part 1. These include: Energy technologies (PV, Wind, Hydroelectric, Geothermal and Nuclear). Carbon Capture and storage Artificial capture of CO2 from the atmosphere via ‘Air Capture’ Climeworks commercially operated Air Capture CO2 machine. BECCS – BioEnergy with Carbon Capture and Sequestration. Dr. Nolthenius also points out how even if we ended all our carbon emissions today, the effect of Thermal Inertia would still cause global temperatures to rise. Part 3 covers GeoEngineering including: Permafrost Carbon How do we choose? Solar Radiation Management ‘Butterflies’ Asteroids with dust secretion