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The Carbon Watchdog Podcast
55 minutes | a month ago
What is Climate Justice?
Kelo Uchendu is a Nigerian student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an active member of a broad coalition of student climate movements across the world that held the MOCK-COP. This was the youth climate movement's answer to the vacuum left by the UN's delayed COP26. Kelo is a member of Grey 2 Green Movement in Nsukka and Students Organising for Sustainability. Being in a youth climate movement in the Global South, Kelo knows about climate justice and explains in the podcast how the lack of climate justice in the world today plays out in Africa. While westerners in the Industrial North think of the threats to their pensions and property from climate change, most are unaware of the impacts that are already playing out in other parts of the world, affecting people who played practically no part in creating the issue. And that, by every reasonable definition, is a dire injustice.
73 minutes | 2 months ago
Days of Coal in Calgary, Canada
Hugh Archibald White was born and brought up in Calgary, Canada in the 1940s and 50s. He gave me a run-down on their almost universal dependence on coal, illustrated with some great anecdotes about his grandfather, a coal and gas merchant, including:- the vastness of Canada’s natural resources- the railways and development- low prices and infinite availability of fossil fuels- Canadian winters, minus 20°C for half the year- why you didn’t insulate your houseSorry for my sound quality – I used the wrong mic – doh! But Hugh’s quality is good.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
How Green Is My Tesla?
This week I persuaded my old friend from Germany, Dirk Carstens, to give me the run-down on the pros and cons of owning a Tesla. He’s a trained physicist so there’s not much about the EV technology that phases him.Some of the stuff we discussed:the low billsthe all-important battery, how to treat it, how long it lasts, how much it’s worththe amount of data Tesla accumulates on you, your car, your driving…when autonomous driving goes wronghydrogen fuel (not for the Tesla…)
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Mangroves - vital coastal forests - with Bremley Lyngdoh
Dr. Bremley W.B. Lyngdoh is Director Microfinance & Ecorestoration of Earthbanc, which invests capital from their savers via microfinance to enable smallholders to plant mangroves and build sustainable livelihoods. He's made a career out of bringing people together to create environmental and agricultural projects. I caught up with him online in his home state Meghalaya, north-east India - just before he left to check on leaking uranium waste tanks that no-one will take responsibility for in the jungles of South West Khasi Hills. We covered ...just how many million mangroves people can planthow cyclones made the people of Myanmar suffer where they had destroyed their mangrovessaving money with Earthbanc funds local smallholders to plant treeshow Earthbanc monitors progress using satellite datawhether local people would really want tigers in the forests they plant!the beautiful wilderness of Meghalaya, with its living root bridges and 25m (75 foot) annual rainfallif Bremley is in fact one of the Na'vi and Meghalaya is Pandorathe evils of uncontrolled uranium miningGo to the website for more: Carbon Watchdog
74 minutes | 4 months ago
Everybody Loves The Ocean - The Most Important Natural Resource In The Fight Against Climate Change
My guest on this week's podcast is Danny Badger, fisheries scientist, educator and jellyfish nerd, who's worked at the New England Aquarium in Boston, USA and the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI).We discuss everything (almost)!from the size of sea-lions to dead zonestalking to angry peopleprotecting the blue planetmaximising your chances on a first date by visiting an aquariumand how sushi restaurants use jellyfish to hypnotise their customers.
72 minutes | 4 months ago
Turning a Victorian London terrace house into a green Superhome
I interview Kate Calvert, Superhome creator and North London, UK resident: - what happens when you do a green retro-fit on a 19th Century terrace house - solar panels, wall insulation, electricity bills - local council planning regulations, bad buildings and bombs - holding corporate building developers to their eco promises - is carbon rationing like war-time rationing?
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