Monday 29th October 2018
As Australia cancels payments into the Green Climate Fund, leaders call for climate action on the scale of the Marshall Plan.
Speakers at the ASEAN 2018 forum at Sydney University struggled with the challenges of developing countries within a carbon budget. Weak implementation of laws and “Catch me if you can” corporations are in their way.
Vivien Langford met Dr Rini Astuti a peat land specialist. Did you know Indonesia has 24 million hectares of peat land? Through the peatland restoration program a transition is taking place. Incentives are being given to maintain carbon stocks. The alternative is slash and burn carbon emissions which are double the whole of Indonesia’s emissions.
Dr Pichamon Yeophantong has done extensive field work in China and SE Asia with a special focus on human rights. We discuss the environmental impact of the Belt and Road initiative which is meant to be low carbon and climate friendly, but how? Hydro electricity is certainly renewable but communities are standing up against some dams, Pichamon tells us why.
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Our Pacific neighbours need help in adapting to the climate change we are exporting with every subsidized tonne of coal or gas.
Our Pacific neighbours need help in adapting to the climate change we are exporting with every subsidized tonne of coal or gas. Dr Anote Tong, the former president of Kiribati has been here not for “cash handouts” as alleged , but to interest us in the preservation of his nation and culture. He tells Radio NZ Kathryn Rayne what he could do with $650million. Will we partner with him or leave it to another state?
Nauru is mainly known to us for its detention centre but Anja Kanngeiser went there with a climate listening project. We learn about the high cost of food and water, the dying reef fish and the king tides that knock out the road which circles the island. The intolerable heat and dust makes it clear that Nauru for citizens and refugees alike is on the frontline of climate change.
The Canadian parliament suspended business for an emergency debate in response to the October IPCC report. Senator Elizabeth May makes a rousing appeal for Canada to step up. To double its target at the next COP in Poland and then demand of all other nations like us to step up. You can listen to the whole talk on the YouTube below.
Podcast: Roger Vize
Interviews: Vivian Langford