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Monday 19th November 2018
Presenter: Erin Jones
Victorian State Election Save Westernport update with spokesperson Louise Page savewesternport.org
Analysis of the Victorian State Election from a Climate perspective with guests Leigh Ewbank – Act on Climate Co-ordinator, and Pat Simons – Yes to Renewables Co-ordinator
Overview of the student lead Schools Strike 4 Climate initiative with Sydney high school student Jean Hinchliffe from Fort St High School. schoolsstrike4climate.com
Monday 5th November 2018
Oliver Yates-Former CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation,Executive Director UPC
Last week we heard how the Canadian Parliament was suspended for an emergency debate on Canada’s response to the UN IPCC report. Tonight’s show explores what our Public Health, Banking and Infrastructure leaders are thinking needs to happen in these desperate times.
He shows the scale of the transformation we need now. He says there is a positive narrative about jobs,electrification and retrofitting our built environment. But he urges us not to forget that it is the wealthy 20% who are our highest emitters. This is our chance to reshape the world economy for survival.. He is talking to Amy Goidman of “Democracy Now!”, who worries about populist leaders threatening to reneg on their Paris Commitments. He says they are “noise” but tbat the trendline is world wide decarbonisation and we must redouble our efforts.
It was co-signed by top medical professionals and Nobel prize winners. A far cry from the Canadian Emergency debate , he sees our Parliamentary response to the IPCC science as contemptuous.
He talks about measures being taken to prepare for the medical emergencies climate disruptions are bringing.
The public Health sector is on the front foot . The call for no new coal mines, the removal of subsidies to fossil fuels, a heightened Renewable Energy Target and Emissions Reduction targets under the Paris Agreement.
Dr Sainsbury introduces us to the sweep of its historical theme. Medicine, which developed to such heights in the Holocene, must now help us face the future made harder by the Anthropocene climate.
Although government ministers earn $450,000 per year,they are influenced by political donations. He calls for the public service to have permanence so they can speak the truth to the government. Policy failure on climate change exposes us all to grave risks.
As the former head of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and a Banker he knows it can be different. He gives us a dizzying list of innovative projects which will effectively make us an exporter of energy instead of coal and gas. All we need is progressive leadership. The loud applause is from the Lighter Footprints event at Hawthorn Arts Centre where this short talk was recorded.
This show was produced at the studios of 3CR by Vivien Langford
After the smoke clears what about politics?
Today we return to Morwell to look into what happens when coal country goes to the polls.
The seat of Morwell is marginal and, in the words of Independent Tracie Lund,
“across the nation people are looking at this seat”.
Will another clean coal power station get the green light, or will the people vote
for a greener carbon free future?
Kurt Johnson will be speaking to a range of candidates for the seat to find out what they
stand for in relation to the transition to renewables, and on climate change as a whole.
Tracie Lund is running as an independent, and advocates for a “people before politics” approach,
whereby her priority is investing in the community and its businesses.
She sees a role for coal in the short to medium future of Morwell but supports a transition away
from the industry in order to grow renewable energy options.
Ray Burgess, who represents a more conservative approach to climate change,
is an independent that is “not convinced” of the effects of CO2 on the climate.
He sees the coal industry as an integral part of Morwell’s future and believes in utilising
the regions “traditional strengths”.
Daniel Caffery is running as the candidate for Greens and is in strong opposition
to the opening of new mines in the region.
Despite acknowledging that the transition away from coal will be a difficult one,
it is essential in avoiding environmental destruction.
His long-term approach sees a creation of jobs in alternate industries and a large
assortment of associated benefits.
For more information go to: www.afterthesmokeclears.
Monday 5th Nov extra podcast from ‘Save Albert Park’ (SAP)
Mt Gellibrand Wind farm near Colac held an open day and Vivien Langford was there to find out the latest.
Then Paul Mahoney discusses the future of meat with Vivien.
Monday 5th November 2018
” Corporations are the ones gambling away our planet and our governments are running the casino” Polly Higgins “Ecocide”
David Ritter talks to Vivien Langford about his book The Coal Truth.
It might be to stop Adani, to prevent land clearing or halt gas drilling in the NT. Wherever he goes the laws are inadequate to protect biodiversity, the biosphere and us. Why is that?
We talk about how anyone with children, even Barnaby Joyce, must think about what 4 degrees of warming will do to the world we are spoiling at such a great rate.
He sees anger everywhere at the weakness of our laws and governments. His conclusion? People think the coal and gas industries are taking the piss. The Coal Truth is a humane and personal look at the great challenge of our time.
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
Monday 22nd October 2018
“Thinking Big” takes us to the Pilbara where CWP is planning to export gigawatts of wind and solar energy by undersea cable to Jakarta. Vivien Langford talks to
Andrew Dickson about getting the social licence for this break through project to export renewable energy to Asia. What is the environmental impact and who will underwrite the finances for such a mega project?
We talk to Giles Parkinson editor of REneweconomy who has been following this project, with enthusiasm. He also outlines how pumped hydro energy storage can solve the headaches of “FIRMING”. As some leaders create anxiety around the transition from coal and gas, listeners do not panic when the sun doesn’t shine etc, there are many minds converging round these problems and we want to keep you up to date.
How could Tasmania become the Battery of the Nation?
At the AFR Energy summit Vivien heard a lot about gas as the way to achieve firming intermittent wind and solar power. But it is still a fossil fuel.
Then she met Steve Davey from TasHydro and Ben White (Head of stakeholder relations, Community, Environment and Planning for The Marinus Project at TasNetworks) from the Marinus Project. They are thinking big. They tell us all about how as Victoria’s coal fired power retires gracefully, the energy stored by pumped hydro in Tasmania can be brought by the undersea Marinus cable to the eastern states.
Is this project in competition with Snowy 2.0 or do we need both sources to firm up the energy supply? Is pumped hydro better than gas for firming?
Producer :Kurt Johnson, Podcasts: Roger Vize and Interviews: Vivien Langford
Monday 15th October 2018
Can the Law and Corporations adapt to IPCC advice in time?
What struck me about the IPCC report was that we have 12 years to put in place massive drawdown projects.
The funny thing is we know what to do. What is in the way?
In this show we find out how the legal system and the myths under which business operates are preventing them really reading the IPCC report and behaving in a responsible way.
We talk to:
Dr Andrew King– Melbourne University ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science on the IPCC Report 2018
Monday 8th October 2018
Monday 1st October 2018