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Attributions is a podcast from Climate Impacts Tracker Asia. Join us on journeying through some of the most pressing climate-related issues seen through the eyes of experts in the fields and their commentary on the challenges that the globe faces as it attempts to tackle climate change.


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Attributions is a podcast from Climate Impacts Tracker Asia. Join us on journeying through some of the most pressing climate-related issues seen through the eyes of experts in the fields and their commentary on the challenges that the globe faces as it attempts to tackle climate change.




The Climate Impacts of Heatwaves on Central Asia's Winter

Attributions speaks with Davide Faranda about a recent study he and other scientists conducted on the attribution of climate change on the heatwaves that affected Central Asia last year, along with a recap on some of the science behind heat waves, the impacts that heatwaves are having in the region and many other topics. Davide is senior scientist in climate science at the French National Center for Scientific Research and His main expertise lies in attributing extreme weather events to climate change. Since September 2017, he has also been an external researcher at the London Mathematical Laboratory in London, and at the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory of ENS in Paris. In France, Davide is coordinating a team of about 30 researchers working on aspects linked to weather and climate extremes events. He has authored over 100 scientific publications and written a scientific book. In 2023 Davide has launched ClimaMeter, an international platform for linking weather extremes to climate change immediately after they occur. W: W: X (Twitter): LinkedIn:


Women's Climate Crisis: Insights and Impacts

Attributions speaks with Gaia Zanaboni about the impacts of climate change on women for International Women's Day. Gaia works with Women Engaged for a Common Future (WECF), a non-profit organisation. Her work primarily revolves around exploring the connections between international climate policies and their effects on women and girls. During our discussion, we cover a wide range of topics, including why women are disproportionately affected by climate change, how climate policies impact women, the current obstacles to increasing female participation in international negotiations like the COP climate conferences, and how women's perspectives can enhance climate change solutions. LinkedIn Instagram X (Twitter)


Extreme Flooding and Changing Climate Systems

Attributions speaks with Steve Turton about all things extreme flooding, climate and weather systems, and recent climate change impacts in Australia and the globe. Steve is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Geography at Central Queensland University. Steve has had a distinguished career across academia where he's held senior research and counseling roles in several universities and research centres. Steve's also a one of the former Presidents of the Australian Council of Environment Deans and Directors, along with the Institute of Australian Geographers and the Australian Academy of Sciences. He has been recognised with numerous medals and awards for his contributions in geography. On climate change Steve was an expert reviewer on the IPCC's 5th and 6th Assessment Reports on impacts and adaptation. And most recently in January 2023, his book "Surviving the Climate Crisis: Australian Perspectives and Solutions" was published. We talk about a vast number of topics from extreme flooding in Australia to climate systems like El Niño and La Niña and how they're affecting climate change in Australia and the globe, atmospheric rivers, tropical cyclones, along with what solutions Steve thinks will help the globe deal with climate change's impacts. CQ University - Steve Turton Recently published articles on the Conversation


Climate Change's Impacts on Himalayan Glaciers

Attributions speaks with Finu Shrestha about climate change's impacts on the Himalayan and Hindu Kush mountain ranges ice pack and glaciers. We talked about what kind of effects are being felt in the mountains, how the glaciers are responding to warming, weather pattern changes and water security for billions of people across Asia that rely on Himalayan and Hindu Kush glaciers and snowpack that feed some of Asia's largest river systems. Finu is a Remote Sensing and Geo-information Analyst at The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and has been working on issues affecting the region for over a decade including glaciers, glacier lakes and glacial lake outburst floods also known as GLOFs. Web: ICIMOD LinkedIn: Finu Shrestha


COP28: A Summary of What Happened in Dubai

In this episode of Attributions, Climate Impacts Tracker summarizes the main events, announcements and agreements at the COP28 climate change conference that wrapped up in Dubai in December 2023. While the COP did not provide transformative change, many agreed that it was a successful conference with several key climate-related initiatives being lifted and worked on. This includes loss and damage, climate finance, climate change adaptation and adaptation finance, fossil fuels, carbon markets and nature-based solutions.


Indonesian Palm Oil, Deforestation, Biofuels and Carbon Offsets

Today we speak with Hans Nicholas Jong. Hans is a journalist in Indonesia and a staff writer at Mongabay, where he has been writing for six years about environmental issues surrounding palm oil, indigenous land rights, carbon trading, deforestation, energy transition and much more. Previously, he was a journalist at the Jakarta Post for five years. We spoke about a wide range of issues from palm oil and its impacts on deforestation in Indonesia, the impact of palm oil plantation on indigenous peoples and local communities, corruption, land rights, biofuels, carbon offsets and reforestation. LinkedIn: Hans Nicholas Jong X (formerly Twitter): @hans_nich Articles by Hans on Mongabay


The Science Behind Heat Waves and Extreme Weather in Asia

Attributions speaks with Dr Roxy Mathew Koll. Roxy is a climate scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Metrology. He's made breakthrough contributions to observing and predicting the Indo-Pacific climate related to the region's food, water and economic security. Roxy is also a leader author on the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change reports and former Chair of the Indian Ocean Region Panel. He currently leads research on climate change and its impacts on monsoons, cyclones, heat waves and marine ecosystems. He works with citizen science networks, local governments and media to bring science to the masses. We discussed many topics, including how Roxy got into climate science, the science behind heat waves, their impacts and how they form, the implications of El Niño, marine heat waves, monsoons, extreme cyclones, and other topics. X (formerly Twitter): @RockSea LinkedIn: Roxy Mathew Koll Facebook: Roxy Mathew Koll


How Wildlife Conservation Can Capture Carbon Emissions

In this episode we speak with Oswald Schmitz about a recent scientific paper he co-authored and published in the journal of Nature Climate Change related to how wildlife and rewilding can expand natural climate solutions, or in other words absorb more carbon - the study is called Trophic Rewilding Can Expand Natural Climate Solutions Oswald is a Professor of population and community ecology at Yale University. Much of his work focuses on the linkage between biodiversity and ecosystem services, along with how species interact with their environments. Additionally, he looks into how predator and herbivore species determine the productivity of plants in ecosystems and their processes like carbon and nutrient cycling. We talk about how how wildlife has largely been ignored in carbon reduction conversations and why that is the case, the impressive amount of carbon reduction that wildlife interacting in their environments can contribute to, the role of apex predators, wildlife conservation and carbon markets, human animal conflict, the risks of losing key species, the recent global agreement to conserve 30% of land and 30% of oceans and other topics. W: Yale School of Environment - Oswald Schmitz LinkedIn Twitter: @SchmitzLab


Indian Agricultural Policy and Climate Change

We speak with Devinder Sharma about all things India, agriculture, climate change and importantly agricultural policy in India. We visit topics like the recent heatwaves and their impacts on Indian agriculture, how important the monsoon is to Indian crops, the farmer protests that shook the country, agricultural policy related to giving farmers a living wage and how that will help farmers adapt to climate change, and many other topics. Devinder is a food and trade policy analyst and a former agricultural journalist. He was trained as an agricultural scientist and holds a masters in plant breeding and genetics. Devinder is also an active commentator on sustainable agriculture, food security, the corporatisation of agriculture and trade agreements. Twitter: @Devinder_Sharma Website: Ground Reality: Understanding the politics of food, agriculture and hunger


The Cost of Climate Change on Coral Reefs

We speak with Dr Katharina Fabricius about climate change's impacts on the oceans and coral reef ecosystems. We also talk about how little the ocean has been explored, that it is the worlds largest carbon sink, the effects of coral bleaching, ocean acidification, if there is any potential for corals to adapt to warmer ocean surface waters, and other topics. Katharina is a coral reef ecologist and a Senior Principle Research Scientist at The Australia Institute of Marine Science. She's been researching corals for over 30 years from Australia to the Caribbean. Currently, she leads a research project looking into the long-term effects of ocean acidification in collaboration with scientists from 20 organisations. Katharina has also published over 150 scientific journal articles and advises government and non-government bodies on all things related to corals, acidification, climate and water quality. AIMS profile: Dr Katharina Fabricius Twitter: @fab_coral


Malaysia’s Palm Oil Deforestation the Indigenous Batek

In this episode, host Ashley Crowther, speaks with James Whitlow Delano about his time documenting the plight of one of Malaysia's last indigenous peoples, the Batek. We speak about what drew James to this particular story, who the Batek are, the attitudes from Malaysian government towards indigenous people, palm oil deforestation affecting their traditional lands, the notions behind resource extraction and the costs to planet and people, and many other topics. - James is a documentary storyteller and photographer who has been based in Asia for over 20 years but whose work spans across the globe. James' career has focused on environmental issues and climate change, human rights, migration and Indigenous cultures affected by industrialisation. His projects have won awards, such as the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and Life Magazine), Leica's Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International and NPPA Best of Photojournalism. He is also a grantee from the Pulitzer Center. James' work has been covered by publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, New Republic, The Guardian, Foreign Policy and many more. He is the founder of the EverydayClimateChange Instagram feed. Website: Twitter: @jameswdelano Instagram: @jameswhitlowdelano Facebook: James Whitlow Delano