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Surviving climate change, resource depletion, the energy crisis - and staying profitable

Surviving climate change, resource depletion, the energy crisis - and staying profitable
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Surviving climate change, resource depletion, the energy crisis - and staying profitable

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English


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Something in the Air

11/8/2018
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Recently we’ve spoken at length about plastic. We’ve spoken about climate change. But there’s something in the air; in fact there's a lot more in the air than there should be. This week’s episode is about air quality, the third big area that needs cleaning up.

Duration:00:24:17

More Plastic Rubbish

11/1/2018
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In this episode I talk about more plastic rubbish, about energy, about politicians and about Brexit. I also mention industrial-scale fly-tipping, what to do with your empty Pringles can and a new Circular Economy initiative. Special thanks to Eleanor Rogers for extensive information on plastic.

Duration:00:27:35

Making Policy

10/25/2018
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This week it's all about policy, about energy policy, about policies to combat climate change. There's an interview, too, with Hal Harvey, author of Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy. And some electrifying news about transport.

Duration:00:25:30

Wintry Outlook

10/18/2018
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The big story this week is the IPCC report. Yes, I know it came out two weeks ago but there was an awful lot to read. One of the recommendations is the use of carbon capture and storage and this week we have an interview with Prof Jon Gluyas of Durham University who is an expert in this field. In this episode I also comment on a number of the government's green policies, I talk about energy, I look into a smart sewer and I can tell you where to park your car for the price of a few plastic...

Duration:00:36:58

Plastic

10/11/2018
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This week's episode is all about plastic.

Duration:00:22:11

Feedback

10/4/2018
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I've had more feedback than ever this week as you'll hear. Also in this week’s episode: climate failures and climate lies, a big price for small reactors, don't paint the town red – paint it green, and how should we keep it warm? News from Smart Cities World, from the IPCC and a follow-up on some of the issues covered last time.

Duration:00:22:16

How Smart is your Smart Meter?

9/27/2018
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This week I'll tell you about my PhD research into smart meters and why I’m not doing it any more. I did learn quite a lot as I shall explain later. OPEC tells us that they expect oil production to rise dramatically in the next five years, so if that's true I presume we can kiss goodbye to the Paris agreement. Why not avoid oil and buy an electric car? We ordered one last week. Unlike other electric car owners we won't be taking it to the Middle East. Why would we? Listen on and you’ll find...

Duration:00:24:47

Coming Round

9/20/2018
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This week I review an important book on the circular economy, there is energy news on nuclear, gas and coal, the BBC fesses up, Saturn may have rings but Carlsberg is getting rid of them, extreme weather is still battering many parts of the world and can Walmart afford sustainability?

Duration:00:30:09

HOLD TIGHT!

9/6/2018
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In this episode I'll be talking about energy, including fracking and transport, about waste food and waste plastic, about climate change, about investment strategies, about floods and fires and climate change denial, and we have a book review as well. There are some informed insights from Jeremy Leggett and there might be a bit of politics too. Remember, the full text of this episode is on the blog at www.sustainablefutures.report where you will find links to the sources of all my stories.

Duration:00:50:41

Extra, extra!

7/26/2018
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I know, I know. I said the Sustainable Futures Report would be monthly from now on but there's just so much going on. Energy, climate change, reverse vending and what's a Hyperloop? And I've been on Talk Radio again- this time with Mike Graham.

Duration:00:22:56

SDG Special

7/19/2018
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Goals. This special episode is mainly about goals. But not football. About the SDGs, the sustainable development goals from the United Nations and about how they relate to business. And as an extra extra, at the very end of this edition I've included the interview I did recently with Julia Hartley Brewer on Talk Radio. She wanted to talk about the carbon dioxide shortage. Shortage? When there's too much in the atmosphere?

Duration:00:23:37

The Elephant in the Room

7/5/2018
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This time I interview Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment about the Institute's response to the government's proposals for environmental regulation after Brexit. There's news from Canada where the government has just bought up a pipeline which some see as an expensive white elephant. It will cost taxpayers at least $3 billion. Text and links at www.sustainablefutures.report, including a link to a pilot's eye view of the challenging...

Duration:00:26:48

Any Change, Guv?

5/31/2018
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This month’s episode is all about change. (OK, not that sort of change) The government is making it easier for fracking and plans to make it more difficult to own a wood burning stove. It's cleaning up cars, eventually, (although it's told us that once already) and it's promising world-beating environmental standards post Brexit, but a lot of people don’t believe it. Carbon capture and storage is back. Is neoliberalism the enemy of social change? Oh, and don’t buy an electric car. But first,...

Duration:00:24:45

It's All Rubbish

5/10/2018
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First of all there's news of a net improvement in the volume of plastics in the oceans. Barclays are still banking on fossil fuels and I can tell you about the enchanted forest which made some environmentalists very disenchanted indeed. Spurs, the football team plans to kick single-use plastic into touch. In Scotland there is a new tidal project, in Sweden there’s an electric road and in California there’s an electric Apple. BP says it's going greener, the Filipinos are going to law, EDF is...

Duration:00:22:57

April Showers

4/12/2018
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In this episode I'm looking at pension funds, plastics and population. There's good news and bad news on fracking, there is controversy in Canada about clean water, and ISDS, which I mentioned last time, has had a day in court. It seems that no one can stop Juliana, not even Donald Trump. Since the last episode we've had World Water Day, Earth Hour and Easter, that festival of packaging. WWF warns that climate change may be about to change our diets. And on the energy front there’s progress...

Duration:00:27:37

Beautiful World

3/1/2018
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Introducing this episode with Goodbye Beautiful World by Michael Anzilotti. This time I'm going to talk about rubbish, about free solar panels and batteries and cars in space. About growing food in the desert, about Boris Johnson, the UK Foreign Secretary, and agricultural standards after Brexit. About who’s getting pressure from Greenpeace and who’s giving pressure to Avaaz, another campaigning group. There are straws in the wind - plastic ones - more in some places than others. Can we have...

Duration:00:31:30

Manifesto 2018

2/1/2018
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A few of the Sustainability stories which have come up since the last episode and my plans for 2018. That includes preparing for SSCC19 and researching for a PhD. More at sscc19.com and the text of this episode is at www.sustainablefutures.report

Duration:00:21:35

Touring the Archive

12/21/2017
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Have a look at the 43 episodes I produced this year.

Duration:00:05:47

George Monbiot: Out of the Wreckage

12/7/2017
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Campaigner, environmentalist, author and journalist George Monbiot talks to Manda Scott about his latest book.

Duration:00:54:12

The Copper Opportunity

11/30/2017
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Challenges and opportunities for the copper industry and its role at the centre of the low carbon economy. Balancing environmental constraints with the growing demand for the world's best conductor of electricity and heat. Text at sustainablefutures.report

Duration:00:22:17