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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




Baby, it's Coal Outside!

Coal, CO2, Disruptive Innovation, Worried Scientists and Pacific Warriors. Find the full text and links at

Duration: 00:18:54

A Fair COP?

COP 23, the annual climate conference, is running in Bonn, Germany. We have a report from a man on the ground. The US is not participating, at least not in a positive way; the UN is warning of an emissions gap while levels of CO2 and methane are racing ahead. Should we be driving electric cars? They’re clean, aren’t they? Some claim that they are just as dirty as combustion engined vehicles. Client Earth is still trying to get the UK government to clean up the air, water fountains are...

Duration: 00:31:14

What's it All About?

The history and purpose of the Sustainable Futures Report as it nears its 200th edition.

Duration: 00:24:54

Time for T in London?

In London it could be time for tea, or you could be better off on a bike. Yvonne Teo tells us about her sustainable adventures on a bike. Have you checked your carbon footprint? Best foot forward!

Duration: 00:21:20

A Clean Growth Strategy

This week the British government published its Clean Growth strategy. Australia updated its energy policy as well. Both will be controversial. One of the major oil companies has seen the light and finds it’s electric. Talking of seeing the light, a famous journalist seems to have had a Damascene conversion. Will the Daily Mail allow him to write for them ever again? Would you like a nuclear power station at the bottom of your street or would you prefer to rely on the tides? But there are...

Duration: 00:22:09

Outlook Stormy

So what's new and sustainable? This week it’s about Our Ocean and the Prince and the plastic bottles, billions of them. More about plastic straws, too. Could the wind be changing? Had you heard that the war is over? That’s the American war on coal. It seems the EPA is fighting a rearguard action. In Siberia they’re using wood - too much of it by all accounts. And they’d rather you went away. Probably a good idea in case you fall down a sinkhole. On the way down you’ll pass the methane -...

Duration: 00:19:14

Planet B

This week: Plan B.Earth and why another group is out to sue the governmentNo fracking in ScotlandWhy London’s mayor is putting out firesEnergy from evaporation Electric planesMore on drinking strawsWhy the diesel market is all at seaLet’s bring back heavy metalAnd Drawdown. Is this the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming?

Duration: 00:15:48

Sustainable Truth

The Met Office says the slowdown in global warming is over, but does everyone believe it? Is climate change a really urgent issue? Carbonbrief takes issue with the Daily Mail over this. Are we doing enough recycling? The Marine Conservation Society sees straws in the wind, but sadly they’re plastic. The British government announces a Green Finance Taskforce. Haven’t I heard of something like that before? And then there’s the Green Supply Chain. Listen up before you eat that chocolate!...

Duration: 00:20:43

The Four-Ton Life

In this wide-ranging discussion with Anthony Day, Karl Coplan talks about measuring your carbon footprint and sharing it with friends, whether hurricanes are caused by climate change, whether the US administration will change its position on the climate and how he lives the good life with a carbon footprint of only four tons.

Duration: 00:27:44

Don't Shoot the Storm!

Shooting the breeze or shooting the hurricane. Is that a good idea? We’ll find out. Whatever you do, don’t mention climate change. At least not at the EPA, although perhaps you should mention it in the confessional and it may be brought up in court. Careful how you cross the road! Carbon Tracker believes that those electric cars could be arriving more quickly than you thought, although Shell is not so sure. More on Hinkley C. Free solar panels for social houses. It’s all in this week’s...

Duration: 00:20:36

Reaching for the Stars

Time to mine the asteroids for scarce resources or should we be developing a circular economy closer to home? Or is space travel for holidays? Virgin Galactica passengers have paid their $250,000 fares but have been waiting in the departure lounge now for some years. Meanwhile, back on earth the future’s electric (should I buy a new car?) inner-city vertical farms are starting to deliver locally-grown food, at least in New York, and a succession of tropical storms and hurricanes is surely...

Duration: 00:24:46

Welcome Back

The Sustainable Futures Report is back with a review of Al Gore’s latest film, wildfires in unexpected places, earth overshoot day, hydrogen in a Belgian supermarket and a bright idea from Nottingham Trent University. Well done, Dylan, but will it wash? Don’t forget to sign up for the Going Green Working Group Conference 2017. Links to all this and more at

Duration: 00:21:36

Happy Holidays

Quite a lot to catch up on before I close down for a month. Apparently co-housing makes you happy but some people are quite cross and railing at the British Government’s transport policies. They’ve also announced a new energy policy, which does seem to have confused the BBC somewhat. Is wind power all at sea, and if you’re recycling - you certainly should be - are you doing it right? Michelle Marks can advise. Across the pond President Trump has made another appointment, there’s...

Duration: 00:21:55

How Can I Help?

What can I do about climate change? Does it make any difference if I recycle? How can I affect global challenges when there are multinational corporations which seem to be set in the opposite direction? Can we really do anything about population, pollution and climate change? How can I help? Burning questions and suggested answers.

Duration: 00:20:23

I'm Not a Robot

Here’s what I’ll be talking about today: Donald Trump at the G20 and his relationships with Ivanka, Theresa, Angela - and Juliana. The wildfires in Canada, Arizona, California and Utah. The new Tesla battery, the new Tesla battery plant and the new Tesla battery-powered Model 3. What the lady on the train told me. Why there’s a new threat to the internet and why it’s important to know that I’m not a robot. And there's news from Swansea Bay as well. Links to sources at...

Duration: 00:18:28

The Art of the Possible

Hear what Tony O'Donnell of Cambium LLP has to say about the future of sustainability in this world of challenges, opportunities and innovation.

Duration: 00:25:46


This week we return once again to energy; sustainable energy, clean energy and renewable energy. We also look at incredibly expensive energy and very unlikely energy. Community Energy Fortnight, running from 24th June to 9th July has kept me quite busy this last week. There’s news from the Amazon, news from Hinkley and news from the Mexican border. First of all let me thank once again all my patrons, and if you've not already signed up at then I'd be more than grateful...

Duration: 00:22:04

Outlook Uncertain

We live in challenging times. There is much to be said about the UK political landscape, but for the Sustainable Futures Report I limit myself to sustainability and futures. That doesn't rule out of politics altogether of course, because I am going to talk in more detail about the appointment of Michael Gove as Secretary of State for the environment and about the Juliana case against the US government. There will probably be something about Brexit in there too. Well it’s hard to ignore...

Duration: 00:23:36

Sustainable Energy

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Professor Andy Heyes talk on sustainable energy. He's agreed to share his thoughts with listeners to the Sustainable Futures Report. We spoke about renewables, wind, tidal and solar. We looked at innovative ways of managing demand. We discussed whether Drax is really green. Listen now or read the transcript. If you’ve been to the patreon site at you’ll know that I’ve set a number of targets. The first was to get all interviews...

Duration: 00:27:07

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Trump?

Donald Trump has finally decided to break with Paris and repercussions were felt as far away as Pittsburg. He's still being pursued by Juliana and really didn’t appreciate Emmanuel Macron giving him a hand. Al Gore is making last-minute changes to his latest film, Ellen MacArthur is offering a prize, Robert Llewellyn is leading the Great Village Green Crusade and beavers are beavering away, maybe soon in a swamp near you. Cities are getting hotter; let’s store that energy. What’s the...

Duration: 00:21:08

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