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The Elephant is a journey into the biggest story there is – climate change. But it’s about a lot more than just the climate. From politics and rising sea-levels, to contested pipelines and the cities of the future, through illuminating interviews the Elephant takes you inside the surprising questions, stories, battlegrounds, debates, and fights occurring throughout the world, as the planet heats up and humanity confronts what is perhaps the greatest challenge of our time.

The Elephant is a journey into the biggest story there is – climate change. But it’s about a lot more than just the climate. From politics and rising sea-levels, to contested pipelines and the cities of the future, through illuminating interviews the Elephant takes you inside the surprising questions, stories, battlegrounds, debates, and fights occurring throughout the world, as the planet heats up and humanity confronts what is perhaps the greatest challenge of our time.
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Berlin, Germany

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The Elephant is a journey into the biggest story there is – climate change. But it’s about a lot more than just the climate. From politics and rising sea-levels, to contested pipelines and the cities of the future, through illuminating interviews the Elephant takes you inside the surprising questions, stories, battlegrounds, debates, and fights occurring throughout the world, as the planet heats up and humanity confronts what is perhaps the greatest challenge of our time.

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English


Episodes

S2 Episode 1: How Did We Get Here?

11/8/2017
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Look pretty much anywhere on our planet and it’s clear that human beings are having an outsized impact on the Earth. And it’s not just climate change. There’s our enormous land footprint, our rapidly growing numbers, our thirst for resources, and the vast quantities of waste we produce every year. But how did homo sapiens transform from a species with only minor numbers in parts of Africa, to one that’s spread across the world with 7 billion people, and whose consumption patterns have...

Duration: 01:08:15


Can Conservatives and Progressives Agree on Climate Action?

5/10/2017
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Conservatives, especially in America, are known for doubting the scientific basis of man-made climate change, and the need to do anything about it. But earlier this February something surprising happened - several elder Republican statesmen released a proposal for what they call a Conservative solution to climate change. The plan consists primarily of carbon tax - something that many progressives have long advocated for. But controversially for Democrats, the plan also calls for repealing...

Duration: 00:24:10


Ex-Irish President Mary Robinson on Hope, Climate Change & Women's Day

3/8/2017
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March 8th marks international women's day, an annual celebration of the achievements of women across the globe. And this year’s campaign is: Be Bold For Change. To discuss climate change and equality, and how it intersects with the role of women worldwide, our new Elephant producer and co-host Charlotta Lomas spoke with a woman who has herself been bold for change - Mary Robinson who was the first female President of Ireland from 1990-1997. She now leads the Mary Robinson Foundation: which...

Duration: 00:11:55


Nicolas Haeringer: With Trump’s Election, What Does the Climate Movement Do Now?

11/19/2016
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Last week Donald Trump's election sent shockwaves around the world - particularly within the climate community. Trump has long denied that climate change even exists and has vowed to roll back all federal action. So what should those of us who actually care about reality do next? We caught up with activist and campaigner Nicolas Haeringer, of 350.org, in Marrakech to get his thoughts on where the climate movement goes from here, and what lessons we can draw from Trump's shocking win.

Duration: 00:22:14


An Astronaut's View: Spacewalking, Climate Change, and Life on our Pale Blue Dot

8/12/2016
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When humanity first travelled into space, it didn’t just mean exploring new worlds and frontiers. It also meant for the first time seeing our home planet in an entirely new light. What from the ground seemed infinite and indestructible - something that we could never impact -from space suddenly appeared finite and fragile. When it comes to truly understanding that blue marble we all call home, few people can claim as much insight as Piers Sellers. Not only as an astronaut did Piers get the...

Duration: 00:46:06


Storms, Isolation, and Endless Days: Investigating Greenland’s Changing Ice Sheet

6/17/2016
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The Greenland ice-sheet is massive. So massive that if it were to melt completely global sea-levels would rise by more than 6 meters. So it's critical that scientists understand how the ice-sheet is changing because of climate change. Liam Colgan is a glaciologist and professor at York University who specifically studies the Greenland ice-sheet and we got a hold of him by satellite phone as he was in Greenland on a 36 day research expedition led by NASA. We learn about how the Greenland...

Duration: 00:25:18


George Monbiot - 'Climate Change is Bigger Than Capitalism'

1/30/2016
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Guardian columnist and journalist George Monbiot is one of the foremost political and environmental thinkers in Britain today and for decades he has been putting a spotlight on ecological issues of critical importance. He joins us to talk about how the climate change crisis isn't just an isolated problem, but one that intersects with the other major problems we're facing in our societies - from the run-away political power of corporations and the undermining of our democracies, to the...

Power, Hope and Sleepless Nights - Elizabeth May on COP 21

11/30/2015
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Nearly 150 world leaders have assembled here in Paris for the start of COP 21, the UN climate summit. And whatever may come out of it over the course of the next two weeks, it's hard to overstate the crucial importance of this year’s conference. Elizabeth May has seen these UN climate conferences inside and out. She was at the Earth Summit in Rio when the UNFCCC was first created in 1992, and since then she has attended most, if not all of the 20 COPs. This year Elizabeth May is attending...

The Long Walk to Paris - An Interview with Yeb Saño

11/29/2015
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Yeb Saño for years was the lead negotiator at UN climate talks for the Philippines. But he first came to worldwide prominence in 2013 when he delivered an emotional speech at COP 19 in Warsaw, urging countries to set aside their differences and commit to averting the looming climate disaster. While no longer on the official delegation for his country, Yeb hasn't stopped passionately speaking out about the climate crisis, and he recently finished a 1500km walk from Rome to Paris to urge the...

Duration: 00:22:10


The Insider’s Guide to the Climate Talks in Paris

11/27/2015
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The United Nations climate summit in Paris - or COP 21 - is just around the corner. But there's a lot to get a handle on with how these negotiations actually work. You might wonder, why have they failed in the past? What is it like to be there in the room? And what are the main points of contention between countries? To get insights into these questions, and just what we can expect from Paris, we rang up Kevin Conrad, who for 8 years represented Papua New Guinea at UN climate talks, and...

Duration: 00:41:56


Can Economics Save Climate Change?

11/23/2015
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With the birth of the industrial revolution and the creation of the modern world, economics helped us in a sense get into the mess we're in today with the climate. But what role could economics play in helping us solve the problem? And what types of economic policies could help move us towards a sustainable future? To explore these questions, we sit down with Cameron Hepburn, an Environmental Economist at the University of Oxford.

How Antarctica Is Changing and Why It Matters

11/6/2015
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Antarctica's ice sheet contains enough water to rise sea-levels by over 60 meters, yet we know surprisingly little about the frozen continent to our south. In fact we know more about the surface of Mars than we do the topography of Antarctica. In a live interview in Birmingham with Glaciologist Dr. Martin Siegert, we learn the innovative ways in which scientists are studying the ice-sheet, why it matters for the world, and hear about the mysterious sub-glacial lakes that lie beneath the...

Meet The Climate Scientist Behind Pope Francis

10/25/2015
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John Schellnhuber is one of the world's most influential climate scientists, advising politicians, governments, and influential figures on the numbers behind our warming planet. Not only was he the principal climatologist to the pope for the Encyclical, he’s also the mind who first forwarded the now internationally accepted 2 degree target as the global red-line that shouldn’t be crossed. We speak about the birth of the 2 degree target, what it was like working with the Pope, and what it...

Action 1: Yale & The Story of a Sit-In

9/18/2015
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The first in our short series highlighting inspiring on the ground climate actions taking place around the world. What happened earlier this year when 50 students from Fossil Free Yale occupied the administration building on campus. Story by Phoebe Petrovic

Uncovering The Secret Climate Denial Machine

8/28/2015
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We’ve all encountered those who passionately deny climate change is real. But given the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community, where does this doubt held by such a large proportion of the public stem from? Turns out, it’s not there by accident. It’s been consciously seeded within society by a few key corporations, free-market ideologues, and scientists. Through interviews with Naomi Oreskes, historian of science and author of Merchants of Doubt, and Kert Davies of the Climate...

How Humans are Causing a 'Sixth Extinction'

8/13/2015
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We typically think of global warming in terms of the consequences it has for humanity. But it also has huge and troubling impacts on the other species we share our planet with. In this episode we speak with Elizabeth Kolbert about her Pulitzer Prize winning book the Sixth Extinction, and discuss how like the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, human beings are having an impact so disruptive on the environment, that a large proportion of the earth's species will have likely gone extinct by...

Climate Change and the Media

7/30/2015
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Climate change is in some ways a surprisingly old story, but it's also one that some of the finest minds in journalism have struggled to tell effectively. We speak with Ira Glass, Alan Rusbridger, and Max Boykoff about the ins and outs of how the media has dealt with the story of climate change, and why in 2015, things finally might be improving.

A Sneak Peek of The Elephant

7/9/2015
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On July 16th, The Elephant, a brand new podcast series journeying into our changing climate and our changing world launches here. But it's about much more than just the climate. From international politics and rising seas, to pipelines and how we get our food, through illuminating interviews The Elephant is a series that delves into the surprising questions, stories, battlegrounds, and changes occurring throughout the world due to climate change, and seeks to understand the challenge of...

Duration: 00:03:27