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The BZE Radio Community Show is a one hour podcast focusing on climate solutions across society locally, regionally and around the globe and goes live every Monday at 5pm. The show aims to provide up-to-date news about community climate solutions and events from around Australia, including interviews with scientists, community and business leaders and economists just to name a few.
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Food Security: Global Perspectives and Climate

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 22nd May 2017

This week BZE is chewing over food security and climate from a global perspective, as BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford interviews Clare Westwood in Penang and Alan Broughton – Vice President Organic Agriculture Association, with special guest Robin Laurie aka Professor Pym.

Thank you to our guests:

  • Clare Westwood  Clare is a researcher for the Third World Network and Penang Peace and Justice Commission
  • Alan Broughton –  co-author of “Sustainable Agriculture v Corporate Greed
  • Robin Laurie – Robin, aka Professor Pym, with a lively radio drama about the incongruity of food as fuel for cars


23 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Land Clearing and Reforestation

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 15th May 2017

“One of the common misconceptions is that a lot of the ERF money is for planting trees”  Jess Panegyres The Wilderness Society
A transformation is beginning to get underway in the agricultural land uses sector. And not before time – without a much-needed U-turn, agriculture, especially northern zone export beef production, is set to be the single biggest GHG-emitting sector of Australia’s economy over the next 2 decades.
BZE’s Vivien Langford talks to two of Australia’s foremost landuse experts and a film maker about carbon sinks and the film Cultivating Murder.
  • Prof Brett Bryan – from Deakin University
  • Gregory Miller – Film Director of Cultivating Murder
  • Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop – BZE Land Use Report author
We are expecting a lot from the land: to feed us, to feed livestock, to fuel cars and now to draw down carbon. And the carbon is not just from coal-fired power, petrol and gas – the agriculture and land use industries themselves, including the 90% of land clearing conducted for northern rangelands cattle grazing, will be responsible for around half our national annual emissions over the coming two decades!


15 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Livestock Methane – Can it be ‘Kelped’?

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 8th May 2017

livestock methane - can it be kelped?


“It’s about time the role agriculture plays in the climate crisis – and the role it COULD  play in the solution –  got a concentrated dose of attention.” Bill Mc Kibben


Our 26 million head-strong beef cattle – and 75 million head of sheep – ruminant meat and livestock industry is now responsible for more than half of Australia’s GHG’s and methane, and the near term climate change they are creating. So, is this an industry that can ever really be climate-safe?

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop, University of Queensland’s Professor Ram Dalal and CSIRO’s Dr Michael Battaglia will join BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford to consider:

  1. Can improved pastures, and other interventions such as seaweed supplement, really kelp? Um, help.
  2. Is it just time to reduce the national herd?
  3. Are carbon abatement schemes and offsets sold by farmers having any effect on rising emissions?

Thank you to our guests:

  • Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop is the co- author of BZE land use discussion paper released in 2014: Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry. This report concluded that agriculture, and especially our northern rangelands grazing industry, is a much more important source of near-term GHG emissions than industry or government greenhouse reporting will admit. But the land use report insists that it is also the biggest most immediate opportunity for mitigation. Gerard has 20 years experience in monitoring land clearing in Queensland. More from Gerard on agricultural emissions here.
  • Professor Ram Dalal led the National Soil Carbon Programme from 2012-2015. He is a professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University of Queensland and one of his key research interests is GHG mitigation.
  • Dr Michael Battaglia is the Group Leader Greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation in agriculture at CSIRO. His article in The Conversation shows how seaweed can cut methane emissions by sheep and cattle. It also shows how wide the search is to lower the impact of livestock on the climate – but are these schemes capable of working in Australia’s various animal agriculture industries?


07 May 2017|Categories: Agriculture, Community Show, Land use, Podcasts|

Energy Productivity Summit 2017

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 1st May 2017
The 2017 Energy Productivity Summit at the maritime Museum in Sydney in April 2017 drew a number of international speakers including Benoit Lebot (IPEEC), Monica Frassoni, Mary Ritter and Reynald Gallis who joined BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford to record this show.
The theme is perfectly captured by the chairman of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity, Jon Jutsen:
“What’s the point of spending billions of taxpayers dollars to add new supply when most of what is produced now is lost?”Jon Jutsen, chairman of the Australian Alliance for Energy and
Thank you to the Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) for hosting us and a great conference.


01 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Zero Carbon Communities Showcase 2017

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 24th April 2017 

The Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) program is showcasing Australia’s most ambitious local government areas, with their plans to get to zero emissions in a range of sectors within 10 years.
These communities are taking on everything from investment models to local and utility-scale energy, home energy assessments, energy retrofits, partnerships with councils, equitable outcomes and even going ‘beyond zero’ in partnerships with the regions agriculture.
Thank you to those who joined BZE Radio’s Erin Jones for a chat:
  • Imogen Jubb  -National Manager, Zero Carbon Communities program, Beyond Zero Emissions
  • Tiffany Harrison – Project Coordinator, Zero Emissions Byron
  • John Lloyd – President, Benalla Sustainable Futures Group
  • Dan Spencer – National Campaigner, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Repower Port Augusta
  • Malcolm McKelvie – Baw Baw Sustainability Network (BBSN)
  • Daryl Brooke – Chairperson, Clean Energy Nillumbuk


24 Apr 2017|Categories: Community, Community Show, Energy Freedom Community, Zero Carbon Communities|

BZE Zero Carbon Industry – Zero Carbon Cement and more

This show was broadcast on Monday 17th  April 2017 

The Zero Carbon Australia Industry Plan is shaping up nicely. The Zero Carbon Industry and Cement research will be presented at Australian Manufacturing Week and at the Ecocity World Summit. zero carbon cement and industry

Listen in to hear BZE’s research director Michael Lord talk about zero carbon cement, renewable heat, zero carbon steel and how the circular economy can apply to Australia’s industry sectors.

Our interviewer is Erin Jones, a co-producer on the BZE Radio Community team.

Read more about the Zero Carbon Australia Industry Plan here. Watch a presentation here (November 2016).


17 Apr 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Mark Diesendorf on South Australia and 100% renewables

This show was broadcast on Monday 3rd  April 2017

Mark Diesendorf

Mark Diesendorf  is the Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, at UNSW and author of How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewable power in  The Conversation.

Here he speaks about big picture demand-side efficiency, why it matters to renewables, how to get to 100% renewables across Australia and what really happened in the September South Australia Black System.


Click to LISTEN to the March 2017 Mark Diesendorf interview.


12 Apr 2017|Categories: Community Show, Podcasts|

When is ‘Sustainable Agriculture’ Climate-Safe & Beyond Blue Carbon Sequestration

This show was broadcast on Monday 10th April 2017

In this show we are talking carbon sequestration. First up BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford talks with North Queensland cattle farmer Elena Garcia, who is aiming to transform her property into a climate-safe rangelands grazing operation using ‘sustainable’ low input practices. Then BZE Radio’s Kurt Johnson talks to Quinn Ollivier, an expert on the seagrass beds of coastal Australia and why it is that these massive carbon sinks are so enduring – and threatened.

Thank you to our guests:

  • Elena Garcia and Alan Broughton, the authors of a highly controversial new book
    Sustainable Agriculture versus Corporate Greed.
  • Quinn Ollivier, ecologist and expert on sea grass and mangrove sequestration of carbon

Climate change prompts us to think about threats to crops, threats to food supply and the opportunities of sustainable and climate-safe land use. But are there any examples of sustainable and climate-safe rangelands grazing? Can rangelands grazing be good for lowering fire-related emissions and what about the climate impact of methane from enteric fermentation of the ruminants grazed there?

The BZE Landuse discussion paper analysis suggests that agricultural activities based on both nitrogenous fertilisers and rangelands grazing need to be – and can be – dramatically transformed – so how is this to be accomplished in practice?


10 Apr 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Climate Solutions Are In Our Lands – Colin and Nicholas Seis

This show was broadcast on Monday 3rd  April 2017

Colin Seis and his son Nicholas own and run the 2000-acre property “Winona” which is situated north of Gulgong on the central slopes of NSW.
Here Colin is speaking three years on from the time of his project with the BZE land-use project, where his innovative ‘pasture cropping’ and carbon farming techniques and results were featured as a world-leading case study, published in the Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry Discussion Paper, part of the Zero Carbon Australia project.
You can hear Colin speak to BZE’s Viv Langford in a 2014 interview that took place on-site at Gulgong  here
Click to LISTEN to the April 3 2017 Colin Seis interview.
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03 Apr 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Malaysia: Reducing Pollution and Adopting Green Technology (Part 2)

This show was broadcast on Monday 27th March 2017
Malaysia has some challenges ahead as it moves towards meeting its Paris Agreement commitments, as BZE Radio found out from recent chats about energy efficiency and forests with the Premier of Melaka The Hon Datuk Idris, and with forest campaigners Suresh Kumar and Siva Arumagam in Kuala Lumpur.


27 Mar 2017|Categories: Buildings, Community Show, Forestry|