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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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The AFR Energy Summit 2017

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 23rd October 2017
“Every parrot in the pet shop is talking about Energy Policy” ACCC

But for a summit , a lot of voices were absent. Big Wind, Big Solar and the growing movement of citizens, intellectuals and NGO’s demanding the rapid energy descent away from coal oil and gas. The chiefs who supply us with over 80% of our dirty energy were there as the clean energy target was swallowed up and the National Energy Guarantee emerged.

The NEG requires Energy Retailers to give a guarantee of reliability. They will need to contract or own a certain amount of dispatchable power. As more coal fired power stations close, this could mean they invest in pumped hydro storage , batteries or gas turbines. In a heatwave when all the air conditioners go on, pumped hydro storage can turn on in 20 seconds and batteries in 1 second, according to Professor Andrew Blakers ANU.  He says 20 or 30 of the 22,000 possible sites need to be developed for pumped hydro storage and they can be built quickly, but none of this was discussed at the summit.

The NEG also requires retailers to guarantee electricity with a set level of emissions intensity. The amount will be reduced each year. The emissions from gas were hardly mentioned. Does this mean the responsibility for our Paris Commitments is in the hands of retailers?

Many of the people we interview say that we need a carbon tax to cut emissions in every sector and it was clear at the summit that even business leaders who had opposed this in the past were now demanding any sort of policy framework as long as it could survive short term governments. Mark Butler said  “At the end of the day companies will start contracting and trading with each other and a price will emerge on that which reflects the carbon obligation”.

Comments that the RET was a subsidy to renewables ,that all subsidies are out and we now have a level playing field might bamboozle some people. But until all subsidies to fossil fuels are removed and Dr Finkel’s recommendation that we have an Economy Wide Plan by 2020 to map out the energy descent away from fossils, we are expected to trust to the market.

We hear from
Chief Scientist Dr Allan Finkel Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg Opposition leader Bill Shorten ACOSS head Cassandra Goldie National Farmers Federation  leader Fiona Simpson.
22 Oct 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Rethinking Cement: Podcast

Rethinking Cement

BZE Community Radio Show podcast.
Aired: Monday 16 October 2017


  • Jordi Bates,
  • Kathryn Bennett,
  • Michael Lord and
  • Tim Buckley

You may not have been thinking very much about cement, but BZE researchers have.

Manufacturing cement makes up 8% of world carbon emissions and rising.

Could it be made without these emissions?

Would a price on carbon make us look differently at fly ash?

Don’t be dismayed.

Michael Lord makes it all clear as he launches the new BZE report Rethinking Cement in Newcastle.

Vivien also learns about the late Jen Bates from her husband and mother. They dedicated the new report to her because of her dynamic support of BZE in Newcastle and to her lifetime’s work protecting our precious environment.

Staying with heavy industry, Tim Buckley speaks to Dirt radio about Whitehaven Coal.


12 Oct 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Monday 9th Oct 2017

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 9th October 2017

Carbon Sinking in Kenya

  • Dr David Kimiti- Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya

Climate blind Journalism from Texas to Bangla Desh

  • George Monbiot-  Author of ” OUT of the Wreckage” on misreporting Hurricane Harvey
  • Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen- Cardiff University on Disaster reporting as climate changes.

We continue our series on carbon sequestration through land management and visit a UNESCO Heritage wildlife conservancy in Kenya.

Hurricanes in the USA and Caribbean prompt thoughts about how we could report on it better. Meanwhile unusual floods in Nepal, Bangla Desh and India prompt very little media attention while some journalists say “Now is not the time to mention fossil fuels or climate disruptions. It’s insensitive”

George Monbiot thinks we need a new politics for an age of crisis. He says that humans are actually altruistic and co-operative and that the media can build a politics of belonging rather than the destruction of hope and appetite for solutions.

Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is interested in how disasters are reported and tells us about the new crop of students she is training to face the Age of Crisis.

09 Oct 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Climate Action in New Zealand

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 25th September 2017

– Show Notes


27 Sep 2017|Categories: Community Show|

CLIMATE WARS in a time of man made disaster 

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 18th September 2017

CLIMATE WARS in a time of man made disaster 
When millions are displaced by floods in Bangladesh we call it a “natural disaster”. At the same time refugees are flooding INTO Bangladesh and we call it a human rights disaster.
What sort of disaster is it when an educated country like Australia is paralysed by climate wars at the centre of government?
  • We see government being told to “get out of the way” by Clean Energy Finance ex chief Oliver Yates, as our clean energy target morphs into a dirty energy target.
  • We see government trying to prevent the shut down of coal fired power and offering subsidies to new coal mines.
  • AND We see pumped hydro,  demand /response and batteries answering the question about when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.
In an extended talk with Vivien Langford, Mark Butler examines how Australia came to politicise”climate”in such a disastrous way.
His book “Climate Wars” is a partial history emphasising the ALP way forward. However, Mark Butler consults widely in the community and his message is consensus.
Book: Climate Wars – Mark Butler
YouTube Video: Tropical Storm Harvey: the story so far – The Guardian
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17 Sep 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Seaweed Farming

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 11th September 2017


  • Dr Alecia Bellgrove – Deakin University
  • Jane Hammond -Film Maker “A crude injustice”
  • Nathaniel Pelle- Greenpeace Ocean Campaigner

How can seaweed help us draw down the millions of tonnes of CO2 we emit daily?

How can seaweed farmers, ruined by the Montara Oil Spill, find justice?

When will the climate changing oil industry forget the Great Australian Bight?

We start with the potential of seaweed, which Dr Tim Flannery brought to a wide audience on Catalyst and ask “What could possibly go wrong?”

Dr Alecia Bellgrove appeared in that film and explains to us why she sounded a note of caution.

Journalist Jane Hammond found that West Timorese seaweed farmers had been encouraged by Ausaid. Yet when their green gold turned to porridge at the same time as the oil spill reached Indonesian waters, it was denial all round. Her film is timely because their class action is still before the Australian Federal Court.

Nathaniel Pelle is campaigning with Greenpeace to prevent oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight. He describes the great kelp forests and the wealth of biodiversity there which would be ruined by an oil spill. Even the sonic exploration is disturbing deep living creatures.


11 Sep 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Podcast: Land Clearing: Part 2

“The majority of the Emissions Reduction Fund is poured into questionable abatement schemes to discourage land clearing, while mass deforestation cancels out any climate gains.”
(Mike Seccombe, The Saturday Paper)


  • David Gallan – Director of the film “Understorey”
  • Dr Mehreen Faruqi –  Environment spokesperson for the Greens in NSW Parliament
  • Jessica Panegyres – Wilderness Society – National Nature Campaigner

BZE Community Radio Show Podcast: Monday 4 Sept 2017


 State laws are failing to prevent massive land clearing. Regional Forest Agreements are giving loggers a victory. What new mindset will  cause  us to value forests for their carbon? Listen to Land Clearing Part 1

The Historian
David Gallan recounts the 40 year battle to save the South East Forests of NSW round Bega. His film celebrates the growing awareness of how  many species lived there with rare footage of quolls and lyrebirds. Farmers wanted to preserve the water catchment. Locals realised that forests are “worth more standing”. Scientists came to see logging for woodchips as outdated as whaling for oil. Now  that we need to draw down carbon,  they are thinking big.

The Parliamentarian
Dr Mehreen Faruqi explains how new state laws are reducing our capacity to sequester carbon. The Reputex report shows that ” ending land clearing would compete with renewables for carbon abatement”. Yet the new NSW land clearing laws will see emissions soaring.   She says they “make a mockery of any commitment from the NSW government to get to ZERO EMISSIONS by 2050”.

The Campaigner
Jessica Panegyres sees koala populations down by 80% because of deforestation and landclearing. She says “enough!”
She is the National Nature Campaigner with the Wilderness Society. As a Rhodes Scholar and former Greenpeace activist, she has seen the global struggle not to let our tropical forests go up in smoke. She will show us how all the work to sequester carbon in Qld is sabotaged by  land clearing on steroids AND  she will invite us to join the campaign to see it brought to an end. Watch Queensland land clearing footage.

Further Reading:

04 Sep 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Climate Wars

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 28th August 2017

Tune in today at 5pm for Mark Butler MP, Christine Milne and Dr John Hewson on Australia’s time-wasting ‘climate wars’.
How did we become the first country to repeal a carbon tax?
How did we discourage investment in renewable energy and end up with costly electricity?
Why  have citizens lost confidence in parliament’s capacity to unify round climate policy?
The Hon Mark Butler, in a conversation with Vivien Langford, takes an unflinching look at the time wasting climate wars.
As Naomi Klein says ” No is not enough” .We need a plan for a future we can say yes to.
Mark Butler’s book gives us part of a new narrative  and he consults widely in the community.
Former parliamentary leaders Christine  Milne and John Hewson will round out the picture. 3CR Community Radio

28 Aug 2017|Categories: Community Show|