BZE Podcasts

Beyond Zero Emissions produces two podcasts that are recorded and broadcast weekly on 3CR radio in Melbourne.
The Community Show is a one hour podcast focusing on activism and campaigning recorded live every Monday at 5pm.
The Technology Show is a half hour podcast aimed at highlighting the latest renewable energy tech and solutions and is recorded every Friday Morning at 8:30 am and syndicated around Australia on the community radio network.
There is an extensive catalog of shows available spanning the last 5 years. Where possible we have tagged them so you can find and explore the content you are looking for.
We would also like to thank both you the listener and 3CR radio for your ongoing support as we continue to communicate both the challenges and solutions associated with ensuring a sustainable energy supply and a safe climate.
Please feel free to explore the full list of our shows below and if you have any questions or feedback then get in contact with us at radioteam@bze.org.au
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Vote 1 Climate

This show was broadcast on Mon 20 June 2016


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As the election draws near join us to hear from:

- The Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters
- Evan Hughes contesting the PM's seat in Wentworth
- PM Malcolm Turnbull adressing BZE forum 2010
- Jim Casey, Greens in Grayndler
- Natalie Isaacs - founder and CEO of 1 Million Women

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It's that time of year again for BZE's annual RADIOTHON!

This show was broadcast on Mon 13 June 2016

Please phone us between 5pm–6pm this Monday 13th June and pledge a small donation.
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Clay Collier

Clay Collier is serial entrepenur and Co-Founder of Kisensum, a Californian start-up software company dedicated to enabling the integration of energy storage to the grid. Their project at Los Angeles Air Force Base uses software that enables them to integrate energy storage, both mobile (EV's) and stationary to support the grid. Managing the largest vehicle to grid fleet in the world has given Kisensum a unique insight into controlling mobile storage and working with many vendors to complete a complex storage integration project.

The 2016 Solar Energy Conference in Melbourne

This show was broadcast on Mon 6th June 2016


Guests:
 
John Hewson-  Patron of the Solar Council-Former leader of the Liberal Party in Australia 
 
Fiona O'Hehir- Greenbank Environmental

Daniel Lawes- Inventor and owner POWER Diverter

Christine Milne- Patron of the Solar Council- Former leader of the Australian Greens-
 
John Grimes-  CEO Australian Solar Council

Wayne Smith - Australian Solar Council

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Hannah Aulby

Transition from Coal

Hannah Aulby grew up in Tasmania and she said she had an "environmentally aware youth" and her family were interested in environment matters .Since then she has travelled extensively globally, worked with Nick McKim, been Fundraising manager for BZE, Lock the Gate to mention a few. She is now Clean Energy Campaigner at the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF).

She mentioned the problem of mine rehabilitation where there is a big need for money to be available for mines at the end of their use. For example Hazelwood (Australia's dirtiest coal fired power station) whose owners are "considering" closure with insufficient funds to so. But there are many who merely desert mines and just leave without legal redress. So it seems then the taxpayer would have to foot the bill. There is also a need too for the communities to plan and have some alternative transition to alternative employment. There is of course too much coal in the system at present.

Hannah concluded by reminding listeners of the Forum - Coral, Coal and Climate Change forum on 16th June at Box Hill Town Hall with Lighter Footprints and  ECAM ( Eastern Climate Action Melb.) as joint hosts. Local candidates and politicians to attend with Rod Quantock as M.C. One can only wonder how/if he can make an endangered Great Barrier Reef light hearted!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Dr Helena I. Gomes & Dr Helen Baxter

      

Dr Helena I. Gomes and Dr Helen Baxter from the University of Hull in the UK are researching Vanadium - "the beautiful metal that stores energy".  Vanadium is the key element used in redox flow batteries which can store large amounts of energy almost indefinitely, perfect for remote wind or solar farms. 

Local Councils Aim For Zero Emissions

This show was broadcast on Mon 30th May 2016

Guests:

Stephen Bygrave-CEO Beyond Zero Emissions
Tiffany Harrison - BZE Byron Bay
Tayanah O'Donnell - Research fellow  Iniversity of Canberra
Dr Amanda Cahill - Director of the Centre for Social Change
Simon Richardson- Mayor of ByronBay Shire

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Read More:

http://www.centreforsocialchange.com.au/ourpeople/

http://www.governanceinstitute.edu.au/people/fellows/person-3107/tayanah-odonnell

https://soundcloud.com/sydney-ideas/coastal-vulnerability-to-sea-level-rise

http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/habitat/climate-change-news/how-can-your-bank-help-reduce-climate-change-risks-to-your-home/82573

 

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Glen Morris

Glen Morris talks about the recent Solar 2016 conference and release of the Battery installation guide by the Energy Storage Council.

Glen Morris is Vice President of Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council and well-known in the industry as an expert on solar systems and battery storage. Glen said he has been interested  in electronics and energy since aged 13, has been and still is a teacher of renewable energy courses throughout Australia. He mentioned that the Australian Solar Council is now unbelievably 55 years old and the oldest in the world. Listeners would be , as this writer was, amazed to hear this fact considering the state of play in this country for the last few decades. 

With the Energy Storage Council he said that because there are no installation standards for the large range of newer battery technologies (such as Lithium), there was a need for the Australian Battery Guide to fill in the gap. This battery guide is not only an installer guide, but also a consumer guide for householder (and they are seeking feedback on it). Of course with the cost of solar products falling and the subsequent rise in availability there is a need for prospective buyers to have information on risk factors and reliability available  - and naturally  concerning storage so that one does not have to find the time to wash the dishes and the washing at midday or, as the previous Prime Minister used to remind everyone that "the sun does not always shine and the wind does not always blow"!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Check out Glen's other podcasts:

Glen Morris VP Australian Solar Council

Dr Aaswath Raman

Dr Aaswath Raman of Standford University is cofounder of a startup called SkyCool Systems. They are one of several groups commercializing an energy-efficient cooling approach that takes advantage of the coldness of space, based on relatively recent advances in the ability to manipulate light at the nanoscale.

In 2014, Aaswath's group published a paper in Nature in which they showed that a device designed to combine the optical properties of three different materials, arranged in stack of multiple layers, cooled to nearly 5 °C below the ambient air temperature. This proved that “the cold darkness of the Universe” can be used as a renewable resource, “even during the hottest hours of the day,” wrote the researchers.

The Sky may hold the secret to Efficient Air-conditioning

Nature: Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight

Miriam Lyons

Miriam Lyons is Senior Campaigner - Renewable Energy at GetUp! She is co-author (with Nicky Ison) of the new report by GetUp! and Solar Citizens called Homegrown Power Plan, which shows how we can repower Australia's homes and businesses with 100% renewable power by 2030.

Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn on the future of food 

Tom Quinn is Executive Director of the Future Business Council which represents innovative, sustainable and resilient businesses that will define our future economy. He has also worked in the Sustainability area at the  City of Melbourne. Tom joins the Beyond Zero radio team talking about his early upbringing on a farm which he attributes his interest in wildlife and his subsequent choice of occupation. His interests have broadened to include issues such as 'green' buildings, organic food production, health and nutrition, sustainable irrigation and afforestation, to mention a few.

Tom points out that Australia has a "unique opportunity" with the approach of the end of the mining boom in considering "what comes next". He stresses that there are numerous vested interests and lack of bipartisan support which result in "missed opportunities". However, "there are lots of smart people here" in Australia who are able to transform environmentally sustainable ideas into commercially viable projects. One of the important aims for the future is "carbon draw-down", i.e. taking carbon out of the atmosphere. There are many ways to do this, one of which is reforestation.

Tom announced an event on the future of food security in Hobart on 8th June in conjunction with the University of Tasmania Business School, and hopefully engaging with the Tasmanian community on issues of sustainability and productivity.

The Future Business Council has released The Next Boom report which has found compelling evidence that sustainability should not be seen as a cost, but a business opportunity. Tom also talks about the climate policies we would like to see for the upcoming federal election. 

BZE's Michael also mentioned the Coral, Coal and Climate Change forum on 16th June at Box Hill Town Hall which is sponsored by Lighter Footprints, an active local environmental organisation. Comedian Rod Quantock will be present, as well as local and other candidates, including Shadow Environment minister Mark Butler and local member Josh Frydenberg.

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

The Hottest Year, the Hottest Fight

This show was broadcast on Mon 23rd May 2016
"Climate Change is just about the most unjust thing humans have been able to figure out who to do." – Bill McKibben, Hobart April 17, 2016
350.org in association with "The Guardian Live", presents Bill McKibben as he talks about the reality of global warming and what it means to have just come out of the hottest year on record.

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Brendan Condon

Positive moves towards a sustainable society

Brendan Condon is Managing Director and co-founder of Australian Ecosystems, an integrated company specialising in ecological land restoration. He is also Director at The Cape sustainable housing project and Biofilta Stormwater Solutions

Brendan Condon believes we have been "sitting on our hands" regarding matters relating to climate change for too long and ignoring the urgent need for a serious vision for the future. Who could argue with that? Certainly the P.M. would agree that this is an "exciting time"  but they would have amazingly different paths. Brendan has chosen to develop the means of capturing and re-using the storm water that we see flowing down our gutters carrying all the rubbish into the Bay, instead to capture the pollution by means of a plant filtering system. One of the largest of these systems of returning and re-using this water is in the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne.

Another of his areas of challenge and developed expertise is the development of good design in sustainable housing (e.g. The Cape Paterson sustainable housing project). He points out that apart from environmental grounds there are marked improvements economically with the rise in the price of gas coupled with the drop in the price of solar.

Other projects of interest include the development of vertical and horizontal gardens useful for city dwellers for urban food production, community gardens, autonomous electric vehicles (probable in the next decade), when one can read a book on the way to work!

All this should be of interest to anyone planning a home, living in the city or merely caring about the importance of food and water and waste management for the present and the future.  

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Building a Resilient Community - celebrating the wins

This show was broadcast on Mon 16th May 2016



'Beyond Coal and Gas Conference' Part 2

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New alliances unite people against coal and gas. We hear about the challenges facing those who know there is no carbon budget it has to all stay in the ground.

John Hepburn - The Sunrise Project
Gadrian Hoosan - Booroloola Campaign against CSG in the Gulf Country
Leigh Ewbank - Friends of the Earth "Yes to renewables" Campaign
Wendy Farmer - Voices of the Valley - Repairing the damage of Morwell mine fires
Drew Hutton - Lock the Gate Alliance on mine rehabilitation

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Dr Stephen Bygrave

Dr Stephen Bygrave

Dr Stephen Bygrave on "Empowering Local Communities" 

BZE radio's Laura, Kay and Michael talked to Dr Stephen Bygrave, CEO Beyond Zero Emissions, who described Australia as a "solar paradise" and rated as third globally on the availability of renewable resources but of course rated most extreme when it comes to emissions per capita. Yet as Stephen says the coal industry is "static" and the COALition is "stuck in the old ways". 

This writer is often inclined to feel depressed at the criminal lack of progress and disinterest displayed in the development of renewables so Stephen feels like a breath of fresh air - somewhat equivalent to that of Tasmanian air being sold to China in tins! Travelling widely it seems, Stephen's plans include developing blueprints for  change  across different states and sectors. Addressing the welcome drop in the cost of batteries he says not to forget the importance of agricultural emissions frequently not so recognised, but no less important than renewables (which he described as "more sexy"). The agricultural sector of course includes land use, land clearing, production and wastage of food, water, transport etc. all of which mainly driven by local communities as it seems are most such progressive movements.

On closing Michael mentioned the Newcastle demonstration. which was held the previous weekend where they were watching some of the coal ships depart and estimating each ship to be the equivalent to 100, 000 cars on the road!  So much for Adani v the Great Barrier Reef!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Warriors Beyond Coal and Gas

This show was broadcast on Mon 9th May 2016

'Beyond Coal and Gas Conference' Part 1
This conference drew citizens from India, Indonesia,the Pacific and remote areas of Australia. Their common cause is to prevent the land grabs and climate destruction of coal and gas projects.

Guests:
Jessica Panegyres, Greenpeace Australia Pacific's Forest Campaigner
Arif Fiyanto Greenpeace Indonesia
Aunty Mabel Quakerwoot
Joseph Zane Sikulu
Ramesh Agrawal ramesh.agrawal@gmail.com  http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/ramesh-agrawal/

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Read More:
https://www.greenpeace.org.au/blog/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-photos/

https://newmatilda.com/2016/05/11/solomon-islands-already-lost-five-atolls-climate-change/

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What do Climate Scientists get up to in Antarctica?

This show was broadcast on Mon 2nd May 2016

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We go behind the scenes and talk live to the scientists currently working in and studying the Antarctic. Their work deepens our understanding of the role the region plays in the global climate system, and the implications for marine ecosystems.

Dr David Etheridge - CSIRO
Dr Sue Cook - Glaciologist - University of Tasmania
Prof Tony Worby - CEO acecrc.org.au




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Dr Euan Ritchie concerning biodiversity

Dr Euan Ritchie joined the BZE radio team, speaking about the need to recognise we have a biodiversity crisis in Australia. Over the years we have lost 30 of our mammal species.We invest very little in our natural environment and there are many reasons for this:

-The government (and people) do not realise the economic value of nature e.g, every dollar spent on management can equal $75 that can be recouped on tourism.

-Those in government departments, who have the required knowledge are often gagged (e.g. alpine grazing) and therefore funding can be threatened to be withdrawn

-Short election cycles and vested interests and governments which are not practised at long term decisions

-Population moves from country to city so then people do not have a daily experience of nature

What to do: If we have open spaces this can help to reduce stress (and sometimes then reduce crime) and improve health. Perhaps excessive population growth plays a part as we live on a finite planet but it is more important to recognise and be aware of reducing our per capita consumption and not to live beyond our means. The Greens are pivotal but there is a need for cooperation between parties so there is a national focus rather than merely political.

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

Fire safety in solar PV installations

BZE radio is joined by Alessandra Chiaramonte (Alex), Austin Smith & Zachary Hood  - an university student research team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the US. They have recently completed a report on the effectiveness of DC isolators for fire safety in solar PV installations in Australia, in collaboration with The Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

Feeding Ideas to Government for the "TRANSITIONS ELECTION"

This show was broadcast on Mon 25th April 2016 


Friends of the Earth Australia brought Carteret Islanders here on tour and Lyn Bender talks about meeting Ursula Rakova (pictured).

Nikola Casule is from Greenpeace and will highlight the Great Barrier Reef and the urgent need to stop exporting coal. 

Claire O'Rourke will talk about the report Solar Citizens and GetUp! commissioned on policies and HOW to remove the actual government roadblocks on the way to 100% renewable energy. 

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Read More:
https://www.greenpeace.org.au/blog/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-photos/

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Prof Kate Auty: Environment IS us

Professor Kate Auty, new Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on Arts/Law, Environmental Science and Aboriginal Affairs. She enumerates similarities between these main areas. "Environment IS us" and climate change is pivotal to everything including water, transport, energy, bio-diversity etc. But leadership (seriously lacking) is important, not that of Napthine for example, who used the term "climate variability" which insinuates that climate change is a natural phenomenon that will right itself.  There is need for leadership such as demonstrated by Cathy McGowan in Indi who has shown a welcome propensity to listening and communicating, and one is reminded of the present Labor initiative such as the old-fashioned town hall meetings etc.

Kate tells us, our present ecological footprint is "outrageous" and 3 times the world average. We need more worlds! (Having a timley interview with the BZE radio team) the 22nd of April is also date for ratifying Paris agreements and Greg Hunt is participating (this accompanied by cynical laughter in the background by BZE interviewers present). 

Despite all this Kate says people should not despair, that BZE is a "standout organisation" and she enumerated some positive grassroots initiatives. We must look to the future with a new approach. One is reminded of Tim Flannery's comment that stress needs to be put now on adaptation rather than on mitigation.  

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

Clive Hamilton and Robert Manne talk about Paris

This show was broadcast on Mon 18th April 2016

Are scientists politically naïve demanding urgent emissions cuts?
Will government pledges need to be enforced by blockadia?
Is there hope for the climate at last?


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Read More:

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2016/release/is-there-hope-for-the-climate-at-last

http://podcast.bze.org.au/storage/climate-council_extreme-heat.pdf

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/issue/

http://muckrack.com/drvox

https://www.themonthly.com.au/author/robert-manne

Dr Sara Bice talks social licence

Need for understandable data on increasing prevalence of unconventional gas and its impact on sedimentary basins

The BZE team talks to Dr Sara Bice with a history of journalism, sociology and now research fellow at Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne. 

Dr Sara Bice spoke of the need to create a regulatory basis and need for management of underground resources considering sedimentary basins comprise to a great extent  Australia's primary energy and water for agriculture and general rural population needs - in particular relating to CSG. This will have major effects on environmental economy and communities.  There is of course a need for a baseline for the effects of CSG and fracking in particular and with a moratorium such as that in Victoria.  The growth in CSG wells in Queensland alone has amounted to possibly 40,000 from 3000 in 2003! There is in particular a need for a better connection between University research, industry and policy makers and for the use of social media to provide a strong platform and despite for example, AGL giving the reasons for withdrawal as being financial with no mention relating to the power of protests. Reference to  AGL and "the license to operate" was also made by Green's Jeremy Buckingham. Is "social license" controlled by companies?

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

Coal seam gas debate is more than hot air: Did community opposition have a role in AGL’s decision to quit exploration of natural gas?

The Sustainable Sensibility - Blog by Sara Bice

Sara Bice on The Conversation

Do mining companies have a "social licence" to operate?

Dr Sara Bice Awarded Research Fellowship

Renewable Energy Superpower

This show was broadcast on Mon 11th April 2016

China's State Grid Chairman says "The only hurdle to overcome is 'mindset'. There is no technical challenge at all."

Live recording from the Renewable Energy Superpower launch in Sydney.

The speakers will be:

Gerard Drew - Research Director, Beyond Zero Emissions
Tim Buckley - Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, www.ieefa.org
Emma Herd - CEO of Investor Group on Climate Change, www.igcc.org.au
Dr Mehreen Faruqi - Greens NSW MP
The Hon Mark Butler MP - Shadow Minister for the Environment

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Read More:

Electric Vehicles: http://www.mehreenfaruqi.org.au/greens-push-for-electric-car-incentives-in-nsw/

IEEFA conducts research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment. The Institute’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy and to reduce dependence on coal and other non-renewable energy resources.

More here on IEEFA research: http://ieefa.org/category/subject/reports/

Is this the end of economic Growth?

This show was broadcast on Mon 4th April 2016


SLF Debate on Crafting the next economic system, a different way of living to prevent collapse.
Growth is stagnating, inequality is rising, resource constraints are pressing, and environmental impacts are worsening. So is this the end of economic growth as we know it?
And if not, how do we transition to a new model that keeps growth contributing to thriving societies, without social and environmental collapse?
Guests:
Miriam Lyons from Getup! 
Ian Dunlop - member of The Club of Rome, Chairman of Safe Climate Australia
Jan Owens - author of "The Future Chasers"
Anthony James - MC from The Understandascope

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Read More:
http://www.upworthy.com/a-bright-yellow-suitcase-is-saving-moms-and-babies-around-the-world?g=2&c=tpstream

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Alexander Greig - Architect Green Magic Homes

Beyond Zero speaks to Alexander Greig, Architect in New Zealand and Australasian dealer for Green Magic Homes. This technology provides arched structures made of fiber reinforced polymer modular components to build earth-sheltered green homes. 

Tim Flannery at Seattle Town Hall

This show was broadcast on Mon 28th March 2016


Thanks to Radio Eco Shock in Vancouver for this recording. Professor Tim Flannery talks about his new book "Atmosphere of Hope"

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