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BZE Podcasts

Beyond Zero Emissions produces two podcasts that are recorded and broadcast weekly on 3CR radio in Melbourne.(855 on AM Radio)
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.
3CR Live Stream Digital Radio
There is an extensive catalog of shows available spanning the last 5 years.
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
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We’re at War : Mobilising to Defeat Climate Change

This show was broadcast on Mon 26th September 2016
Bill McKibben – author, environmentalist and founder of
David Spratt – co-author of Climate Code Red
Robin Laurie – member of The Pram Factory and a founder of Circus Oz
and President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a Fireside Chat
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Dr Tabea Lissner

Dr Tabea Lissner leads Climate Analytics’ work in the field of socio-ecological systems and vulnerability. She has published on a range of topics in the field of climate change impacts, including recent publications on impacts at 1.5°C of warming.

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Prof David Karoly calls for greater emissions reduction

Climate scientist stresses urgency

“Our climate is not safe now, so what does dangerous climate change mean?”

David Karoly
Professor of Atmospheric Science
School of Earth Sciences: Melbourne University.

Broadcast: 16 Sep 2016
BZE Technology Radio Show Podcast
Beyond Zero Emissions
Melbourne 3CR Radio

Karoly is internationally recognised as an expert in climate science and has  been closely involved in the production of IPCC reports and is a member of the Climate Change Authority which was formed  to provide  INDEPENDENT advice to the Australian Government on mitigation initiatives.  However the most recent report by the authority was considered inadequate  by both David and Clive Hamilton (whose expertise is in the field of Economics, Ethics and  climate to name a few and has written considerable books on climate and the present dangers) , which both experts consider  was grossly  unrepresented .  The Federal Government had appointed  6 new members to the team yet only one scientist who could not be considered a climate scientist.

David has warned that Australia has only 1/3 chance to keep temperature limited to below 2 degrees as we have already passed the hope of 1.5 degrees (Paris agreement) due to a further increase in greenhouse gases and it takes perhaps a century to minimise warmth of the ocean. There is then need for dramatic changes in the hope of transitioning to a zero carbon economy e.g. Australia  will have used 90% by 2030 which leaves only another 10% reduction by 2050!  He calls Direct Action: Direct Inaction and believes some sort of market mechanism and increased targets are required and of course the opposition of the present government to Labor’s ETS was amply politically motivated.

David mentioned the good news and bad news – the first the improved take-up of solar  and wind (presumably initiated by public participation),and the slight  decrease in the ozone “hole” and the second the threat of the closure of Macquarie Island, Australia’s continual  observation of weather for the last 50 years.

Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre 16/9/16

Broadcast 16 Sep 2016
BZE Technology Radio Show Podcast

Further reading

The Conversation:  The Climate Change Authority report: a dissenting view

The Guardian:  Climate Change Authority splits over ETS report commissioned by Coalition

ABC News:  Climate Change Authority splits as members release minority report calling for Australia to ‘do more’

SMH:  David Karoly and Clive Hamilton: why we can’t sign the latest Climate Change Authority report

Climate Change Authority Special Review: Minority Report

21 Sep 2016|Categories: BZE Radio, Energy, Energy efficiency policies, Fossil fuels, Government, Political Parties, Technology Show|Tags: |Comments Off on Prof David Karoly calls for greater emissions reduction

Dr Stephen White

Dr Stephen White is CSIRO’s Program Leader for the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) talks about the EnergyFit Homes Project research, which is a collaborative approach to unlocking the value of energy efficient homes for buyers, renters and investors.  The EnergyFit Homes Project proposes a national voluntary home energy efficiency disclosure system, designed to empower consumers to rate and value homes with lower running costs and health, comfort and sustainability benefits.

Further reading:

CRCLCL Media Release: Consumers want energy-efficiency facts on homes – new research shows

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This show was broadcast on Mon 19th September 2016

The future is electric” – Larissa Waters “Conventional cars have to go” – Dr Stephen Bygrave “Imported cars and the oil to run them are a large part of our trade deficit”  – Dr Gary Ellem

Dr Gary Ellem from Newcastle University is a futurist. He talks about young people designing electric bikes and racing them, the future work of coal affected communities and how driverless electric vehicles will improve our lives.
The BZE Electric Vehicle report was launched in Brisbane and we bring you an edited extract. Dr Stephen Bygrave, the Hon Mark Bailey MPProfessor Karen Hussey (University of Queensland) and Senator Larissa Waters describe in detail how the transport sector’s impact on global warming is being rapidly reduced: cutting import duty on EVs, giving free parking and recharging to EVs, electric buses . . .  are all ways this is already happening, including soon in Queensland!
Tom Nockolds from the Community Power Agency talks to Vivien about what will happen when the Feed In Tariff is gone. Can electricity be democratised, decarbonised and affordable?


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Climate change and east coast low-pressure systems: Acacia Pepler: Podcast

We hear from Acacia Pepler. She’s a PhD student at the University of New South Wales Climate Change Research Centre, studying extreme rainfall and low-pressure systems on the east coast of Australia (East Coast Lows). Her research is focused on why & how East Coast Lows develop, including the importance of the Great Dividing Range and East Australian Current, as well as how East Coast Lows may change in the future with climate change.

Acacia spoke about:

  • The impacts and importance of East Coast Lows for severe weather and water security,
  • Why East Coast Lows can be difficult to forecast,
  • The differences between tropical and extra-tropical cyclones
  • Some current research
  • How regional climate models work and why they’re useful, and
  • How climate changes like warmer oceans or higher sea levels may change the impacts of East Coast Lows in the future.
  • Intense rainfall is expected to increase with global warming.

Broadcast 26 Aug 2016
BZE Technology Radio Show Podcast
Beyond Zero Emissions

Further reading

Acacia Pepler’s Blog:

The Conversation: Acacia Pepler
The role of climate change in eastern Australia’s wild storms

The Conversation:  Acacia Pepler
Nine years after the Pasha Bulker storm, we’re finally getting a handle on East Coast Lows

Eastern Seaboard Climate Change Initiative

Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science

Key words

Drought, Flooding, Biodiversity, Spread of disease, Natural disasters, Runaway climate change, Tipping points, Climate refugees, Climate science

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Music and Magic amplify climate solutions – The “Creating a Climate for Change” Melbourne Playback Theatre event

This show was broadcast on Mon 12th September 2016
Today on BZE Radio join us at NorthcoteTown Hall in Melbourne for an excerpt from an inspired and inspiring event held on August 11th called Creating a Climate for Change (thank you Melbourne Playback Theatre).


Architect Rob Adams returned to his University in South Africa and found that without building more  they had massively increased the number of students by multitasking the rooms. With climate change in mind he talks about how cities can do the same.

Lucy Best is a campaigner. She engages with the community to bring renewable energy solutions to low income residents. Her fascinating talk shows how personal commitment and ingenuity break down barriers.

Stephen Bygrave brings examples from around the world to show how the time is coming when petrol -fuelled cars, energy intensive buildings and coal fired power will be things of the past.


Playback Theatre Performers engage with the audience.

People’s worries about workers left behind, politicians not being up to the task and survival are brought into the arena.

The musicians and actors then mirror these thoughts  and turn them into little plays. Imagination, myth and feelings are to the fore in an evening where Left Brain climate solutions meet Right Brain improvisations.

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Lessons in Resilience from New Orleans, the Pacific and Indigenous Communities

This show was broadcast on Mon 5thSeptember 2016

The Sydney Alliance and WWF Australia brought Rev Willie Bennett here to energise our resilience building.

How can communities prepare for heatwaves, floods and climate disruptions?
What can the Hurricane Katrina Survivors Network teach us about building up community power and leadership?

How can we connect with indigenous defenders in the Gulf country and Galilee Basin as climate changing coal and gas projects loom?

Rev Willie Bennett – Hurricane Katrina Survivors Network
Rev Seforosa Carroll – Church partnerships Pacific,UnitingWorld
Cassandra Goldie – CEO of Australian Council of Social Service
Murrawah Johnson – Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network

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FARMLANDS: Food crops or fuel crops?

This show was broadcast on Mon 29th August 2016
Winner of The Royal Society Prize for science writing, Gaia Vince (author of Adventures in the Anthropocene), takes us round the world in search of the best farming practices in the Anthropocene. Indian farmers leading with water? Food waste contributing to climate change?

In “Rethinking Dairy” we look at alternatives to needing so much milk. Improvements for the cows, calves, farmers and consumers are all ahead as we take climate seriously.

A panel discussion courtesy of 3CR’s Freedom of Species show, featuring Philip Wollen, Dr Deidre Wicks, dairy farmer Vicki Jones, and vegan restauranteur Mo Wyse.
Further Reading:Amazing news – the Northern Territory Labor party was swept to power in the Territory election yesterday on a promise to put a moratorium on risky shale gas fracking.

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Dr Sara Bice

Dr Sara Bice, Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne, talks about her new book “Responsible Mining”.

“Responsible Mining ” – Is it an oxymoron or is it possible?

25 Aug 2016|Categories: Technology Show|Comments Off on Dr Sara Bice

Geoff Pocock

Geoff Pocock
is managing director of Hazer Group, a Perth-based company, spun out of the University of Western Australia, which plans to halve the cost of hydrogen production, using a near-zero emissions patented process, based on “methane cracking”.  The chemical process uses “cheap as dirt” iron ore to convert methane in natural gas into hydrogen, with the other valuable by-product capturing the carbon content of the gas in the form of high-quality graphite.

The ASX-listed company raised A$5m at its initial public offering in September 2015.

“When hydrogen is combusted to generate heat, or used in fuel cells to generate electricity, the only byproduct is water. As a result, it has long been heralded as a low-carbon energy carrier, which could replace gasoline as a transport fuel, powering electric vehicles, or natural gas as fuel to heat buildings.

Graphite is used in the production of lithium-ion batteries, and while prices vary depending on the quality, Pocock says it averages at about US$1,000 per tonne. Globally, the graphite market is worth around US$13bn annually.”

Photo: Geoff Pocock (right) and CTO Dr Andrew Cornejo with Hazer Group’s hydrogen technology.

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Dr Bonnie Monteleone

Dr Bonnie Monteleone
is Co-founder, Executive Director and Director of Science, Research and Academic Partnerships for Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. whose mission is to educate through field research, implement progressive outreach initiatives, and incubate solutions to address the global plastic pollution problem.

Dr Bonnie Monteleone is a field scientist, researcher and student supervisor in the Chemistry department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Dr Bonnie is also a 5 Gyres Institute ambassador; part of the Ocean Defenders Alliance; Cape Fear Rise Above Plastic through Surfrider; the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program; Algalita Marine Research Foundation; NC Monofilament Recovery and Recycling receptacles at Johnny Mercer Peer; contributes to the Plastic Ocean Project blog and more! She has collected plastic marine samples globally including 4 of the 5 gyres, the Caribbean, and has extended this work to Pyramid Lake, in a Nevada desert outside of Reno.

The passionate Dr Monteleone joins the Beyond Zero team to talk about plastic leachates, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) uptakes, plastic ingestion by marine organisms and the many solutions and projects she is running. She is also an accomplished artist, turning some of the plastic she collects on her  voyages into modern artistic masterpieces.

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Dr Stephen Bygrave


To speak about such a topic, the guest was BZE CEO Dr Stephen Bygrave who is about to embark on a new challenge to join the Queensland government as executive director in the field of environment and climate change.

The work of BZE has encompassed such diverse areas as 100% renewable energy and how soon this may be viable, buildings, battery storage, agriculture including land clearing, industrial processes (such as alternatives in the production of aluminium), and transport to name just a few. In fact BZE has attained worldwide acclaim.

Transport in particular is responsible for 15% of national emissions but the ridiculous dependence on cars in Australia is badly in need of a “mode shift” in favour of public transport and electric cars not forgetting the movement of freight. It is so short-sighted by governments to move freight on the road in lieu of rail which had been achieved in the past. BZE has also written on the topic of high speed rail which has been utilised so successfully in other countries, in particular India and China where there are so many people to accommodate!

So Stephen will perhaps be involved in the different challenges that Queensland can throw up  – none bigger than the Great Barrier Reef and Adani and land clearing!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre 12/8/16)

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Prof Tara P. Dhakal

Beyond Zero speaks to Professor Tara P. Dhakal of Binghamton University, State University of New York, about his research developing high efficiency solar cells.

Advances in the manufacture of Solar Cells

Prof Tara Dhakal started off with study of Physics and Material Science, working in Kathmandu, Nepal and Japan and later joined the Uni. of Sth. Florida with the aim of making improved thin film solar. He is at present Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the State University of N.Y. and it seems he has always been interested in applied research.

Problems of course with solar is the need to access materials that are abundant, non toxic, reliable and not only cost efficient to manufacture but to install. Approximately 25% of silicon can be converted into electricity and it is fairly expensive to process into wafers.  The Professor discussed the possibility of transparent layers for windows and/or roll-out for roofs.

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre 29/7/16)

Further reading:

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This show was broadcast on Mon 22nd August 2016

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This show was broadcast on Mon 22nd August 2016

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The Australian town that wants to get off the grid

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LEST WE FORGET… Morwell, Bulga,Wollar and Mt Arthur mines

This show was broadcast on Mon 15th August 2016

As we inch towards the inevitability of Zero Emissions, city people must not forget the coal affected communities.
Miner Peter Kennedy takes us around the coal mines and power stations of the Hunter Valley.
David Watson and his fellow artists celebrate the places where coal has done  its worst and still say “Giving up is not an option”.
Rob McLaughlin and the Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association keep a vigil on the old convict built road which should be a heritage trail but is set to be ploughed up by Rio Tinto.
Lorraine Bull from Morwell speaks up about the diversity of jobs which ex coal communities will create.
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Climate Emergencies

This show was broadcast on Mon 8th August 2016


Our focus is on health and building resilience.

Dr Cassandra Goldie from the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) tells us about her time in Darwin with a cyclone about to hit and they didn’t have a plan! And the council housing that requires 24/7 air conditioning that should be built in a more climate smart way.
We will also talk to Fiona Armstrong about the new Climate and Health Alliance paper “Towards a national strategy on climate, health and well-being for Australia.”
Daniel Spencer from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition will talk about progress towards Large Scale Solar at Port Augusta, South Australia. He will also bust myths about failures in the system….too easy to blame it on wind.

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ALGA Test Audio Only

This was a recent audio recording
ALGA is Aus Local Gov Association who were our hosts for this forum and launch of the zero carbon communities research that is on the website

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Dr Ashish Sharma

Dr Ashish Sharma of the University of Notre Dame (US) has completed a report on whether green roofs, which are covered with plants, and cool roofs, which are surfaced with reflective materials, could reduce Urban Heat Islands (UHI) effects in Chicago.

Dr. Ashish Sharma, doing post-doctural research in Environmental Change Initiative at University of Notre Dame whose research interests include Atmospheric Sciences and land-ocean atmosphere.  He achieved his PhD in Climate Science 2012.

Dr. Sharma spoke of “green” and “cool” roofs – the former having more benefits but of course needing water and a strong roof structure and useful in cities and populated areas probably producing vegetation. Could sustain urban bees and/or provide shade, and can have a pollutant-cleansing effect.

Whereas “cool” roof is basically a reflective roof, for example “Thermoshield” which can be painted on and has both reflective and insulating properties, and can reflect Infra Red.  Today’s podcast follows on from last week’s Beyond Zero Radio interview with Thermoshield, an Australian cool roof paint product which is headquartered in Dandenong, Victoria.

(Summary written by Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

The Conversation: Green and cool roofs provide relief for hot cities, but should be sited carefully

ND Report: Cooling down Chicago: How green and cool roofs could impact urban climate

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