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Alan Pears AM, is arguably Australia’s best-regarded sustainability and energy efficiency expert. He talks about energy, government policy and what he calls our ‘competitive democracy’.
“The problems are our leadership, short-sightedness, the misguided fear we will be worse off in a clean energy future, and lack of vision and practical focus.” And through all this Alan Pears remains positive!
BZE Technology Radio Show: 20 Jan 2017: Podcast
Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Alan Pears AM:
- Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT University and advises a number of industry and community organisations
- 75+ columns over 2 decades for Renew magazine which was released as an e-book in late 2016 titled The Pears Report: Reflections on two decades of energy and climate policy and available for download from the ATA.
- Expert in Appliance and equipment energy efficiency ratings and standards
BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel and Michael Staindl
Interview recorded on: 20 Jan 2017
From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia
This show was broadcast on Mon 2nd January 2017
Listen in at 3cr – latest episode from Jan 2.
In conversation with Lyn Bender, Deb Hart and Blair Palese
“We are at the limit of suicide, to say a strong word. Our world is on a suicidal course unless we pay attention and pull out of this nosedive into the sixth great extinction.”
MONDAY BZE Radio Mon 5-6pm
This special re-broadcast is BZE Radio’s New Year Summer Series producer’s pick. We hope you enjoy.
This show was broadcast on Mon 26th December 2016
In conversation with Per Espen Stoknes, Lyn Bender, Susie Burke, and with Vivien Langford.
“The more facts that pile up about global warming, the greater the resistance to them grows, making it harder to enact measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the inevitable change ahead.”
“It is a catch-22 that starts, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes, from an inadequate understanding of the way most humans think, act, and live in the world around them. With dozens of examples—from the private sector to government agencies—Stoknes shows how to retell the story of climate change and, at the same time, create positive, meaningful actions that can be supported even by deniers.”
This special re-broadcast is BZE Radio’s Christmas Summer Series producer’s pick of the year for 2016. We hope you enjoy.
Listen to BZE podcast on the recent US presidential vote for Donald Trump and its implications for climate and energy policy.
Dr Sara Bice addressed an Executive Roundtable (before the 20 January inauguration) about what a Trump presidency could mean for climate policy, transparency and women, on questions including:
· What will a Trump presidency mean for the Paris Agreement?
· What could a Trump presidency mean for climate change mitigation, more generally?
· Does it matter whether a US President supports climate change mitigation or not? Will this really affect us all the way in Australia?
· How could Trump’s picks for key offices (e.g. EPA, Energy Secretary) affect the US commitments to climate change mitigation?
· Can Trump really revitalise America’s refinery industry?
BZE Guest: Dr Sara Bice (Director, Research Translation at Melbourne School of Government) of the University of Melbourne
Broadcast: 12 December 2016 @3CR
BZE interview team: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell
This show was broadcast on Mon 19th December 2016
In this interview (courtesy of The Elephant Podcast and Kevin Kaners), Guardian columnist George Monbiot argues that the climate crisis isn’t just an isolated problem, but one that’s intimately tied to other systemic issues in our societies – from the run-away political power of corporations which are undermining our democracies, to the rampant consumerism culture that dominates the West.
Dimitri Lafleur talks about a new report by the Melbourne Energy Institute which found that unmeasured methane leakage and fugitive emissions from unconventional gasfields could cause Australia to fail its Paris climate commitments.
A review of current and future methane emissions from Australian unconventional oil and gas production
Burping oil and gas infrastructure
This show was broadcast on Mon 12th December 2016
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
BZE speaks to Prof James Meadowcroft about how governments are adjusting their practices and policies to cope with climate change, the environment and sustainable development. James Meadowcroft holds a Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development. He is a Professor in both the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy and Administration, at the Carleton University in Canada.
This show was broadcast on Mon 5th December 2016
What would it take for you to climb an industrial chimney, blockade a coal mine or make a speech to hundreds of people?
The answer for the people in “Guarding Eden” is climate change.
We meet author Deborah Hart and the people who inspire her.
BZE speaks to Dom Mendonca and Dominic Eales from Melbourne start-up Energy Tailors, an independent service that alerts you with the cheapest and greenest energy options.
Eliminate gas from your Energy Freedom home and choose energy efficient electric heat pumps
BZE radio talks to Mark Padwick:
Mark Padwick, Sanden Australia Managing Director, explains how the electric heat pump systems works to heat hot water. The Sanden Eco Hot Water Heat Pump is an energy efficient replacement for your traditional electric or solar hot water system. Mark also explains the tank sizes available and how efficiently, quickly and quietly the heat pumps heats water.
BZE Technology Radio Show: 18 Nov 2016: Podcast:
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We talk everything electric and the challenges and opportunities ahead with guests:
- Ben Chester – Locality Planning Energy
- Tim Harrison – Project Manager EV Infrastructure, Economic Development Queensland
- Dr Chris Jones – Australian Electric Vehicle Association
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Activist Academic Kristen Lyons is Associate Professor Environment and Development Sociology at The University of Queensland.
Australia’s coal politics are undermining democratic and Indigenous rights
BZE Technology Radio Show: 25 Nov 2016: Podcast
Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Kristen Lyons:
BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel and Michael Staindl and Laura Perri and Natalie Bucknell
Interview recorded on: 25 Nov 2016:
From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia
This show was broadcast on Mon 21st November 2016
We talk COP22 with Professor Martijn Wilder (The Australian National University) who is back from the conference, and Christine Milne who is observing from the sidelines as an international Green. And interview Australian school kids about their thoughts on a renewable future.
BZE Radio: 17 Nov 2016
We continue the discussion with Marc Hudson. This follow-up interview focuses on Mark’s many years of experience around the world in:
- climate activism,
- community organising and
- campaign management.
BZE Radio: 14 November 2016: Podcast:
Scientists are saying that 50% of the Amazon is facing deforestation by 2020. Louise Boronyak Vasco (UTS: University of Technology Sydney) talks about Amazon Watch – which is advancing the rights of indigenous peoples and protecting their territories to save the Amazon, and the Earth’s climate.
Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually according to a United Nations Environment Programme report. Dr Lindsay Hutley (Charles Darwin University) speaks about this special resource.
Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop (World Preservation Foundation) talks about land clearing in NSW, QLD and its impact on climate.
From Well to Wheel: The Social, Environmental an Climate Costs of Amazon Crude
(Amazon Watch: September 2016)
A historical perspective of the coal industry in Australia and the chopping and changing of climate policy.
BZE radio talks to Marc Hudson:
Marc is studying the strategic responses of the Australian coal industry to the challenge of climate change. He is in the final year of a PhD at the Sustainable Consumption Institute: Manchester University. Marc is a regular contributor to The Conversation.
BZE Technology Radio Show: 11 Nov 2016: Podcast:
Marc talked about:
- Coal usage in Australia from soon after White settlement, and the rapidly expanding export of coal to Japan from the late 1950s onwards, which was important for Japan as it rebuilt after World War Two. Japan was the single most important market until the late 1990s, and is still very important.
- China becoming a market for Australian coal from 2008 – but these exports have been decreasing as China produces most of its own coal, and is recognising coal as a health risk, and a political one, due to air quality in Chinese cities.
- The chopping and changing of Australian climate policy, with dizzying peaks and troughs, alongside the basic bipartisan support for increasing coal exports
- Prime Minister Julia Gillard and our short lived carbon pricing,
- Malcolm Turnbull’s overt support for renewables until he became prime minister,
- The election of climate denier Malcolm Roberts of One Nation to the Senate
- The appointment of climate denier Craig Kelly as Chair of the Federal Environment Energy Committee.
- The Australian recent ratification of the Paris agreements
The current Morocco conference
- The election of Trump in the US
- Australian climate change activism.
Out of step: marching for climate justice versus taking action
(The Conversation: Marc Hudson: 27 Nov 2015)
The sound of silence: why has the environment vanished from election politics?
(The Conversation: Marc Hudson: 23 June 2016)
Beyond Zero Emissions interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell
Broadcast from Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia
Based on a write up by Bev McIntyre
This show was broadcast on Mon 7th November 2016
Alex Rafalowicz from Climate Action Network Australia talks about how there are only about 50 people employed full time on climate campaigning and this means we are not taking it seriously.
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