Radio Podcasts

Radio Podcasts 2016-12-10T19:56:46+00:00

Forests: The Lungs of Our Planet

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)

14 Nov 2016|Community Show|

Podcast: The strategic responses of the Australian coal industry to climate change

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.

Further reading

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


11 Nov 2016|Technology Show|

Plutocracy versus Democracy – what future awaits us?


This show was broadcast on Mon 7th November 2016

Christine Milne talks about reclaiming our democracy and John Hewson about how Malcolm Turnbull is drifting dangerously.

Naomi Klein says the corporate media always ask her what is realistic, yet their idea of realism will take us to four degrees. (In an interview from The Elephant – courtesy of Kevin Caners)

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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07 Nov 2016|Community Show|

What has a Tupperware party to do with climate change

How can we influence people on climate.

BZE radio talks to Imogen Jubb.

Imogen has recently joined BZE as National Manager of our Zero Carbon Communities Project.

She came to her position with qualifications from the Universities of Canberra, ANU and Sydney and as a communication specialist with the ACF, Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and ABC. She has traveled around Australia, working with Indigenous communities and also trained as a Climate Leader with Al Gore.

She is a board member of Climate for Change, which uses the Tupperware party model to get the climate message across.

She recently ran as an independent candidate in the Moreland City Council election and said “empowering people can be lots of fun and provide meaning to life”.

One is reminded of the saying of Margaret Mead who said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has”  Lets hope that is true.

BZE Technology Show: 4 Nov 2016: Podcast

Broadcast from Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

About the project managed by Imogen

Zero Carbon Communities

04 Nov 2016|Technology Show|

A Conversation with Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing


This show was broadcast on Mon 1st November 2016

A conversation with:
Jonathan Pershing
Special Envoy for Climate Change
US Department of State

Moderated by:
Coral Davenport
The New York Times

Introduced by:
Ambassador Richard Morningstar
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

01 Nov 2016|Podcasts|

Podcast: Renewable Energy Target market impacts

Mark Williamson, ‎Executive General Manager of the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) talks about:

  • the market impacts of the Renewable Energy Target (RET), and
  • development opportunities.

Mark’s presentation was recorded at the All Energy 2016 Conference in October

BZE Technology Radio Show: Oct 2016: Podcast

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel and Michael Staindl

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

31 Oct 2016|Technology Show|

EV revolution with Bede Doherty

Bede Doherty is the Business Development & e-Mobility Manager Alphabet Australia – BMW Australia Finance Ltd. In this podcast, he talks to BZE radio about the different types of Electric Vehicles (EVs) available and how they market is evolving to provide customers fleet optimisation services, car-sharing and inter-modal transport connectivity.

Bede was also a panelist at the Melbourne launch of BZE’s Electric Vehicles report, where he drove to the event in a BMWi3 EV, to showcase for the audience. Bede Doherty is a renewable energy engineer, specialising in transport strategy.

Why the future is electric for Melbourne’s cars and buses

BZE Technology Radio Show 2016: Podcast

BZE Interviewer: Anthony Daniele

Interview was recorded on: 6 July 2016

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

31 Oct 2016|Technology Show|

The All Energy Conference 2016

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We hear

  • how Tyalgum, New South Wales got off the grid,
  • how Pingala is bringing solar power to remote communities,
  • what Enova is doing up near Byron Bay, and
  • how energy storage came out to save a Californian community when the gas wells leaked.

The Energy Regulator talks tough to laggards in the industry and the President of the World Wind Energy Association mourns the wreckers of opportunity.

These are the leaders of Renewable Investment and Inventiveness whom a Roosevelt would galvanise to work fast together.

Thanks to:

Craig Horne – The Energy Storage Association of USA

Daniel Lawes – Power Diverter

Alison Crook AO – Enova Community Energy It’s YOUR Energy Company

Kacey Clifford – Tyalgum Energy Project

April Crawford-Smith and Tom Nockolds – Pingala

Mark Williamson – The Energy Regulator

The Hon Peter Rae AO – President of the World Wind Energy Association

Alexandra Campbell – Avoca Capital Advisors

Lane Crockett – Impact Investment Group

Further Reading:


31 Oct 2016|Community Show|

The Engineer and the Ecologist

This show was broadcast on Mon 24th October 2016.screen-shot-2016-08-11-at-2-29-00-pm

Today we hear from:

  • Adjunct Professor David Hood AM (pictured), Deputy Chair of BZE and engineering academic at Queensland University of Technology on buildings, BZE and Mozambique.
  • Daryl Tonkinson, Grasslands ecologist and manager, Ballarat, Victoria, on carbon farming on the region’s basalt plains. 

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29 Oct 2016|Community Show|

AGL out, Alinta shows how and Flow shows the future – Beyond Zero Emissions radio show

This show was broadcast on Mon 17th October 2016.14641946_10154640538442888_1483233188383041101_n

Today we hear from:

  • Lisa McLean from Flow/Brookfield speaking from Disruption & The Energy Industry Conference on big buildings that are self sufficient in water and energy.
  • Julie Lyford from Groundswell Gloucester
  • Joseph Zane Sikulu from Pacific Warriors

This Monday’s show takes us to a rally in Angel Place outside the AGL AGM.

We also hear from Alinta Energy and how they wound down their coal plant at Port Augusta.

The last interview is from the Disruption & The Energy Industry Conference. Lisa talks about big buildings that are self sufficient in water and energy.

Please forward this promo to anyone who will take action. Listen in at 5pm Monday 17th Oct.
Podcast available Tuesday.
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17 Oct 2016|BZE Radio, Community Show, Podcasts|

No Time for New Coal Mines: Protect Bylong Valley

BZE Community Radio Show: 10 October 2016: Podcast:


We hear from:

  • Bylong resident Jodie Nancarrow  President of the Bylong Protection Association.
  • Then Bev Smiles will give us the bigger picture, climate impacts, giant voids left filling with toxic water all over the Hunter.
  • Tim Buckley from the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis will give us the wider financial picture of coal and market prices.
  • Lastly we speak to Jonathan La Nauze from Australian Conservation Foundation about their court challenge to the Adani mine.

Are these the dying days of coal? If so , why are greenfields sites like Bylong Valley being opened up for new coal mines?

Even when the #NoNewMines mantra is catching on and Indonesia and China have imposed a moratorium on themselves, Australian communities and aquifers are being ruined.  Many people have said the Adani mine  will never go ahead, but we don’t want to get complacent. We hear from the locals, the  climate action groups and a top notch financial analyst.

Thanks also to Mike Seccombe of  The Saturday Paper (1st Oct) for giving us the latest.

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Beyond Zero Emissions interviewer: Vivien

Broadcast from Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

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09 Oct 2016|Community Show|

Dylan McConnell: SA blackout has nothing to do with wind turbines

BZE Technology Radio Show: 7 Oct 2016: Podcast:

Dylan McConnell of the Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne, discusses South Australia’s recent state-wide blackout following once in 50-year storms. It is extraordinary! Politicians and some media have been claiming that the state’s wind generators caused the blackout.

Beyond Zero Emissions
Radio 3CR in Melbourne

Further reading

Links to numerous articles authored by Dylan McConnell in The Conversation

We don’t know why South Australia’s wind farms stopped working, so hold off on the blame game
(The Conversation: 7 Oct 2016: McConnell)

What caused South Australia’s state-wide blackout?
(The Conversation: 29 Sep 2016: McConnell)

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Winds of change: SA wholesale electricity market developments

Key words

Electricity grid, Storms, wind energy, renewable energy, transmission lines, blackout, targets

07 Oct 2016|Technology Show|

Blockchain solar power trading: Jemma Green

Hear about the cutting edge where solar energy meets Blockchain Technology.

People who generate renewable energy can decide who they want to sell their surplus energy to, and at what price.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 21 Sep 2016: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Jemma Green:

  • Co-founder and Chair of Perth start-up Power Ledger,
  • A managing director at a disruptive innovation consultancy: The Green Enterprise,
  • A research fellow and PhD candidate at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP),
  • A City of Perth Councillor – and so experienced in the challenges of sustainable cities development,
  • She has over 15 years experience in finance and risk management including 11 years in investment banking in London.
  • For more detail see The Conversation

BZE Interviewers: Anthony Daniele and Matt Grantham

Interview recorded on: 21 Sep 2016

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading

Battery Powered Homes
(ABC TV Catalyst: 2 Feb 2016: Full script + Video)
Jemma Green was one guest on this show.

Bitcoin-inspired peer-to-peer solar trading trial kicks off in Perth
(Renew Economy: 12 Aug 2016: S Vorrath)

Perth blockchain power trading startup takes Auckland
(Australian Financial Review: 31 Aug 2016: Paywall)

‘First’ Aussie blockchain uses much less energy 
(Australian Financial Review: 17 Aug 2016: Paywall)

World-first trial lets WA residents sell their own excess solar power
(WA Today: 15 Aug 2016: Emma Young)

How to get the best value for money out of the coming home battery boom
(The Conversation, Jemma Green & Peter Newman)

Other Key words

Bitcoin, electric power trading, software platform, solar, battery storage, Perth start-up


04 Oct 2016|Technology Show|

Dark Emu and Letting the Land Have its Day in Court

BZE radio talks to:

  • Professor Jacinta Ruru from Otago University – NZ is starting to recognise the rights of Natural entities like forests or rivers in front of the law.
  • Australia Earth Laws Alliance Director Dr Michelle Maloney – the Rights of Nature Tribunal and conference in Brisbane 22nd October
  • Bruce Pascoe talks about his award winning book Dark Emu. He will give an indigenous history of land management and attitudes to the land which might conserve it in the face of threatening climate change.

BZE Community Radio Show: Mon 3 Oct 2016: Podcast:

Broadcast from Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further Reading

03 Oct 2016|Community Show|

We’re at War: Mobilising to Defeat Climate Change

We hear from:
  • 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
Broadcast:  Mon 26 September 2016
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26 Sep 2016|Community Show|

Mary Hendriks talks Energy Storage

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Mary Hendriks spoke about the recent Australian Energy Storage Alliance conference in Sydney.

Mary is the Industry Executive of the Australian Energy Storage Alliance, an independent information hub and networking group for the energy storage sector.  Mary also has the role of Conference Advisor for the Australian Energy Storage conference in Sydney.

BZE  Technology Radio Show:  23 Sep 2016: Podcast:

Broadcast from Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

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24 Sep 2016|Technology Show|

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.

Dr Lissner recently presented at The University of Melbourne on the assessment of climate impacts, with a special interest in human-environmental systems and impacts on societally important sectors. In this context, Dr Lissner works on translating the various determinants of vulnerability into methods, which advance the comparability and transferability of results between regions and which provide useful information to stakeholders and decision-makers in especially vulnerable regions.

Climate Analytics is a non-profit climate science and policy institute based in Berlin, Germany with offices in New York, USA and Lomé, Togo, which brings together interdisciplinary expertise in the scientific and policy aspects of climate change.

23 Sep 2016|Technology Show|

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?”

BZE radio talks to David Karoly

Professor of Atmospheric Science,
School of Earth Sciences: Melbourne University.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 16 Sep 2016: Podcast

Broadcast from 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.

BZE interview team: Laura Perri, Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

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

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

Dr Stephen White

Dr Stephen White is CSIRO’s Program Leader for the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL)

He 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.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 2 September 2016: Podcast:

Further reading:

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

21 Sep 2016|Technology Show|


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?


19 Sep 2016|Community Show|