Earth Hour is on again – tonight 28th March at 8.30pm. The event asks people and businesses to turn off lights and appliances for one hour. It ran for the first time in Sydney only a few years ago. Since then the idea has been picked up by many other major cities around the world.
But looking beyond all the hype, how useful is it really in helping to tackle the problem of climate change?
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Tagged Andy Ridley, Climate change, conversations, Earth Hour, Energy, environment, lights, Phil Stubbs, podcast, The Environment Show
It’s less than a year until the major UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen – where the nations of the world are meant to settle on an agreement that will take us the next step on from the Kyoto Protocol. In the lead-up to Copenhagen, nations have been meeting at Poznan in Poland to prepare the ground.
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Tagged climate, Climate change, climate conference, climate talks, Greenpeace, Phil Stubbs, podcast, Poznan, The Environment Show, UN
A carbon emissions trading scheme is coming soon. In 18 months in fact. But what will it look like?
It seems the two majors parties are heading for a showdown on the shape of it. And thrown into the mix is a newly configured senate. A strange assortment of new powerbrokers – The Greens, Family First and Mr X – may well determine the new scheme’s fate.
This segment came out of our regular review of key environment news. Each week we speak to one of the country’s leading environmental journalists to find out what’s happening. This week, we talk to Ben Cubby, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Chief Environment Reporter. Listen to The Environment Show’s interview on the latest carbon trading scheme news.
Posted in Carbon trading, Climate change, News, Podcasts, Urban planning
Tagged carbon emissions, Carbon trading, Climate change, environment, News, podcast, The Environment Show, The Greens
In many developed countries food prices have skyrocketed. So much so there’s been riots and demonstrations in a range of countries from Cameroon and Senegal to Haiti, Mexico and Egypt. One factor is believed to be the increasing use of crops to produce biofuels rather than food.
So is biofuel an important solution to our transport energy needs. Or is it creating problems the world doesn’t need?
To find out more about biofuels and the situation for biofuels in Australia, I spoke with the CSIRO’s biofuels expert Deborah O’Connell. I started by asking where biofuels come from. Listen to the biofuels interview.
Josh Byrne is a presenter on the ABCs Garden Show. He’s also written a book called ‘The Green Gardener’.
Josh reckons people have seen the light and are now using their backyards to grow food. In this interview, he talks about how to go about grow your own, making your garden sustainable and the role of permaculture in his work. Listen to the Josh Byrne Green Gardener interview.
I caught up with Josh at the Australian Permaculture Convergence.
Permaculture is real counter-culture. Thats what I thought after attending the Australian Permaculture Convergence last weekend.
It combines traditional farming techniques and thinking about nature with modern technology to enable people to live differently to how most of us live. To live in a truly sustainable way.
In this interview, I tracked down David Holmgren, the co-originator of permaculture, at the conference.
Interestingly, having originally developed the idea in response to the oil crisis of the 70’s, David reckons permaculture is the answer to our looming energy crisis. With peak oil, permaculture is more relevant than ever.
More on permaculture on David’s site.
As the world continues to debate what to do about climate change, the people living on a small atoll to Australia’s north are about to become our region’s first climate change refugees.
The Cartaret Islands, north east of PNG, are only a metre above sea level. Each year tidal surges on the island get bigger.
The tides have damaged the islands’ fresh water sources and food growing areas. To the point where the people of The Cartarets are now planning to evacuate to nearby Bougainville. It’s estimated their island will be unihabitable by 2015.
Phil spoke with Charlotte Sterrett, Climate Campaigner for Oxfam Australia, to find out more about the situation and what can be done. Listen to the interview.
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Tagged Cartaret Islands, Climate change, environment, Oceans, Places, podcast, The Environment Show
Cities like Sydney and New York can shake their car culture and get people to walk and ride bikes. It can be done. It’s happened in Copenhagen. It’s even part of the Danish national health policy. Jan Gehl tells us all about it.
He also tells us about the transformation of the Melbourne CBD (thanks to his plans.)
More common sense and dry Scandinavian humour from the urban planning rock star.
Wall to wall vehicles. Thats how Jan Gehl describes Sydney’s CBD. He says Sydney has squandered its beauty and it’s time something was done about it.
Professor Gehl was commissioned by the City of Sydney to re-think its centre. He’s proposed to divert cars and give streets back to the people. Sound radical? His plans have been implemented in other cities like Copenhagen and Melbourne, and surprise, they’ve made life heaps better. And, interestingly, not just for people. Businesses have thrived too.
Check this interview out – Jan’s quite a character. No wonder he’s been called an ‘urban planning rock star’.
His next commission, by the way, is to develop a plan for New York City.