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A continuous conversation about climate change - news, views and interviews.

Climate Conversations Robert McLean

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

A continuous conversation about climate change - news, views and interviews.

    Climate News: Not Climate One, but Climate Conversations; Dutton wants a 'mature debate' about nuclear power; What's happening with the weather?

    Climate News: Not Climate One, but Climate Conversations; Dutton wants a 'mature debate' about nuclear power; What's happening with the weather?

    "Climate One" is an interesting and educative podcast worth listening to, please give it some of your time.

    "What on Earth is happening to the weather? These charts help explain";

    "Disasters Forced 2.5 Million Americans From Their Homes Last Year";

    "Climate change is fanning the flames of NZ’s wildfire future. Port Hills is only the beginning":

    "Let’s Build a Climate Wall of Shame";

    "Just How Many People Will Die From Climate Change?";

    "What’s really happening with emissions and the climate crisis in Australia";

    "Sentinels of the sea: ancient boulder corals are key to reef survival in a warmer world";

    "Dutton wants a ‘mature debate’ about nuclear power. By the time we’ve had one, new plants will be too late to replace coal";

    "These wildfires never went out — they just moved underground";

    "As Climate-Fueled Weather Disasters Hit More U.S. Farms, the Costs of Insuring Agriculture Have Skyrocketed";

    "Emissions from households’ water use are on a par with aviation. The big cuts and savings they can make are being neglected";

    "As climate disasters grow, early warning systems become essential";

    "Victoria’s power outage could have been far worse. Can we harden the grid against extreme weather?";

    "South Carolina Welcomes Multibillion Dollar Electric Vehicle Projects, Even Though Many Echo Trump’s Harsh EV Critiques";

    "How researchers are using AI to fight climate change";

    "Making Farming More Climate-Friendly Is Hard. Just Ask Europe’s Politicians.";

    "Demagogues imperilling global fight against climate breakdown, says Kerry";

    "The disaster you could see from space: how a podcast went inside an eco-catastrophe";

    "Gardens in England and Wales blooming four weeks early, says National Trust";

    "Recycling Doesn’t Work—and the Plastics Industry Knew It":

    "Extreme Climate Impacts From Collapse of a Key Atlantic Ocean Current Could be Worse Than Expected, a New Study Warns";

    "Study Pinpoints Links Between Melting Arctic Ice and Summertime Extreme Weather in Europe";

    "Winter is warming almost everywhere. See how it’s changed in your town.";

    "Q&A: Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on New Air Pollution Regulations—and Women’s Roles in Bringing Them About";

    "Investors Challenge ‘Blind Spots’ in Climate-Friendly Ratings for Ad and PR Giants";

    "Canadian Pension Funds Haven’t Kept Up with Financial Risks of Climate Change, Report Finds";

    "Electric vehicles will crush fossil cars on price as lithium and battery prices fall";

    "Offshore wind farms: policymakers are more influenced by reports that accentuate negative impacts – new study";

    "Nanotechnology promises to help farmers cut pesticide use – but could also make chemicals more toxic";

    "How psychology can help people live more climate-friendly lives – lessons from around the world";

    "Climate change: alarming Africa-wide report predicts 30% drop in crop revenue, 50 million without water";

    "Renewable energy innovation isn’t just good for the climate — it’s also good for the economy";

    "Side-effects of expanding forests could limit their potential to tackle climate change – new study";

    "Tenerife to declare drought emergency as Spain battles with water shortages";

    "‘We’re not going for a picnic’: The Olympic teams hitting back against Paris’ no A/C green policy";

    "Spain’s plan to ban domestic flights where you can take a train in under two and half hours";

    "Ukraine’s green fightback: Wind farms, solar schools and counting the cost of ‘destroying nature";

    "South African city copes with climate change by chopping down trees";

    "Snow and ice are a way of life here. See how a lost winter upended that.";

    "‘There’s no way to get home’: the public transport deserts on Brisbane’s northern fringe";

    "This is what happens when an uncosted Coalition thought-bubble on nuclear power is presented as a concrete proposal";

    "Vast swaths of US will be exposed to polluted air by 2054, says re

    • 15 min
    Episode 2001! - it's thanks to the volunteer guests and the loyal listeners

    Episode 2001! - it's thanks to the volunteer guests and the loyal listeners

    Climate adaptation expert Nadia Seeteram, (pictured) a Climate School postdoctoral research scientist studies how sea-level
    rise affects coastal communities.

    She is especially interested in how climate risks are impacting housing infrastructure and housing needs.

    "Science for the Planet: Equitable Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities";

    "The Victorian towns where Peter Dutton is considering going nuclear";

    "Fixing Media Is a Climate Solution";

    "National Press Club AddressAndrew Forrest - Executive Chairman and Founder - Fortescue, Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang";

    "Andrew Forrest slams fossil fuel industry and Coalition for nuclear energy 'bulldust'";

    "Carbon removal is needed to achieve net zero but has its own climate risks";

    "Natural disasters could cost NSW $9bn a year by 2060, analysis finds";

    "Just How Many People Will Die From Climate Change?";

    "World ‘not prepared’ for climate disasters after warmest ever January";

    "Hotter, wetter: Here’s what drove Melbourne’s muggy summer";

    "Colorado landowners sue oil company over clean-up of ‘orphaned’ well";

    "The human cost of climate-related disasters is acutely undercounted, new study says";

    "A.I. Frenzy Complicates Efforts to Keep Power-Hungry Data Sites Green";

    "The White House is delaying this key climate rule. Here’s why.";

    "Chart: Gas-powered cars are losing market share to EVs and hybrids";

    "Research Spotlight: Climate-Driven Megadrought";

    "Nations fail to agree ban or research on solar geoengineering";

    "Clean, cheap or fair – which countries should pump the last oil and gas?";

    "Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023 – IEA";

    "A Firm Planning a Drilling Spree in New York’s Southern Tier Goes Silent as Lawmakers Seek to Ban Use of CO2 in Quest for Gas";

    "These are the projects environmental groups say shouldn’t be fast-tracked";

    "This is an emergency. climate silence is climate denial.";

    "Don’t hate the energy-guzzling old home you just bought – fixes are in reach";

    "Is marijuana bad for the climate?";

    "What’s really happening with emissions and the climate crisis in Australia";

    "UCLA Institute for Carbon Management and Equatic to Build the World’s Largest Ocean-Based Carbon Removal Plant in Singapore";

    "A simple way to get microplastics out of your water";

    "Climate Change Is Raising Texas’ Already High Wildfire Risks";

    "Texas’ Wildfire Risks, Amplified by Climate Change, Are Second Only to California’s";

    "Exxon CEO Shares "Dirty Secret" Keeping Us From Net Zero Goals";

    "Is World Population Peaking Now?";

    "This 3D-printed hydrogel material could be used to build homes one day";

    "This is the year of the climate election. Journalists should cover it that way";

    "Climate change could shorten the life span of U.S. bridges";

    "Celebrating the 2024 International Day of Women and Girls in Science";

    "‘Life-threatening’ blizzard bears down on Sierras; 12 feet of snow possible";

    "A massive Texas wildfire is now the largest on record in the state";

    "Red meat cuts can benefit the climate and your lifespan";

    "Behind Apple’s Doomed Car Project: False Starts and Wrong Turns";

    "Victoria's rooftop solar feed-in tariffs are falling. Here's why that won't slow the solar juggernaut";

    "How climate change is messing up the ocean’s biological clock, with unknown long-term consequences";

    "Tasmanian premier Jeremy Rockliff pledges to open protected native forests to logging";

    "In Chicago, It’s Summer in February";

    "China’s Electric Vehicles Are Going to Hit Detroit Like a Wrecking Ball";

    "The cities stripping out concrete for earth and plants";

    "Clean energy boom";

    "AOC on The Green New Deal's Anniversary";

    "These Cities Aren’t Banning Meat. They Just Want You to Eat More Plants.";

    "The ‘greenest’ car in America might surprise you";

    "South African city copes with climate change by chopping down trees";

    "Tiwis take on Tokyo to tame gas project threatening their cu

    • 37 min
    Interview: 'We have to make some really, really big decisions and this is the generation that needs to do them' - Mark Allen

    Interview: 'We have to make some really, really big decisions and this is the generation that needs to do them' - Mark Allen

    Mark Allen (pictured) is an environmental campaigner based in Albany, Western Australia, with a professional background in town planning sustainability. He is also the co-host of the "Post Growth Australia" podcast.

    You can learn more about Mark, his ideas and broader philosophies, through his website, "Holistic Activism".

    Mark also praised the book by permaculturist, David Holgren, "Retrosuburbia: The Downshifter's Guide to a Resilient Future".

    He will expand on his ideas for a town-planning rebellion when he joins (via Zoom) Shepparton's Beneath the Wisteria on Saturday, March 23, at 11:00 am. More information about that event can be had from me, Robert McLean,


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    • 35 min
    Climate Cooling Mini Summit: 'Reclaiming The Climate Emergency Locally'

    Climate Cooling Mini Summit: 'Reclaiming The Climate Emergency Locally'

    This final session of the February 24 Climate Cooling Mini Summit was chaired by Sally Macadam (pictured), the co-ordinator of "Climate Emergency Australia".

    Sally led the workshop through discussions, including Adrian Whitehead from "Council and Community Action in the Climate Emergency"; Cr. Trent McCarthy from Darebin City Council, Trent set the wheels in motion several years ago to see Darebin become the first council in the world to declare a climate emergency; Dale Martin talked about the Local Government Climate Emergency Toolkit: and we heard about the "Climate Alliance".

    The Climate Cooling Mini Summit was a part of the "National Sustainability Living Festival".

    Recordings from all events will be included on The National Centre for Climate Restoration (Breakthrough) website.


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    • 59 min
    Interview: Climate Safe Rooms with Geelong Sustainability's CEO Dan Cowdell

    Interview: Climate Safe Rooms with Geelong Sustainability's CEO Dan Cowdell

    Dan Cowdell (pictured) has led Geelong Sustainability through a project creating an innovative and award-winning idea resulting in Climate Safe Rooms.

    Beyond the rather special Climate Safe Rooms project, Dan's group has created a useful and thoughtful website where people will find almost everything they need to know about Climate Safe Rooms.

    Also on the webpage is an ABC television news report about a Geelong woman who has benefitted from the project - check it out!


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    • 17 min
    Session Two from Melbourne's Climate Cooling Mini Summit with Bryony Edwards

    Session Two from Melbourne's Climate Cooling Mini Summit with Bryony Edwards

    Melbourne's Bryony Edwards (pictured) was the host for the second session of the "Climate Cooling Mini Summit", which was a part of the "National Sustainability Living Festival".

    That session was entitled "Australia’s Climate Rescue Accord" and involved a panel of speakers who addressed the idea of cooling the planet.

    It was early in the session that the host encouraged people to join the free "Climate Accord Workshop" on Wednesday, February 28, where participants will have the opportunity to discuss what is required to stop and reverse warming, against proposals from
    select parties and independents. It will also workshop how policy
    frameworks can be improved.

    A recording of the Climate Cooling Mini Summit will be posted soon on the Breakthroughonline website.




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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Tommy_W ,

Great climate use roundup

Very useful compilation of recent climate news, most of which I would have missed without this podcast.

Wolram Asil ,

Climate emergency clips

Very much appreciate this newsletter-style podcast. Thank you!

ToniéCostumeDesign ,

Should be on your top 10 list of regular podcasts!

The host (Robert) asks such incredible questions of the guests and even better, the podcasts are long enough to allow the guests to talk in depth. I find the podcast calming but super informative and interesting. A pleasure to listen to such thorough and thoughtful interviewing. 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼

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