24 episodes

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Podcast by Eco-Business

    The law firm fighting climate crime

    The law firm fighting climate crime

    What can the law do to protect us from a changing climate, and hold those most responsible for climate change to account?

    A law firm in Australia, Equity Generation lawyers, specialises in climate change risk.

    In Its most recent case, the firm is representing 8 young students and a nun, who are trying to stop government approval of a coal mine in New South Wales.

    On this Eco-Business Podcast, David Barnden, principal lawyer at Equity Generation Lawyers, talks about the legal case against climate change.

    • 18 min
    Why should we be worried about deep-sea mining?

    Why should we be worried about deep-sea mining?

    The ocean floor is scattered with vast beds of minerals that could be used to make modern gadgets from smartphones to solar panels and batteries.

    But environmentalists warn that mining it could remove entire habitats and threaten as-yet-undiscovered species, and release toxins and create pollution in areas that have been undisturbed for millennia.

    Though there is rising demand for the materials we need to transition to clean energy and combat climate change, do we need to plunder nature’s last frontier to find them?

    On this podcast, Sian Owen, from conservation group the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, argues that mining the deep seas shouldn’t happen, no matter what treasures are buried in an environment scientists know less about than the surface of the moon.

    • 28 min
    Will Southeast Asia warm to climate friendly cooling?

    Will Southeast Asia warm to climate friendly cooling?

    Air-con provides home comfort and boost works productivity, but it is a dangerously energy-intensive technology.

    It is the largest and fastest growing use of building energy in Southeast Asia, and by 2040 is predicted to account for 40 per cent of Southeast Asia’s electricity demand.

    Australian engineer Professor James Trevelyan invented an air-conditioner in 2007 that is smaller scale than regular AC units, more energy efficient, cheaper to run and less emissions intensive.

    To discuss Southeast Asia's cooling predicament, and how the region can keep cool without cooking the planet, Trevelyan joins the Eco-Business podcast to talk about:

    The impact of rising air-conditioning use on our climate
    Why is innovation in air-conditioning so slow?
    Air-con, luxury and progress
    How air-conditioning affects build design
    Air-conditioning and the spreading of disease
    The future of cooling technology

    • 23 min
    How can the Philippines make a green recovery during the Covid era?

    How can the Philippines make a green recovery during the Covid era?

    Eco-Business speaks with top Filipino environmentalist Loren Legarda on how the economy can be revived through climate resilience.

    • 25 min
    Green finance: Will banks tell us how they spend our money?

    Green finance: Will banks tell us how they spend our money?

    Do people in Asia know or care where their banks invest their money? And even if they do, can they do anything to push their banks towards sustainable investments?

    To discuss this, Eco-Business spoke to Mayur Singh, a Singapore-based entrepreneur who co-founded tech firm Mattrvest last year. His company helps young people invest in things that align with their values.

    Singh is also involved in a campaign called My Money My Planet, which encourages consumers to ask their banks to tell them how their money is being spent. 

    Tune in as we talk about:

    How much impact do consumers really have as investors?
    How much of our money is being spent on unsustainable investments like fossil fuels, unhealthy food, slave labour, and guns?
    Do people in Asia really care how their money is being invested?
    What can we do about greenwashing in green finance products?
    Are banks changing fast enough to meet climate goals?

    • 29 min
    What happens to waste?

    What happens to waste?

    Is plastic waste a battle the Philippines could win?

    The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a surge in the use of single-use plastics as the material is relied upon to protect people and goods. From face shields and syringes to plastic packaging for takeaway food, how can the Philippines manage its plastic waste streams, increase its recycling rate, and stop an impending plastic pandemic?

    In this podcast, "What happens to waste? Digging into the recycling systems in the Philippines", Eco-Business speaks to Bonar Laureto, executive director of the non-profit Business for Sustainable Development, and Toff Rada, country manager for corporate and government affairs at food and beverage company Mondelez Philippines.

    Tune in as we tackle questions including:

    What happens to waste after people put them in the trash can, and how can Filipino households recycle properly?
    How must various sectors of society transform to strengthen the country's waste management infrastructure?
    What can the private sector do to help to reduce plastics use and accelerate plastics recycling in the country
    What is extended producer responsibility means and what is its role in the Philippines' response to plastic pollution?

    • 47 min

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