34 episodes

RN Presents brings you the best short feature and documentary series from the ABC’s Radio National network. The current series is Hot Mess. It’s been over three decades since most of us first heard about global warming. Meanwhile, the 20 hottest years on record have all occurred in the last quarter century. We’re had heatwaves, storms, drought and bushfires on an unprecedented scale. Why has it been so hard to agree and take action on climate change? How can we rise to meet the challenge?

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    • 4.7, 183 Ratings

RN Presents brings you the best short feature and documentary series from the ABC’s Radio National network. The current series is Hot Mess. It’s been over three decades since most of us first heard about global warming. Meanwhile, the 20 hottest years on record have all occurred in the last quarter century. We’re had heatwaves, storms, drought and bushfires on an unprecedented scale. Why has it been so hard to agree and take action on climate change? How can we rise to meet the challenge?

    04 | Hot Mess — Hope

    04 | Hot Mess — Hope

    Despite all the gridlock on Australia's climate policy, there are moves towards a decarbonised economy. The exit from coal is gathering pace in the finance and insurance sectors. On the technology front, cheaper renewables are driving new green hydrogen projects that could make Australia an energy super power. And there's the kids - the Climate Strike generation will soon be voting and they want action. Perhaps there's a chance we can really change.

    • 39 min
    03 | Hot Mess — Party lines

    03 | Hot Mess — Party lines

    There's more to our climate politics than the circus of losing a succession of Prime Ministers. Export earnings, donations, access, revolving doors between politics and industry mean that both sides of politics are close to the fossil fuel sector. In our tight Parliament, mining regions have become crucially important. And actions like the recent Stop Adani Convoy have only deepened climate change divisions.

    • 38 min
    02 | Hot Mess — Spin Cycle

    02 | Hot Mess — Spin Cycle

    The fossil fuel industries ignored their own research as far back as the 1960s and then denied climate change was going on. We hear how a small group of think tanks and a compliant media pushed our buttons, undermined the science, and turned it into a controversy.

    • 40 min
    01 | Hot Mess — Human frailties

    01 | Hot Mess — Human frailties

    What it is about us, all of us, that makes climate change hard to get our heads around and even harder to do something about? We talk to people who understand that climate change is a real danger and people who don’t. And we hear from researchers looking at why we are the way we are.

    • 36 min
    INTRODUCING Hot Mess — Why haven’t we fixed climate change?

    INTRODUCING Hot Mess — Why haven’t we fixed climate change?

    It’s been over three decades since most of us first heard about global warming. Meanwhile, the 20 hottest years on record have all occurred in the last quarter century. We’re had heatwaves, storms, drought and bushfires on an unprecedented scale. Why has it been so hard to agree and take action on climate change? How can we rise to meet the challenge?

    • 4 min
    04 | Shifting Cultures: Vanuatu's stolen generation

    04 | Shifting Cultures: Vanuatu's stolen generation

    150 years ago thousands of young men were taken from the Pacific Islands. Today the scars are still being felt.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
183 Ratings

183 Ratings

Brownie1964 ,

A Great Reflective Investigation

Well done to Richard, Belinda and team for a coherent exploration of the issues around Australia’s relationship with climate change.
The lack of sensationalism around the subject allowed all parties to participate in a mutually respectful manner.
Thank you for your excellent work.

Save the Climate ,

Hot Mess is timely

Thank you Richard. I love the clear, composed intelligent way you present the information and interview. We so need this at this critical time. Climate Change is the most important issue of our time, and long-term witll dwarf Covid19.

VK7TW ,

From Solastalgia to Optimism

Fantastic fact ladened and objective series.

It took me from a state of Solastalgia from the first three programs into a state of optimism with the fourth program.

It should be compulsory listening for all politicians as it is a sad indictment on the current state of play in Australia.

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