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We are pals who met in college and love discussing science. We are passionate about environmental inequality and innovative solutions. This podcast is our chance to learn about the policies around the world that shape our environment and we want you to join us!

Planet Policy Pals Podcast Ajwah Zahid and Alayibo Semenitari

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We are pals who met in college and love discussing science. We are passionate about environmental inequality and innovative solutions. This podcast is our chance to learn about the policies around the world that shape our environment and we want you to join us!

    EP 22: The Worst Industrial Disaster (Story time)

    EP 22: The Worst Industrial Disaster (Story time)

    This week we unpack the entirely avoidable tragedy that has come to be known as the world’s worst industrial disaster. In the night of December 2, 1984, chemical, methyl isocyanate (MIC) spilt out from Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL’s) pesticide factory turned the city of Bhopal into a colossal gas chamber. It was India's first major industrial disaster. At least 30 tonnes of methyl isocyanate gas killed between 15,000 and 20,000 people and affected over 600,000 workers. The Bhopal gas tragedy is dear to our hearts as it is the perfect example of how innocent people and the environment suffer, when we ignore safety for profit.


    Follow the link for show notes and references https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ETJBQKUljJzPfdWDjhtD39kIQ9q1OTEWqlDS3f8EzWM/edit?usp=sharing


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    • 55 min
    EP 21: The Chernobyl Disaster (Storytime)

    EP 21: The Chernobyl Disaster (Storytime)

    The April 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine was the product of a flawed Soviet reactor design coupled with serious mistakes made by the plant operators. The accident caused the largest uncontrolled radioactive release into the environment ever recorded for any civilian operation, and large quantities of radioactive substances were released into the air for about 10 days. This accident affected many lives and changed how the world deals with nuclear material, even now. Listen now to hear this story and maybe learn new facts about one of history’s most infamous man-made disasters.
    Show notes and references at planetpolicypals.com
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    • 35 min
    UPDATE: Series 3 is coming!!!

    UPDATE: Series 3 is coming!!!

    It’s a new series and a new topic. Until the end of the year, we will focus on some of the environmental tragedies that have been caused by humans and impacted communities severely in the last few decades. Topics like the Bhopal disaster, Chernobyl and the oil spill that gave us Earth day are on the list. We want to learn how these things happened and how people recovered. Listen for more details and learn with us every Monday starting September 13th.
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    • 4 min
    EP 20: EXTRA POLICY- Ecotourist Spots

    EP 20: EXTRA POLICY- Ecotourist Spots

    In episode 17, we discussed how the principles of ecotourism can improve general tourism, but there is a dark side too. Ecotourism is now a large industry and there are not enough regulations to control how it is operated. The destruction of local resources to make room for ecotourism is a problem. In this mini-sode we discuss some examples of the dark side, what can be done better and highlight even more amazing spots that you can visit for the best eco-friendly experience.

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    • 14 min
    EP 19: EXTRA POLICY: Milk and Milk Adjacent

    EP 19: EXTRA POLICY: Milk and Milk Adjacent

    Global demand for dairy continues to increase in large part due to population growth, rising incomes, urbanization and westernization of diets in countries such as China and India. Milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and other dairy products are ubiquitous, consumed by more than 6 billion people worldwide. In this episode, we explore the myths surrounding dairy and look at the best options for plant milk, considering environmental impact, resource consumption and nutrients. The facts may shock you, but listen to find out what the best option is for you!

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    • 27 min
    EP 18: EXTRA POLICY- Flash Floods & Infrastructure

    EP 18: EXTRA POLICY- Flash Floods & Infrastructure

    Flash flooding is fresh in our minds following the devastation seen recently in Germany. Urban areas are more likely to experience this type of ”surface water” flooding because they have a lot of hard surfaces. Last year, flooding in Senegal displaced over 4000 people and this year, we have seen events in China, Nigeria, Afghanistan, London, USA, Guatemala, Sudan and others. Clearly, we have a big problem with flooding, but specifically the unpredictable nature of flash floods. In this mini-sode, we discuss some recent events, how floods and climate change are related and the effects on infrastructure moving forward. 

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    • 15 min

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