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Welcome to The Elephant! An interview and storytelling podcast investigating up-and-coming solutions to one of the greatest challenges of our time: climate change. Supported by Climate-KIC

The Elephant Kevin Caners

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Welcome to The Elephant! An interview and storytelling podcast investigating up-and-coming solutions to one of the greatest challenges of our time: climate change. Supported by Climate-KIC

    Updates: Exciting News in Direct Air Capture

    Updates: Exciting News in Direct Air Capture

    Since we first started looking at the science of CO2 removal with our podcast series on direct air capture, a huge amount has happened. So In this episode, we take you inside all the exciting news and developments that have been announced recently, which are pushing the goal of taking large amounts of CO2 back out of the atmosphere closer to reality.

    • 43 min
    Iceland and the Surprising Science of Turning CO2 into Rock

    Iceland and the Surprising Science of Turning CO2 into Rock

    Imagine we overcame the many obstacles and successfully built the giant infrastructure that would be needed to directly capture billions of tons of CO2 back out of the air each year. You might reasonably think that we would have then completely solved the problem. But there’s one big question mark that would still be lingering in the air:

    Where exactly are we going to safely store all of this carbon dioxide?

    After all, it’s a gas! if you put it in the ground, it’s going to want to come back up.

    That’s where an ingenious experiment underway in Iceland called Carbfix comes into play. Nestled among volcanic mountains, a team of scientists are hard at work experimenting with turning large amounts of CO2 into rock.

    Is this the new alchemy? Or a genuine solution that could end up helping us solve climate change?

    Listen to this, our final episode in our series on negative emissions, to find out!

    • 56 min
    Envisioning a Future with Large-Scale CO2 Removal

    Envisioning a Future with Large-Scale CO2 Removal

    Carbon dioxide removal does already exist, but only at the tiniest of scales. But what could a future where we're successfully capturing billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year, actually look like?

    Where would all the CO2 be stored? What might the carbon capture machines look like? And how are we going to get this whole carbon capturing business off the ground?

    We explore these and other questions in this 3rd episode in our series looking at Carbon Dioxide Removal.

    (Pictured: an artist's illustration from the Canadian company Carbon Engineering depicting what a future carbon capture installation might look like)

    • 36 min
    Money, Controversy and Magical Thinking: The Many Challenges of CO2 Removal

    Money, Controversy and Magical Thinking: The Many Challenges of CO2 Removal

    Taking carbon dioxide out of the air - as we learned in our last episode - is technically possible. And different researchers and start-ups are experimenting with the best ways to do just that. But there's much more than engineering that currently stands in the way of seeing Air Capture become a big part of the solution to climate change. There's also the not too small problem of paying for it. For example, would you be willing to pay $10,000 each year to offset your emissions?

    In this episode we look at the social, political and financial hurdles that need to be overcome if we truly are going to find a way to take billion of tons of CO2 out of the air each year.

    This is Episode 2 of 4 of our series looking at Carbon Dioxide Removal

    (Pictured: The Climeworks Carbon Capture plant outside of Zurich Switzerland)

    • 42 min
    Has This Scientist Found The Way To Save The World From CO2?

    Has This Scientist Found The Way To Save The World From CO2?

    For over the past two decades scientist Klaus Lackner has dedicated himself to finding potential ways of taking CO2 back out of the atmosphere, all in a bid to help the world avoid the worst consequences of climate change. In this episode, we learn about Klaus’s journey, explore the science of CO2 removal, and learn if pulling CO2 back out of the air might just hold the key to us solving climate change.

    This is the first of four episodes in a series that we’ll be releasing, which all deal with the subject of carbon dioxide removal. These episodes will be coming out on Wednesdays for the next several weeks.

    This series of episode was made possible with funding from EIT Climate-KIC. Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy. Find out more at www.climate-kic.org ​

    • 52 min
    S2 Episode 1: How Did We Get Here?

    S2 Episode 1: How Did We Get Here?

    Look pretty much anywhere on our planet and it’s clear that human beings are having an outsized impact on the Earth. And it’s not just climate change. There’s our enormous land footprint, our rapidly growing numbers, our thirst for resources, and the vast quantities of waste we produce every year.

    But how did homo sapiens transform from a species with only minor numbers in parts of Africa, to one that’s spread across the world with 7 billion people, and whose consumption patterns have become so voracious that we’re now threatening the very stability of the planet we depend on?

    In this special episode of The Elephant we go on a journey from the dawn of Earth to the 21st century to find out - how exactly did we end up here?

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

Sam&Pepper ,

Favourite Climate Podcast

I really enjoy this show, informative but easy to follow. The host seems dedicated and well informed. Hope for more episodes!

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Excellent

Very well done in every way.

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Highly recommended!

Refreshing, intelligent, thought-provoking - The Elephant is an excellent podcast for those well-acquainted with implications of climate change or new to the conversation. Host Kevin Caners engages with a diverse range of subject matter to explore the key issues, questions, and events at the forefront of the climate change struggle. Interviews provide an honest and intimate account of the motivations and challenges facing leading scientists, economists, activists, and political theorists of our time. The Elephant will leave you feeling informed, optimistic, and part of a very important conversation - highly recommended!

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