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Environment, climate and sustainability podcast. We make big issues bite-sized, explaining the science behind what’s going on in the world, and exploring the things that we can do to help out. Hosted by Emma Brisdion and Lloyd Hopkins.

For What It's Earth Emma Brisdion & Lloyd Hopkins

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Environment, climate and sustainability podcast. We make big issues bite-sized, explaining the science behind what’s going on in the world, and exploring the things that we can do to help out. Hosted by Emma Brisdion and Lloyd Hopkins.

    Tori Tsui on Climate Change, Modern-day Activism and Fixing The System

    Tori Tsui on Climate Change, Modern-day Activism and Fixing The System

    The passionate and fantastic climate activist Tori Tsui joins Emma this week! After a 3-month sail across the Atlantic which helped to raise awareness about the need for thinking about how we travel and making lower-carbon alternatives feasible, Tori is dialling in from Colombia where she's helping run the fantastic Sail for Climate Action project, taking Latin American and Caribbean youths across the Atlantic to take part in climate talks in Europe in April.
    We talk about tackling the carbon footprint of, and the growth of the aviation industry, the role social media can play in combating climate change, she’s become one of the beautiful faces of Stella McCartney’s recent campaigns, and how the obsession for perfection can get in the way of climate activism and public change.
    Find out more about Sail To The Cop: https://www.sailtothecop.com/
    Read up on Sail For Climate Action: https://www.sailforclimateaction.com/ 
    See Tori's work and thoughts on Instagram @ToriTsui_
     
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    • 49 min
    Renewable Energy: How it Works, Sources and Switching

    Renewable Energy: How it Works, Sources and Switching

    Renewable energy! What is it, how does it work, and how can you switch supplier? Some of the most common renewable energy questions are answered in this episode as we explore on-shore and off-shore wind, solar, biomass and nuclear energy.
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    Things we spoke about:
    Which? Understanding solar panels: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/solar-panels/article/solar-panels/how-does-solar-pv-work
    Which? How green is your energy tariff: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2019/09/how-green-is-your-energy-tariff/
    Solar panel smart export guarantee: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/solar-panels/article/smart-export-guarantee-explained 
    Biomass: https://www.ovoenergy.com/guides/energy-sources/bio-fuels.html
    USwitch green energy supplier comparison: hhttps://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/green-energy/
     
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    Wonderful theme music by Mark Skinner Sound 
     

    • 41 min
    Roxy Furman on Vegan Diets, Activism and Low-Impact Living

    Roxy Furman on Vegan Diets, Activism and Low-Impact Living

    AKA Roxy the Zoologist, this lovely activist and wildlife filmmaker joins Emma this week to chat about all things vegan, how social media and activism can come hand in hand, and teaches us how to make oat milk. 
     
    Follow Roxy on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/roxythezoologist/
    Check out her sustainable supermarket, Zephy EcoMarket: https://www.zephyrecomarket.co.uk/
    Organic underwear company which donate pants each time you purchase: https://www.youunderwear.com/
     
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    Wonderful theme music by Mark Skinner Sound.

    • 35 min
    Strange Sustainability Solutions: Celebrating the Interesting, Innovative and Unusual

    Strange Sustainability Solutions: Celebrating the Interesting, Innovative and Unusual

    It’s a fun one this week as we explore some of the most interesting and unusual sustainability solutions and environment-saving action plans the internet has to offer! We’re talking about robot-bees, plastics made from fish waste, bicycles and towers which suck smog out from the air, toilets which convert urine into electricity, shower curtains which grow spikes to kick you out and save water… aaannd all kinds of other things!
    If you’ve heard of any cool climate or sustainability solutions recently, let us know! We LOVE hearing about them. Find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and leave us a review - it helps new listeners find the podcast!
     
    Things we spoke about:
    - Marinatex plastic made from organic fish waste: https://www.jamesdysonaward.org/2019/project/marinatex/
    - Spiky shower curtain: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/spiky-shower-curtain-gets-you-out-of-hot-water-to-help-save-the-environment_n_55b65012e4b0224d8832caeb?ri18n=true
    - Tokyo Electricity Forecast: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/forecast/html/index-e.html
    - Smog-free bicycles:https://www.studioroosegaarde.net/project/smog-free-bicycle
    - Beijing smog-sucking tower: https://www.studioroosegaarde.net/project/smog-free-tower
    https://www.fastcompany.com/40421177/this-giant-smog-vacuum-cleaner-in-china-actually-works
    - Building underneath glaciers and ice sheets: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/20/build-walls-on-seafloor-to-stop-glaciers-melting-scientists-say
    - Harvard's Robo-Bees:https://wyss.harvard.edu/technology/robobees-autonomous-flying-microrobots/
    - Nigeria Plastic Bottle Houses:
    https://www.dw.com/en/doing-your-bit-nigerias-houses-made-from-plastic-bottles/av-48013059
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14722179
     
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    Wonderful theme music by Mark Skinner Sound 

    • 35 min
    Wildfires: Causes, Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change

    Wildfires: Causes, Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change

    This week we're exploring the topic of wildfires. As immense wildfires currently blaze across huge areas of Australia and both California and Siberia have also experienced vast fires in recent years, we look at the causes of wildfires, the impact they can have on biodiversity and the natural environment, how fires fit into nature's usual cycles and the role that climate change is having on the increased frequency and severity of wildfires.
    We also speak to Professor Stefan Doerr from the University of Swansea about understanding how climatic conditions have influenced the severity of the fires, and the best ways to handle living in fire-prone natural environments.
     
    Some of the things we've spoken about:
    8 things everyone should know about Australia’s wildfire disaster: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2020/1/8/21055228/australia-fires-map-animals-koalas-wildlife-smoke-donate
    Australia Wildfires: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/world/australia/fires.html
    How wildfires work: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/wildfire3.htm
    Biodiversity at risk in Australia: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/04/ecologists-warn-silent-death-australia-bushfires-endangered-species-extinction
    Australia Wildfires: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/01/australia/australia-fires-explainer-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
    California wildfires: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/us/fires-california.html
    California wildfire causes: https://www.wired.com/story/californias-wildfires-are-the-doom-of-our-own-making/
    Prof Stefan Doerr:https://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/science/geography/s.doerr/
    Donate to the Australian Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate
    Registered Bushfire Charities: https://www.pmc.gov.au/registered-bushfire-charities
     
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    Wonderful theme music by Mark Skinner Sound 

    • 33 min
    Overfishing & Eating Fish Sustainably, with Charlotte Coombes & The Marine Conservation Society

    Overfishing & Eating Fish Sustainably, with Charlotte Coombes & The Marine Conservation Society

    With lots of information about overfishing and depleted wild fish stocks in the news, it can be hard to know what fish or seafood we should and shouldn't be eating. This week Emma joins Charlotte Coombes from the Marine Conservation Society to talk about their Good Fish Guide, a handy tool for finding out which species and which fishing styles are 'red-listed' and to be avoided, and which species or sustainable practices we can choose to buy and support!
    MCS' Good Fish Guide: https://www.mcsuk.org/goodfishguide/search
    Thanks to Charlotte for joining us this week, and to the Marine Conservation Society, who you can also find on Instagram and Twitter.
    Don't forget to subscribe, find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and leave us a review - it helps new listeners find the podcast!
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    Wonderful theme music by Mark Skinner Sound.

    • 38 min

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