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A podcast about the different people, technologies, and organizations that are coming together to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reverse climate change. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support

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A podcast about the different people, technologies, and organizations that are coming together to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reverse climate change. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support

    S2E46: Ecosystem restoration on a planetary scale—w/ John D. Liu, scientist & filmmaker

    S2E46: Ecosystem restoration on a planetary scale—w/ John D. Liu, scientist & filmmaker

    How do you restore an entire ecosystem at scale? Eroded desertified landscapes: can they be healed?

    Journalist, filmmaker, and environmental educator John D. Liu is the Ecosystem Ambassador for the Commonland Foundation and Founder of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Movement. He is best-known for his documentaries on the restoration of the Loess Plateau, like Hope in a Changing Climate and Green Gold. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, John joins Ross to explain how human activity caused the degradation of the Loess Plateau, describing how it went from being one of the most beautiful places on Earth to a barren landscape where the poorest Chinese people lived.

    John discusses what made the Loess Plateau restoration so successful, offering insight around how the Chinese government engaged the people there and how the project design balances functional space for agriculture with land dedicated to natural regeneration. Listen in to understand how John thinks about restoring inherently complex ecosystems and learn how you can get involved in John’s work to transform our economy and facilitate ecosystem restoration all over the world.

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    The Weather Makers

    ‘The Holy Grail of Restoration: Mending the Sinai Peninsula’ in Kosmos Journal

    John’s Academia Page

    John on Twitter

    The Great Work of Our Time Documentary on Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration

    World Bank Story on the Loess Plateau Restoration

    Presencing Institute

    Theory U

    International Union for the Conservation of Nature

    Rothamsted Research Institute

    University of the West of England

    Netherlands Institute of Ecology

    Elinor Ostrom

    Kyoto Protocol

    Kate Raworth

    Paul Kingsnorth

    Wendell Berry

    Willem Ferwerda

    John F. Nash


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    S2E45: Synthetic biology & the holy grail of ag—w/ Mike Miille, CEO of Joyn Bio

    S2E45: Synthetic biology & the holy grail of ag—w/ Mike Miille, CEO of Joyn Bio

    Much of agriculture depends upon synthetic fertilizer. But the production of that fertilizer is responsible for 3% of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why innovators in the emerging field of synthetic biology are attempting to disrupt the status quo in agriculture and engineer new ways for growers to achieve the same yields with less fertilizer—and less environmental impact.

    Mike Miille is the CEO of Joyn Bio, a biotech company that is using synthetic biology to try to make agriculture more sustainable. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Mike joins Ross and Rebekah to explain how his team is engineering microbes to address unmet needs in agriculture and what differentiates synthetic biology from classical breeding or GMOs.

    Mike introduces us to Joyn Bio’s work in designing nitrogen-fixing corn (the potential holy grail), responding to the argument that our system of monoculture isn’t worth saving and the concerns around scaling innovations in synthetic biology. Listen in to understand how Mike thinks about the unknowns of designing new organisms and learn about the other potentially game-changing advancements in ag that Mike’s team is working on right now.

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    Joyn Bio

    Joyn Bio on LinkedIn

    Joyn Bio on Twitter

    Leaps by Bayer

    Ginkgo Bioworks

    Thomas Knight at MIT

    Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

    The Haber-Bosch Process

    Norman Borlaug


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    S2E44: Can permaculture scale?—w/ Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture

    S2E44: Can permaculture scale?—w/ Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture

    We have destroyed or severely disrupted many of the perennial ecosystems that were here in favor of annual crops. Crops that require the use of herbicide and mulch year after year until, eventually, the soil is depleted and we move on. So, how can we use the design principles of permaculture to restore the ecology of the planet, provide ourselves with all the food, fuels and fibers we need, and make money while we’re at it? And at scale no less!

    Agroforestry farmer and permaculturist Mark Shepard is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, Founder of Restoration Agriculture Development, and award-winning author of Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Mark joins Ross and Christophe to share his understanding of permaculture, explaining how he applies its principles in a way that allows for scale and designs practical systems around the individual farmer’s machinery.

    Mark introduces us to his idea of STUN agriculture (Strategic Total Utter Neglect), describing how nature solves every problem farmers have—at no cost and with very little effort. Listen in for insight on where science falls short in supporting the transition to restoration agriculture and learn how we can leverage permaculture to build economies around ecologically-designed systems.

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    Resources

    Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers by Mark Shepard

    Water for Any Farm by Mark Shepard

    New Forest Farm

    Forest Agriculture Enterprises

    Restoration and Agriculture Development

    Mark on Acres USA

    Bill Mollison

    David Holmgren

    Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russell Smith

    The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka

    Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit by Andrew Moore


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    S2E43: Salmon, the Earth, & their common fate—w/ Mark Kurlansky, author

    S2E43: Salmon, the Earth, & their common fate—w/ Mark Kurlansky, author

    There are only 1.5M Atlantic salmon left in the world. And despite putting an end to commercial fishing, their numbers continue to dwindle. As a keystone species, the implications of their loss go far beyond not being able to order salmon for dinner. So, why are Atlantic salmon disappearing at such an alarming rate? What does their loss mean for other species? And how does it impact the rivers where they live?

    Mark Kurlansky is a New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard award-winning author with a knack for seeing the broader implications of seemingly little things. He has written 33 books in all, including The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World and most recently, Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate. His forthcoming book, The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing is due out in March of 2021.

    On this episode of the podcast, Mark joins Ross to share what inspired him to choose salmon as the topic of his most recent book and explain why climate change is catastrophic for the fish. He weighs in on the problems with salmon farming (be it inland or on the water) and discusses why hatcheries are not a viable way to enhance the salmon population. Listen in for Mark’s insight on how the disappearance of Atlantic salmon will impact other species and learn how to be a conscious consumer of the popular fish.

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    Mark Kurlansky’s Website

    Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate by Mark Kurlansky

    Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

    Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

    Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky

    The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation by Mark Kurlansky

    A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean


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    S2E42: The national security implications of climate change—w/ Dr. Rod Schoonover

    S2E42: The national security implications of climate change—w/ Dr. Rod Schoonover

    We have explored, at length, the basket of biophysical stressors climate change could produce. And we’ve looked at how floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, ocean acidification, coral degradation (and the list goes on and on) might impact our food security and lead to the displacement of a lot of people. But what does the climate crisis mean for national security? How does the intelligence community think about climate change?

    Dr. Rod Schoonover is a member of The Center for Climate & Security Advisory Board. He is also the Founder and CEO of the Ecological Futures Group, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served in the US Intelligence Community for ten years as the Director of Environment and Natural Resources at the National Intelligence Council and Senior Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US Department of State.

    On this episode, Dr. Schoonover joins Ross to discuss the foreign policy goals of the US and share his concerns around the current administration’s failure to call out anti-democratic values. He explains how the suppression of his written testimony for the House Intelligence Committee regarding the national security implications of climate change led to his resignation from the State Department. Listen in for Dr. Schoonover’s insight on what the US government should do to address the climate crisis and learn what could happen (from a security perspective) if we don’t take action on climate change.

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    Resources:

    Climate & Security Podcast

    The National Intelligence Council’s 2016 Report: Implications for US National Security of Anticipated Climate Change

    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Dr. Schoonover’s June 2019 Testimony for the House Intelligence Committee

    ‘White House Tried to Stop Climate Science Testimony, Documents Show’ in The New York Times

    Dr. Schoonover’s June 2019 Statement for the Record on the National Security Implications of Climate Change

    Dr. Schoonover’s Op-Ed in The New York Times

    Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change EP103

    Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change S2 Bonus

    Matthew Yglesias on Reversing Climate Change S2EP35

    All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change by Michael T. Klare

    Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans by Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)


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    How do you tell a good story about the climate?—w/ Jess Miles, writer

    How do you tell a good story about the climate?—w/ Jess Miles, writer

    The vast majority of environmental nonfiction follows a predictable pattern: The writer goes out in nature and then tells us why it’s important to preserve the thing they experienced. But what if we could reach more people and maybe even change their point of view with a more experimental, more whimsical approach?

    Jess Miles is a recent graduate of Chatham University and author of the MFA thesis ‘Midnight Sun,’ a collection of essays about her time on the Arctic island of Svalbard. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Jess joins Ross to explain what inspired her to pursue science communication, sharing what she does to persuade readers and how she approaches environmental writing differently.

    Jess opens up about her frustrating experience with canvassing for an environmental organization, describing what she learned about people (and herself!) and how she turned that bad experience into good writing. Listen in to understand why Jess incorporates elements of whimsy in her work and learn how experimental forms of writing can help readers see climate issues in a new light.

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    Sadly, too many books referenced and character-capped! Sorry about that, listener!

    Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher Wieland

    ‘Hopepunk and Solarpunk: On Climate Narratives That Go Beyond the Apocalypse’ on Lit Hub

    Arizona State Center for Science and the Imagination

    After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration by Holly Jean Buck

    Her

    The Road

    Jonathan Safran Foer on RCC S2EP29

    Books by Gabriel García Márquez

    Climate Fiction on Reversing Climate Change S2EP12

    Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

    Who’s Saving the Planet? Podcast

    Jess’ Blog on VR and Animal Rights


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