Stories on why we find it so hard to save our own planet, and how we might change that.
A degree away from carnage
Climate scientists have shifted the definition of what they believe is the "safe" limit of climate change. Researchers argued the global temperature rise must be kept below two degrees Celsius by the end of this century to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But what are those worst impacts in reality? What does it mean to people, communities and the world we live in? In this episode, we go to the people who see the effect of the rising temperature in their daily life.
Produced by Eleanor Biggs & Jordan Dunbar
Edited by Ravin Sampat
The war on trees and what it means for disease
Many people have worried that the Covid-19 pandemic meant the harm of climate change was being ignored. But could the opposite be true? Neal Razzell and Graihagh Jackson look at the links between both emerging pandemics and deforestation. We’ll be on the ground in Nigeria, with BBC reporter Nkechi Ogbonna showing us the reality of farming and land use change in the tropics. While in the bush, she meets an illegal logger to find out their take on climate change and pandemics.
Professor Thomas Gillespie studies emerging infectious diseases, the types we don’t even have a name for yet. His work has shown the problems of land use change for mining and agriculture and the emergence of diseases that jump from animals to humans, like Covid-19. The more we cut down, the closer we get to diseases we’d never encountered before. We also hear about global solutions from World Service environment correspondent Navin Singh Kadhka, and how we can help in the fight to save the rainforests.
America v China
Will a Joe Biden presidency be better for the environment than President Trump’s policies? Is China really set to take the lead on tackling climate change? And can the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases work together for the good of the planet?
We're joined by former governor of California Jerry Brown, now with the California-China Climate Institute at Berkeley, and Daily Telegraph journalist Sophia Yan.
Presenters: Neal Razzell, Graihagh Jackson, Vincent Ni
Researcher: Eleanor Biggs
Producer: Anna Meisel
Editor: Ravin Sampat
Introducing The Climate Question
Not just a show about climate, it’s also about how we can change. What’s stopping us from stopping climate change? Finding new ways of understanding what is happening to our world and the solutions that are out there.
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First ep was great. Intelligent and inviting - looking forward to more
Reporting blames cc on burning fossils whereas it is CO2 emissions and other GHG that contribute to climate change. This may seem pedantic but this misguided reporting then sends the message that world must convert to 100% renewables which is not possible, as opposed striving for a sensible energy mix. To date the podcast has no mention of how CCS used with burning fossil fuels and DAC is an essential part of addressing climate change. Program seems typical latte swilling claptrap. Sad to waste an opportunity. Renewables are essential but not the silver bullet.
Can’t wait to hear a global perspective
Really excited to listen to a podcast that give us an idea of what people are experiencing globally. This sounds like it will be a positive, proactive view into our impact on the world and how we can improve things! Looking forward to the episodes when they arrive.