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Tyndall Talks is the Tyndall Centre's series of podcasts where we untangle the questions and discussions on climate science and climate policy.

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Tyndall Talks is the Tyndall Centre's series of podcasts where we untangle the questions and discussions on climate science and climate policy.

    Greenhouse Gas Removal: What is it and can we really do it?

    Greenhouse Gas Removal: What is it and can we really do it?

    This episode is about the real world feasibility and consequences of two greenhouse gas removal approaches: first, large-scale afforestation, and second, biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). They both play the largest roles of any greenhouse gas removal approaches in future low emission scenarios that keep global mean temperature increase to below 1.5 °C and 2 °C.
    We have three guests for this episode Nem Vaughan, Clair Gough and Diarmaid Clery from the FAB-GGR team or the Feasibility of Afforestation and Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage for Greenhouse Gas Removal.
    Clair is senior research fellow at the University of Manchester where she has worked for many years on carbon capture storage, looking at everything from the social and political aspects to its role in decarbonising industry and removing carbon dioxide.
    Diarmaid is a research associate at the University of Manchester, and previously worked at the University of East Anglia. His background is in engineering, working on technical aspects of  biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), but now working on more social aspects of greenhouse gas removal, and industrial decarbonisation.
    Nem is an associate professor at the University of East Anglia where she works on greenhouse gas removal methods, from an earth system perspective through to public and policy.

    • 42 min
    Why Tracking Adaptation is Important

    Why Tracking Adaptation is Important

    Adapting to climate change means taking action to prepare for and adjust to current and predicted effects of climate change. Adaptation plays an important role in managing past, present and future climate risk and impacts. However, there is an ‘adaptation gap’ where the distance  between existing adaptation efforts versus adaptation needs is widening. Tracking national adaptation plans is deemed critical to support future decision-making and drive future actions.
    Our guest today is Katie Jenkins. Katie has created an Adaptation Inventory of adaptation actions happening based on official records of adaptation projects being implemented by both public and private sector here in the UK.

    • 30 min
    Energy justice amidst increasing energy prices in the UK

    Energy justice amidst increasing energy prices in the UK

    Our episode this month is about energy justice. The energy price crisis in the UK and beyond, means many more households will find themselves in fuel poverty - meaning they find it unaffordable to heat their homes to a safe and healthy level. In 2019, 3.5 million households in the UK were considered fuel poor and this is likely to have increased significantly as a result of the pandemic and energy crisis. How do we address this from a justice perspective? Our guests for this episode is Sarah Becker and Prof. Aimee Ambrose. 

    • 54 min
    Why do a PhD with the Tyndall Centre?

    Why do a PhD with the Tyndall Centre?

    Interested in starting a PhD at the Tyndall Centre? In this episode, hosts Charlotte Brown and James Mason interview three PhD researchers at Tyndall Manchester to shine some light on the PhD world. How do you apply for a PhD? What do you research? Why choose Tyndall? Have a listen to find out more! 

    • 45 min
    Tropical wildfires: why are forests burning and what can we do?

    Tropical wildfires: why are forests burning and what can we do?

    This episode is about wildfires. We have seen wildfires happening more frequently in recent years – In the US, Brazil, Indonesia, and Australia, for example. How do wildfires start, does climate change make them worse? How do they impact communities and what can we do to prevent them? 
    Our guest for this episode is Dr. Rachel Carmenta, environmental social scientist and Tyndall Lecturer in Climate Change and International Development. Her expertise is in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of environment and development, environmental risk and the relationship between place and well-being. For over a decade she has focused on tropical fire - its governance, management and the impacts of landscape flammability for the lives and livelihoods of rural traditional farmers. Rachel’s work is focused in Brazilian Amazon and Indonesian peatland frontiers.

    • 30 min
    Why is accessible scientific evidence important?

    Why is accessible scientific evidence important?

    To start this year, we have the Science Brief team to talk to us about their work and why accessible scientific evidence is important in this time of climate crisis. How do we filter quality science and evidence?  What makes a good data visualisation? How can we make sure that the information we share is backed by good science?

    We have Adam Smith, Anthony De-Gol, and Corinne Le Quere, the core team of Science Brief, joining us for this episode.

    • 28 min

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