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We've entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene, and nothing is as it was. Not the trees, not the seas – not the forests, farms, or fields – and not the global economy that depends on all of these. What does this mean for your investments, your family's future, and the future of man? Each week, we dive into these issues to help you Navigate the New Reality.

Bionic Planet: Reversing Climate Change by Restoring Nature Steve Zwick

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We've entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene, and nothing is as it was. Not the trees, not the seas – not the forests, farms, or fields – and not the global economy that depends on all of these. What does this mean for your investments, your family's future, and the future of man? Each week, we dive into these issues to help you Navigate the New Reality.

    Forests, Fires, and Jurisdictional Offsets: A Conversation with Naomi Swickard of Verra

    Forests, Fires, and Jurisdictional Offsets: A Conversation with Naomi Swickard of Verra

    Global greenhouse-gas emissions will drop 5.5 percent this year because of COVID-19, but they must drop 7.6 percent every year to meet the Paris Agreement's 1.5C target. Forest carbon offsets provide one way of getting there fast, but can we trust these offsets? Do they do what they say they do?

    This week, we hear how the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) handles carbon accounting at different scales. And my guest, Naomi Swickard, actually makes it interesting.

    • 53 min.
    057 | COVID-19 and the Value of Resilience over Efficiency

    057 | COVID-19 and the Value of Resilience over Efficiency

    When US President Donald Trump disbanded his country's pandemic response team, he did so because "I don't like having thousands of people around when we don't need them."

    That cost-cutting measure could cost hundreds of thousands of lives, and it's a classic example of what happens when we value efficiency over resilience. 

    What are efficiency and resilience?

    Today we draw on the work of Cardiff University Lecturer Paul Nieuwenhuis to find out.

    • 16 min.
    056 | How Costa Rica Grew Both its Forests and its Economy

    056 | How Costa Rica Grew Both its Forests and its Economy

    Costa Rica says it will have zero net greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, and its electrical grid already runs on 99 percent renewable energy.

    Today's guest is a key part of its success.

    As Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications,  Carlos Manuel Rodriguez has overseen programs that tripled the country's forest coverage while slashing its use of fossil fuels -- all while growing its economy.

    • 22 min.
    055 | The Citizens Climate Lobby Wants to Spread the Carbon Wealth

    055 | The Citizens Climate Lobby Wants to Spread the Carbon Wealth

    Today's guest, Daniel Palken, volunteers with a group called the Citizens Climate Lobby, which aims to slash US greenhouse-gas emissions by imposing a fee on fossil fuels.
    The fee will be based on the amount of greenhouse gas that the coal, gasoline, and jet fuels will generate when we burn them, and it will probably make fossil-fuel energy more expensive.
    To balance that out, all money raised under the "Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act" will go back to US citizens in the form of a dividend.

    • 1 u. 22 min.
    054 | Give Us Ecotopia or Give Us Death

    054 | Give Us Ecotopia or Give Us Death

    Developing countries are the most vulnerable to – and least responsible for – climate change, but new research shows that some of them can dramatically boost their economies by managing their forests, farms, and fields in ways that pull greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.

    • 50 min.
    53: A Marshall Plan for Forests, with Charlotte Streck of Climate Focus

    53: A Marshall Plan for Forests, with Charlotte Streck of Climate Focus

    There's a lot of money sloshing around forests, and most of it goes into agricultural subsidies and investments that destroy forests, while only a trickle goes into programs that save them.
    That's why today's guest, Charlotte Streck, wants to implement a Marshall Plan for Forests.

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