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The editorial team Economy, Land & Climate Insight interview thinkers and policymakers in the world of economics, land-use and climate policy. Find more on the ELCI site at www.elc-insight.org

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The editorial team Economy, Land & Climate Insight interview thinkers and policymakers in the world of economics, land-use and climate policy. Find more on the ELCI site at www.elc-insight.org

    What does Australia's new Labor government mean for climate politics?

    What does Australia's new Labor government mean for climate politics?

    On 23 May 2022, the Australian Labor Party entered government for the first time since 2013, under the leadership of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

    Alasdair spoke to Dr. Marija Taflaga, Director of the Australian National University's Center for the Study of Australian Politics, to talk about shifting climate politics in the county, and what the new government could mean for the green transition.

    Further reading: 
    'The frontline: Inside Australia's climate emergency' in The Guardian. Read here. Superpower: Australia's Low-Carbon Opportunity by Ross Garnaut. Read more and purchase here. How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference by Rebecca Huntley. Read more and purchase here. The Carbon Club: How a network of influential climate sceptics, politicians and business leaders fought to control Australia's climate policy by Marian Wilkinson, Allen and Unwin, 2020

    • 24 min
    Can palm oil be ethical and sustainable in Indonesia?

    Can palm oil be ethical and sustainable in Indonesia?

    Lauren talks to Tania Li, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, about the sustainability of the oil that's in 50% of supermarket food products - and the issues with labour and land rights in Indonesia's palm oil industry.

    Further reading: 
    Tania's books and other publications can be found on her website, taniali.org Oil palm development in Thailand: economic, social and environmental considerations, by Jonas DallingerRainforest Alliance:  Our Response to the EU Regulation on Deforestation-Free Products Chain Action Research:  EU Deforestation Regulation: Implications for the Palm Oil Industry and Its Financers Chain Action Research:  Indonesian Moratoria: Loopholes, Lack of Sanctions Fail to Stop Palm Oil-Linked Deforestation 

    • 34 min
    Has environmental policy contributed to the crisis in Sri Lanka?

    Has environmental policy contributed to the crisis in Sri Lanka?

    Sri Lanka is in the midst of an acute economic, energy, and political crisis. With fuel, food and electricity shortages, protestors have taken to the streets and are now being arrested in the thousands.

    On June 8, Bertie spoke to Melani Gunathilaka, an activist with Extinction Rebellion and Climate Action Now who has become a leading voice in the Gotagogama protests. They discussed the role of climate policy in the cascading crises and corruption allegations that have recently plagued the country.

    Further reading: 


    Is organic farming really to blame for Sri Lanka's ongoing food crisis?What is the financial cost of loss and damage from climate change? Watch: 'Inside Sri Lanka's economic crisis'Melani shared a list of demands made by Gotagogama protestors. You can read page one of the demands here, and then page two here. 

    • 16 min
    Is a utopian future still possible with climate breakdown?

    Is a utopian future still possible with climate breakdown?

    Bertie talks to Drew Pendergrass, coauthor of Half Earth Socialism, recently published by Verso books. They discuss geoengineering, population scaremongering, climate colonialism, and the big question for many on the left: will we be able to mitigate the climate crisis under capitalism?

    Further reading: 
    Buy Half Earth Socialism from Verso, currently at a discount.Read Bertie's review of the book on ELCI here. Play Troy and Drew's climate simulation game here.Find more from Troy and Drew on their website. 

    • 24 min
    How has climate change affected Lebanon? With Assaad Razzouk

    How has climate change affected Lebanon? With Assaad Razzouk

    Lauren talks to Assaad Razzouk, host of the Angry Clean Energy Guy podcast and British Lebanese clean energy entrepreneur. They talk about the recent elections in Lebanon, systemic problems with climate finance, and the ways a clean energy transition could help struggling economies. 

    • 22 min
    Is the finance industry on track for net zero?

    Is the finance industry on track for net zero?

    Daniel Klier is CEO of ESG Book, and was previously HSBC's first Head of Sustainability, and Chair of the Bank of England Climate Risk Working Group. Alasdair spoke to him about how banks are confronting climate mitigation, and what needs to be done for banks and the finance industry to meet net zero targets.

    Daniel's suggested further reading: 
    The IEA's Net Zero Scenario Bloomberg New Energy Finance Publications from the Energy Transition Commission Impact Investing InstituteESG Book Insights

    • 22 min

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