15 episodes

The 'Can't Take the Heat' podcast explores how people will adapt to a warming world. Host Roop Singh approaches the biggest challenges posed by climate change, like more intense and frequent heatwaves, from a humanitarian perspective. How will the impacts of climate change affect people around the world? What are the big solutions that are in the works? How do we make them happen? The podcast features experts from around the world including leading scientists developing climate solutions, and humanitarian volunteers telling stories of climate change from the frontlines of disasters. Contact us at podcast@climatecentre.org

Can't Take the Heat Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

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The 'Can't Take the Heat' podcast explores how people will adapt to a warming world. Host Roop Singh approaches the biggest challenges posed by climate change, like more intense and frequent heatwaves, from a humanitarian perspective. How will the impacts of climate change affect people around the world? What are the big solutions that are in the works? How do we make them happen? The podcast features experts from around the world including leading scientists developing climate solutions, and humanitarian volunteers telling stories of climate change from the frontlines of disasters. Contact us at podcast@climatecentre.org

    The New Corporate Climate Leadership

    The New Corporate Climate Leadership

    The world of corporations is finally starting to take climate change seriously. What are they doing and what are the motivations of companies taking climate action? How skeptical should you be every time you see company announce a climate pledge?  These are all questions that Edward Cameron, author of the new book, The New Corporate Climate Leadership, deftly answers for us. His experience working with civil society and businesses makes him uniquely qualified to share lessons on how humanitarian organisations can engage the private sector on climate issues.  He also tells us why courage and creativity are the two most important things we need to create a low-carbon and resilient economy. Have a listen!

    References and supplemental material:
    The book: The New Corporate Climate Leadership by Edward Cameron and Emilie Prattico - out December 6, 2021The intro music is Welcome to the Show, and the background music is Beauty Flow, both by Kevin MacLeod and is used under a creative commons license. The podcast art is by Melinda.
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    • 27 min
    From Doom to Action with the IPCC AR6 Report

    From Doom to Action with the IPCC AR6 Report

    As world leaders gather at COP26, we discuss the report that underpins it all.  The IPCC released part 1 of its Sixth Assessment report on our physical understanding of climate change. I spoke with two IPCC authors, Dr.  Sonia Seneviratne of ETH Zurich, and Dr. Fredi Otto of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, to find out what the headline messages are, and what they mean for the humanitarian community. The findings, in some cases are grim, and we discuss how to go from doom and despair to the inspiring action that is desperately needed on climate change. Shu Liang from Day of Adaptation, joins us to share how her organisation uses games to make the science more accessible and actionable.

    References and supplemental material:
    The Sixth IPCC Assessment ReportThe Interactive AtlasRegional Climate FactsheetsThe Day of AdaptationThe intro music is Welcome to the Show, and the background music is Beauty Flow, both by Kevin MacLeod and is used under a creative commons license. The podcast art is by Melinda.
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    • 19 min
    When Climate and Conflict Mix

    When Climate and Conflict Mix

    In this episode we talk about what happens when climate and conflict mix to create a whole new set of vulnerabilities.  Catalina Jaime from the Climate Centre tells us that the climate doesn't quite cause conflict, but it can be a factor and shares an example from Nepal. Marcia Wong from the International Committee of the Red Cross shares how the ICRC is taking climate into account in every part of their work.   Listen to find out more.

    References and supplemental material:
    The Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian OrganisationsND-GAIN IndexWhen Rain Turns to Dust reportIDMC report on Climate and DisplacementThe intro music is Welcome to the Show, and the background music is Beauty Flow, both by Kevin MacLeod and is used under a creative commons license. The podcast art is by Melinda.
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    • 16 min
    The Intricate Web of Climate and Health

    The Intricate Web of Climate and Health

    In this episode of the Can't Take the Heat podcast, we are zooming into the interface of climate and health. Kristen Aunan tells us why climate and health research needs to inform climate adaptation and policy, while Antonio Gasparrini talks about how climate change is already impacting human health, by playing a role in a third of heat-related deaths globally. Francesca de’Donato shares the most up-to-date evidence on whose most vulnerable to extreme heat and the biggest gaps in our knowledge that still need to be filled. Listen to the full episode to learn more!

    References and Supplemental Materials:
    Read the Nature Climate Change paperLearn more about the ENBEL projectLearn more about the Multi-City Multi-Country Collaborative Research NetworkRead the Heat and Health in the WHO European Region: updated evidence for effective prevention. Vicedo-Cabrera, A.M., Scovronick, N., Sera, F. et al. The burden of heat-related mortality attributable to recent human-induced climate change. Nat. Clim. Chang. 11, 492–500 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01058-x

    The intro music is Welcome to the Show, and the background music is Beauty Flow, both by Kevin MacLeod and is used under a creative commons license. The podcast art is by Melinda.
    You can listen to the episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or downloading it through your favorite podcast platform. If you are new to podcasts, learn how to listen.

    • 22 min
    Missing Maps

    Missing Maps

    In this episode we talk about Missing Maps - the collaboration between the humanitarian and mapping communities to preemptively map parts of the world where disasters and disease epidemics might occur. Andrew Braye from the British Red Cross tells us  how this collaboration started during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Steve Kenei ,from International Center for Humanitarian Affairs tells us how this collaboration has led to mapping of areas vulnerable to flooding before the rainy season in Kenya. And Irene Amuron of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, shares her perspective on how Missing Maps has added the missing piece to anticipatory, forecast-based action.   Listen to find out more.

    References and supplemental material:
    Missing Maps websiteOpen Street MapMap Kibera projectThe intro music is Welcome to the Show, and the background music is Beauty Flow, both by Kevin MacLeod and is used under a creative commons license. The podcast art is by Melinda.
    You can listen to the episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or downloading it through your favorite podcast platform. If you are new to podcasts, learn how to listen.

    • 14 min
    Urbanisation and Climate Change - A Tale of Colliding Trends

    Urbanisation and Climate Change - A Tale of Colliding Trends

    Two of the biggest trends of this century are urbanisation and climate change. In fact, by 2050 more than two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, and 90 percent of this increase will be in Asia and Africa. At the same time, climate change is resulting in bigger storms, hotter temperatures, and higher sea-levels.  These two colliding trends will undoubtably shape the world in the 21st Century. 

    How do city-dwellers take advantage of the incredible opportunities that urbanisation creates, while remaining mindful of and anticipating potentially increased risks?  And how does the Red Cross and Red Crescent support this work? I talked to Eddie Jjemba, Urban Advisor at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Aynur Kadihasanoglu, Senior Urban Advisor at the IFRC/Global Disaster Preparedness Centre to learn more! 
    References and Supplemental Materials:

    Check out the *new* Urban Action Kit a quick start, low-cost, do-it-yourself guide to urban resilience! It comesin 12 languages and contains activities across 6 different areas: 
    Urban AgricultureWater Sanitation and Hygiene - WASHNature-Based SolutionsLiveable CitiesEarly Warning Early actionCreative CommunicationsThe intro music is Welcome to the Show, and the background music is Beauty Flow, both by Kevin MacLeod and is used under a creative commons license. The podcast art is by Melinda.
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

sukhilane1 ,

A good listen!

I really enjoyed the energy and topics of this podcast so far. Its a nice short listen and I always learn something new!

Bee is my nickname ,

Engaging and informative, a must-listen!

Roop and her various guests do a great job of weaving together the science and the stories to make an informative and engaging podcast where you learn something new every time!

jagggajatt ,

Very informative !

Loved the first episode of this series as it touches on some of the current issues we face as humanity. Looking forward to future episodes.

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