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A continuous conversation about climate change - news, views and interviews.

Climate Conversations Robert McLean

    • Society & Culture

A continuous conversation about climate change - news, views and interviews.

    Climate News: Tim Hollo talks about 'Living Democracy' at Hobsons Bay; Revovation advice from Climate Works; Labor tries to silence aboriginal voices

    Climate News: Tim Hollo talks about 'Living Democracy' at Hobsons Bay; Revovation advice from Climate Works; Labor tries to silence aboriginal voices

    Tim Hollo is well known in Green circles and he will soon bin in Hobsons Bay talking about his book, "Living Democracy";

    "Renovation Pathways";

    "Labor accused of trying to ‘silence Aboriginal voices’ over possible changes to gas project consultations";

    "We Can Still Resist a Pipeline to Hell";

    "Ageing Victorian energy network faces fresh inquiry after blackouts";

    "Treasury asks for economic plan to pay for climate crisis";

    "Five ways El Niño is wreaking havoc in South America";

    "WA heatwave: Perth breaks records with seven February days above 40C";

    "Climate change brings more work, more risk for wildfire workers";

    "New York lobbyists ‘aiding and abetting’ climate crisis, research reveals";

    "Company gives retired wind turbine blades new life";

    "New ecosystems, unprecedented climates: more Australian species than ever are struggling to survive";

    "Ten of Australia’s top companies lack clear plans to stop using or supporting fossil fuels, report says";

    "A 'perfect storm' is pushing desperate parents to marry off their children";

    "Bob Brown charge, ban over giant tree logging protest";

    "Struggling in these extraordinary times? The answer may be compassion";

    "Ross Gelbspan, author who probed roots of climate change denial, dies at 84";

    "The public wants clean energy – but this is Australia, where the climate wars never die";

    "Severe storm warning as Sydney cleans up";

    "February on course to break unprecedented number of heat records";

    "Western Australian town Carnarvon hottest place on earth as scorcher melts records";

    "Australian researchers are on the hunt for the world's oldest ice";

    "E-Bike Battery Forum Focuses on Fire Risks and Recycling";

    "Cycling Advocates Make Seven Point 2024/25 Federal Budget Submission";

    "Sea Otters Are the Unlikely Heroes Helping to Restore a Marine Ecosystem";

    "Saturation point: Australia’s best known carbon-neutral farm can no longer offset its emissions";

    "Can we be inoculated against climate misinformation? Yes – if we prebunk rather than debunk";

    "Greenland Is Literally Rising From The Ocean as It Loses Its Fringe of Glaciers";

    "Indigenous Languages Are Founts of Environmental Knowledge";

    "Climate experts sound alarm over thriving plant life at Greenland ice sheet";

    "Volkswagen, Hyundai lining up in favour of Vehicle Efficiency Standard, as car execs meet for crisis talks";

    "Wind power awards and wildlife photography: Positive environmental stories from 2024";

    "Shock as warming accelerates, 1.5°C is breached faster than forecast";

    "EU floats 90% emissions target but drops green farming measures";

    "Why this is one of the planetary shifts scientists are most worried about";

    "How Ford’s F-150 Lightning, Once in Hot Demand, Lost Its Luster";

    "Earth Was Due for Another Year of Record Warmth. But This Warm?";

    "Is Carbon Capture Here?";

    "As U.S. football season kicks off, climate change threatens the game";

    "Tour de France: future heatwaves may make it untenable to hold the race in July";

    "Eight things grassroots football clubs can do to reach net zero";

    "How to make a Premier League club truly climate-friendly";

    "Australia’s new car safety standards slipping behind rest of world".


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    • 15 min
    Climate News: Is the electric car a fantasy?; Decade of coalition inaction behind Victoria's blackout; Be brave, stay positive, find your tribe

    Climate News: Is the electric car a fantasy?; Decade of coalition inaction behind Victoria's blackout; Be brave, stay positive, find your tribe

    Electric cars have advantages but are still just that, demanding a spacious road network and copious parking areas in our towns and cities.

    "Why do Chinese EVs meet so much resistance?";

    "Victoria’s blackout crisis is rooted in a decade of Coalition inaction";

    "Be brave, stay positive, find your tribe: three climate activists explain how to get started";

    "Five women scientists working to save the world";

    "Mike vs the fossil fuel machine: Push for a new legal duty to the environment";

    "Climate case explores how law and tikanga intersect";

    "Climate Is Now a Culture War Issue";

    "Fearsome threesome: how a trio of climate drivers is baking Australia’s west and leaving the east soaked";

    "Ross Garnaut and Rod Sims have proposed a $100 billion-a-year fossil fuel tax – and it’s a debate Australia should embrace";

    "20°C seems the optimal temperature for life on Earth to thrive – what does this mean in a warming world?"

    "As the world heats up, solar panels will degrade faster – especially in hot, humid areas. What can we do?";

    "Why Don’t We Just Ban Fossil Fuels?";

    "Climate chaos: world overheats while Europe faces a new Ice Age";

    "Report: Plastics, Oil Industry Deceived Public on Recycling Use for More Than 50 Years";

    "In Wyoming, Sheep May Safely Graze Under Solar Panels in One of the State’s First “Agrivoltaic” Projects";

    "Q&A: Everyday Plastics Are Making Us Sick—and Costing Us $250 Billion a Year in Healthcare";

    "Take a Cue From Texas: Socialize Energy";

    "As the Number of American Farms and Farmers Declines, Agriculture Secretary Urges Climate Action to Reverse the Trend";

    "February on course to break unprecedented number of heat records";

    "Very cool: trees stalling effects of global heating in eastern US, study finds";

    "Climate Change Is Forcing Families Into a New Kind of Indefinite Hell";

    "Beyond Catastrophe: A New Climate Reality Is Coming Into View";

    "Power struggle: fears for UK energy generation as green projects delayed";

    "Weather tracker: Flash flooding in Oman and record temperatures in Western Australia";

    "Problems mount for Sahara gas pipeline, leaving Nigerian taxpayers at risk";

    "Switzerland proposes first UN expert group on solar geoengineering";

    "Blended finance can perpetuate climate colonialism";

    "How your editors deal with climate grief";

    "Last month was the world’s warmest January on record";

    "Danish photos from the 1930s show what Greenland’s glaciers used to look like";

    "The essentials of climate scenario analysis for financial institutions";

    "How to prepare for an evacuation";

    "‘They lied’: plastics producers deceived public about recycling, report reveals";

    "California Tried to Ban Plastic Grocery Bags. It Didn’t Work.";

    "Climate activists dump pink powder on case containing US Constitution";

    "What a waste: New York City budget cuts eviscerate community composting groups";

    "Explainer: How climate change affects Europe's farmers";

    "A traditional automaker just turned a profit on EVs";

    "1.7 million deaths in cities linked to air pollution with Delhi ranked worst in world – report";

    "Bhavreen Kandhari’s Post";

    "Mystery over ‘unexpectedly large’ emissions from Africa’s tropical ecosystems";

    "British Gas profits surge tenfold as energy bill rules relaxed";

    "Parts of Amazon rainforest could tip toward collapse by 2050, study warns";

    "The Age of the Urban Inferno Is Here";

    "Ross Garnaut and Rod Sims have proposed a $100 billion-a-year fossil fuel tax – and it’s a debate Australia should embrace";

    "Porsche EV will lead Bathurst 500 into a greener, faster future";

    "How China Built BYD, Its Tesla Killer";

    "Author Spotlight on Joëlle Gergis";

    "Oldest platypus found in the wild is ‘beyond all our expectations’, say researchers";

    "Push to weatherproof Australia’s electricity grid as 77,000 still without power in Victoria";

    "Postcards from Kamikatsu: Japan's 'zero waste' town";

    "National Archives closes after c

    • 21 min
    Climate News: A circular economy is the answer to climate change - Jo Taranto, CEO of Good for the Hood

    Climate News: A circular economy is the answer to climate change - Jo Taranto, CEO of Good for the Hood

    CEO of Good for the Hood, Jo Taranto (pictured) sees the circular economy as the solution to climate change, as she said on a recent webinar organised by The Australia Institute.

    "Smart Energy 2024";

    "Climate experts sound alarm over thriving plant life at Greenland ice sheet";

    "This Arctic Circle Town Expected a Green Energy Boom. Then Came Bidenomics.";

    "January Was Awash With Extreme Winter Storms. Climate Change Likely Played a Role";

    "Migrants can be a transformative force for sustainable development";

    "Fences have big effects on land and wildlife around the world that are rarely measured";

    "Sweltering Cities panel warns Brisbane heatwaves will worsen";

    "Climate-driven migration overtakes Russian aggression as biggest security concern, report finds";

    "Australian fossil fuel tax could raise $100bn in first year alone, Rod Sims and Ross Garnaut say";

    "Rise in e-scooter injuries concerns doctors";

    "Global military spending hits record $2.2 trillion amid multiple wars";

    "What is a circular economy?";

    "The Heavy Price of Next-Day Delivery";

    "Sweltering Cities panel warns Brisbane heatwaves will worsen";

    "Climate change is forcing Australians to weigh up relocating. How do they make that difficult decision?";

    "Greenland's ice sheet melting faster than scientists previously estimated, study finds";

    "A Collapse of the Amazon Could Be Coming ‘Faster Than We Thought’";

    "The Racist Origins of 'Tipping Point'";

    "‘Litigation terrorism’: the obscure tool that corporations are using against green laws";

    "Nearly 15% of Americans deny climate change is real";

    "Transitioning to a Circular Economy: The value and opportunity for citizens".




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    • 23 min
    Interview: University trio bring climate change adaption workshop to Shepparton - Dr Michael Spencer

    Interview: University trio bring climate change adaption workshop to Shepparton - Dr Michael Spencer

    Dr Michael Spencer (pictured) from Monash University and colleagues from the University of Melbourne, Dr Franz Wohlgezogen and Associate Professor, Janet Stanley, will conduct a workshop in Shepparton on Thursday, February 22.

    The four-hour workshop originally targeted 30 people, but Dr Spencer said that had blown out to 40, demonstrating a wide interest in the idea of adaptation to climate change.

    Following a similar event at Euroa in 2022, the workshop is part of an international research program supported by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Authority.

    The workshop invite said "The research team are interested in how adaptation decision-making can be improved. For example, interactions between different levels of government and the community. How to bring all relevant parts of the community into decision-making on adaptation (including older people). If adaptation requires transformational change, are communities prepared and how does that happen."


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    • 22 min
    Climate News: Dr Andrew Glikson spells out the dangers of climate change; Joyce, Price and Littleproud make ‘false and exaggerated claims’ at anti-renewables rally

    Climate News: Dr Andrew Glikson spells out the dangers of climate change; Joyce, Price and Littleproud make ‘false and exaggerated claims’ at anti-renewables rally

    Dr Andrew Glikson (pictured) warns of troubles ahead without global unity to address climate change - "Too late? Climate change denial and the rise of fascism";

    "Joyce, Price and Littleproud make ‘false and exaggerated claims’ at anti-renewables rally";

    "Earth's warmest January on record extends run of unprecedented temperatures to eight months";

    "Q&A: Dr Andrew Glikson on the Plutocene age";

    "Chile’s deadly wildfires wiped out neighborhoods. One stood unscathed.";

    "Labour’s reduced home insulation plans ‘simply not enough’";

    "Michael Mann, a Leading Climate Scientist, Wins His Defamation Suit";

    "‘It would be devastating’: inside Trump’s plan to destroy the EPA";

    "Policy Experts Say the UN Climate Talks Need Reform, but Change Would be Difficult in the Current Political Landscape";

    "Dr. Cornel West Is Running to Become President of the United States. What Are His Views on Climate Change and the Environment?";

    "Las Tormentas: L.A. County Meets a Next-Level Atmospheric River";

    "Polluted Flowers Smell Less Sweet to Pollinators, Study Finds":

    "John Deere aims to offer variety of electric tractors, construction equipment by 2026";

    "Atmospheric river threatens historic life-threatening floods in California";

    "California residents survey damage caused by historic storms: ‘We were in shock’";

    "Access to slow EV chargers could speed up EV adoption among renters";

    "Trump Allies Plan to Gut Climate Research if He Is Reelected";

    "US trade agency backs oil and gas drilling in Bahrain despite Biden pledge";

    "The Climate Cooling - Mini Summit";

    "‘It was total panic – with black smoke, falling fireballs and tongues of flame’: the terror of Chile’s wildfires";

    "How a Climate Group That Has Made Chaos Its Brand Got the White House’s Ear";

    "The National Sustainable Living Festival";

    "With climate change, Colorado River officials peer into muddy future";

    "World Breaches 1.5°C for an Entire Year for First Time on Record";

    "One of NZ’s most contentious climate cases is moving forward. And the world is watching";

    "Schools, parks close as catastrophic conditions tipped in Victoria";

    "Revealed: the 1,200 big methane leaks from waste dumps trashing the planet";

    "Disaster management needs more forethought to avoid ‘polycrisis’, government hears";

    "US weather agency on La Niña watch but BOM says climate pattern not guaranteed";

    "The Australian water industry is undergoing profound change";

    "Victoria schools closed over 'catastrophic' fire danger warning";

    "Florida could remove the majority of mentions of climate change from state law";

    "Big Oil’s hopes are pinned on plastics. It won’t end well.";

    "Wildfire Smoke Will Worsen, New Study Shows, and Protections Are Few";

    "Philadelphia mural tells a story of transformation";

    "What in the world is weather whiplash?";

    "Australian red meat industry’s net zero target based on land-clearing data that is ‘not reliable’";

    "Woodside dramatically expands oil and gas exploration spend despite net zero pledge";

    "Our proposal for a Climate Ready Victoria";

    "Remembering Black Saturday. Preparing for the next Big One";

    "This ‘tipping point’ would be catastrophic for Europe but scientists are unsure when we’ll reach it";

    "California Isn’t Ready for a Megaflood. Or the Loss of Daniel Swain".


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    • 11 min
    Interview: 'As modern peoples we have become disconnected, our senses have become disconnected with nature' - Andrew Skeoch

    Interview: 'As modern peoples we have become disconnected, our senses have become disconnected with nature' - Andrew Skeoch

    Andrew Skeoch, the author of "Deep Listening to Nature" (pictured), believes we have lost our connection with nature and through that, we are creating the conditions that manifest as climate change.

    Andrew was recently on a three-town book tour in the Goulburn Valley speaking to audiences at the Tatura, Cobram and Violet Town libraries.

    When completing this episode of "Climate Conversations", The Guardian published a story that seemed relevant to what Andrew had been discussing at the GV Libraries - "The native Australian frog call quiz: is it a frog – or a distant motorbike revving?".

    Andrew is nationally recognized for his sound recording and subsequently is the president of the "Wildlife Sound Recording Group".

    His skills were acknowledged when he presented at Canberra's TEDx several years ago - "Hearing your place in nature".


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    • 28 min

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