13 episodes

Join hosts Professor Jackie Peel and Associate Professor Cathy Oke as they bring you the information you need to know in the lead up to the annual United Nations Climate Change Conferences – or ‘COPs’.

Season 1 followed the journey to ‘COP26’ which took place in Glasgow in November 2021. Season 2 follows the journey to COP27 to be held in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt in November 2022. In each episode, Jackie and Cathy interview experts to discuss different climate-related topics including adaptation, mitigation, climate science, biodiversity, loss and damage, international and domestic Australian politics.

At COP26, nearly 200 countries made important progress to keep 1.5 degrees alive, in line with the Paris Agreement. But it was only the beginning. As put by UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, “As we look ahead to COP27, we must all work together to keep the pressure on governments to keep making more and more ambitious commitments. And once those commitments are made, holding them to those commitments”.

Climate Talks is produced by Melbourne Climate Futures and Melbourne Centre for Cities at the University of Melbourne. Our theme music is by Music for a Warming World.

Climate Talks acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which this podcast was produced, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation, and pays respect to Elders past and present.

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Join hosts Professor Jackie Peel and Associate Professor Cathy Oke as they bring you the information you need to know in the lead up to the annual United Nations Climate Change Conferences – or ‘COPs’.

Season 1 followed the journey to ‘COP26’ which took place in Glasgow in November 2021. Season 2 follows the journey to COP27 to be held in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt in November 2022. In each episode, Jackie and Cathy interview experts to discuss different climate-related topics including adaptation, mitigation, climate science, biodiversity, loss and damage, international and domestic Australian politics.

At COP26, nearly 200 countries made important progress to keep 1.5 degrees alive, in line with the Paris Agreement. But it was only the beginning. As put by UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, “As we look ahead to COP27, we must all work together to keep the pressure on governments to keep making more and more ambitious commitments. And once those commitments are made, holding them to those commitments”.

Climate Talks is produced by Melbourne Climate Futures and Melbourne Centre for Cities at the University of Melbourne. Our theme music is by Music for a Warming World.

Climate Talks acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which this podcast was produced, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation, and pays respect to Elders past and present.

    Big talk, empty promises?

    Big talk, empty promises?

    Join host Cathy Oke and guest host Bek Markey-Towler in the fifth episode of Season 2 Climate Talks. This episode explores Nationally Determined Contributions and the implementation of climate targets. It asks: is the big talk backed up by action?

    • 26 min
    Halfway to COP27, what should we expect?

    Halfway to COP27, what should we expect?

    At the halfway point between last year's COP26 and COP27 this year, Kate Dooley, Research Fellow in Ecosystem Based Pathways in the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Laura Hillis, Director of Corporate Engagement at the Investor Group on Climate Change join hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke in the fourth episode of Season 2 of Climate Talks. This episode revisits key climate ambitions and initiatives and their developments since COP26 and looks ahead towards what to expect from COP27

    • 23 min
    Why Australia needs to talk about climate change

    Why Australia needs to talk about climate change

    Nigel Topping, United Nations High-Level Champion for Climate Action for the United Kingdom, Jon Faine, former ABC Radio Melbourne broadcaster and regular columnist for The Age and Vice Chancellors Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, join hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke in the third episode of Season 2 of Climate Talks. They discuss why Australia needs to talk seriously about climate change, and the issue of climate change in our Federal election.

    • 23 min
    The futures we imagine are the futures we get

    The futures we imagine are the futures we get

    Hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke are joined by guests Chandni Sing and Professor Kathryn Bowen, both Lead Authors of the Working Group II report to the IPCC's Assessment Report 6, and Professor Jon Barnett, to discuss the impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilities related to climate change, and implications for policy makers.

    • 27 min
    Looking to COP27

    Looking to COP27

    Robyn Eckersley, Professor of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and David Karoly, Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne and previously Chief Research Scientist in the CSIRO Climate Science Centre, join hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke in the first episode of Season 2 of Climate Talks. Topics discussed include what is COP27, what is the science, and what to expect in 2022 leading up to the conference.

    • 21 min
    A post-COP conversation

    A post-COP conversation

    In the final episode of this season of Climate Talks, hosts Cathy Oke and Jackie Peel speak with the show guests about what decisions were made in Glasgow, what opportunities were missed, and what are the implications of these outcomes for climate science, climate finance, and sustainable development.

    • 31 min