62 episodes

The Earthlings Podcast takes a look at the big issues facing humanity in the early 21st century and our relationship to our environment, technology, and each other. Each episode, award-winning journalist, and former NPR reporter Lisa Ann Pinkerton hosts experts, scientists, and leaders working to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Together, they cover wide-ranging topics including environmental solutions, emerging technologies, what the future might look like, and more.

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Earthlings 2.0 Podcast Lisa Ann Pinkerton

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The Earthlings Podcast takes a look at the big issues facing humanity in the early 21st century and our relationship to our environment, technology, and each other. Each episode, award-winning journalist, and former NPR reporter Lisa Ann Pinkerton hosts experts, scientists, and leaders working to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Together, they cover wide-ranging topics including environmental solutions, emerging technologies, what the future might look like, and more.

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    #62: Diving Deep with DNA Today

    #62: Diving Deep with DNA Today

    Hello Earthlings! For this week’s episode, we talk with Kira Dineen, host of the award-winning podcast DNA Today, who sheds light on the incredible advancements in genetic research. From personalized medicines tailored to your genome to the ethical dilemmas of embryo selection in IVF, Kira provides a comprehensive look into the future of healthcare.
    Join us as we discuss the implications of CRISPR technology, the promise of precision medicine, and the potential of whole genome sequencing. We also tackle the ethical considerations surrounding genetic advancements, ensuring that the benefits of this research are accessible to all.
    Learn how genetic research is poised to revolutionize healthcare and how 22 years later, the movie Gattaca (1997) is more relevant than ever. 
    In Restoring Our Faith in Humanity, we’re spotlighting conservationist Ripi Yanur Fajar and his friend, who spotted a big cat in a community plantation. Their discovery led to the identification of a hair strand with a 97.8% similarity to the long-extinct Javan tiger, suggesting that this magnificent creature may still roam the island. 
    Key Points
    Implications of CRISPR Technology: Steve emphasizes the need for high-quality carbon offset standards to ensure genuine and measurable emissions reductions.Personalized Medicines Revolutionizing Healthcare: Learn how personalized medical treatments based on your genome are revolutionizing healthcare. Ethical Dilemmas in Embryo Selection: Kira and Lisa Ann talk about the ethical implications of trait selection in IVF. 
    Voices on The Show: Kira Dineen, host of DNA Today Podcast Linkedin DNA Today Podcast 
    Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: Lisa Ann PinkertonX - Lisa Ann Pinkerton Instagram - @LisiAnniTechnica Communications Women in Cleantech and Sustainability
    Web Resources:DNA Today PodcastDNA Today Ep: #110 Gattaca, 20 years later DNA Today Ep: #231 ChatGPT and AI In Genetics with Daniel Uribe
    🚀 Calling all Earthlings…  
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    • 39 min
    #61: Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Carbon Markets with Steve Boyle

    #61: Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Carbon Markets with Steve Boyle

    Hello Earthlings! For this week’s episode, we’re starting our summer schedule where we’ll be posting a rerun of a relevant episode every other week. We’re starting our summer schedule off with a very timely episode we did with Steve Boyle of Rubicon Carbon back in 2023. Once again, carbon credits are back in the hot seat after The Biden Administration issued recommended guidelines for increased participation and credibility within the credits system. Listen to learn about the complicated puzzle that is the carbon credits industry and how their biggest problems still persist today. 
    If you follow this industry, you know the ability of companies to purchase carbon credits to offset their emissions can be as complicated as a Rubik’s Cube. Steve walks us through the industry’s reputational challenges, Verra’s carbon credits scandal, and the differences between nature-based solutions and industrial-based solutions. Steve and Lisa Ann also discuss how Rubicon Carbon is changing the industry to make it easier for corporations to verify and trust the carbon offsets they are purchasing. 
    In Restoring Our Faith in Humanity- we have the privilege of spotlighting journalist Fathi Mohamed Ahmed, who, in 2022, pioneered Somalia's inaugural all-women newsroom, Bilan Media. Despite confronting pervasive prejudice, this remarkable news team fearlessly tackles previously taboo social topics, such as puberty, the female drug epidemic, and the lives of women living with HIV. Fathi and her dedicated news team exemplify extraordinary courage, and we wholeheartedly commend their endeavors.
    This is the fourth episode in our series on carbon emissions. To hear more, other episodes in this series are: 
    S1:E3 - Coming Down from the Oil High with Gregor Macdonald S3:E2 - The Fake News Machine of Fossil Fuels with Duncan Meisel S3:E6 - The Perils and Payoffs of Carbon Credits with Sasha Mackler
    Key Points
    Focus on High-Quality Carbon Offsets: Steve emphasizes the need for high-quality carbon offset standards to ensure genuine and measurable emissions reductions.Challenges and Credibility Issues in the Carbon Market:Steve addresses the challenges in the carbon offset market, including the credibility issues and the need for offsets that wouldn't occur without investment.Impact of Policy and Market Trends: The conversation touches on recent policy changes, such as the Biden Administration's guidelines, and market trends, including the significant drop in the carbon offset market in 2023
    Voices on The Show: Steve Boyle, VP of Sales, Rubicon CarbonLinkedin Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: a...

    • 33 min
    #60: The Magical Future of Mushrooms

    #60: The Magical Future of Mushrooms

    Greetings In this week’s episode, our away mission takes us underground to explore mushrooms, the most widely distributed organisms on our planet. Without them, life on Earth might not have occurred. Terence McKenna even suggested that mushrooms might have originated in space due to their spores' resilience.
    If you listened to our 2022 episode, "The Psychedelic Therapist Will See You Now," you know I'm interested in psychedelics' impact on mental health. Beyond this, mushrooms can slow cancer growth, improve cognitive functions, enhance forest health, and act as an exit drug for fentanyl addiction. Our guest today, Michael Beug, a mycologist and former professor at Evergreen State College, will enlighten us on these magical organisms.
    Michael, active in the North American Mycological Association and the Pacific Northwest Key Council, has studied psilocybin since the 70s. We explore fungi's role in ecosystems, their health benefits, and innovative uses, from sustainable materials to dietary enhancements.
    Also, restoring our faith in humanity this week is Taryn Foster, a coral scientist and CEO of Coral Maker. Witnessing mass bleaching while researching climate change for her doctoral thesis, she partnered with Autodesk to use AI and automation to create coral skeletons for nursery-grown corals. Coral reefs, vital to 25% of marine species and benefiting a billion people, face catastrophic losses by the 2030s if global temperatures continue to rise. Taryn's work aims to combat this threat.
    Join us as we explore the incredible world of mushrooms and their potential to transform our health and our planet. Don’t forget to check out the full interview on our Patreon page!
    Key Topics: 
    The Role of Fungi in Ecosystems: Exploring how fungi contribute to the health and sustainability of various ecosystems, including their symbiotic relationships with plants and trees.Health Benefits of Mushrooms: Discussing the various health benefits of mushrooms, including their antiviral, anti-cancer, and cognitive-enhancing properties.Innovative Uses of Mushrooms: Highlighting the innovative and sustainable uses of mushrooms, such as in packaging, insulation, and as alternatives to conventional materials. Psilocybin and Mental Health: Examining the use of psilocybin mushrooms in mental health treatment, including their potential to treat PTSD, depression, and addiction.
     Voices on The Show: Michael Beug,  Mycologist  Mushrooms of Cascadia: About Author Facebook: Michael BeugYoutube: @mushroomwonderland1
      
    Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: Lisa Ann PinkertonX - Lisa Ann Pinkerton Instagram - a href="https://www.instagram.com/lisianni"...

    • 42 min
    #59: Lab-Grown Chicken, the Ethical White Meat

    #59: Lab-Grown Chicken, the Ethical White Meat

    Hello Earthlings! In this eye-opening episode of Earthlings 2.0, we sit down with Josh Tetrick, CEO of GOOD Meat, to explore the revolutionary world of cultivated meat. Discover how a single cell can transform into billions of pounds of meat without the need for traditional animal farming. Josh delves into the ethical and environmental implications of our current food system, highlighting the potential of cultivated meat to create a kinder, more sustainable future. 
    Learn about the groundbreaking technology behind cellular agriculture, the challenges of scaling production, and the promising future of meat that doesn’t involve slaughter. 
     Key Topics: 
    The Concept and Technology Behind Cultivated Meat: Understanding how GOOD Meat uses cellular agriculture to produce meat from a single cell and the science involved in the process.Ethical and Environmental Implications: Discussing the current food system's impact on animals and the environment, and how cultivated meat offers a kinder, more sustainable alternative.Challenges and Opportunities in Scaling Production: Exploring the hurdles faced in bringing cultivated meat to market and the potential for widespread adoption in the future.Regulatory Approvals and Market Launches: Insights into the approval process for cultivated meat in different countries, including the groundbreaking retail launch in Singapore, and future plans for global distribution.
    Voices on The Show: Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just, Inc. Linkedin: Josh Tetrick
      
    Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: Lisa Ann PinkertonX - Lisa Ann Pinkerton Instagram - @LisiAnniTechnica Communications Women in Cleantech and Sustainability
    Web Resources:Vox Article: Chickens are taking over the planetRestoring Our Faith in Humanity: Songs of survival: scientists confirm blue whales frequent Seychelles 
    🚀 Calling all Earthlings…  
    Visit our website for more episodes!
    Are you new to Earthlings 2.0 and don’t know where to get started? Check out our Life at 3C episode on our website
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    • 33 min
    #58: WIRED’s Take on Sustainable Products

    #58: WIRED’s Take on Sustainable Products

    Hello Earthlings! In this week’s episode, we delve into the complexities of making sustainable choices in today's consumer landscape. Joining us today is Medea Giordano, a dedicated gear writer for WIRED magazine. Medea shares her expertise on sustainable consumer products, from recycled clothing to eco-friendly home goods. 
    Together, Lisa Ann and Medea explore the pitfalls of online shopping, the scarcity of sustainable products on store shelves, and the importance of trustworthy product reviews. They also discuss greenwashing, the need for transparency in the industry, and practical tips for spotting genuinely sustainable products. Medea shares her insights on standout sustainable products, like the Revival denim rug and clothing made from recycled materials. She also addresses concerns about lead in popular reusable water bottles and provides advice on selecting safer alternatives.
    Restoring Our Faith in Humanity this week is the inspiring story of Margaret and Robert Isdale, a couple from Lincolnshire, England, who have fostered 150 children over 46 years. Their dedication to providing a safe and loving home reminds us of the impact individuals can make in their communities.
    Key Topics: 
    Challenges of Making Sustainable Consumer Choices: Exploring the difficulties consumers face when trying to purchase sustainable products, both online and in stores.Role of Product Reviewers in Guiding Consumers: Highlighting the importance of reliable product reviews in providing trustworthy information.Greenwashing and How to Avoid It: Discussing the issue of greenwashing, how to recognize it, and tips for identifying genuinely sustainable products.Sustainable Product Recommendations: Sharing specific recommendations for sustainable products, including clothing, home goods, and safer alternatives to popular items like reusable water bottles.
    Voices on The Show: Medea Giordano, Gear Writer for WIRED MagazineLinkedin: Medea GiordanoLisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: Lisa Ann PinkertonX - Lisa Ann Pinkerton Instagram - @LisiAnniTechnica Communications Women in Cleantech and Sustainability
    Web Resources:Read more of Medea’s reviews here
     Products mentioned in the show: 
    Revival's Denim Ruga...

    • 40 min
    #57: Following Portugal’s Lead on 100% Renewables

    #57: Following Portugal’s Lead on 100% Renewables

    Hello Earthlings! In this episode, we dive into an inspiring story of renewable energy success. Our guest is Julian Spector, a senior reporter at Canary Media, who was the first to report on Portugal’s remarkable achievement of powering its grid with 100% renewable energy for six consecutive days. We discuss how Portugal, despite not having easy access to geothermal or extensive hydro resources, managed to achieve this milestone and what lessons other countries can learn from their experience.
    Lisa Ann and Julian discuss  the significance of Portugal's achievement, the history of 100% renewable energy goals, and the future of renewable energy worldwide. We also delve into the practicalities of grid management, the role of energy storage, and how different regions can adapt similar strategies to their unique contexts.
    Restoring Our Faith in Humanity this week is Connie Sanchez and the National Audubon Society’s Lights Out initiative, which aims to protect migratory birds from the hazards of city lights.
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    Key Topics: 
    Portugal's Achievement of Six Days of 100% Renewable Energy: Portugal powered its grid entirely with renewable energy for six consecutive days, showcasing a significant milestone in the global shift towards sustainable energy.Practical Strategies for Other Regions to Replicate Portugal's Success: Portugal's intentional and strategic planning, including the development of wind and solar power, serves as a model for other regions. Their approach demonstrates that even countries without extensive natural resources can achieve significant renewable energy milestones.The Importance of Energy Storage and Grid Management: Effective grid management and energy storage are crucial for maintaining a stable supply of renewable energy. Portugal's use of hydropower as a base load and their exploration of battery storage solutions highlight the importance of a diverse energy portfolio.
    Voices on The Show: Julian Spector, Senior Reporter at Canary Media Linkedin: Julian SpectorLisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: Lisa Ann PinkertonX - Lisa Ann Pinkerton Instagram - @LisiAnniTechnica Communications Women in Cleantech and Sustainability
    Web Resources:Article mentioned in the show: Portugal just ran on 100% renewables for six days in a row11 countries leading the charge on renewable energy | Climate Council  Sign up to our newsletter for

    • 34 min

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