9 episodes

A look at the big issues facing humanity in the early 21st century and our relationship to our environment, technology, and each other.

Earthlings Podcast Christian Roselund & Lisa Ann Pinkerton

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    • 4.6 • 9 Ratings

A look at the big issues facing humanity in the early 21st century and our relationship to our environment, technology, and each other.

    EP. 8.5 Who Are We Anyway?

    EP. 8.5 Who Are We Anyway?

    We’ve received a number of questions from listeners, asking us about ourselves and what we do. So here's a bonus episode on our journey, ourselves, and the origin story of this podcast. We also go into our plan for Earthlings.
    Talking Points:

    Who is Lisa Ann? What is her background?
    Christian’s journey and background
    How did we meet?
    Why did we start the Earthlings podcast?
    What do we plan to cover in future episodes?

    Resources/Links:
    The RMI article that started it allPromo video of the WCS Event
    Lisa Ann Pinkerton: 

    LinkedIn
    Twitter
    Technica Communications
    Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

    Christian Roselund:

    LinkedIn
    Twitter
    RMI

    • 29 min
    Ep. 8 How Green Is Your Steel?

    Ep. 8 How Green Is Your Steel?

    How do you make steel without cooking the planet? What is "green steel"?
    Steel is a fundamental part of our world, but the process we use to make it is inherently carbon-intensive. In this latest episode, we talk about new developments in both the production of fossil-free steel and how it is making its way to global markets with experts Thomas Koch Blank, Anders Williamsson, and Anne-Claire Howard.
    Chiefly, we discuss the implications of a new, cleaner process being used in Sweden to make fossil-free steel using hydrogen. We also examine what this means for both the global steel industry and consumers, as well as the timeframe for green steel take over brown steel.
    Thomas Koch Blank is a global expert on green steel and senior principal at RMI's Climate Aligned Industries program. Anders Williamsson is an executive VP and head of industrial operations at Swedish truck maker Scania. Anne-Claire Howard was the chief executive officer of Responsible Steel at the time of the recording. She has since moved on to a different role as the director of procurement at the UNOPS.
    About us: Earthlings Podast looks at the decisions that we can make today to ensure that the future we have is one we want to live in. Hosts Lisa Ann Pinkerton (former award-winning NPR and PBS environmental science reporter) and Christian Roselund (founding editor of pv magazine USA) take a close look at our relationships with technology, science, the planet, and each other.
    Talking Points:

    Why is the steel-making process such a carbon-intensive process?
    The process of using hydrogen to make steel
    Developments in hydrogen-based steelmaking in Sweden
    Recycled steel versus primary steel
    The prospects for direct reduced iron made with hydrogen
    Volvo’s first autonomous electric mining vehicle with green steel
    Scania’s use of green steel
    At what time will green steel take over brown steel?
    Which sectors are the most effective uses of hydrogen
    The potential for a differentiated market for green steel
    Carbon pricing and how that plays a role in the production of steel

    Resources/Links:
    “Volvo unveils world’s first vehicle using fossil-free steel” video

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 7 The Psychedelic Therapist Will See You Now

    Ep. 7 The Psychedelic Therapist Will See You Now

    In the 21st Century, experts predict the growth of mental health treatments using psychedelics for clinical treatment of disorders such as depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and other challenges. Blossoming out of an extensive body of well-respected research, medical professionals are now using psychedelics as a tool for treatment-resistant disorders where pharmaceuticals may have failed to provide people with long-term healing. Today, ketamine is a legal and broadest available treatment option, while psilocybin and MDMA are on their path to gaining legal status in the U.S.
    In this episode, we discuss the extensive research and potential benefits that can be achieved with ketamine with Ronan Levy from Field Trip Health.
    In the Earthlings podcast, we talk about the challenges and opportunities coming in the 21st Century, and the information we have today to make better decisions for tomorrow. Hosts Lisa Ann Pinkerton (former award-winning NPR and PBS environmental science reporter) and Christian Roselund (founding editor of PV Magazine USA) take a close look at our relationships with technology, science, the planet, and each other.
    Talking Points:

    The history of psychedelics in American society
    The research behind the effectiveness and use of Ketamine
    Transformative mental health with ketamine
    Psychological and physiological effects of ketamine 
    Ketamine and psychedelic medication in the future
    The most important, recent studies about psychedelics
    The work that Field Trip Health does
    An example of treatment with psychedelics 
    The changing perspectives of psychedelics

    Resources/Links:
    Compass Pathways
    Field Trip Health
    Field Tripping Podcast

    • 54 min
    EP. 6 To Nuclear or Not

    EP. 6 To Nuclear or Not

    Nuclear power - the question we come to as a society time and time again. Do we keep it? Get rid of it? Build more? Do the benefits outweigh the challenges, costs, and risks? To tackle these questions and more are hosts Lisa Ann and Christian speak with three experts in the field of nuclear energy, Dr. Jessica Lovering of the Good Energy Collective, MV Ramana of the University of British Columbia, and Chris Vlahoplus formerly of Scott Maddan's energy practice.
    Dr. Jessica Lovering is co-founder and co-executive director of the Good Energies Collective. MV Ramana is a physicist and a professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia. Chris Vlahoplus is a former management consultant to the energy industry, specifically in the area of nuclear.
    About the show:
    The Earthlings Podcast explores the technology and social challenges and opportunities facing us in the 21st century, and what knowledge we have to make the best decisions for tomorrow. Co-host Lisa Ann Pinkerton is a former award-winning NPR and PBS environmental science reporter, now providing startups with public relations support at Technica Communications and leading Women in Cleantech & Sustainability. Co-Host Christian Roseland is a self-described energy wonk, analyst, and founding editor of PV Magazine USA. 
    Talking Points:

    Understanding microreactors and small modular reactors (SMRs) and the promise for near-term mass commercial deployment
    The challenges with mass-producing new nuclear technology
    The aftermath of the nuclear renaissance
    When and if we should shift our funding to renewable energy
    Keeping current plants versus building new plants
    Clean versus low carbon nuclear energy
    The prospect of phasing out nuclear energy

    Resources/Links:

    OKLO
    MV Ramana at the University of British Columbia
    The Good Energy Collective
    Scott Madden - Nuclear Power Generation

    • 1 hr 5 min
    EP. 5 Foraging for Future Tech

    EP. 5 Foraging for Future Tech

    The metaverse, vertical farming, robots, autonomous vehicles, and space all have one thing in common - the Consumer Electronics Show.
    Lisa Ann attended CES this year in Las Vegas and brought back some of the most interesting and innovative ideas brought up at the show. There are some fascinating and amazing things to look forward to in the near and far future including innovative tech. Many countries and companies were represented at the show, so there was something for everyone. 
    While there weren’t any flying cars just yet, there were plenty of other forms of technology represented. Science fiction in the past is no longer fiction, or in the past. Some of those things will be available in the near future! Lisa Ann talked with a number of representatives from various companies to show us what we can look forward to.
    Oleg Dre is the CEO and founder of Manna (an interactive 3D media production platform). John Roth is the Vice President of Business Development at Sierra Space. Dan Park was the representative from N.thing. Nicholas Duprey is the United States representative from Moon Bikes.
    Talking Points:

    The 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
    The future of the metaverse and virtual reality
    Functional uses for the metaverse
    Virtual reality sickness
    Space and space travel in the future 

    zero gravity manufacturing

    Vertical farming and farming in zero gravity
    Robotics and autonomous vehicles

    Robotic restaurants and servers to help with increased sanitation 

    Transportation in the future

    Resources/Links: 
    Manna App 
    Seenetic 
    SN Corp 
    Nthing 
    Reencleus 
    Storant

    • 58 min
    EP. 4 Decrypting the Future of Money

    EP. 4 Decrypting the Future of Money

    Will cryptocurrency be the future of money? What does that mean for society?Welcome to the Earthlings podcast, where we’ll talk about all of the decisions that we’ll have to make to ensure that the future we have is one we want to live in. Hosts Lisa Ann Pinkerton (former award-winning NPR and PBS environmental science reporter) and Christian Roseland (founding editor of PV Magazine USA) take a close look at our relationships with technology, science, the planet, and each other. Today’s focus is on the opportunities facing us in the 21st century.
    Will cryptocurrency be the future of currency? And what does that mean for investors and what does that mean for us? What about the energy used in mining cryptocurrency? What does it even mean to “mine” crypto? 
    There are so many questions around cryptocurrency. To many people, it is still a huge confusing concept. The aim of today’s episode is to decrypt these myths, stereotypes, and defog the haze around cryptocurrency. Lisa Ann and Christian bring three expert guests together in order to talk about the use, the security, and the mining of crypto. They also help to define the buzzwords and tackle some of the misconceptions. 
    Alejandra Argueta is the owner of Requisite, and he's been a crypto enthusiast since 2017. Laura Shin is the senior editor at Forbes. She also runs the Unchained Podcast and she's the author of the The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze. John Paul Barrick is the CEO at the MiningStore.
    Talking Points:

    How people are using crypto right now
    Sone currencies to research
    Decentralized finance and how coins interact with it
    What are NFTs and how are they different from cryptocurrencies
    The security of cryptocurrency
    The benefits (to the user) in crypto
    How cryptocurrency is like being your own bank
    Why cryptocurrency has been the currency of choice for ransomware
    How other countries are utilizing cryptocurrency
    The future trends in cryptocurrency and mining
    Mining cryptocurrency and the energy needed

    • 1 hr 26 min

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