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A Positive Climate is a podcast focused on the cool ways to tackle climate change. 

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Media coverage on the issue is often negative and many of us have no idea where to begin. While we can’t forget the truly dire consequences of what isn’t being done, a Positive Climate focuses on what is. 

Clean Energy industry “young vets” Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer are flipping the script on climate change as they interview the inspiring people driving positive change. Season 1 features waste eating maggots, beer turned into electricity, a couple of bad jokes, battery powered planes and absolutely no single use plastics.  

If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement - while leaving your existential crises at bay - this podcast is for you!  

Say hi on Instagram, Twitter or on our website. 

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Music by Nick Weaver.

A great man, a great friend of the podcast and one of Sydney's most loved musicians, Nick passed away recently from illness. He shared this beautiful tune with us just prior to his health taking a turn and we couldn't be more honoured to feature it on the podcast. We would like to dedicate this season to him. 
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A Positive Climate is a podcast focused on the cool ways to tackle climate change. 

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Media coverage on the issue is often negative and many of us have no idea where to begin. While we can’t forget the truly dire consequences of what isn’t being done, a Positive Climate focuses on what is. 

Clean Energy industry “young vets” Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer are flipping the script on climate change as they interview the inspiring people driving positive change. Season 1 features waste eating maggots, beer turned into electricity, a couple of bad jokes, battery powered planes and absolutely no single use plastics.  

If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement - while leaving your existential crises at bay - this podcast is for you!  

Say hi on Instagram, Twitter or on our website. 

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Music by Nick Weaver.

A great man, a great friend of the podcast and one of Sydney's most loved musicians, Nick passed away recently from illness. He shared this beautiful tune with us just prior to his health taking a turn and we couldn't be more honoured to feature it on the podcast. We would like to dedicate this season to him. 
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    Drones to string together the clean energy transition

    Drones to string together the clean energy transition

    Cameron Van Der Berg from Infravisionexplains how can drones help us tackle climate change. 

    As the world transitions to 100% renewable energy we are going to need a whole lot more electricity transmission. Historically fossil fuel generators have always been located in centralised locations closer to central loads or cities. However, if our grid is 100% clean the generation mix is likely to be far more dispersed. While you’ll ideally have solar on your roof, the large solar farms will be located in the places with the best sun and the large wind farms will be in the windiest places in the country (sometimes even offshore). 

    In this week's episode we chat to Cameron Van Der Berg from Infravision, who have developed drone technology that can help install the influx of new electricity transmission lines in a safer, greener, more efficient way. 

    Chris Cox and Cameron, co-founders of Infravision, have been kicking goals securing contracts to assist with transmission for some of the biggest energy projects in Australia including Snowy Hydro 2.0 and the EnergyConnect interconnector. Infravision was dreamt up after Cameron was working as a transmission engineer and seeing the many inefficiencies and meanwhile Chris was working in the airforce on drone technology. 

    The boys are down to earth, super smart and employ their “get after it” attitude to everything at Infravision.  

    This episode covers: 
    How Chris and Cameron met in a barrier reef dive shop and originally launched a gym software startup before deciding they had bigger fish to fry
    The benefit of having ex-defence force personnel in a startup 
    How transmission lines are typically strung and why it hasn’t been innovated upon in a number of years 
    How Infravision’s technology can string power lines faster, safer and with less environmental impact
    The weirdest things they’ve carried with a drone

    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    Some more reading if you’re interested in the topic
    The basics on transmission’s role in Australia’s clean energy future

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    About the podcast

    Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. The consequences are so dire that the media usually focuses on the negative and many of us have no idea where to begin.

    To flip the script, clean energy experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer host A Positive Climate, an uplifting podcast focused on ways to tackle climate change.

    If you want to be inspired by interviews with some of Australia’s most innovative people, if you want to learn a lot (and laugh a little) and if you want a way to leave your climate related existential crises at bay, this podcast is for you.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min
    Meat 3.0: Is Cultured Meat the Future?

    Meat 3.0: Is Cultured Meat the Future?

    Tim Noakesmith and George Peppou of Vow explain the carbon free revolution soon to come to our dinner plates - cultured meat.

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    Welcome back to Season 2 of A Positive Climate! We’re thrilled to be bringing you another ten episodes EVERY TUESDAY covering everything from sustainable plastics, seaweed to stop cows burping methane and Australia’s potential mega role in the battery revolution.

    Today’s episode continues our investigation of alternative proteins with the absolute rock-stars Tim Noakesmith and George Peppou, the co-founders of Vow. Vow is a leading Australian company in the global race to create cultured meat (often called cell-based or lab grown meat). Cultured meat has the potential to give us the protein from the animals we’re used to and from some animals we’re not - without the carbon emissions, with minimal land use and with zero animal cruelty.

    This episode ties in well to our very first episode featuring plant based meat company V2Food with Nick Hazell - we also learnt that Nick was the reason Tim and George actually met! We cover a whole lot in this episode
    Why did humans end up consuming the five main animals we eat today?
    What on earth is cultured meat?
    Is creating cultured meat similar to a beer homebrewing operation?
    How critical will cultured meat be to address the climate challenge? 
    What is the future of the dinner plate?
    How does Vow intend to market its products when available within the next 18 months?
    What is Tim and George’s common bond over slow release laxatives?

    Not only are Tim and George a regular entry on various 30 under 30 lists, they are also a great chat. We hope you enjoy the episode!

    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    Some more reading if you’re interested in the topic
    Tim’s TED talk - Why eating Tortoise could save the planet
    The Good Food Institute - just a wealth of knowledge and handy primers of the world of plant based and cultured meat

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    About the podcast

    Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. The consequences are so dire that the media usually focuses on the negative and many of us have no idea where to begin.

    To flip the script, clean energy experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer host A Positive Climate, an uplifting podcast focused on ways to tackle climate change.

    If you want to be inspired by interviews with some of Australia’s most innovative people, if you want to learn a lot (and laugh a little) and if you want a way to leave your climate related existential crises at bay, this podcast is for you.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min
    Electric Vehicles: Busting the Myths

    Electric Vehicles: Busting the Myths

    Tim Washington from JET Charge answers the question: why should we care about electric vehicles?

    They’re a better driving experience, they’re quieter, they’re better for air quality (especially important for when kids are walking by at exhaust pipe height), they’re soon to be cheaper, they are actually MORE convenient to charge and finally, unlike petrol vehicles, they can give the world what it needs: zero carbon transport! 

    We cover it all on this episode - why we should care about EVs, whether they are greener, some charging basics and at the end we bust a whole lot of listener submitted EV myths. 

    Thanks to all our listeners for going on the journey for season one with us! Looking forward to coming back with some fresh topics very soon!

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 56 min
    Zero Emission Aviation: Brissie to the Gold Coast in 10 mins for $10

    Zero Emission Aviation: Brissie to the Gold Coast in 10 mins for $10

    Andrew Moore, co-founder and CEO of AMSL Aero chats to us about the future of transportation and how soon we might all be able to get around in flying taxis or eVTOLs (electric vertical take off and landing) as the industry calls them. 

    AMSL Aero is an Australian company that's creating a flying air taxi which is powered by batteries and a hydrogen fuel cell which means it is completely emissions free. Air taxis could revolutionise the future of transport allowing us all to get to destinations faster and safer. It could also change freight and postal services allowing for those online shopping purchases to get to your door even faster!

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    • 31 min
    The future of farming with Sarah Nolet, Tenacious Ventures

    The future of farming with Sarah Nolet, Tenacious Ventures

    Sarah Nolet is the CEO and a founding partner of Tenacious Ventures, Australia's first and only dedicated agrifood venture capital firm. Sarah chats to us about all the innovative and exciting agricultural technologies or as they say in the industry “agtech”. 

    We cover the current sources of emissions within our food supply chain and some fantastic solutions including farming robotics, improved pest management and alternative proteins (hello, plant based nuggets). 

    Follow us on twitter and instagram. 

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    • 38 min
    POSITIVE PRESS: The Tesla of Chicken

    POSITIVE PRESS: The Tesla of Chicken

    Welcome to our new podcast series The Positive Press by A Positive Climate! We'll be bringing you 5-ish minute episodes on good climate news. Bite sized, informative and a bit tongue in cheek, tune in to hear from Alex and Nick about the most uplifting stories of the week. 

    This week we're covering NUGGS by SIMULATE - a plant based chicken nugget company with some pretty cheeky branding. Apparently they are "The Tesla of Chicken".

    The founder is 21 year old Aussie Ben Pasternak - who moved to NYC at age 16 to become a entrepreneur (as you do!). He's just raised $50m from celebrity investors and what better excuse to chat about the exploding plant based meat sector, which has the chance to put a dent in carbon emissions and involve no animal suffering while also using less land and less water. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 8 min

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