56 episodes

We are pals who met in college and love discussing science. We are passionate about environmental inequality, innovative solutions and keeping science communication as simple as possible. This podcast is our chance to learn about the policies around the world that shape our environment and we want you to join us for a fun and relaxed conversation between pals.

Planet Policy Pals Podcast Ajwah Zahid and Alayibo Semenitari

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    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

We are pals who met in college and love discussing science. We are passionate about environmental inequality, innovative solutions and keeping science communication as simple as possible. This podcast is our chance to learn about the policies around the world that shape our environment and we want you to join us for a fun and relaxed conversation between pals.

    EP 53: A Dying Rainforest- Congo

    EP 53: A Dying Rainforest- Congo

    The UN estimated that in 2000 some 1.6 billion people around the world, including many of the world’s poorest, derived at least part of their food, income or medical needs directly from the forest. The Congo rainforest is the second biggest rainforest in the world and has lost more than 600,000 hectares of primary forest in 2020, which is a 9 percent increase compared to 2019, according to recent data from the Global Forest Watch (GFW). The biggest drivers of deforestation in the Congo rainforest over the past 30 years have been small-scale subsistence agriculture, logging, urban expansion, and mining. What has the impact been on the DRC, the general region, and the globe at whole? We discuss this, the lack of global efforts, and more in this episode.
    Global land use changes are four times greater than previously estimated | Nature 
    Global land use change, economic globalization, and the looming land scarcity | PNAS 
    Land degradation and climate change - resource | IUCN.
    Climate change: Land degradation and desertification | WHO
    Deforestation in Africa: Causes, Effects, and Solutions | Earth.Org
    3 Surprising Ways Water Depends on Healthy Forests | World Resources Institute
    Saving Africa’s forests, the ‘lungs of the world’ | Africa Renewal
    Rainforests in Africa- Mongabay
    How Colonialism Spawned and Continues to Exacerbate the Climate Crisis | Columbia news 
    COP27: Conserving the Congo Basin rainforest | African Wildlife Foundation
    US tech giants sued over DRC cobalt mine child labour deaths | Al Jazeera 
    To save the Congo basin rainforest, end the conflict in the DRC | Al Jazeera
    COP26: Landmark $500 million agreement to protect the DRC forest | UN.org
    COP27 long on pledges, short on funds for forests | Mongabay.org 
    Women for Forests | WECAN International

    • 48 min
    EP 52- America First: Another Disaster

    EP 52- America First: Another Disaster

    On Feb. 3, a Norfolk Southern train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, igniting a fire and setting off fears of an explosion. The NTSB found that the accident was “100% preventable” and yet Norfolk Southern, the company responsible, firmly disagrees. Shortly after the derailment, 1,500 to 2,000 residents were told to evacuate. The EPA, Ohio officials, and the company responsible are all reporting different effects. It will take continuous testing to determine the scope of this accident. Still, what is being done to prevent these accidents that keep happening in America? We get into it in this episode.
     
    Source links below:
    Section of major I-95 highway in Philadelphia may take months to repair | CNN
    EPA Residential, Commercial, and Agricultural Soil Sampling Results
    EPA Updates from the East Palestine Train Derailment Emergency Response 
    The Ohio Train Derailment: A Timeline - The New York Times
    Environmental Disaster from East Palestine, OH Train Derailment | pennfuture
    UC professor explains environmental harm caused by rail accidents | University of Cincinnati
    Aches, rashes and fear: Trauma remains after Ohio derailment | AP News
    Ohio Train Derailment: An Ecological and Human Health Disaster? | Earth.Org
    Justice Department sues Norfolk Southern over derailment | AP News
    Norfolk Southern’s Profits and Accident Rates Rose Before Ohio Derailment - NYT
    Ohio senators introduce safety rules after toxic train derailment disaster | Guardian
    Derailed: Investigating the US railroad industry | transport | Al Jazeera
    Indigenous Climate Action

    • 31 min
    EP 51: Greening Auto- Money or the Planet?

    EP 51: Greening Auto- Money or the Planet?

    The  transportation sector is one of the largest contributors of GHGs and cars alone contribute to 29% of emissions in the US. The issue of renewable transport has plagued humanity longer than you think and the rise of electric vehicle sales may be part of the solution. Tesla, Toyota, Honda… all companies that have been less than honest with marketing tactics regarding environmental impact to varying degrees. Is the EV market plagued by greenwashing?
    Source links below:
    The History of the Electric Car | Department of Energy 
    How electric vehicles help to tackle climate change | Carbon Brief 
    Electric Vehicles: Technology Analysis | International Energy Agency 
    Tesla 2022 Impact Report
    Carbon disclosure rating 
    Tesla’s carbon footprint is bigger than the company let on in the past | The Verge 
    Nationwide Study of the Electric Vehicle Shopping Experience | Sierra Club 
    Best Electric Vehicles of 2023 - Top-Rated EVs | U.S. News
    Consumer Reports' top auto picks 2023 | CNBC
    Best Electric Vehicles of 2023 | Kelly Blue Book 
    Toyota accused of greenwashing in Greenpeace complaint filed to ACCC
    EU Commission prepares to crack down on greenwashing with Green Claims law | EEB
    South Korea establishing fines for corporate 'greenwashing' | Business & Human Rights Centre

    • 41 min
    EP 50: Are we losing seasons? (Is it true?)

    EP 50: Are we losing seasons? (Is it true?)

    A study in the geophysical research letters journal found that summer in the Northern Hemisphere midlatitudes has lengthened, whereas winter has shortened, owing to shift in their onsets and withdrawals, accompanied by shorter spring and autumn. Over the period of 1952–2011, the length of summer increased from 78 to 95 days and that of spring, autumn and winter decreased from 124 to 115, 87 to 82, and 76 to 73 days, respectively. Our health and well-being are inextricably linked to our natural environment. So much, in fact, that the World Health Organization has called climate change “the single biggest health threat facing humanity.” The link between changing climate and erratic weather is clearer than ever. Join us as we dive into the complicated game of predicting seasonal changes!
    Show notes and references available at  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jLk46tmRSKwKS3maPM5NyOZKvoHumnIiDVdbsdbhBB0/edit?usp=sharing

    • 49 min
    EP 49: Alternative fabrics (Is it true?)

    EP 49: Alternative fabrics (Is it true?)

    As a follow up to our fashion episode, we are providing general tips on the best fabrics to help guide ourselves and our listeners when expanding our wardrobes.

    • 14 min
    EP 48:Is reproduction stalling? (Is it true?)

    EP 48:Is reproduction stalling? (Is it true?)

    For four years, male sea turtles have been declining in Florida, and a study in Australia confirmed similar findings with 99% of the hatchlings born female, with both linked to rising temperatures. Earlier this year, we breached the planetary limit for hazardous chemicals. There are over 350,000 human-made chemicals on the market with numbers expected to triple by 2050. This cocktail of facts got us thinking about the impacts of synthetic chemicals and rising global temperatures on the reproductive health of human and non-human species, as well as the possible impact of reproductive ability? Are we gonna run low on babies? Join us as we discuss.
    Show notes and references available at  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_6QmU2lSfd16X2K_35MdrS5Cu_Er-XMHBAbLgVRJC24/edit?usp=sharing

    • 44 min

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