25 episodes

Welcome to Futuremakers, from the University of Oxford.
It's your fly-on-the-wall into our colleges, where our academics debate key issues for the future of society.
Season Two: True Planet
Season One: Artificial Intelligence
Special Episode: Quantum Computing

Futuremakers Oxford University

    • Nature

Welcome to Futuremakers, from the University of Oxford.
It's your fly-on-the-wall into our colleges, where our academics debate key issues for the future of society.
Season Two: True Planet
Season One: Artificial Intelligence
Special Episode: Quantum Computing

    12: COP 25 – what happened?

    12: COP 25 – what happened?

    In this bonus ‘reaction’ episode, we chat to several Oxford academics who were either at, or closely following the recent events at COP 25.
     
    We ask them what (if anything) was decided at the meeting in Madrid, whether enough action was taken, and where we might go next - ahead of COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland (2020).
     
    Interviewed on this episode were Professor Fredi Otto, Professor Nathalie Seddon, Dr Helen Gavin, DPhil students Alex Clark and Lisa Thalheimer, entrepreneur Charmian Love and lawyer Bill Clark. 
     
    Find out more about Oxford’s climate research at http://po.st/TruePlanet and keep an eye on this feed, for more bonus episodes in the new year.

    • 21 min
    11: Mark Carney on Climate Change

    11: Mark Carney on Climate Change

    In this special bonus episode, originally recorded on 25th November, Professor Millican travels to the Bank of England to interview its Governor, Mark Carney. This episode was recorded before it was announced that Mark Carney will become the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance in 2020.
     
    The interview covered a range of topics, but focused in particular on the challenges that markets may need to overcome if we hope to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees C, how federal banks are working to prepare for these, and if an even more fundamental change to our economic and political system is needed.
     
    Can markets provide a tool to promote necessary action? Is it possible to find a middle ground of sustainable economics? Can we be green, and capitalist?
     
    Find out more about Oxford’s climate research at http://po.st/TruePlanet and keep an eye on this feed, for more bonus episodes in the new year.

    • 24 min
    10: Solving climate change... nature or technology?

    10: Solving climate change... nature or technology?

    Solving climate change can involve either mitigation – reducing the greenhouse gases we’re putting into the atmosphere – or adaptation – the process of adjusting to our changing environment. In the last episode of series two, we wanted to learn more about how these solutions are developing, what form they take, and where we should be applying them. We were particularly interested in the contrast between two climate change solutions: engineering approaches (such as technical methods of carbon capture, novel methods of building, or physical climate defences), and natural approaches (such as reforestation, changes in farming patterns, or restoring wetlands). With the stakes so high, how far can we harness nature to help tackle climate change, or will technology provide a solution?
    With Peter to discuss this are; Nathalie Seddon, who having trained as an evolutionary ecologist is now Professor of Biodiversity and Director of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, Jim Hall, originally an engineer and now Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks, who is an expert on climate risks to infrastructure, and who for ten years sat on the UK independent Committee on Climate Change, and Dr Helen Gavin, Oxford Martin Fellow, an environmental scientist and sustainability professional bringing 18 years of experience in both industry and education.
    Find out more about Oxford’s climate research at http://po.st/TruePlanet

    • 58 min
    9: Is climate conflict inevitable?

    9: Is climate conflict inevitable?

    In 2010, Jeffrey Mazo outlined in his book ‘How global warming threatens security and what to do about it’ four ways in which climate and environmental change could produce security threats:
    ·     a general systemic weakening, 
    ·     boundary disputes,
    ·     resource wars,
    ·     and by multiplying instability in already fragile or weak states. 
    Yet so far in our second series, with conversations around energy use, international treaties and individual choices, talk of conflict has received much less attention. 
    Is this a fair reflection of the relative threat, or should people be paying far more attention to these potential future developments?
    Is global conflict due to climate change inevitable?
    With Peter to discuss this are; Kate Guy, from the Centre for Climate and Security in Washington DC, a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford specialising in International Relations, who focusses on the intersection of climate change and national security; and Dr Troy Sternberg, from Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment, whose research has explored how environmental and climate changes in the Gobi region of northern China and Mongolia, have impacted on security in the Middle East.
    Find out more about Oxford’s climate research at http://po.st/TruePlanet

    • 49 min
    8: Climate change: Who should we sue?

    8: Climate change: Who should we sue?

    To date, there have been climate change legal cases in at least 28 countries. From Greta Thunberg leading a group of young people in filing a lawsuit against five countries at the UN to the Hague Court of Appeals upholding a historic ruling against the Dutch government, increasing numbers of people are taking legal action together to demand governments do more. 
     
    And with various oil and gas companies being sued by US cities for costs of climate-related damages, today on Futuremakers, we’re asking: what does this rise in litigious climate action mean for society as we race to meet climate targets?
     
    Joining Peter Millican on the panel today:
     
    Fredi Otto, Acting Director of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford, and a lead author on extremes in weather in the ongoing assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC)
    Liz Fisher, Professor of Environmental Law at Oxford and General Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law
    Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science, and a lead author on the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degrees
     
    Find out more about Oxford’s climate research at http://po.st/TruePlanet

    • 56 min
    7: Can we be green and capitalist?

    7: Can we be green and capitalist?

    Many of our panellists in season two have described barriers that are standing in our way if we hope to restrict global warming to the 1.5 degrees C limit that the 2018 IPCC report outlined, and some have advocated how our current economic system could be used to overcome them. But can markets really provide a tool to promote necessary action? In this episode we ask; can we be green AND capitalist?
    Joining Professor Millican on this latest episode of Futuremakers are:
    Thomas Hale, Associate Professor in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Charmain Love, ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at our Saïd Business School, and Ben Caldecott, Associate Professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme.
    And at the end of this episode there's a bonus conversation between Peter and Johan Rockström, joint director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany, who in 2009 led an international group of twenty eight leading academics, in proposing a new framework for government and management agencies as a precondition for sustainable development on the planet Earth.
    Find out more about Oxford’s climate research at http://po.st/TruePlanet

    • 1 hr 28 min

Top Podcasts In Nature

Listeners Also Subscribed To