The 300-350 Show takes the argument against large-scale carbon offsetting under the CDM to the European Commissioner in charge; and hears from a co-author of the most accessible report yet on the case against carbon offsetting under the CDM.
The first of two episodes featuring Jess Worth - a co-editor of New Internationalist - who has recently finished editing an issue of the magazine focusing on the Arctic which uncovers the largely untold story of how climate change is impacting already on indigenous peoples and their traditional subsistence lifestyles
Fed up with waiting for global climate negotiations, a growing Movement of Climate Change Affected Peoples is tackling the problem head on with permacultural and low-tech solutions. Phil England speaks to Goldman Prize winner Ricardo Navarro about the movement...
The global deal on climate change has two main requirements. That it is guided by the latest science and that it is fair. Without fairness there will be no deal, as nearly 200 countries need to agree and most of these countries are poor
We start our coverage of the United Nations climate talks in Bonn with a look at some of the targets that rich nations are bringing to the table. We also flag up the dangers of the scientifically unfounded rush to include Biochar and large-scale no-till agriculture in the draft negotiating texts.
One of the UK's leading climate policy researchers has concluded we need a planned economic contraction if we are to have any chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change. We take a look at some of the links between the credit crunch and the climate crunch with Tim Helweg-Larsen, director of the Public Interest Research Centre and co-author of the <i>Zero Carbon Britain</i> and <i>Climate Safety</i> reports. There's also an appearance by Kevin Anderson (Research Director at the Tyndall Centre) and a live performance of the "Global Meltdown Derby" by Irish poet Grazzy Noel. <a href=http://coinet.org.uk/discussion/climate_radio/eccs
With a new President in the White House there's a fresh approach to climate change and energy policy in the US. But the Energy bill currently going through Congress is based on the widely-criticised "Cap & Trade" system and has been weakened further by a massive corporate lobbying campaign.
In a recent Guardian newspaper poll, nine out of ten climate scientists said they did not believe political efforts to restrict average global warming to 2<sup>0</sup>C would succeed. Despite this two new papers in the April issue of Nature show that it is possible to conceive of an emissions trajectory that would keep within 2<sup>0</sup>C of global warming compared to pre-industrial times (the threshold defined by the EU between acceptable and dangerous climate change). Phil England speaks to one of the lead authors of the studies - Myles Allen of the Climate Dynamics team, University of Oxford - to draw out some of the implications for national and international policymakers. <a href=http://coinet.org.uk/discussion/climate_radio/ebcs>For more information.</a>
The new series of The 300-350 Show begins with a recording of the presentations given at the launch of the ‘Climate Safety’ report last Autumn. The Public Interest Centre's ‘Climate Safety’ report gives a clear and simple summary of the latest climate change science, and shows how our current handling of the problem has exposed us to serious and growing risks. With Arctic sea ice melting away faster than anyone had predicted, the climate seems more sensitive than almost anyone thought, placing us in the middle of a climate emergency that cannot be ignored. <a href=http://coinet.org.uk/discussion/climate_radio/cse>For more information.</a>
A special programme on the launch of the major new independently produced Climate Change documentary-drama, The Age of Stupid, by the director of McLibel and featuring Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite. The programme features exclusive interviews with director Franny Armstrong and head of animation Leo Murray plus appearances from Postlethwaite and Caroline Lucas MEP. This is an edit of the 60 minute live Clear Spot programme on ResonanceFM.
The UN Climate Talks witnessed a crisis point. Nothing on the table seemed to match the scale of the challenge and corporate interests are rife. As the talks in Poznan in 2008 were coming to an end, we took stock with three key protagonists. To find out more <a href="http://coinet.org.uk/discussion/climate_radio/unct_p"> click here
We continue our coverage of the UN Climate Talks in Poznan, Poland where the big issue on the table is "how to reduce emissions from deforestation"? The big push from investors is to incorporate forests into the carbon markets, but this approach is riddled with problems. Friends of the Earth International has warned that this would "create the climate regime's biggest ever loophole." We speak to Miguel Lovera, chair of the Global Forest Coalition about his concerns and his proposals for an alternative way forward. Meanwhile in Brussels, European country delegates have been agreeing new targets for biofuels for road transport. This will increase deforestation and emissions from other changes in land use. We speak to Robert Bailey of Oxfam International and ask why this disaster has been allowed to happen. To find out more <a href="http://coinet.org.uk/discussion/climate_radio/fab"> click here
We continue our lead in to this year's UN climate talks in Poznan with a look at a proposal that seeks to break the current deadlock and lead to a fair deal which both delivers climate safety and protects the poor. The Greenhouse Development Rights framework is supported by Christian Aid, Oxfam, Stockholm Environment Institute and the Heinrich Boll Foundation. We speak to Tom Athanasiou, Director of EcoEquity and co-author of the GDR framwork.
We start our coverage of this year's UN Climate Change talks in Poznan, Poland with a look at an alternative proposal for a global climate deal called ‘Kyoto2’. The scheme would limit emissions by rationing the production of fossil fuels at source and would generate a trillion dollar fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change, to preserve forests and to help decarbonise the globe. There is also a strong component of direct regulation. We speak to the scheme's architect, Oliver Tickell.
As a result of a massive civil society campaign, the UK will soon pass historic legislation which will bind the government to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. However a major loophole remains which threatens the credibility of the Bill - there is no limit on the amount of international credits the UK can buy up in order to meet this target. Will this loophole be closed before the law is given Royal Assent?
It's back. The campaigning climate change programme The Two Degrees Show returns after more than a year's absence from the airwaves with a timely recap of some of the recent science.
In light of the Observer poll last month suggesting that 60% of the population agreed with the statement that "many scientific experts still question if humans are contributing to climate change"; just how solid is the scientific consensus that humans are responsible for most of the recent warming?
This week's guests are Professor Jo Haigh and Dr Stuart Parkinson who have both acted as expert reviewers for the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The most eminent US scientist and head of Nasa, Dr James Hansen, has said that we have passed the tipping point for Arctic and Greenland ice loss. This has dramatic implications for the possible accelaration of the rate of climate change.
We discuss James Hansen's recent findings and their implications with Dr Stuart Parkinson and with Richard Hawkins of the Public Interest Research Centre