Bionic Planet Podcast

Bionic Planet is the podcast of the Anthropocene – your guide to navigating the new reality brought on by climate-change. A few times each week, we’ll harvest content from Ecosystem Marketplace and The AnthropoZine to help you understand the issues confronting us.

010 Climate Change in the Trumpocalypse / Part 2: Voices from Marrakesh

US president-elect Donald Trump claims to have an open mind on climate science, but he put an unabashed climate-science denier in charge of his environmental transition team, and he says he’ll slash NASA’s climate-monitoring capabilities.

Might a president who doesn’t believe in climate science still find it worthwhile to stay in the Paris Agreement? And who will pick up the slack if he doesn’t?

These are questions we addressed in three stories on Ecosystem Marketplace:

Can Individual US States, The Private Sector, And The International Community Fix The Climate Despite Trump Election?” came the day after the election, and pretty much says it all

Investors See Rockier Road To Low-Carbon Economy Under Trump, But No Dead End” came in one week later.

Hundreds Of US Companies Urge Climate Action As John Kerry, Others Calls For More ‘Business Diplomacy’” came in a day after that.

We harvested all three to generate today’s episode of Bionic Planet, which offers an audio mosaic of snippets culled from interviews we conducted in the two weeks after the US Presidential election, as well as audio we harvested from a media call that the World Resources Institute hosted.

Guests, in order of appearance, are:

Yvo de Boer, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute

Anthony Hobley, CEO of the Carbon Tracker Initiative

Michael Bloomberg, in his capacity as head of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

Christian de Valle, Founder and Managing Partner of Althelia Ecosphere

Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists

Sam Adams, Director of WRI United StatesMike Korchinsky, Founder and CEO of Wildlife Works

Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank

Andrew Mitchell, Founder and Director of the Global Canopy Programme

Peter Grannis,  First Deputy Comptroller for the New York State Office of the State Comptroller.

Nigel Topping, CEO of the We Mean Business Coalition

Jonathan Pershing, US Special Envoy for Climate Change

Brigadier General Stephen Cheney (ret), CEO of the American Security Project.

Peter Graham, former Canadian negotiator now working as a consultant in Washington, DC.

008 Can New Aviation Agreement Save Forests?

On Thursday, 65 countries representing 83% of international aviation agreed to cap their greenhouse-gas emissions from international flights at 2020 levels from 2021 onward – in part by forcing airlines to offset emissions above that threshold, and MAYBE by funding programs that save forests and support sustainable agriculture around the world. A final decision on…

007 Kenya’s Agroforestry Revolution / Part One: the CEO and the Subsistence Farmer

Part One of a multi-part series examining the ways small Kenyan farmers are teaming up with multinational agribusinesses to confront climate change by reshaping the countryside. In today’s episode, we meet Prisca Mayende, who ratcheted up yields on her four-acre farm by planting trees. We also visit the Kaptama farmers’ cooperative — a key conduit…

004 How Companies Use Carbon Markets To Reduce Emissions

Companion article at ecosystemmarketplace.com/articles/voluntary2016/ Hello, and greetings from Cologne, Germany, where we’re wrapping up two intense weeks that began a few dozen kilometers north of us, in the former German capitol of Bonn, where climate negotiators have begun the process of activating the Paris Agreement. Unfortunately, that meant I got swamped, which led to an…

002 The 40,000-Year-Old-Question / Part One

Tanzania’s Hadza people have lived in tune with nature for 40,000 years, but now they face their greatest challenge. Here’s how they’re both adapting to and combating climate change — and how we can all learn from them. Includes interviews with tribal leader Richard Baalow, Tanzanian legal expert Edward Letaika, and environmentalists Marc Baker of…

Climate, Conflict, And Commodities: The Calculus Of Peace On A Changing Planet

Liberian environmentalist Silas Siakor knows all too well what can happen to a fragile nation when a dictator hijacks its commodity sector, as warlord Charles Taylor did in the 1990s – first by using slave labor and “blood diamonds” to finance a devastating civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone, and then by spreading that war…

What is “Bionic Planet”?

An introduction to Bionic Planet, the Podcast of the Anthropocene: what is it, what does it aim to achieve, and how does it relate to the Paris Climate Talks? In this episode, we offer a brief introduction to the role of forests in the Paris Agreement and introduce basic themes that we will be revisiting…