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Communicating Climate Change and Carbon Pricing
21 Jul, 2019 | 0:27:39 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Effective communications are integral to gaining acceptance for carbon pricing and to ensure that audiences understand human-induced climate change. Dr. Louise Comeau, is an independent researcher and communications specialist and a Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick. Her communication, policy and education recommendations are based on quantitative and qualitative research. She has almost 30 years’ experience in analyzing...
Post Carbon Institute
21 Jul, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Founded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute’s mission is to lead the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century. We spoke with Rob Dietz, Program Director at Post Carbon Institute about the many...
M-KOPA Solar - Distributed Electricity in Africa
30 Jun, 2019 | 0:29:49 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

M-KOPA Solar has provided 750,000 homes in East African villages and towns with small, affordable solar kits - bringing households light, power and communications, and avoiding harmful kerosene and diesel fumes. Through micro-payments, as little as fifty cents per day, M-KOPA allows customers an affordable approach to ownership and self-sufficiency. Since 2010, Co-Founders Jesse Moore and Nick Hughes, and their...
Trains, Buses, People:An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit
11 Jun, 2019 | 0:28:30 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

In 'Trains, Buses, People", transportation expert Christof Spieler looks at how cities can build successful transit. He profiles the 47 metropolitan areas in the US that have rail transit or BRT, using data, photos, and maps for easy comparison. He explains broad concepts, but recognizes all of the technical, geographical, and political difficulties of building transit in the real world.
Indigenous Land Recognition, REDD+, and Plastic Pollution
02 Jun, 2019 | 0:28:40 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Stacey Laforme is the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MNCFN). Born and raised on MCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over eighteen years, being first elected to council in 1999. Kevin Conrad is Executive Director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations. In 2004 he designed the REDD+ Mechanism that is represented by Article...
Christiana Figueres & Catherine McKenna
26 May, 2019 | 0:28:59 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Christiana Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and helped push through the Paris Agreement. Figueres was recently named one of the top 100 most influential people in Climate Change policy. Figueres was at a Q&A session at ‘Collision’ a high tech conference. Also at the Collision conference held in Toronto was another member...
Protecting Pollinators - Butterflies ,Bees, Bats and More
20 May, 2019 | 0:28:07 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

In 'Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World', beekeeper and author Jodi Helmer explores why pollinator decline has become so dire and how it can be reversed. Her book, published by Island Press, offers a hopeful vision for the future of pollinators - not just the iconic monarch butterfly and the dainty hummingbird, but the drab...
Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon
06 May, 2019 | 0:29:09 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Transportation is often noted as the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. The built environment – offices, factories, homes and hospitals, for example are not far behind. Between the ecological footprint of construction, demolition, and the ongoing generation of heat and electricity used on a daily basis, its no wonder says Jeff Ranson of the Canadian Green Building Council. After...
Clean Works - waterless cleansing of fresh produce
22 Apr, 2019 | 0:29:26 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Clean Works is a joint venture between Paul Moyer, a fruit farmer and Court Holdings Ltd., a family business involved in manufacturing, technology and steel services. The process - called Clean Verification - was validated by the Food Science Department at the University of Guelph, a leading agri-food institution. The method is chemical-free and waterless. According to Clean Works, the...
Plant-Based Meat
22 Apr, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Growing crops to feed farm animals is vastly inefficient, driving up the price of grains and legumes, and entrenching global poverty. The challenge to produce enough food for 9 billion people by 2050, requires a more efficient system and less food waste. The Good Food Institute works with scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to discover improved methods and use all the...
Building Inclusive Communities - One Bike at a Time
11 Apr, 2019 | 0:30:01 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Community bike shops are run on a mandate to eliminate barriers to cycling by teaching people how to repair and maintain bikes (and offering the tools and space to do so), and providing safe, affordable bikes to those who might otherwise be priced out of the market. Whether running hands-on programs in neighbourhood schools, or just through day-to-day shop activity,...
A Vision for a Circular Economy for Plastics
31 Mar, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The use of plastics today is a highly wasteful, linear, take-make-waste model that is harmful to the environment and misses economic opportunities as value is literally thrown away. This linear economy for plastics requires energy and generates emissions for each production cycle that would largely be avoided, were plastic otherwise reused or effectively recycled. In a report to the Smart...
The Atmospheric Fund
25 Mar, 2019 | 0:29:59 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) invests in urban solutions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution. It’s vision is for a climate-smart urban region that functions within its environmental means and is a leader among climate-friendly urban centres around the world. Julia Langer, CEO of TAF, has held senior leadership positions in the...
Cities in Action
25 Mar, 2019 | 0:29:52 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

As national governments stumble to address climate change threats, cities are taking action to create stronger, more resilient economies while reducing carbon emissions and preparing for climate change impacts. 'Cities in Action' is a four-day conference being held in Hamilton, Canada featuring national and local leading thinkers and companies to explore the relationship between climate change and the economy, new...
Off-the-Grid Dedicated Energy
16 Mar, 2019 | 0:27:51 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

During a blustery windstorm in August 2003, a power line in Ohio brushed up against some tree branches. Three transmission lines had short-circuited causing a cascade of events that left 45 million people in the northeastern U.S., and 10 million in Ontario, without power for hours, days, in some cases even a week. Because of a complex system of interlinked...
Smart Shores - Coastal Pollution Mapper
11 Mar, 2019 | 0:27:31 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

For the first time in Canada, crowdfunding has been used to decide if a federal research grant will be awarded through a program called Fathom Fund. SmartShores uses drones and proprietary data analysis to examine the effects of pollution on shorelines and wetlands. Nathan Vadeboncoeur, President and Founder of SmartShores, is a social entrepreneur who combines science and art to...
Single Source Recycling
11 Mar, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Dr. Calvin Lakhan is a research associate at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is also a co-investigator of the "Waste Wiki" project at York University, a research project devoted to advancing understanding of waste management research and policy in Canada. http://wastewiki.info.yorku.ca/ A former environmental consultant, and a government Policy Advisor, Calvin has focused his research on the study of...
Cleaning Hamilton Harbour - a 30 year project
03 Mar, 2019 | 0:29:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Our guest is Chris McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC), based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. BARC represents the public interest in the restoration of Hamilton Harbour, long on the list of 'most polluted waterways in North America'. Chris brings us up to speed on the 30 year-long quest to improve water quality and restore a great...
Saving the Planet - Energy, Plastic, and an eco-mystery
16 Feb, 2019 | 0:29:58 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Continuing our interviews with entrepreneurs at the Sustainable Hamilton-Burlington Expo 2018: Adam Firchuk, Director, Business Development for Rodan Energy Solutions; and Robert Pocius, President of TekPak Solutions. And we spoke with Marissa Slaven, palliative care physician and author of an eco-mystery novel aimed at the Young Adult audience, 'Code Blue'.
part 2 of 8 80 Cities
03 Feb, 2019 | 0:27:27 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Gil Penalosa has traveled to more than 350 communities around the world looking for the best ideas to improve life for people of all ages. He believes the measure of a good place is whether we'd feel comfortable with an 8-year-old biking alone to the neighborhood park or someone in their 80s walking to the grocery store.
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