050| Forests in the Paris Climate Agreement, Part 2: The Birth of REDD+

In this second part of our three-part series on the history of forests in the Paris Climate Agreement, we hear how REDD+ got its name and made its way into the climate negotiations. Special …

049 | Forests in the Paris Climate Agreement, Part 1: The Birth of Forest Carbon

2019 is shaping up to be a pivotal summer in a pivotal year in the critical race to meet the climate challenge, with major media finally discovering …

048: Understanding the IPCC’s New Compendium of Science on Climate, Forests, and Farms

We eat to live, but the food we’re eating is killing us – not just because of what it does to our bodies, but because of what it does to our climate.

Beef, for example, comes from cows that 

047 | An Accountability Framework For Deforestation

Environmental NGOs have long pressured companies to reduce their impact on forests, and companies have long complained that every NGO seems to come with different demands.

Now a coalition …

46| Restoration Economy, Part Two: The Billion-Dollar Foot

It's an article of faith among some on the left that markets and capitalism are the roots of all evil, while some on the right see pure, free markets as the invisible hand of God, and …

045 | Nature, Paid on Delivery; with Guest Tim Male

Environmental scientist Tim Male has worked the conservation puzzle from both the NGO and governmental sector -- first with NGOs like Environmental Defense Fund, then as an elected …

044 | Green New Deal Architect Rhiana Gunn-Wright

We've been fairly US-centric lately, but only because so much is finally happening there. In today's episode, we speak with Rhiana Gunn-Wright of New Consensus. That's the Think Tank that's …

043 | Bees Trees and Burning Bluffs

We're losing pollinators at an alarming rate, which scientists attribute at least in part to the loss of native plants, which evolved alongside …

042 | The Stealth Plan to Roll Back US Water Protection (First of Two Parts)

Wetlands cover 274 million acres of the United States, and they ultimately provide more than half the country's drinking water, which is one reason …

041: ENCORE PRESENTATION: Why the Sustainable Development Goals Really Are a Very Big Bid Deal

We hear a lot about the Sustainable Development Goals, or "SDGs" these days, with major pension funds like Calvert aligning their portfolios with …

40 | Former Climate Boss Yvo de Boer

Yvo de Boer served as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from August, 2006 to July, 2010; and …

39 | How World's Farmers are Engaging the Global Climate Apparatus

Agriculture emits roughly 20 percent of all greenhouse gasses, but sustainable management of forests, farms, and fields can turn the world's farms …

38 | Natural Climate Solutions at Katowice Climate Talks

The first week of year-end climate talks have wrapped up in Katowice, Poland, where natural climate solutions are finally getting the attention they …

036| Can These Indigenous People Sustainably Log And Still Save Their Forest?

Ilson López is the President of Belgium.

Not the European country, but the indigenous village in the district of Tahuamanu, in the Peruvian state of Madre de Dios, at the western edge of …

035 | What The Civil Rights Movement Can Teach Us About Fixing The Climate

 

 

In this episode, we speak with the Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley, who says climate change and civil rights are inexorably intertwined, and not just because the destruction of our living …

034 | Climate Shock Revisited: the Economics of Carbon Pricing

When countries around the world ratified the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016, they pledged to prevent average global temperatures from rising to a level more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.7 …

032 | Indigenous Leader Hindou Ibrahim on Indigenous People and Global Commodity Companies

Hindou Ibrahim grew up in rural Chad, a member of the nomadic Mbororo people. Today, she co-chairs the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, and she advises -- some …

031 How Nature Can Get Us 37 Percent Of The Way To The Paris Climate Target

Today I speak with Bronson Griscom, Director of Forest Carbon Science for the Nature Conservancy.   Last year, he headed up a team of three dozen researchers from almost two dozen …

030 A Green Deal for the Netherlands

Jos Cozijnsen shakes his tangled black mane and adjusts his leathery blue suit – fashioned, it turns out, from overalls discarded by German railroad workers and available through his …

029 | A Tale of Two Companies

Hundreds of consumer-facing companies have pledged to purge deforestation from their supply chains -- often by only buying products that are certified as being sustainably grown. But what …

028: 2017 Year In Review

I've produced 19 episodes of Bionic Planet since the election of Donald Trump, mostly focused on the work of people trying to fix the climate mess -- and in today's episode I look back on …

027 | Understanding the World Bank's BioCarbon Fund and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

More and more countries across the developing world are launching large-scale, climate-smart initiatives to transform the way local communities derive their livelihoods from forests and …

026| Breakthrough in Bonn: Fixing World's Farms

Under the Paris Agreement, countries were asked to present their own climate action plans, and 90 percent of these action plans -- technically called NDCs, for "nationally-determined …

024 The Grand Experiment To Save Appalachia’s Forests

The DOGWOOD ALLIANCE is an environmental NGO based in the Southeastern United States -- a region that produces 12 percent of the world's wood, pulp, …

023 Raw Audio From New York Climate Week

Today's episode is different from most: For the most part, it's just raw audio from the Climate Week that we built episode 22 on -- namely, the event where Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 …

022: Ten Keys To Deforestation-Free Commodities By 2020

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Donuts, deodorant, buns and burgers. They're killing us -- and not just because of what they do to our bodies.

No, it's because of what the soy, beef, and palm-oil that …

021 AlphaSource: Investing in Forest Carbon

If you know anything about IKEA Group, the giant Scandinavian furniture company, you know that most of their products are made of wood, and you may even know that they're one of the "good" …

020 Brazil and Indonesia: Connecting the Climate Dots

Have you ever heard of a company called Marfrig Global Foods? How about JBS?

Hint: JBS is named after "Jose Batista Sobrinho", a Brazilian rancher who's something like the Oscar Meyer of …

019: Can Europe Tap The Private Sector To Protect Its Environment?

Our show today starts with two French communes -- namely, Contrexéville and Vittel -- because these two have some of the cleanest, purest water in all of Europe, but they also almost didn't.

018 | Why Zoologist Andrew Mitchell Left the Forest to Save the Forest

Today we speak with Andrew Mitchell, founder and director of the Global Canopy Programme (GCP). A zoologist by training, Andrew realized that to save …

Bertrand Piccard Wants You (And Your Climate Solutions)

It's been almost a year since a Swiss engineer/businessman named André Borschberg and a Swiss psychiatrist/balloonist named Bertrand Piccard completed the first-ever around the world flight …

015: How Garlic Cloves and Orange Peels Cut Cow Burps and Slow Climate Change

More than 1.5 billion cows are spread across the planet, each with four stomachs.  That's six billion stomachs emitting methane -- a powerful …

014: One Billion Tons of Voluntary Carbon

With the United Kingdom on the brink of leaving the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS), the United States locked in the inertia of a …

013 How to Track Climate Laws of the World

One hundred and forty-four countries have ratified the Paris Climate Agreement, and 143 of them say they'll stay-in-it – even if Donald Trump pulls …

012 Will Trump "Get Out of the Way" on Climate?

Climate negotiators are meeting in Bonn, Germany, the next two weeks to move the Paris Climate Agreement forward – even as Republicans in the United States seem intent on moving it …

011 New Age of Radical Transparency

Today we examine an amazing new tool called "Trase", which launched at year-end climate talks in Marrakesh, Morocco.

It shows you something we've …

010 Climate Change in the Trumpocalypse / Part 2: The Role of US States, Regions, and Business

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 …

009 Climate Change in the Trumpocalypse / Part 1: Initial Reactions

Initial reactions from Marrakesn to Trump Victory in US

I came to year-end climate talks here in Marrakesh with a clear plan to cover the most complicated elements of these talks and break …

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 …

007 Of Milk and Money / 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 …

006 Climate, Conflict, and Commodities: The Calculus of Peace on a Changing Planet

The United Nations Environment Program says that resources are a factor in 40% of all organized armed conflicts, but only 15% of peace agreements even mention them.

Today, we examine the …

005 Why We Should All Care About the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

 

In 2015, more than 150 countries endorsed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are 17 goals to end poverty, improve health, and tackle climate change. They're …

003 Putting a Price on Carbon / Part Two: What we Don't Know Could Kill Us

The US government estimates that every ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere generates at least $40 in damages by contributing to climate change, but the Swedish government says …

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 …

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