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The Climate Pod is a wide-ranging conversation with leading experts on the politics, economics, activism, culture, science, and social justice issues at the heart of the climate crisis. Hear from guests like Jane Goodall, Gov. Jay Inslee, Jeffrey Sachs, David Wallace-Wells, Adam McKay, Bill Nye, Robert Bullard, Catherine Coleman Flowers, Ted Danson, Michael Mann, Rainn Wilson, Stephanie Kelton, Mark Hyman, and many more. Hosted by brothers Ty and Brock Benefiel.
 
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In Davos Man, an excellent new book by New York Times’ Global Economics Correspondent Peter S. Goodman, the case is clear: billionaires are making massive profits off extracting resources from the planet while social services are being gutted. From climate change to COVID-19, Goodman shows how decades of slashing taxes on the richest people and cut…
 
This is one of the most wide-ranging, comprehensive episodes we've ever had. Simon Mundy, who serves as the Moral Money editor of the Financial Times, spent years traveling through 26 countries on six continents finding a diverse set of stories and people who represent many of the massive shifts underway around the globe. In his new book, Race For …
 
Adam McKay is the writer/director of some of our favorite films over the years - from Anchorman to The Big Short to Vice and more. So when we heard he was making a disaster film that serves as an allegory for climate change, we...um...freaked out. And we freaked even more when he was kind of enough to join us on the show to discuss the film, the po…
 
The world lost a legendary biologist and conservationist when Dr. Thomas Lovejoy passed away in December at the age of 80. Carter Roberts, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States, knew Dr. Lovejoy well. So we asked him to join us on the podcast today to honor the memory of Dr. Lovejoy and share what he meant to WWF and talk ab…
 
This week, we spoke with Dr. Richard Alley, a glaciologist and member of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaborative, about why this particular glacier - dubbed the 'Doomsday Glacier by Jeff Goodell - could raise sea levels beyond catastrophic levels and cause so much damage to coastal communities around the world. We also discuss how soon and…
 
When Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in 2020, it marked a massive shift for the direction of the United States' action on climate change. And once President Biden was inaugurated in 2021, his administration brought big expectations to the Oval Office for how it would combat the crisis. So what would Joe Biden commit to through executive action? Wha…
 
After decades of denial and delay tactics by the fossil fuel industry, in 2021, America was largely unprepared for multiple climate-fueled extreme weather disasters. Wildfires. Heatwaves. Hurricanes. Droughts. Floods. Tornadoes. How did a warming planet impact these weather events? Why haven't America's leaders done more to combat the climate crisi…
 
This week, we talk to Jeffrey Ball, who lead the recent study "Hot money: Illuminating the financing of high-carbon infrastructure in the developing world." In this conversation, we ask: if renewables are so cheap, why is fossil fuel infrastructure still being built in the developing world? Ball helps us understand what is happening and, more impor…
 
This week, we speak with US Representative Donald McEachin (D-VA) about the environmental justice measures contained within the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the Build Back Better Act. Rep. McEachin, representing the 4th Congressional District of Virginia, co-founded the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force in the House and …
 
The House passed President Biden's Build Back Better Bill and now this historic climate legislation sits in the Senate waiting to get final approval. So what would the bill actually mean to Biden's climate pledges on the campaign trail if it makes it through the Senate? Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL) is back on the show to explain and also talk about some…
 
This week, climate economist Gernot Wagner discusses his new book "Geoengineering: The Gamble". Gernot Wagner was the co-founding director of Harvard's Geoengineering Research Program and provides an honest assessment of the pros, cons, and unknowns of solar geoengineering. This interview is a must-listen for anyone that wants to understand the cli…
 
After a two year wait, COP26 has finally concluded. We are left with the Glasgow Climate Pact, which is no doubt disappointing and fails in several key areas. But all was not lost at COP26. Several major commitments were made and pressure continues to mount on world leaders to do more. We review the outcome with Michael Sheldrick, Co-Founder and Ch…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we speak with the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Inger Andersen about the UNEP gap reports, the meaning of the COP26 pledges, and the importance of real actions by world leaders to decarbonize and …
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we speak with Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy, and Transport, Michael Matheson. He provides insight into what all levels of government, not just national governments, can do to deliver a just and sustainable transition and why future COPs should be i…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we look at how to leverage science and technology to decarbonize the global economy with Bertrand Piccard, a legendary explorer, founder and chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, and first person to fly around the globe in a solar airplane. We discuss how to deplo…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we discuss gender equality and representation with Amiera Sawas, Director of Programmes and Research at Climate Outreach. She explains what we lose when women are underrepresented in climate media, climate negotiations, and climate science authorship, the specific bur…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we look at why global migration policy is crucial to adaptation in the face of climate change with Julia Blocher, researcher on the linkage between climate change and migration at The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and President of the The International…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we celebrate COP26's Nature Day with two exceptional guests. Jackie Savitz, Oceana's Chief Policy Officer of North America, joins the show to discuss how world leaders should act to protect oceans and how the Build Back Better Act can help progress in the United State…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we welcome Indian environmental and climate justice activist John Paul Jose to the show to discuss how young leaders are fighting to make their voices heard at COP26 and the strategies activists are using to make real change at this critical event and beyond. We discu…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we welcome back Rep. Sean Casten to the show to discuss what global solutions we need to accelerate the adoption of clean energy and what needs to be accomplished at COP26 to help make it happen. We also talk about the obstacles facing the world's clean energy transit…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we look at how to mobilize public and private finance for climate action with investor and former presidential candidate Tom Steyer. As COP26's Finance day unfolds, we discuss what governments need to do to increase private finance in climate solutions, how much needs…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we look at the big picture of the climate crisis with The Economist's Oliver Morton to talk about their latest Special Report “Stabilising the climate." We go in-depth on the state of the crisis, greenhouse gas emissions, and what it will take to hit the goals set out…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we kickoff our two week special coverage of COP26 in Glasgow with Time Magazine's Justin Worland, senior correspondent covering climate change, about what to expect from this year's critical United Nation's conference on climate change. Justin explains the biggest iss…
 
We're mixing it up for this episode to celebrate our favorite spooky holiday with an exceptional guest that gives us the very real climate-related inspiration behind Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein. Dr. Michael Wysession, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, talks about his 2018 essay "Frankenstein Me…
 
On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, Dr. Jane Goodall, the legendary primatologist and anthropologist, joins the show to discuss why she wanted to serve as a COP26 Advocate, how everyone can get involved to fight climate change and the destruction of the natural world, and what she's learned over the cou…
 
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