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Aug 5, 2017

Karim M. Morsy, Co-author of a recent publication titled "Groundwater and Dependent Ecosystems: Revealing the Impacts of Climate Change" joins Steven to discuss the effects Climate Change upon an often ignored, vital eco system.

To read the full publication, click here or visit http://www.ripublication.com/ijaer17/ijaerv12n13_50.pdf .

 

Jul 14, 2017

Luke and I discuss the pro’s and con’s of eating meat, specifically the environmental impacts of our demand for meat.

 

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Jul 4, 2017

You can’t make this one up – a Climate change expedition has been canceled because of climate change. 

Fake news....

Jun 30, 2017

Today I have a good news story for you – which considering we’re in to episode 20, a ratio of 1 to 19 isn’t bad.  Firstly I’m going to start off with a piece which you can find at nature.com, that recent research suggests Huge ocean-floor craters were literally caused by the exploding methane bursting out the ground thousands of years ago, unfortunately, methane is still escaping for the Arctic floor.

Here’s where it gets positive.

The nature.com article goes on to say John Kessler who is an oceanographer at the University of Rochester in New York published a study in the Journal Science, that microbes in the deep ocean consumed the methane released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

What do you think? Is this just hopium?  

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p.s sorry about the poor splicing together - my dog was going mental in the background :-/

Jun 27, 2017

Michael Gove has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs.

Which is awesome because Theresa May has basically taken the most hated politician in England, after herself, the guy she fired because he was screwing up the position of Education Secretary, the guy who for some reason thought he had a shot at leading the Conservative Party, running against May and stabbing bumbling Boris in the back at the same time, and rewarded him for his incompetence and pro-business stance, by appointing him back to the cabinet. 

Being pro-business in itself is of course not bad thing, but when that pro-business stance is to the extreme side of prioritising business interests to the point of being anti-environment, and then you put that man in the position of Environment Secretary, you wonder what on earth is going on here....

Jun 23, 2017

It’s become apparent over the last few months that a large part of one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves, Larsen C, is on the verge of breaking off the into the ocean.

The latest observations by British scientists show the crack in the ice shelf to have expanded by 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) in the last week of May 2017. Scientists have observed that the crack grew 80 miles in length and 300 feet in width from 2010 to November 2016.

I’d like to know how many of you out there listening are trying to remove yourselves from the carbon based rat race, I’m not necessarily saying going totally off-grid, but I’d like to know what you’re doing because I’m feeling pretty fucking helpless and I’d like some tips.

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Jun 20, 2017

I am joined again by my wife Iv, so you don’t have to listen to my monotonous tones constantly.

It turns out Climate change isn’t just causing the glaciers to melt and driving 200 species to extinction every day, it’s also a threat to international security.

According to Major General Munir Muniruzzaman who is the chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council On Climate Change, climate change could spark major wars “completely destabilising” the world and forcing millions of people to become refugees.

In addition to that report from GMACCC, the Center for Climate and Security has published a report titled “Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene.”

The report identifies 12 "epicenters," or categories, where climate change could trigger major global conflict. Any one of these 12 issues could cause significant disruption, but taken together these epicenters can present a serious threat to international security.

Non-state actors are already weaponising water to control local populations, either through diverting scarce water sources or as the Islamic State group did when it seized the Mosul Dam in Iraq and threatened to destroy it, they gained leverage to devastate downstream population centers.

Egypt has already threatened Ethiopia with air strikes over damming the Nile River. I believe it was the Obama Administration that referred to Climate Change as being a ‘threat multiplier’. And The Center for Climate and Security report stresses why mitigating climate change should be the highest priority for governments and institutions around the world. 

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Jun 16, 2017

Luke & Steven discuss some potential impacts of the United Kingdom exit from the European Union, specifically with regard to managing environmental issues across the UK.

There's no denying that the majority of current UK environmental law has come down from the European Union (EU).  The EU has introduced policies and laws dealing with all sorts of wide reaching issues, the UK Environmental Law Association gives the examples of industrial and agricultural pollution, waste, water quality, air quality, nature conservation, environmental damage and climate change.  

Luke and Steven cover aspects such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Common Fisheries Policy, and the Paris Agreement.

What do you think? Will Brexit be a good thing for the English Countryside? Join the Environmental Professionals Postulating Facebook the group, check the website at www.epppodcast.com, and don't forget to subscribe and review. All 5 star reviews will be read out on the show - WOW!

Jun 13, 2017

Steven & Iv discuss that Business insider have recently published an article stating the obvious, that it is now impossible for humans to utilise geoengineering in the form of planting trees to save us, as we simply can’t grow enough trees to capture the necessary amount of co2 that could help us meet the Paris agreement goals.

No shit.

Annually we emit about 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide alone, ignoring the other greenhouse gasses, and it’s a pretty much established fact, despite what Donald Trump might be telling you about his hair spray, that human caused climate change is messing up the planet to the point of no return.

It seems obvious to me that planting trees would never be a solution, trees are not a permanent carbon sink, if planting trees was in anyway a viable solution we would need to be talking about the rate of planting exceeding the rate of both decaying / destroyed trees and co2e of ghg emissions produced by us. It doesn't take a mathematician to intuit that this would require an exponential level of planting each year and we'd quickly run out of space.

I’m going to take a leap here and question how realistic is it then, given then, and I’m citing here another article from theconversation.com  that out of 116 scenarios consistent with a 2 degree Celsius rise, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 101 of those 116 scenarios require the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere during the second half of this century, in addition to the large emission reductions required.

So if we already know trees are of zero help, how the fuck do we go about removing all this excess carbon from the atmosphere?!  I know we’ll just activate the weather modification net and that will solve all our problems, sorry I was getting Star Trek muddled up with reality there.  Everything I learnt I learnt from Star Trek after all.

So not only do we not have the technology to do this, we don’t have the land to site these imaginary technologies on, let alone the land to plant actual trees that actually exist.

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Jun 9, 2017

In today's bite size edition of the epppodcast I have the double edged story that NASA has Discovered a New process for Ice Loss in Greenland by observing the Rink Glacier, and that at the same time they saw so much water being released from this new process, that it actually bent the Earth’s crust!

This research kind of gives an indication to me, and I hope to you, the scale of the changes occurring in Greenland, and as I like to give you when I can, yet another example of how we’re fucking up the planet. 

Greenland is covered by enough ice to raise sea levels by over 20 feet if it were all to slide into the ocean. And we’re watching it happen.

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Jun 6, 2017

A new study has found that the Alaskan tundra is warming so quickly it has become a net emitter of carbon dioxide.

The melting permafrost contains twice as much carbon as the atmosphere does today suggesting the potential for a positive feedback loop that will accelerate global warming and could kick start abrupt climate change.

For me, this indicates a very alarming tipping point for the earth, that could lead to run away climate change as suggested by an ever growing number of the scientific community.

If you didn’t listen to episode one with Guy McPherson go listen to that now as it’s all about these feedback loops triggering Abrupt Climate Change.  With more information like this coming out almost by the day, I think we’re seeing the early indicators of Abrupt Climate Change.

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Jun 3, 2017

I had to upload a response to Trumps announcement. Like many environmentalists all over the world, I woke up on Friday morning with a BBC News alert on my phone, informing me of the inevitable decision by President Trump that he is withdrawing the US of A from the Paris Climate Accord.

The United States of America has just joined the other non-Paris signatories, the forward thinking nations of Syria and Nicaragua.

But why is no one asking "will America leaving the Paris agreement be a good thing"?

The truth is the Paris Agreement is just that. A non-binding agreement, in that spirit I look back and asses what the Kyoto Protocol actually achieved, and remind listeners that  realistically, America didn’t have a chance in hell of meeting their Paris target of reducing co2 emissions 26% by 2025.

Perhaps now we have an even greater possibility of global climate action than if the USA stayed in Paris.

Other countries such as the EU and China may accelerate their actions. As Luke and I discussed, other countries could now be legally free under WTO rules to implement more forceful mechanisms such as a carbon tax on US imports.

Why should we, the majority of the global community, drag ourselves down to Trumps level?

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Jun 2, 2017

Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing mosses on the ice continent's northern peninsula, providing yet more evidence that we are well and truly fucking up even the remotest parts of the planet with Climate Change.

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May 26, 2017

Officials in Palawan have accused a mining firm of clearing an old growth forest, but the firm, says the tree cutting is covered by valid permits.

This links back to Episode 7 when I discussed with Iv the effects of climate change on the Philippines, and how the former Environment Secretary, who came down heavy on mining operations, and closed down over 20 mines, wasn’t approved by lawmakers because of so called lobby money. Here’s where it gets interesting, Ipilan Nickel Corp was one of those mining firms that Lopez had shut down.

Listen to this episode and Episode 7 to find out more.

 

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May 24, 2017

The Cicada insects overwhelm tree branches across the mid-Atlantic only once every 17 years, like clockwork.

But climate change could be causing them to crawl out from beneath trees in large numbers, four years early.

Yet another example of how humans are fucking up the planet.

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May 19, 2017

Climate change may be responsible for leaving Kenya with less than 1 days worth of Corn after a drought throughout the countries crop growing season in March and April.

We are witnessing here, in real time, the effects of climate change driven drought, leaving Kenya with not enough grain, and the starvation and famine vulnerable nations of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe choosing to export the little grain they have, because the price on the external market is 50% higher than the internal one.

This is exactly the point we raised in Episode 7 when I discussed with Iv the potential for this scenario playing out in the Philippines and other climate vulnerable nations.

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May 12, 2017

Steven and Iv discuss the already present effects of Climate Change on the Philippines. We discuss the impact of increased extreme weather events on agriculture, President Duterte, along with the recent news that his Environment Secretary was pushed out by big money.

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Apr 28, 2017

With every passing day there is more evidence that run away global warming is underway.  Why do we keep fighting the good fight, and why should we?

Probably the worst EPP episode ever.  I learnt not to just publish any old shyte because you haven't posted anything for a while. 

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Apr 6, 2017

Today I’ll be updating you guys, and girls, and other, on some news items regarding Trump, the record 20 million pound fine levied against Thames Water, Brexit and Climageddon.

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Mar 31, 2017

How will the Trump Presidency effect local, national and global Environmental Policy? Climate Change? Local level clean up operations? Legal enforcement? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? The Paris Agreement? ....

Get answers to those questions by joining Steven and Luke who discuss what the new President of the United States has done so far with his Executive Orders, what he's planning to do and other issues for Environmental Management that have been raised as a result of the 2016 Presidential Election.

In part two we look at whether the Trump Administration will actually have that great an impact, are things as bad as they seem when placed in the context of the potential Clinton Presidency?

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Mar 24, 2017

How will the Trump Presidency effect local, national and global Environmental Policy? Climate Change? Local level clean up operations? Legal enforcement? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? The Paris Agreement? ....

Get answers to those questions by joining Steven and Luke who discuss what the new President of the United States has done so far with his Executive Orders, what he's planning to do and other issues for Environmental Management that have been raised as a result of the 2016 Presidential Election.

In part two we look at whether the Trump Administration will actually have that great an impact, are things as bad as they seem when placed in the context of the potential Clinton Presidency?

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Mar 17, 2017

In this episode of Environmental Professionals Postulating, Steven is joined by Laura Franklin of start-up Management Consultancy Sovenco.

If you have ever considered starting your own Environmental Consultancy or Business, to redirect the money you are making for your directors back in to your own pocket, then this episode is for you.

Find out more about Sovenco and their unique Social Enterprise Management Consultancy model by visiting their website: www.sovenco.com 

For extra resources to help you get started on running your own environmental consultancy, click here.

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Mar 3, 2017

Steven is joined by Professor Emeritus of Arizona University, Dr. Guy McPherson.  Guy is the worlds leading authority on Abrupt Climate Change leading to Near-term Human extinction. 

Guy believes the Environment will change so rapidly over the coming decade that the Earth will become Mars-like.  Guy speculates that it will be highly unlikely the human species will survive. Steven and Guy cover positive feedback loops that could have already sent the earth past it's tipping point, including the effect of Methane and water vapour in the atmosphere. The science behind the claims and why it's too late to stop the inevitable along with recent news and research articles are highlighted to show the increase of extreme weather events and the records for climate change we (unfortunately) keep breaking.

For publications on issues discussed in this episode, click here.

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*This episode was re-uploaded on 07th April 2017 to greatly improve the audio quality and also to provide additional out-put files such as the transcript.*

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