Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Environmentality, 9 January 2013

Dear Environmentality listeners, 

First of all, Happy New Year! This was the first show for the year after some well-deserved (if we say so ourselves) holidays. Smokey and I were lucky to be joined by our new presenter Ahmed, who, as I am sure you all noticed, has a natural talent for radio :).

Given that Ahmed is a self-confessed novice with regard to environmental issues, this week we took advantage of the opportunity to continue explaining some basic concepts including Global Warming Potential or Carbon Dioxide Equivalent. We also talked about how long each greenhouse gas stays in the air and a little bit about the role of trees and forests in relation to climate change. Using some data from the wonderful World Resources Institute, we provided some information about how different industries and activities contribute to total global emissions.

Young Ahmed
After this, we covered a couple of interesting articles that have appeared recently on the news. The first one was about the fact that temperatures in the United States have reached record levels in 2012, making last year by far the hottest year in the history books.

The second article had to do with a recent report that has been released by the World Economic Forum about Geoengineering. Most of the information for today's show was sourced from The Guardian  website. 

On top of that, we heard some groovy tracks from artists including Adele, Stereolab, Pete Seeger, Feist and others.

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