Rank #1: More Plastic Rubbish
In this episode I talk about more plastic rubbish, about energy, about politicians and about Brexit. I also mention industrial-scale fly-tipping, what to do with your empty Pringles can and a new Circular Economy initiative.
Special thanks to Eleanor Rogers for extensive information on plastic.
Nov 02 2018
Rank #2: Extra, extra!
I know, I know. I said the Sustainable Futures Report would be monthly from now on but there's just so much going on. Energy, climate change, reverse vending and what's a Hyperloop? And I've been on Talk Radio again- this time with Mike Graham.
Jul 27 2018
Rank #3: The Uninhabitable Earth
This week: a review of The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells, the attention that climate change is getting in Parliament and reactions to the American Green Deal. There’s more on extreme weather, on air pollution and a follow-up from The Lancet on the Planetary Diet.
Mar 08 2019
Rank #4: More Rubbish
Have we reached Peak Stuff? Are we wasting our time recycling? Who is Trash Girl? All this and a conversation with Mike Graham of Talk Radio about dealing with our rubbish.
Jan 11 2019
Rank #5: The Carbon Offset Question
Carbon offsetting has been in the news this week and I've been working on an analysis of the pros and cons for a client. What's the answer? Well, it's certainly not simple as I shall attempt to explain. And then, in other news, I look at the Shell Prélude, the Aramco share offer, a new oilfield in Iran, tree planting in Turkey, and what looks like a U-turn on fracking in the UK less than a week after a moratorium was announced. And in Australia the extent and intensity of the wildfires almost defies description. Is climate change to blame?
Nov 15 2019
Rank #6: It's Later Than You Think
I call this episode “It’s later than you think”, but really it’s later than you want to think. We’ve had warnings for years about the climate crisis but as a global population we’ve been postponing serious action. Now, at the 11th hour plus 59 minutes there’s the World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency. This one is serious. (As if the others weren’t.)
In other news I’ll be talking about the moratorium on fracking, a citizens’ assembly, a new coal mine, smog in Delhi, why Trump may pull federal aid funds from California fire zones, why it could be the end of the runway for some private planes and why you may need more than wellies in Dublin. Finally Dr Matt Winning tells us about his work as a climate researcher and his other life as a stand-up comedian.
Nov 08 2019
Rank #7: What Next?
This time I’ll be talking about the growth in renewable power including signs that France may prioritise renewables over nuclear, climate rules for corporations, forces behind climate denial, plumbing the depths of abandoned coal mines and some news and comment on climate science. But first, news from California.
Nov 01 2019
Rank #8: ZERO in 2050
We're on our way to zero in 2050. This is the week when Extinction Rebellion promised to blockade Heathrow airport but didn't, the week when Heathrow airport opened consultation on its plans for a new third runway, and the week when outgoing prime minister Theresa May pledged to reduce the U.K.'s carbon emissions by not 80%, but by a full 100% by 2050. Net zero emissions!
Is there more to life than GDP and growth? There is in New Zealand. And how should we talk about all these sustainability issues? All this and more in your weekly helping of sustainability news.
Jun 21 2019
Rank #9: The Elephant in the Room
This time I interview Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment about the Institute's response to the government's proposals for environmental regulation after Brexit. There's news from Canada where the government has just bought up a pipeline which some see as an expensive white elephant. It will cost taxpayers at least $3 billion.
Text and links at www.sustainablefutures.report, including a link to a pilot's eye view of the challenging seaway from Vancouver out to the North Pacific.
Jul 06 2018
Rank #10: Rare Earth...
Just one topic this week. Rare earth metals and elements are crucial to our electronic devices, which these days are in everything from phones and computers to cookers and cars. I recently attended a lecture on this and then tracked down the speaker, Dr Alice Courvoisier, in a coffee shop. She explained how the process of extraction and use of these materials has wide-ranging consequences for us all.
Jul 05 2019
Rank #11: Energy for IT
How much energy does it take to make a Google search? Is there enough electricity to go round? How close are we to 100% renewables? Can we extract electricity from the air? (Well, not the air exactly...) Should I upgrade my smartphone? And who went and rubbed shoulders with some of the richest people in the world in Davos and stayed in a tent?
Feb 01 2019
Rank #12: Next Week
Who knows what will happen next week? By the time you hear this you'll know far more than me. For the moment I'm just going to talk about re-wilding the countryside, global warming in Canada, what engineer I K Brunel thought about pollution, the downside of banning throwaway coffee cups, the future for gas home heating, the Lancet’s Countdown, naming and shaming some plastic polluters, coal-fired power plants and cleaning up the National Grid, air quality in London and regenerative farming.
But not necessarily in that order.
Apr 12 2019
Rank #13: A Matter of Principle
This week’s episode is devoted to a matter of principle. Would you be arrested for your principles? Would you go to prison for your principles?
I recently met Zoe Cohen who believes that she should go that far to protect herself, her family and indeed the rest of us from the risks of catastrophic climate change.
She told me why.
Sep 13 2019
Rank #14: Tick Tock
Today is Friday, 20th September, the day of the global climate strike..
Also this week I'm talking about why scientists need to speak up and about those that do. The weather forecast is extreme. I bring you news of nuclear from Normandy, of VW from Australia, of living in a cardboard box and explain why I’m going nuts about packaging.
Sep 20 2019
Rank #15: Where's the Beef?
I mentioned last time that Julia Hartley Brewer of Talk Radio wanted to know what I thought about the decision of Goldsmith College to ban beef. And then Talk Radio rang me again and asked if I’d talk to Mike Graham about Elton John, flying Royals and carbon offsets. You've got two for the price of one!
Aug 23 2019
Rank #16: Thinking Aloud
We need to do something about climate change. David Attenborough says so. Extinction Rebellion says so. Kids are coming out of school on Friday to say so. We need to do more. Business needs to do more. The government needs to do much more.
I'm trying not to shout, but it's important.
Feb 15 2019
Rank #17: Promises, Promises
Yes, it's the report you’ve all been waiting for: my analysis of the different promises on sustainability in the UK election manifestoes from the main parties. I’ll tell you who I’m going to vote for and why. I also include a guide to the UK electoral system for those of my many listeners who are based outside the UK.
Text and links at anthonyday.blogspot.com
Jun 02 2017
Rank #18: Rounding Up XR in London
This week Zoe Cohen, who spoke to us recently about being arrested at the XR protest in April, came to trial. We'll hear from her later. We also hear from Laura Cox who was in London for the latest XR rebellion and she too was arrested.
First, we'll look at what happened over those two weeks of rebellion.
Oct 25 2019
Rank #19: #TimeForAction
COP25, the UN Climate Change Conference, started this week in Madrid under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and with logistical support from the Government of Spain. Big beasts on the financial scene, like Christine LaGarde and Mark Carney are entering the climate debate. As coal becomes uninsurable fossil fuel lobbyists redouble their greenwash and VW has its day in court to answer the emissions scandal. There’s a lack of clarity in a recently-released report on fracking, Simon Tilley tells us a story - not for the faint-hearted - and Greenpeace has served up a turkey - but hopes that you won’t.
Dec 06 2019
Rank #20: It's Getting Serious
It looks like we should be preparing for more extreme weather like the extremes we’ve seen across the world in the last few days. Does the future lie in trees or in peat bogs, or in the US, where President Donald Trump claims his country leads the world on environmental issues? Greta Thunberg has had her biggest compliment yet while legal action over the climate crisis takes place in some 28 countries and the wind seems to be changing for the British Conservative Party. Despite all this there’s reason to hope. Go to climateoptimist.org and find out why. If you want to follow up on any of the stories you can find where I’ve got them from by going to the blog at www.sustainablefutures.report.
Jul 12 2019