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GHG and Carbon Management

Conversations at the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute: A podcast series with Don Bain, Michael Gillenwater, and their guests. Listen in as they discuss the latest news, policy, and note-worthy events impacting carbon management. Topics touch on sustainability, carbon footprinting, life cycle assessment, and green business. These are the informal but important conversations we’re having inside the Institute.

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Should I fly or drive?

Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater discuss a personal carbon dilemma – should I fly or should I drive? A recent trip prompted Don to try 5 different on-line carbon calculators for air travel when trying to compare the carbon intensity of airline travel versus travel by auto. The carbon calculators gave surprisingly different results for the same air travel data.Michael gives an overview of Radiative Forcing in the context of emissions from air travel.Want a more scientific look into carbon calculators for air travel? We highly recommend Carbon Offsetting & Air Travel, Part 1: CO2-Emissions Calculations, by Anja Kollmuss & Jessica Lane. We love listener feedback and ideas. Email us at podcast@ghginstute.org.


11 May 2015

Rank #1

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Problems with GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance

Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater visit Washington, D.C. in January 2015. The conversation takes place at the same time the new GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance, http://www.ghgprotocol.org/scope_2_guidance, is being announced a few miles away. Our hosts reflect on their respective efforts to raise concerns about some features of the new guidance. See https://scope2openletter.wordpress.com/ for a full explanation.This podcast is the first ever with Michael and Don in the same room at the same time. The location was the beautiful campus of Gallaudet University, http://www.gallaudet.edu, a bilingual (English and American Sign Language) and inspirational university dedicated to preparing its graduates for, among other things, a “rapidly changing world.”We love listener feedback and ideas. Email us at podcast@ghginstute.org .You can now find us on Stitcher at http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/greenhouse-gas-management-institute-2/greenhouse-gas-management-institute-podcast?refid=stpr .While http://ghginstitute.org/podcasts is home for this podcast, we host the audio on https://soundcloud.com/ghgmipodcast and list the podcast at iTunes.


24 Mar 2015

Rank #2

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Climate Change Adaptation

Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater venture into a discussion on Climate Change Adaptation. This follows Don’s observations from the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index annual meeting, November 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C. See http://ndgain.org and http://index.gain.org/.We love listener feedback and ideas. Email us at podcast@ghginstute.org .Listeners have suggested a shorter format for the podcast and we listen! This episode is our first attempt to keep to a budget of 30 minutes or so. Some topics will take longer, but we will aim most conversations to this shorter format.Help us get noticed by more people by entering a review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ghgmipodcast/id848502541?mt=2 .


12 Nov 2014

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Fracking Makes Climate Change Easier

Don reports observations from a public comment meeting hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the subject of the proposed Clean Power Rule. Michael and Don discuss the boom in hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and some of the implications as we think about climate change.We love listener feedback and ideas. Email us at podcast@ghginstute.org .(Photo: drilling rig in the Eagle Ford Shale, Texas, 2013 by Don Bain)


3 Nov 2014

Rank #4

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Food Choices and Your Carbon Footprint

Almost a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. And, all foods are not equal in terms of their carbon footprint. Michael Gillenwater and Don Bain discuss the relative carbon impact of the food choices we make. The conversation is more personal and less technical than other episodes.We also give a shout-out for our first-ever listener feedback. We’d love to hear from you too. Email us at podcast@ghginstute.org.

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17 Sep 2014

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Proposed U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule, the Clean Power Plan, to regulate greenhouse gases from the production of electricity. Michael Gillenwater and Don Bain discuss some features of the proposed rule and describe an outline of how the rule is to be implemented. Each has done independent analysis of the proposed rule and offer opinions of the challenges of implementing it.


20 Aug 2014

Rank #6

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Where is Climate Change in U.S. University Programs?

After Don Bain visits 5 universities in the U.S., he and Michael Gillenwater reflect on the state of environmental curricula in universities at the dawn of the Anthropocene. Their anecdotes address the extent to which climate change and carbon management are represented in education today. Michael's "around campus" segment addresses GHG Institute's activities in Asia. Don discusses The Supply Chain of CO2 in the "toolbox" segment. The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment is mentioned.


7 Jul 2014

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REC or Wreck?: Making GHG accounting sense of offsets and renewable energy certificates

Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater discuss the relationship between green power and carbon accounting and try to reduce some confusion about offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs). This is timely considering:- The questions Don encounters from colleagues.- Michael’s recent blog post which asks (and answers) Is your “green power” really just “green washing?”- A recent open letter published by GHG accounting leaders on the perils of contractual emissions factors.- Draft guidance from the GHG Protocol for Scope 2 Reporting (public comment period).


25 Mar 2014

Rank #8

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Carbon Policy in Canada after COP21

Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater are joined by Mr. Philip Gass, International Institute for Sustainable Development. Philip reflects on Carbon Policy in Canada after COP21 in Paris. This conversation was recorded in Seoul, Korea.


23 Feb 2016

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First Impressions of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Michael Gillenwater is just back from COP-21 in Paris. Don Bain followed the agreement from afar. Listen in on their discussion of first impressions. Look for more detailed analysis in future episodes.Read the agreement for yourself at http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09r01.pdf. Check out the excellent coverage of the event and development of the agreement at http://parisagreement.org/.We want to hear from you. Please email podcast@ghginstitute.org .


16 Dec 2015

Rank #10