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Glad you’re back!

By TommyJWFresh - Oct 23 2018
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So glad you’re back, and please don’t leave! Love your framing, politics, and grace in dealing with a complicated subject. Glad the production has bumped up a notch too!

Preaches to the choir.

By Mjob - Jul 23 2017
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This podcast does little to advance knowledge about topic. A denier will not be convinced by anything they talk about (Mann interview possible exception).

iTunes Ratings

25 Ratings
Average Ratings
23
1
0
1
0

Glad you’re back!

By TommyJWFresh - Oct 23 2018
Read more
So glad you’re back, and please don’t leave! Love your framing, politics, and grace in dealing with a complicated subject. Glad the production has bumped up a notch too!

Preaches to the choir.

By Mjob - Jul 23 2017
Read more
This podcast does little to advance knowledge about topic. A denier will not be convinced by anything they talk about (Mann interview possible exception).
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Hot & Bothered: A Dissent Climate Podcast

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A podcast on climate politics for the 99%, brought to you by Dissent magazine.

Rank #1: Hot & Bothered Podcast #9: A Holiday Gift for Climate Wonks, with Kevin Ummel

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Daniel’s map for “Carboniferous” in “Nonstop Metropolis: A New York Atlas” by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (University of California Press, 2016). Cartography: Molly Roy; artwork: Bette Burgoyne. Underlying data from Kevin Ummel, adapted from research he did for the Center for Global Development. Courtesy of University of California Press. Click here to view the full map.

Just in time for a season of holiday excess, Daniel spends the ninth episode of Hot & Bothered indulging in some heavy data wonkery, while Kate gets the week off. First, he touches on fears among scientists that the Trump administration could actually erase or conceal key climate data. Daniel’s colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania are helping lead an effort to safeguard this valuable material through their #datarefuge campaign (see links below).

Next is Daniel’s feature interview with Kevin Ummel, which reveals why the rich have such high carbon footprints, just what kinds of consumption really drive carbon emissions, how urban density does (and doesn’t) make a difference, and what all this means for developing ethical climate policies, like a properly designed carbon tax. Indeed, if we are still perfecting our knowledge of the climate system, we’re at a much earlier stage in the social science of carbon emissions—figuring out which social and spatial factors are most important. Kevin Ummel is a data scientist and environmental economist based in Colorado. He was formerly a Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and  a Visiting Senior Associate at the Center for Global Development. He currently consults for organizations like the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the World Resources Institute. Kevin and Daniel collaborated on a map of New York’s per capita carbon emissions that was published this October, alongside an essay of Daniel’s, in Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas.

You know a melancholy Santa Claus will be listening carefully to our bonus episode as he circles above the melting North Pole in the early hours of December 25, trying to find a solid patch of ice near his workshop to land his sleigh. He might even be as shocked as you to find Daniel closing the episode with a passionate plea for optimism. But he’ll certainly be convinced. And with that jolly thought, happy holidays from Hot & Bothered. See you in 2017.





Check out the full Hot & Bothered archive here. Hot & Bothered is produced by Colin Kinniburgh. Music: Mercurias Meet Victor Rice, “Carregar (Instrumental),” courtesy of Total Running Time.

Protecting climate data from Trump’s anti-science administration

University of Pennsylvania #datarefuge project

Environmental Data and Governance Initiative

Climate Mirror

End of Term Harvest

Consumption-accounting of carbon emissions

Kevin Ummel, “Who Pollutes?”, Center for Global Development

Kevin Ummel, “Household Impact Study”, Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Daniel Aldana Cohen, “Petro-Gotham, People’s Gotham,” excerpt at The Leap Blog with map “Carboniferous,” developed with Kevin Ummel’s data

Daniel Aldana Cohen on urban climate emissions on Forecast podcast

Fun bonus holiday link:

Kate Aronoff, “Star Wars Goes to the Countryside,” Jacobin

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Dec 21 2016
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Rank #2: Hot & Bothered Podcast #8: Why Climate Justice Means Racial Justice, with Dawn Phillips

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In the eighth episode of Hot & Bothered, we get two perspectives on the crucial links between racial justice and climate justice. First, Kate travels to Standing Rock to talk to Native organizers there about their recent victory and what the growing movement against Trump can learn from the water protectors.

Then, Daniel speaks with Dawn Phillips, Program Director at Causa Justa-Just Cause, a multiracial, grassroots organization building community leadership to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents. Dawn, who has a background in environmental justice organizing and serves as Chair of the Steering Committee of the Right to the City Alliance, explains how gentrification and the housing crisis are intertwined with environmental racism and systematic disinvestment in communities of color, not just in the Bay Area but across the country.

As we were wrapping up this episode, we learned that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson is first in line to be Secretary of State in the Trump administration. We’ll be discussing all that and much more in our next few episodes, so stay tuned. Until then, keep sending us your questions, comments, and thoughts how we might still stave off climate dystopia at #HotBotheredClimate.





Check out the full Hot & Bothered archive here. Hot & Bothered is produced by Colin Kinniburgh. Music: Mercurias Meet Victor Rice, “Carregar (Instrumental),” courtesy of Total Running Time.

Climate and Racial Justice, From Coast to Coast

Kate: A People’s Victory at Standing Rock (In These Times)

Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area (Causa Justa-Just Cause)

Daniel: The Urban Green Wars (Jacobin)

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Dec 12 2016
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #3: Hot & Bothered Podcast #7: What Trump’s Victory Means for the Climate Movement

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Hot & Bothered #7 is a little different. The national election this past Tuesday was a $#$#*(@ disaster. Donald Trump will be president of the United States. We did not expect this. We did not plan for this. But the future of our species will in part depend on how successfully we can fight back.

By chance, Kate happened to be in Philadelphia, where Daniel lives, on November 10. So we sat down on a couch, poured a couple glasses of wine, and tried to wrap our heads around climate politics in the age of Trump. We talked about a lot. Fundamentally, we tried to grapple with how in this dark moment, more than ever, we need to merge the agendas of climate justice, economic justice, racial justice, and social justice writ large. The timeline for climate action is really, really tight already. The world cannot afford to lose four years of U.S. climate action.

But there’s no separating climate from violence, from bigotry, or from class struggle. If Trump’s victory represents climate emergency, it also portends wide-scale violence for countless people in this country. In our hour-long conversation, we got past our immediate, desperate emotional reactions to Trump’s victory to discuss the how the climate movement can, and must, connect its agenda to the movements already blossoming to resist the onslaught.

Tweet your dread and your hope to #HotBotheredClimate. We’re feeling them both. We don’t know what’s next. We do know that we’ll be thinking, debating, organizing, and fighting back.





Check out the full Hot & Bothered archive here. Hot & Bothered is produced by Colin Kinniburgh. Music: Mercurias Meet Victor Rice, “Carregar (Instrumental),” courtesy of Total Running Time.

Conversation

Energy World Rocked by Trump Win (E&E News)

Al Gore offers to work with Trump on climate change. Good luck with that. (Washington Post)

Kate: After Trump’s Win, Our Job Is More Clear Than Ever: Organize. (In These Times)

Kate: LIUNA’s Rank-and-File is Challenging Union Leadership on Standing Rock—and Beyond (In These Times)

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Nov 13 2016
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Rank #4: Hot & Bothered Podcast #6: Taking Back Power, with James Angel

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In the sixth episode of Hot & Bothered, we take a break from biting our nails over November 8 to look abroad—and ahead—at what the climate movement can do with a foothold in state power. But not before we get Kate’s take on what’s wrong with the Green Party, and why we should probably all still be knocking on doors to get out the vote this weekend.

So why look across the pond? Well, after a long, broad-based campaign, a coalition called Switched On London recently secured a commitment from London’s newly elected Labour Party mayor, Sadiq Khan, to create a publicly-owned municipal energy company there—what the group calls an “affordable, democratic and environmentally sustainable alternative to the Big Six.”

We talk to James Angel, a campaigner with Switched On London and PhD student at King’s College London, about what this energy democracy win means for the anti-austerity and climate justice movements. Angel also recently took a research trip to Barcelona, where the city’s Podemos-affiliated left government is rolling out a similar plan to transition entirely over to renewables. While the presidential election has dominated the news cycle here in the United States for the better part of the last two years, what’s happening in Barcelona can be seen as as model for what’s possible when the left contests for other levels of government.

In the second half of the show, we hear from Kevin Smith, a member of Liberate Tate. Led by artists and cultural workers, Liberate Tate successfully pressured the museum to cut ties with oil company BP this year, after six years of organizing and direct-action performances. Since Liberate Tate began in 2010, several “fossil free culture” groups have emerged around the world, including the Natural History Museum here in the states.

Stay tuned for episode seven in the coming weeks. We’ll be doing a post-mortem on the big carbon tax proposal that has raised the eyebrows of leftists (including many climate activists) in Washington state. And in the meantime, keep sending us your questions, comments, suggestions, and prepping tips for the dystopian future at #HotBotheredClimate.





Check out the full Hot & Bothered archive here. Hot & Bothered is produced by Colin Kinniburgh. Music: Mercurias Meet Victor Rice, “Carregar (Instrumental),” courtesy of Total Running Time.

Trash Fire 2016

Kate: Stop right there: assuming a Hillary Clinton victory is downright dangerous (Guardian)

Kate: The Left Deserves Better Than Jill Stein (In These Times)

More of Kate’s election coverage at In These Times and the Guardian

Energy Democracy in London, Barcelona, and Beyond, with James Angel

Switched On London

James Angel, Strategies of Energy Democracy (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)

Sebastiaan Faber and Bécquer Seguín, Welcome to Sunny Barcelona, Where the Government Is Embracing Coops, Citizen Activism, and Solar Energy (The Nation)

Getting Big Oil Out of the Arts, with Kevin Smith

Liberate Tate

Fellow Liberate Tate member Mel Evans, Painting with Oil (Dissent)

Back Stateside

Erik Loomis, Philly Transit Strike and the Election (Lawyers, Guns & Money)

A #NoDAPL Map (Huffington Post)

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Nov 05 2016
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Rank #5: Hot & Bothered Podcast #5: Time for a Green New Deal, with Robert Pollin

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It’s Episode 5 of Hot & Bothered and all around us, the bad climate news is falling like hard rain from the hot, damp air of a warming world. Long story short: time is getting uncomfortably tight. But it’s still far from over! In this episode, we take shelter from the storm. It’s the first in our new series on the idea of a Green New Deal to slash carbon emissions, crush inequality, and rebuild our politics.

In our feature interview, Daniel speaks to Robert Pollin, an expert in the macroeconomics of climate change and energy; he’s a professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. We talk about his proposal for a massive but utterly feasible program of investment in renewable energy, and how we can decarbonize the global economy while providing good jobs from the United States to India and beyond. All we need is to get the political ball rolling. And as Pollin points out, key coalitions are already mustering, both to support a Green New Deal and to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Indeed, we start off the show with a report from the front lines of that fight: the indigenous-led encampment against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Kate interviews Desiree Kane, a Miwok organizer and journalist who’s been at Standing Rock for the better part of the last three months.

Anxious listeners, tweet your sighs of relief, questions, comments, and support for #noDAPL to #HotBotheredClimate. And stay tuned for episode six in the coming weeks. In our pre-election special, Kate Aronoff will bring some of her own hard rain down on the Green Party.





Check out the full Hot & Bothered archive here. Hot & Bothered is produced by Colin Kinniburgh. Music: Mercurias Meet Victor Rice, “Carregar (Instrumental),” courtesy of Total Running Time.


Bad news on our collapsing carbon budgets

Bill McKibben, Recalculating the Climate Math, The New Republic

Robert Watson, former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Truth about Climate Change, a sweeping new report


An update from Standing Rock

Standing Firm at Standing Rock: Why the Struggle is Bigger Than One Pipeline (Sarah Jaffe, Moyers & Company)

#noDAPL Communications Support Hub


Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Robert Pollin and Brian Callaci, A Just Transition for U.S. Fossil Fuel Industry Workers (The American Prospect)

Robert Pollin, Greening the Global Economy, MIT Press, 2015

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Oct 13 2016
1 hour 9 mins
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