The Climate PressOct 27, 2020
3x01 The sound of West Africa's changing climate
How does climate change sound?
We interview Martin Parker, Prof Doug Parker, Prof Benjamin Lamptey and Freddy Gadrie, who transformed climate information from Ghana and Niger into music through data sonification.
Using data from the past and climate projections of the future, this team of curious scientists and musicians use a different approach to communicate climate change and raise awareness of the future impacts of changes in climate and weather patterns.
We hope you enjoy it!
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2x07 Climate change and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with Prof Mike Tipton and Paloma Trascasa-Castro
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic officially kicked off on July 23rd against the controversial backdrop of surging covid-19 cases and an eerily quiet Tokyo city. On top of this, there are mounting concerns and evidence of how climate change related extreme heat and high levels of humidity are posing risks and impacting athletes at these Olympic games.
The Rings of Fire report published in May 2021 and produced by the British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS) brings together scientists and athletes to discuss these risks and impacts. We sit down with two authors of the report: our very own Paloma Trascasa-Castro, PhD researcher from the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, at the University of Leeds; and Mike Tipton, Professor of Human and Applied Physiology from the Extreme Environments Laboratory, at the University of Portsmouth.
2x06 The IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report | Behind the scenes with Dr Amanda Maycock
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science of climate change. During the last 4 years, scientists from around the world have been working on the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), that will provide key information about the current state of climate change, future projections, adaptation and mitigation.
Dr Amanda Maycock, Associate Professor in Climate Dynamics at the University of Leeds, has been a lead author in Working Group I, which assesses the physical science basis of climate change. She shares with us her experience as a first time lead IPCC author and a sneak peek of AR6.
The Climate Press presents: Climate Strike
A documentary inspired by the Fridays for Future climate strikes originally broadcast on BCB Radio as part of the Bradford Science Festival
Written, produced, edited, and presented by Tom Wood twitter.com/TomWoodScience
The documentary features many interviews with protestors at last year’s Fridays For Future climate strikes. Tom spoke to representatives of the Green Party of England and Wales, Population Matters, Stand Up To Racism, NHS in Leeds doctors, a vegan campaign group, International Marxist Tendency (IMT) amongst others.
Importantly, Tom also spoke to young people to gather their perspectives on the climate crisis.
Tom interviewed a representative of Bradford Council, which recently declared a #ClimateEmergency, to understand the local government response.
Tom also discussed the recent Leeds Climate Commission Citizen’s Assembly with scientific advisor, Dr Cat Scott, and spoke to Dr Leighton Regayre about the implications of the pandemic on the way we conduct climate science and on the wider society.
Vice – Who Let Go [Futurepast Zine]
L-Qui – Self Centred [Unreleased]
Stormcatz – Split [Futurepast Zine]
Jacques Golding – Air Car Park [Unreleased]
Stormcatz – Infant [Futurepast Zine]
Wooda – Release [Unreleased]
Doctagonr – Unrest [Futurepast Zine]
Analias – DGF [Alternative Architecture]
Guerilla Monk – Misty Morning [Futurepast Zine]
Analias – Fade 1 Way [Greyest Hits Vol.2]
noname - Can't Remember Where or When [Unreleased]
Yilan – Lost Signals [Unreleased]
L-Qui – Quarantine Loop [Unreleased]
Jacques Golding – Textile Factory [Unreleased]
Yilan – Pipeline [Unreleased]
Ryobra – Luminous [Unreleased]
Joe Corfield – 6am [Radio Juicy]
Anjin – Bruk Up [Futurepast Zine]
Joe Corfield – Sounds Of The Universe [Radio Juicy]
Yilan – Fragments [Unreleased]
UPCOMING EVENT: The Power of Collective Climate Action
We're hosting a live panel discussion about the power and potential of local collective climate action!
Panelists Paul Chatterton (University of Leeds), Ergon Theatre Company (Manchester), and Zero Waste Leeds will be discussing how local climate action intersects with city planning, performing arts, and fashion.
Please register to join us on Tuesday October 20th from 18:30 – 20:00 (UK)
Looking forward to seeing you there!
2x05 A podcast on how to make a podcast
On this episode we share with you some tips and tricks on how to start you own podcast from scratch without any previous experience. From advice on web hosts to the podcast edition process, we interview ourselves and talk about our own experiences with The Climate Press, how did we start, how did we find our guests, our blogs, etc. At the end all you need is a good idea and willingness to make it happen!
We hope you enjoy it, and remember: make love, not CO2!
2x04 How do we reduce emissions in health systems?
Earlier this year, the UK's National Health Service (NHS) announced plans to become the first net-zero health service in the world. In this episode The Climate Press ventures on a mission to understand what this declaration means in practice for our health services. We speak with Alexis Percival, an Environmental and Sustainability Lead with the NHS Ambulance Service, about some of the challenges and the momentum needed to even begin this journey towards becoming net-zero. We even look beyond the NHS and speak with Dr. Tim Keady, a Specialist Registrar (SpR) in Anaesthesiology with the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland, about the contribution of emissions from anaesthetic gases and the importance of educating practitioners and patients about more sustainable healthcare services.
2x03 Chasing the clouds
EUREC4A, is an international initiative in support of the World Climate Research Programme's Grand Science Challenge on Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity. The field campaign took place between 20 January and 20 February 2020 with operations based out of Barbados.
On this episode we have a very special interviewer, Anna Lesbros, a 14-year-old student that came from France to Leeds to discover how research is carried out at the University. Anna will infiltrate in the heart of the field campaign and interview 8 members of the Eurec4a project:
- Professor Alan Blyth (NCAS, University of Leeds, UK)
- Dr Sandrine Bony (LMD, Paris, France)
- Dr Leif Denby (University of Leeds, UK)
- Dr Arlene Laing (Director of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization)
- Professor Szymon Malinowski (University of Warsaw, Poland)
- Professor Doug Parker (University of Leeds, UK)
- Dr Raphaela Vogel (LMD, Paris, France)
EUREC4A aims at advancing understanding of the interplay between clouds, convection and circulation and their role in climate change. But why is the project important? How's a day in the life of an atmospheric scientist during a field campaign? How do they take measurements of clouds?
Listen to the episode and find out more about this exciting way of doing science. We hope you enjoy it!
"Look around you...the world is interesting and beautiful, and meteorology is about applying mathematics and physics to study your closest environment"
2x02 How cool are trees?
Trees are very powerful natural machines that absorb tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, store it, and use it to grow. Depending on the type of tree and where they are, different trees can have different effects on climate. Trees are also considered part of a solution to improve urban air quality. There's no doubt, trees are cool, but are they a solution to climate change?
2x01 Nurturing hope for sustainable cities and low carbon futures
Our guests in this episode, Stephanie and James, work across spheres of science and art to explore educational, evidence-based forms of climate outreach. From creating graphic novels to building interactive model cities, our two guests describe powerful approaches for getting people to visualise future scenarios of what their society could look like with lower carbon emissions. Working to open the climate change discourse through exploratory learning, collaborative dreaming, collective storytelling, and crowd-sourced visions, James and Stephanie remind us of the importance of making hope possible; rather than despair convincing.
Tune in and find out what happens when we engage, educate, and empower people with climate science to envision and build the sustainable cities and low carbon communities they want for themselves.
1x06 Giving voices to local experiences of climate change, vulnerability, and adaptation, with Prof Petra Tschakert and Prof James Ford
In this episode we talk with Petra Tschakert, Centenary Professor in Rural Development at the University of Western Australia, and James Ford, Professor in Climate Adaptation at the University of Leeds. Petra and James have worked at local level with communities from Senegal, Ghana, the Himalayas, India, Nepal, Australia, Northern Canada and Greenland, and have the unique and invaluable experience of learning about the changes in climate that are being experienced by people locally. Our special guests share with us their insights about participatory learning, how communities and researchers learn from the past, and designing future storylines about how to adapt to a climate that is certainly changing over time.
We will learn more about what does vulnerability mean, why it “does not fall from the sky”, as Jesse Ribot would say, and why under the same level of exposure to the same climate hazard, vulnerability predispose a specific segment of society to be more harmed.
Petra and James talk to us about adaptive decision making, climate migration patterns, as well as the strength (and erosion) of social cohesion. We also learn how local experiences of place-based, and value-based, adaptation are informing local and national policy agendas.
Full of examples and anecdotes, this episode will transport us to different parts of the world, where different communities use their unique ways knowing to adapt to the different ways in that climate change is manifesting in their daily lives. Listen to our latest vibrant episode and discover the human dimension of a change that is not only climatic but also local and cultural.
We hope you enjoy it!
1x05 Ice sheets and climate change, with Dr Lauren Gregoire and Dr Ruza Ivanovic
Ice holds one of the best climatic records that we have for atmospheric CO2 with deposits dating back hundreds of thousands of years ago.
In this episode we're joined by palaeo-climatologists Lauren Gregoire (Academic Research Fellow in Earth System Modelling) and Ruza Ivanovic (Lecturer in Climatology) from the University of Leeds. Tune in as we explore ice sheets and glacial periods of the past, present, and future. Where are the main ice sheets and how do they affect sea level rise in comparison to sea ice? We discuss not only how these massive ice sheets change, but also what the effect of those changes are on our climate and weather systems, for example by driving significant changes in the Atlantic Meridionnal Overturning Circulation (AMOC). What could be the most extreme sea level rise scenario like? Using this information we can begin to better understand how the climate is changing and make climate science relevant for people, policy, and decision-makers. Find out more about the beautifully complex relationship between ice sheets, oceans and climate listening to our fifth podcast, he hope you enjoy it.
1x04 Present and future of the ozone hole, with Dr Amanda Maycock and Prof Martyn Chipperfield
Following episode 3, we now explore the first signs of the healing of the ozone hole as well as emerging issues such as new sources of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). We will learn a bit more about how the ozone hole impacts climate conditions in the southern hemisphere and the relationship between global warming and ozone depletion. Will the ozone hole recover by 2050? What would have happened to the ozone layer without the Montreal Protocol? Listen to the episode to know the main outcomes of the 2018 ozone assessment report!
1x03 The ozone hole: Science basis and the Montreal Protocol, with Dr Amanda Maycock and Prof Martyn Chipperfield
The ozone layer is located between 10 and 15 km up in a layer of the atmosphere called the stratosphere. It plays a key role for us since it absorbs ultraviolet radiation coming from the Sun and avoids further damage on the living beings of our planet. In the mid 1980's, a big reduction in the thickness of the ozone layer was discovered over the Antarctic, which is known as the ozone hole. In this episode we talk with Amanda Maycock, associate professor in climate dynamics and Martyn Chipperfield, professor in atmospheric chemistry at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) at the University of Leeds. From how the ozone layer is formed to the discovery of the ozone hole, Amanda and Martyn share with us the scientific background of the ozone hole together with curious history facts and anecdotes. We also talk about the Montreal Protocol which was signed in 1987 to protect the ozone layer and is considered the most successful treaty ever negotiated and implemented.
1x02 The challenge of climate change communication, with Dr Astrid Kause
With more and more scientists, students, and protesters calling attention to climate change, why aren't these warnings having a greater impact on our everyday decisions and actions?
In this episode we talk with Astrid Kause, Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Centre for Decision Research at the University of Leeds, about how people understand and trust information related to climate change. Specializing in the science of communication, Astrid shares some insights about ways that we can affect this understanding through communication. We discuss some of the key differences between communicating climate risks and others types of risk, and just how difficult it can be to translate this information into something that we can relate to and understand. As we explore different examples of communicating climate risks to inform everyday decision making, we also ask what is the role of the scientific community in supporting the public to take action around climate change.
1x01 The history of climate change science, with Kate Sambrook
From John Tyndall and the greenhouse gas effect to the Kyoto Protocol , Kate Sambrook guides us on an exciting journey through space and time where we explore the pivotal moments in the history of climate change science. These discoveries led us to our current understanding on climate change and were the key physical science basis of several international panels and reports such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In this episode, we discuss how these panels were formed, some of their objectives, and their limitations. From a critical point of view, we talk about the role of gender and nationality in the scientific world , and whether this variety is effectively represented when taking important decisions that concern the population as a whole. Also, Kate gives us a better insight on her recent article published in The Conversation about the extreme weather events associated with climate change and what to expect in the UK if emissions keep increasing.
1x00 Youth strike for climate!
On March 15th, over 1.4 million students and supporters across the world, changed the classroom for the streets to fight against what Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old Swedish activist, classified as "the biggest crisis in human history": climate change. The Climate Press talked with students, professionals and academics at the Youth Strike for Climate in Leeds, United Kingdom