Anthony Day helps you plan a sustainable future with expert guests and reports on green technologies from across a warming world.
This week the United Nations climate conference, COP 27, opened and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres set the tone with the warning that, "We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator.”
Measuring your personal carbon footprint is a first step towards taking action to combat the climate crisis. It's a first step and a small step and there is much more to be done. Recent reports make that abundantly clear.
This week we're talking about new technologies; about a new way of producing food. In fact we are talking about a new way of producing meat without farming and without slaughtering livestock.
That steak that many of us love to eat not only has a massive carbon footprint, it also uses very significant quantities of water and the nutritional value of a steak is far less than the nutritional value of the feed consumed by the cattle. Is there another way?
Recently I spoke to Daan Luining, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Meatable.
In the news this week:
.. a couple of protests and plans for a further crackdown on protesters. Could there be yet another government U-turn, this time in favour of sustainability? There is a video you should see and I'll tell you about upcoming interviews planned for the next few months. Finally, what is sustainability anyway?
As usual there are masses of sustainability stories but I'm going to hold them over until next week because today I want to share an interview with you.
I've called this one Good News for two reasons, one is that I want to attract your attention, and secondly because I don't want the Sustainable Futures Report to be seen as a litany of bad news.
And I put this picture of kittens on the website because I believe your hit rate just goes phenomenal if you do that.
We're on the brink of massive changes. This week I'm going to talk about the UK government, though not about its financial management. There is a report from the world meteorological organisation as more extreme weather events are reported. A new academic study warns that palm trees face extinction while in Finland more and bigger buildings are being built from timber. On the energy front the UAE is stepping up oil production, and is hydrogen the ideal clean solution for home heating, or will it be just too expensive?
As I write this on the day after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II there's little I can bring you in the way of sustainability news from the United Kingdom. The only news across all channels yesterday was about the Queen, the event, the pageantry and the history.
It was only a few weeks ago, on 10th June, that I published an episode entitled “God Save the Queen”.
Yes, Wednesday is the new day for this weekly podcast. I hope you have had a good summer and return refreshed and resolute.
Did I tell you I was going to take a break in August? Well I am - to enjoy more of our long hot summer. More of that later. Actually it’s drizzling here in York in the North of England, but we’re promised more scorching weather before the end of August with a potential hosepipe ban and crops shrivelling in the fields. In this episode, drought, wildfires and keeping cool. The Environment Agency damns the water companies, the candidates for UK PM display their knowledge of the climate crisis (not much) there’s a book review and a new brew from Singapore. You can make your own jokes about that when you’ve heard the story. And it’s goodbye from me until September.
Are we leaving the Goldilocks zone - that part of the universe where life can exist? It's not too hot and it's not too cold; in fact it's just right. How much longer will the Earth be in the Goldilocks zone?
Today we look at how the concerned consumer can be sure that a particular product has come from ethical sources, with David Coleman from IOV42. In this Wednesday Interview we're talking timber.
Very Bad People: The Inside Story of the Fight Against the World's Network of Corruption. That’s the title of a book I’ve just been reading. It’s about the history of an organisation called Global Witness, founded 30 years ago to tackle corruption. I’m ashamed I’d never heard of it before.
How corruption promotes the climate crisis, energy problems on their way, how green will the UK's new prime minister be? And my interview on GBNews about the West Cumbria Coal Mine.
Let’s have a sensible discussion!
The climate crisis is just too important to argue about. We need a mature approach to this crucial issue. Today’s guest, Marc Cortez, calls it climaturity, which is the title of his new book. Here’s what he told me.
Think carbon! I know I've said it before, but everything you choose to eat, use or wear has a direct impact on the size of your carbon footprint. Carbon footprints and carbon emissions determine the future of this planet, our home. Unsurprisingly, this week’s episode is concerned directly or indirectly with carbon emissions and carbon footprints.
Food is probably the most important issue of our time. It's the effect on food which will be the most crucial consequence of the climate emergency.
Meet a man with a vision.
It’s possible to make a milk substitute from oats and from many other plants. Today we learn about one plant you may not have thought of, and find out what else it can do for the planet.
Plastic pollution is a perennial problem. The Plasticology Project aims to be part of the solution.
Today, I'm talking to Dr. Paul Harvey. He's an environmentalist. He's a scientist. He's an author. He's a speaker. Paul, welcome to the Sustainable Futures Report.
(But not too much)
Here in the UK we have just had the hottest day of the year and we're moving towards an even hotter one, with predicted temperatures of up to 33°C. What our Australian listeners would probably call a bright winter’s day. Nevertheless we have warnings from the NHS and a heat-health warning from the Met Office.
A weekly podcast and blog brought to you by Anthony Day. A selection of stories and interviews aiming to be sustainable, topical and interesting.
And also, I do address conferences.