Podcast: Climate Talks
Join hosts Professor Jackie Peel and Associate Professor Cathy Oke as they bring you the information you need to know in the lead up to the annual United Nations Climate Change Conferences – or ‘COPs’.
Season 1 followed the journey to ‘COP26’ which took place in Glasgow in November 2021. Season 2 follows the journey to COP27 to be held in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt in November 2022. In each episode, Jackie and Cathy interview experts to discuss different climate-related topics including adaptation, mitigation, climate science, biodiversity, loss and damage, international and domestic Australian politics.
At COP26, nearly 200 countries made important progress to keep 1.5 degrees alive, in line with the Paris Agreement. But it was only the beginning. As put by UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, “As we look ahead to COP27, we must all work together to keep the pressure on governments to keep making more and more ambitious commitments. And once those commitments are made, holding them to those commitments.”
Climate Talks is produced by Melbourne Climate Futures and Melbourne Centre for Cities at the University of Melbourne. Our theme music is by Music for a Warming World. Climate Talks acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which this podcast was produced, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation, and pays respect to Elders past and present.
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Climate Talks Season 3
Greenwashing, climate change and the climate talk
Greenwashing, climate change jargon, and the climate talks all affect our progress toward a solution. Andrew King, Lisa Cliff and John Cook join our hosts to discuss this and the impact of companies' and governments' actions.
Looking forward to COP28
To kick off season three, we look ahead to the 2023 climate agenda, discussing the recent IPCC synthesis report and summarising where we left off after COP27 and the key issues already on the agenda for COP28 in Dubai. Our hosts are joined by Fergus Green, Robyn Eckersley and Janine Felson.
Climate Talks Season 2
Outcomes, reflections from COP27
Did COP27 deliver what the world needs to limit warming to below 1.5C? What were the losses, what were the gains, and where to from here? In the final episode of Climate Talks season 2, Robyn Eckersley and Janine Felson join our hosts to discuss the outcomes of COP27.
Our best guess for the outcomes of COP27
Robyn Eckersley, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Melbourne, Omnia El Omrani, COP27 President Envoy on Youth, and Kathryn Bowen, Deputy Director of Melbourne Climate Futures and Professor of Environment, Climate and Global Health provide some of their best guesses on the outcomes of COP27 to hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke.
Who goes to COP?
Join Virginia Marshall, practising lawyer and the Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow with the Australian National University, Yunus Arikan, Director of Global Advocacy at the ICLEI World Secretariat, Lisa Cliff, Program Director for Better Futures Australia, and Megan Tran, Youth Coordinator for Student Energy to talk about the different stakeholders that attend COP and what they are looking to achieve from COP27 this year.
Collisions of crises
This episode of Climate Talks discusses how the energy crisis and the war in Ukraine might impact COP27 climate negotiations, while considering fair share in the negotiations and the potential consequences if countries fail to fulfill their climate targets. Featuring Alex Scott, Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics Programme Leader at E3G, Tony Wood, Energy program director at the Grattan Institute, and Rebekkah Markey-Towler from Melbourne Climate Futures and a former Climate Talks producer, as they join host Cathy Oke and guest host Don Henry.
What is resilience?
What do we mean when we talk about resilience? Prof Sarah Bell, City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation at the University of Melbourne, Dr Kate Strachan, Manager of Climate Change Resilience at ICLEI Africa, and Dr Janine Felson, Enterprise Fellow at Melbourne Climate Futures at the University of Melbourne, join hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke to discuss the question.
Big Talk, Empty Promises?
As preparations to COP27 ramp up, Climate Talks explores Nationally Determined Contributions and climate targets implementation, asking: is the big talk backed up by action? Stephen Minas, Associate Professor, School of Transnational Law, Peking University and Senior Research Fellow, Transnational Law Institute, King’s College London, Don Henry, Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism, and Rebecca Burdon, CEO of Climate Resource, join hosts Cathy Oke and Bek Markey-Towler in episode 5.
Halfway to COP27, what should we expect?
At the halfway point between COP26 and COP27, we revisit key climate ambitions and initiatives and their development since COP26 and look ahead to what to expect from COP27. Kate Dooley, Research Fellow in Ecosystem Based Pathways, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Laura Hillis, Director of Corporate Engagement, Investor Group on Climate Change, join hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke.
Why Australia needs to talk about climate change
Hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke discuss why Australia needs to talk seriously about climate change, and the issue of climate change in our Federal election. They're joined by Nigel Topping, United Nations High-Level Champion for Climate Action for the United Kingdom, Jon Faine, former ABC Radio Melbourne broadcaster, regular columnist for The Age and Vice Chancellors Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne.
The futures we imagine are the futures we get
Our hosts discuss the impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilities related to climate change, and implications for policy makers with IPCC report lead authors Chandni Singh, Senior Research Consultant at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and Kathryn Bowen, Professor of Environment, Climate and Global Health and Deputy Director of Melbourne Climate Futures, as well as Jon Barnett, Professor and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne.
Looking to COP27
Robyn Eckersley, Professor of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and David Karoly, Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne and previously Chief Research Scientist in the CSIRO Climate Science Centre, join hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke in the first episode of Season 2 of Climate Talks. Topics discussed include what is COP27, what is the science, and what to expect in 2022 leading up to the conference.
Climate Talks Season 1
A post-COP Conversation
In the final episode of season one of Climate Talks, hosts Cathy Oke and Jackie Peel are joined by A/Prof Robyn Schofield, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Janine Felson, MSSI, Rebecca Burdon, CEO of Climate Resource, and Prof Don Henry, MSSI. They discussed the decisions made in Glasgow, missed opportunities, and the implications of these outcomes for climate science, climate finance, and sustainable development.
Special Episode: ‘Climate Bites’ from Week 2 of COP26
In this special episode of Climate Talks, prior and new guests to the show bring listeners updates live from the corridors of COP26 in Glasgow during week 2 of the negotiations. We hear from Lisa Cliff, Climate Action Network Australia, Don Henry, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Stephen Minas, Peking University, Giorgia Rambelli, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and Simon Bradshaw, Climate Council.
Special Episode: ‘Climate Bites’ from Week 1 of COP26
In this special episode of Climate Talks, prior guests to the show bring listeners updates live from the corridors of COP26 in Glasgow. Lisa Cliff, Program Manager of CANA and organiser of the Better Futures Forum, and Don Henry, Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism, MSSI at the UoM provide their updates from week 1. Excerpts from a side event panel, “Transforming Australia: from laggard to leader” are also featured.
How has COVID-19 impacted COP26?
Peter Doherty, Nobel Laureate Prof Microbiology and Immunology, Kathryn Bowen, Prof Environment, Climate, and Global Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Deputy Director of MCF and Don Henry, Melbourne Enterprise Prof Environmentalism, MSSI, discuss with Cathy Oke and Jackie Peel the implications for health from decisions at COP26, the impact of COVID-19 on COP26 and the inequities it may expose, and the relationship between COVID-19 and climate.
What does COP26 mean for non-state actors?
“Yunus Arikan, Director of Global Advocacy at ICLEI, Dr Virginia Marshall, Executive Member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation-Australia, Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow at ANU, and Alison Fong, Master of Urban Planning student and member of the Student-City Policy Innovation Team join hosts Cathy Oke and Jackie Peel in this episode. They discuss what COP26 means for cities, Indigenous Peoples, and youth.”
Key issues at COP26: What is being discussed and what is left out?
Margaret Young, Professor of Law, Brendan Wintle, Professor of Ecosystem and Forest Science, Alexei Trundle, Research Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development, all at the University of Melbourne, and Stephen Minas, Associate Professor of Law at Peking University join hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke in this episode. Topics discussed include adaptation, finance, carbon markets and the relationships between biodiversity, oceans and climate.
Special Feature: IPCC’s ‘Code Red’ report on the latest climate science
Join hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke as they discuss the newly released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 1 report. The episode features highlights from a seminar about the report hosted by the Climate and Energy College at the University of Melbourne, with presentations from Associate Professor Malte Meinshausen and Zebedee Nicholls.
What is COP26?
Robyn Eckersley, Professor of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and Lisa Cliff, Program Manager of Climate Action Network Australia and organiser of the Better Futures Forum, join hosts Jackie Peel and Cathy Oke in the first episode of Climate Talks. Topics discussed include what COP26 is, why it is important, which non-state actors are mobilising around COP26, and the role non-state actors play in climate futures.
City Climate Innovation: Special episodes of the Climate Talks podcast
City Climate Innovation: Special episodes of the Climate Talks Podcast is a four-part limited series focusing on the nexus of cities, climate change science, and policy innovation – and the critical partnerships required to meet Paris Agreement goals at unprecedented speed and scale. By highlighting the priority knowledge gaps identified through the City Research and Innovation Agenda (CRIA) as a common starting point, the limited podcast series takes listeners through key partnerships on the road to COP 27 - including Mission Innovation, Innovate4Cities, and others. City Climate Innovations is produced by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Melbourne Climate Futures, and the Melbourne Centre for Cities.
Innovative urban solutions
Hosts Ben Jance, Marnie McGregor, and Andy Deacon speak directly with a range of experts on the ground at COP27 in Egypt, all working towards innovative climate solutions and research from a range of perspectives. Guests include: Massamba Thioye, UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub; Yunus Arikan, ICLEI World Secretariat; Helen Watts, Student Energy; Sheela Patel, SPARC and Innovate4Cities; and Anna Reynolds, Lord Mayor of Hobart, Tasmania.
Networked and Innovative Cities
We discuss the importance of networking and innovation for city climate action, and key activities from major city networks in the lead up to COP27. Maryke van Staden, Director of Business Development, the carbonn Center, and Interim Head of Climate Action at ICLEI World Secretariat, Jean-Baptiste Buffet, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy at United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Rachel Huxley, Director of Knowledge and Learning at C40 Cities, join hosts Ben Jance, Cathy Oke, and Andy Deacon.
Cities on a mission
This episode sheds light on the critical need for urban research and innovation. Valentina Palermo, European Commission, Rosalinde van der Vlies, Director of the Clean Planet Directorate, and Giorgia Rambelli, Director of Mission Innovation Urban Transitions Mission, join hosts Ben Jance, Cathy Oke, and Andy Deacon.