Here is a listing of Podcasts since October 2011 sorted by views (desc)

David Horn, CTO of SWITCH, has developed the first LED bulb with true incandescent quality light

David Horn joined SWITCH as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) in 2009 bringing a diverse knowledge base and 30 years of experience in high technology operations development and management. Award winning SWITCH Lighting is the first company to design LED bulbs with true incandescent quality light. SWITCH innovation includes new approaches to thermal cooling, an intelligent driver and vertical LED mounting structure, making it one of TIME Magazine's 50 Best Inventions of the Year 2011.

ZCA 2020 Buildings Plan - relaunching the national insulation scheme


Trent Hawkins, Project Director of the Zero Carbon Australia ZCA 2020 Buildings Plan, talks about relaunching the national insulation scheme.
Then, Jane Toner, Senior Associate at Sustainable Built Environments (SBE), describes how architects and city planners can learn from nature.

And finally Venezuelan ecosocialist, Miguel Angel Nunez tells how Venezuelan farmers are noticing the impact of climate change and what "Ecosocialismo" (Ecosocialism) can do about it.

Luke Osborne of Windlab explains wind energy prospecting software for large scale development

Luke Osborne (BE MBA) is Regional Director of Windlab, a global wind energy development company established in 2003 as a spin out from the CSIRO (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). Canberra based Windlab exclusively owns and utilises a suite of world-leading atmospheric modelling and wind energy prospecting tools to identify and efficiently deliver ready-to-build wind farm sites.

Haley Gilbert, Heat Island Group LBNL

Haley Gilbert is the Principal Research Associate in the Heat Island Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the US. The Heat Island Group at LBNL works to cool buildings, cities, and the planet by making roofs, pavements, and cars cooler in the sun. Haley leads the Cool Communities projects' efforts to promote the use of cool roofs and cool pavements to mitigate the urban heat island effect. She also is the primary contact for the group's industrial partners and assists with outreach efforts. Haley is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), akin to Australia's Green Star Accredited Professionals.

Haley talks to BZE's Ben Coutice and guest interviewer University of Melbourne's Chris Jensen who is working on similar projects at the University's faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

BZE interviews Nicole Foss

BZE's Vivien Langford speaks to Nicole Foss of  Automatic Earth fame (one of the most popular finacial blog sites in the world). Nicole talks about about preparing our communities for financial and climate crises.

Prof Jeffrey C. Grossman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Beyond Zero interviews Prof Jeffrey C. Grossman, the Carl Richard Soderberg Associate Professor of power engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Jeff in an expert in carbon nanotubes and graphene, and their various applications, including solar and energy storage. 

He leads the Grossman Group in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at MIT which focuses on the application and development of cutting-edge simulation tools to design novel materials in energy conversion, energy storage, thermal transport, surface phenomena, and synthesis.

Put simply, Jeff researches how to use materials in different ways, aiming to improve energy conversion and storage properties. What makes his carbon solar research exciting is that if you take 1% of the carbon out of a barrel of oil and make solar cells from it, you can generate 10,000 times more energy from it than using the fuel directly as a barrel of oil!

Super Divestment

Are you accidentally invested in the fossil fuels that are cooking the future? A world wide movement looks to the Superannuation Funds to avoid risky investments in coal, gas and oil.

Blair Palese from tells us about Bill Mc Kibben’s tour and how we could remove the social licence for coal oil and gas by disinvesting. It’s as straight forward as directing your Super Fund to switch your investments away from fossil fuels.

Fire, forest management and the Sustainable Living Festival


Dr. Chris Taylor, at the University of Melbourne, talks about fire and forest management. Then we talk to Luke Taylor, Director of the Sustainable Living Festival in Victoria and Liz Franzmann who is organising the Jason Roberts Better Block - Australian regional tour as part of the festival.

Climate Change and Australian Wildlife

Animal Planet - How Climate Change and Urbanisation are Affecting Australian Wildlife

Beyond Zero talks to experts from around the country about what is happening to Australia's native flora and fauna amidst rapid climate change and urbanisation.

Over the hour we delve into the forecast for 2030 in which Australian is hotter by more than a  degree. In such a world, the Mountain pygmy possum may cease to exist, due to the melting on Victoria’s Alps. Spotted Marsh Frog populations will rapidly decline from urbanisation and less rainfall, and we may have to prepare for the arrival of bats in our own backyards or the botanical gardens.

With such predictions in play we turn to the experts for help.

Beyond Zero's Sally Wilmott interviews Kate Philips, Senior Curator of Science Communication at the Melbourne Museum, PHD researcher Joab Wilson from the ARC Centre of Excellence for
Environmental Decisions and Michael Dunlop from the CSIRO. Beth Shepard then talks to Michael Kearney, Zoology academic at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Washington, Jonathan Moylan & The Greens - climate action


In this episode, Beyond Zero talks to three prominent Australians about climate change action.

Dr Haydn Washington, Visiting Fellow at UNSW, has a thirty eight year history as an environmental scientist, writer and activist. As a biologist, his views follow Edward Abbey's quote that endless "growth is the ideology of the cancer cell" in nature. Our growth has brought about the environmental crisis, in which the climate crisis is a critical part. The solution is steady state economy. Sustainable growth is an oxymoron, as in a finite planet you cannot keep growing forever.

Dr Washington has written widely, with his most recent books being:
Human Dependence on Nature: How to Help Solve the Environmental Crisis (2013)

Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand (2011) by Haydn Washington, John Cook

Dr Nikki Williams

Matt Grantham and Anthony Daniele from Beyond Zero Radio discuss a recent podcast from The Sydney Institute by Dr Nikki Williams, CEO of the Australian Coal Association. She defends her industry in the face of increased criticism by climate activists.

For the full original podcast:
Politics and the Australian Coal Industry – what’s next?
22nd May 2013 Nikki Williams speaking at The Sydney Institute

Correction in podcast (at approx 22min): The Tesla has a range of 450 km on a single charge, rather than 650 km per charge, as mentioned in the podcast.

John A. Conklin: President & CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc

John A. Conklin is President & CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc., a U.S. company focused on the research, development and eventual commercialization of emerging next-generation alternative and renewable energy technologies.

New Energy Technologies Inc. are developing two innovations:
1) A novel MotionPower technology which captures kinetic energy of decelerating cars and trucks and converts it to usable electricity. Traffic studies show more than 250 million vehicles are registered in America, and an estimated 6 billion miles are driven on our nation’s roads every day. If the kinetic energy generated by moving vehicles was captured at any given moment, it could produce enough electricity to power over a quarter million homes each day.

2) The first-of-its-kind SolarWindow technology capable of generating electricity on see-through glass windows, being developed in collaboration with scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and University of South Florida. SolarWindow uses ultra-small organic solar cells and has potential application in 5 million commercial buildings in America and more than 80 million single detached homes. John Conklin has over 25 years of industrial, commercial and renewable energy experience, including expertise with creating financial contracts ( ‘Solar Power Purchase Agreements’ or ‘SPPAs’ ) which allow for economically viable, commercial installation of solar systems.

Melita Keywood, Principal Research Scientist at the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research

Dr Melita Keywood is Principal Research Scientist at the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research - a partnership between the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and CSIRO, Marine and Atmospheric Research. She is Stream Leader Aerosol Air Quality, Climate Team Leader Reactive Gases and Aerosols and she has investigated aerosol composition and microphysics since 1996.

She leads a pilot program monitoring atmospheric pollution, particularly a category of invisible toxic pollutants called persistent organic pollutants (POPs) which includes DDT, pesticides and dioxins. She says exposure to POPs "can result in reproductive problems for people, and they can also impact people’s respiratory health and heart function." Dr Keywood is an author on over 34 refereed journal publications and 30 reports.

Further reading:

Port Augusta - Here We Come



Something thrilling is happening in South Australia. They’ve already passed the government’s targets for renewable energy through wind and NOW they are hoping to build Australia's first Solar Thermal Power Plant.

The campaign is led by Beyond Zero Emissions, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and 100% Renewables with support from the Climate and Health Alliance and the Public Health Association of Australia, as well as local businesses and the people of Port Augusta.


Beyond Zero's Vivien, Beth and Sally talk to Dr Karl Kruszelnicki about why this community is so keen to leave behind the cancers and repiratory diseases (eg. asthma) connected to coal fired power. Dr Karl also explains why we haven’t reacted sufficiently to the melting permafrost and dire scientific predictions of climate change. He addressed the REPOWER Port Augusta rally recently.

Beyond Zero also talks to Mark Ogge, spokesperson for the REPOWER Port Augusta campaign.

POST GROWTH - Alternatives to Business as usual


Welcome to the only radio hour in Australia devoted exclusively to Climate change solutions.BZE Radio. Tonight we will hear from speakers at the Climate Action Summit held in Parramatta. GROWTH is something our mainstream economists preach all the time but growth leads to extinctions of species, inequality and depletion of resources. Growth is compromising the survival of life as we know it. Dr-Ted-TrainerOnce climate disruptions such as 4-6 degrees of warming become apparent to everyone it will be too late to realise that there were LIMITS to growth.

Professor Ted Trainer of UNSW, will talk about a Simpler Way of Life. “Our way of life destroys the environment,” he says. “The only solution is to move to simpler lifestyles and co-operative communities.

Associate professor Gawain Powell Davies of UNSW, will put a Buddhist perspective on what’s wrong with the headlong consumerist way we are living.

Sydney Editor of Green Left Weekly, Simon Butler talks to Vivien about how even our democracy is compromised by the wealthy one percent who  are forcing the GROWTH economy.

Dr Donnie Maclurcan of the Post Growth Institute will inspire us with examples of where existing communities are already taking the lead. This is a show about alternatives. These ideas may be in the wings of our era at the moment,but have a listen because their time will  be here before you know it.

BZE speaks with Brett Aylen from TS4 Architecture about sustainable bulidings

Brett Aylen is Architect at TS4 Architecture and the Collaborative Future team, winner of the SA government's recent Zero Carbon Challenge. The challenge is Australia's first zero carbon sustainable house design and build competition.

The Collaborative Future team has produced an adaptable design for three bedroom living that completely offsets its carbon impact (including operational and embodied carbon) within a 50 year lifecycle with a target cost of $300,000.

John Wood CEO Ecoult


John Wood, CEO of Ecoult, joins Beyond Zero to talk about the Ecoult effort to commercialize the UltraBattery® storage solutions. UltraBattery® is a hybrid, long-life lead-acid energy storage device. It combines the fast charging rates and longevity of an ultracapacitor technology with the energy storage potential of a lead-acid battery technology in a hybrid device with a single common electrolyte. Applications include stationary energy storage, renewable energy support and electric vehicles.

UltraBattery® has a new set of performance enhancing features:

- operates in a Partial State of Charge (PSoC), and mitigates the deteriorating effects common to other lead-acid batteries
- accepts charge faster, lasts longer and is more efficient and cost-effective than conventional lead-acid batteries when used for variable power applications.

Mark Ogge, The Australia Institute (TAI)

Mark Ogge, Researcher and Public Engagement Officer at The Australia Institute (TAI) talks about the negative environmental impacts from coal and gas mining.

UNSW Sunswift solar car takes line honours

Alexander To is Business Team Manager and Engineer on the Sunswift project - Australia’s premier solar car racing team from Sydney’s University of New South Wales (UNSW). On 11 October 2013, Sunswift's latest solar car, eVe, clinched line honours, arriving first in the 2013 World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide. 

Stefan Jarnason, Technical Director of Suntech Australia, confident about solar PV hitting grid parity

Beyond Zero's Matthew Wright speaks to Stefan Jarnason, Technical Director of Suntech Power Australia Pty Ltd. Stefan talks about the company he works for, the world's biggest solar panel manufacturer from beginnings at University of NSW and the growth and prospects of the global solar panel industry.

Wind energy's future in NSW

NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard, The General Manager for development of INFIGEN Energy David Griffin,  NSW Green's MP John Kaye and Friends of the Earth Spokesperson Cam Walker talk to Vivien Langford about the future of wind energy in NSW.

Will the draft guidelines for Wind energy in NSW ensure a win/win situation for regional communities or kill off Wind investment in the state with red tape? Is the state committed to 20% renewable energy by 2020 or will it put out the red carpet for Coal seam gas?
How much investment money is in the pipeline for NSW wind farms? What can regional and urban citizens do to ensure a clean energy future?

Florian Amlinger talks biogas and waste management

Beyond Zero's Vivien Langford talks to Florian Amlinger, a consultant for the Ministry of the Environment in Vienna. Florian is an expert in biogas and waste management. He talks about the development of biogas digesters and technology in Europe which are used on a commercial scale.

“JEREMIAH” - The Big Picture

When Jeremiah gave his analysis of the situation to the king, he recklessly  tore it up and threw it in the fire. Are we like that, rejecting the truth about climate and “brightsiding “our way over a cliff?  

Why are people switched off or complacent about climate change in 2012?

What can galvanize us to stop the madness of the coal and gas boom as emissions put us on track to destroy our home on earth?   

David Spratt has written  “A sober assessment of our situation”. Is he a Jeremiah whose words will be ignored or can we unite around a clear message?

Interviews with the Jeremiah of the climate movement, author David Spratt, and then insights into how to reframe Climate change, so we all pull together, with Daniel Voronoff.

David Spratt.

Prof M. Grant Norton developing lithium-ion batteries with 3x capacity


M. Grant Norton is a professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering & Architecture at Washington State University (WSU). Prof Norton joins Beyond Zero's Anthony and Ben to talk about the development work being done by his WSU reserach team, that could triple the capacity of lithium-ion batteries.

Most lithium ion batteries have a graphite anode. Prof Norton's tin anodes could potentially triple energy density and silicon anodes might be able to hold 9 times as much charge as carbon. These advances could allow tablet computers and laptops that run for days before battery depletion, as well as have applications for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and renewable energy storage.


High Speed Rail and Australia's first Earthship

Vivien talks to Duuvey Jester who built Australia's first Earthship near Bundaberg.Then, Cameron Rosen, Builder of Daphna Tull Sustainable House design in Sydney.

We hear from Patrick Hearps, research director of the Zero Carbon Australia Transport Plan about BZE's plan for High Speed Rail (HSR) for Australia. Then Tim Colebatch, on his article on 'Getting Delhi Metro Project up in record time'.

Marc Bernstein, Winner BDAV 2012 10-Star Challenge


Marc Bernstein, Director at Melbourne Design Studios (MDS), is lead architect for the winning design in the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) 2012 10-Star Challenge. MDS won the Single Dwellings category.

Marc's team set out to exceed the requirements of the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) 10 Star requirements. The aim was to create an energy-positive friendly family home, guided by German PassivHaus standards. They used passive solar design principles to create a comfortable building which requires little or no energy to heat or cool. Active systems like Solar Hot Water, GeoThermal and Solar Photovoltaics take the house from energy neutral to energy positive.

Hans-Josef Fell at the Sustainable Living Festival urges Australia to go 100% renewables

Hans-Josef Fell, member of German parliament and architect of Germany's renewable energy policy, delivered its 2020 renewable energy targets 10 years ahead of schedule.
His work contributes to more than 60% of the world's wind power and almost 90% of its solar electricity generation.

Acacia Pepler

Acacia Pepler is a PhD student at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Climate Change Research Centre, where she studies extreme rainfall and East Coast Lows (ECLs), wild storms and their relation to climate change impacts.

Acacia Pepler initially began her career with an interest in Astronomy but her love of Science and Meteorology took over and after completing a Bachelor of Science BSc, she went on to become a PhD student, as she had always been interested also in the weather. So her current research work centres on the East Coast Lows perhaps as they are difficult to predict and can develop quickly.

As we all at times complain about weather forecast (but expect them to be accurate for a week ahead), our desire for an accurate prediction is of personal and probably superficial  nature or even can be a case of saving lives such as  with the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.  

Climate change can affect East Coast Lows in many ways, for example warmer days can make a cyclone more intense, more rising sea levels which are predicted to be about 1 - 1.5 metres (but NASA has predicted as high as 3 metres by 2050), influences by the Great Dividing Range which can intensify lows up and down the Eastern seaboard can also have an effect.  Answers to these questions are being modelled not only by the Bureau of Meteorology but the Universities of Macquarie and Newcastle, whose special study relates to history and dam levels in NSW the latter of which can be related to the important topic of water security.

Whatever the development of ocean warming intense rainfall is expected to  increase with each degree of global warming particularly when interacting with  cold air in the upper atmosphere. 

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre 26/8/16)

Dr Stephen Bygrave

Beyond Zero's Vivien Langford speaks to new Beyond Zero Emissions CEO, Dr Stephen Bygrave about his long environmental career, BZE's current projects and plans for the future.

We also talk to Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters and Film Maker, Annie Leonard.

Dr Steve BygraveAnnie LeonardSenator Larissa Waters

CEFC gone under a coalition government!


This edition is called "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" and first aired in late August 2013. With the federal election day (on 7 September) looming, renewable energy investment has slowed due to the uncertainty surrounding, firstly the Renewable Energy Target (RET) review conducted over an 18 month period, the current election campaign and then the policy changes that a possible change to a coalition government will bring.  

We feature interviews with:

John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute, an independent research organisation established in 2005, focused solely on the issue of climate change. Working across sectors and disciplines with a positive and pragmatic approach, The Climate Institute draws attention to critical issues and fosters the understanding and support necessary for the transition to a zero-carbon Australia.

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