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

Community Responses to Climate Change - Occupy Sandy

OCCUPY SANDY from JFOX on Vimeo.

Beyond Zero's Nick Carson looks at Community Responses to Climate Change exacerbated natural disasters, particularly the Occupy Sandy relief effort.

Dr Jenny Riesz examines policies to realise 100% renewable energy

Dr Jenny Riesz is a research associate with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM), at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), based in Sydney, Australia. Dr Reisz’s research examines high penetration renewable power systems, with a particular focus on the design and operation of electricity markets.

She talks to Beyond Zero's Anthony and Matt about the 100% renewable energy models for Australia by Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), UNSW and BZE, and the combinations of renewable energy mixes required. It's critical to transfer away from coal fired power to renewables and entirely fesible to expand the Renewable Energy Target (RET) to 90% renewables by 2030, as proposed by the Greens in the upcoming election. 

BZE speaks with Sarah Gorman from Permaculture Melbourne

Sarah Gorman from Permaculture Melbourne talks to Beth Shepherd about Permaculture design. She was inspired working  in Guatemala and is now teaching in Melbourne. Part of the solution to peak oil and climate change will be to grow food locally. Sarah tells us how.

Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) 2020 Land Use plan program

Bushfires, black soot, glaciers, deforestation. How do they affect the climate and what are the solutions?
BZE guest programmer Andrew Longmire interviews Dr Chris Taylor who is a Melbourne University researcher for the Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) 2020 Land Use plan.

Turning the Titanic

“Why do we find it so difficult to accept the findings of climate science and respond to the challenge of global warming?”

Dr Paul Basore CTO Hanwha Solar

Dr Paul Basore, Laboratory Director and Chief Technology Officer at Hanwha Solar America, has recently established their PV research and development lab in Santa Clara, America. Paul speaks about today's best available PV modules and the next generation of solar cell technology. Paul is visiting Australia for Clean Energy Week 2013, Australia's biggest event for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry, incorporating ATRAA (Australia's largest solar event).

Since receiving his PhD in electrical engineering from MIT (US) 30 years ago, Paul has managed the establishment of five PV R&D facilities, over university, government and industry across three continents.

Kurri Kurri Gathering part 1: The Sunrise Project & Sierra Club

Beyond Zero radio takes you to a gathering in rural NSW today. The Sunrise Project gathered landowners and activists, politicians and people ready to go to jail in the battle to wake us up to climate change. They were at Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley, at the:

Our Land, Our Water, Our Future: Beyond Coal and Gas Gathering 2013 from 18-20 May.

As part of the three-day meeting, participants were involved in training and skill-shares in fundraising, media and legal processes. Together, we discussed how to counter mining industry spin with economic research, groundwater modelling and peaceful civil defence in ‘open space’ workshops and keynote talks.
Vivien Langford first speaks to Jonathon Moylan about pressuring your bank or super fund to stop lending to new coal or gas projects. He caused  the share price of a coal mine to plummet by putting out hoaxed press release from ANZ. Then Vivien gets the low down on how to mobilise from Sierra Club organisers Bob Bingaman and Jacinta Vargas.

Professor Colin Butler from Canberra University describes the health impact worldwise of an addiction to coal. Then stay tuned for  Ian Dunlop. He is a business insider who has managed coal companies and former president of the Australian Coal Association. His message to the mining industry is to think again, to face up to the fact that 80% of the coal oil and gas has to stay underground to get on track with the decarbonised economy.

Paul McIntosh, Sustainable Dorset


Paul McIntosh, Sustainability Manager of Dorset Agenda 21 (da21) - an independent charity - works cooperatively with local people, communities, businesses, educational bodies, local government and other organisations to encourage sustainable living in Dorset, UK.

Sustainable Dorset, the website of Dorset Agenda 21, aims to promote the amazing work of organisations in Dorset working on sustainability issues, to provide resources such as funding information for groups themselves, and to be a common point of reference for those working in this field. Paul sees his role as an 'enabler' of projects ranging from community funded renewables such as tidal, solar PV, and biogas, to community carsharing, transition towns, organic gardening and more. Paul also oversees a project called Dorset Energized which is about connecting home owners with renewable energy.

They use the Brundtland definition of sustainable development : "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky - permafrost expert

Dr. Vladimir E. Romanovsky is Professor of Geophysics of the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. Dr Romanovsky's interest is in the scientific and practical aspects of environmental and engineering problems involving ice and permafrost. He joins Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele to talk about his new research report on thawing permafrost called "Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost" for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Kurri Kurri Gathering part 2

This is part 2 of a series of interviews recorded at Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley, at The Sunrise Project's:
Our Land, Our Water, Our Future: Beyond Coal and Gas Gathering 2013 from 18-20 May.

Featuring interviews from international activists against coal, coal seam gas (CSG) and local leaders in the community - Julie Lyford and Graeme Healey, Nicki Chirlian, Srinivas Krishnaswamy and Sredar Ramamurthy.

Julie Lyford, former shire mayor and spokesperson for the community-based organisation, Barrington-Gloucester-Stroud Preservation Alliance, and its chairman, Graham Healy, are fighting the state government renewing two large mining exploration licences in Gloucester. BGSP-Alliance was established in 2006 in response to the sudden and dramatic expansion of proposed coal and coal seam gas exploration and possible mining within the Gloucester Valley.

Megan Kuhn, Liverpool Plains farmer, Regional Coordinator for CSG Free North West, Member of the Bundella community. Nicky Chirlian from Save Our Soils Liverpool Plains. John Krey, Vice-President of the Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association, who with the help of Environmental Defender's Office of NSW, recently won a three-year battle against Rio Tinto when a court overturned a state government-endorsed decision to allow it to dig an open-cut coalmine next to the town.

Srinivas Krishnaswamy, CEO, Vasudha Foundation, India.

Dr Sreedhar Ramamurthy from mines, minerals & PEOPLE (mm&P) India, a growing alliance of individuals, institutions and communities who are concerned and affected by mining.

David Feng talks High Speed Rail (HSR) in China


David Feng is an academic, blogger, radio personality and a train buff who has clocked in more than 45,000 kilometers to around 20 Chinese provinces in the past four years.

As of August 2012, China had laid 12,000 kilometers of High Speed Rail (HSR) track, investing billions of yuan in a state of the art train network. Most of these trains have a top speed of 350km/h. Chinese authorities aim to build more than 13,000 kilometers of HSR lines by end of 2012 and 16,000 kilometers by 2020.

Like David, many people are replacing air travel with the convenience of HSR trips. David joins Beyond Zero's Matthew and Anthony to tell us why China's successful HSR network is now the largest in the world.

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist.  In 1988, he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming.  He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board at, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world.

Beyond Zero Radio's Vivien Langford talked to Bill on his recent 'Do the Maths' Australian tour in June 2013. Bill McKibben's also has a new movie of the same name, 'Do the Math'. In November 2012, following publication of his Rolling Stone article, Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, Bill McKibben and hit the road to build a movement strong enough to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis by getting people, colleges and governments to take their cash out of coal investments.

Join the Fossil Free Australia community today to bring on the clean energy revolution!

Do the Maths: Bill McKibben argues for divestment

Future is bright for high efficiency rooftop solar technologies


Beyond Zero's Anthony and Matthew recap four recent interviews on rooftop solar technology - Tindo Solar, Solar Junction, Solarus and Tractile Solar.

It's the Economy, Stupid

In today's Community Show Podcast (broadcast on Mon 17 March 2014), we feature an edited version of a recent event at the 2014 Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne titled,
It's the Economy, Stupid - Transitions to a Sustainable Economy

If continuous growth is unsustainable, but 'de-growth' is unstable, what can we do? Re-examining our economic system is crucial to sustainability, but how do we transition to a more sustainable system. In an interactive forum we ask these leading thinkers for their propositions.
With Richard Denniss (The Australia Institute), Dr Jagjit Plahe (Monash University), and Keith Badger (OASES Graduate School), facilitated by Anthony James (OASES & Swinburne University’s National Centre for Sustainability).

Dr Frank Jotzo: Australia's Carbon price - One year on

Dr Frank Jotzo, Director - Centre for Climate Economics & Policy at ANU, provides an update on Australia's carbon price one year on from implementation. Beyond Zero first interviewed Frank in June 2012, prior to the carbon price coming into effect on 1 July 2012. Listen to the previous podcast here. And as Frank says, the sky hasn't fallen in!

One year on... emissions have gone down as predicted, with the direct outcome of making dirty coal fired power plants unprofittable for certain parts of the year. Electricity and gas prices have risen about 10%, as predicted, and the price of household goods have risen slightly, as predicted.  

Dr Marion Carey from Monash University's Sustainability Institute talks about biodiversity

BZE's Vivien Langford speaks to Dr Marion Carey, Research Fellow at Monash University's Sustainability Institute about biodiversity.

They discuss biodiversity in terms of its role as the foundation of human health, and discuss the importance of preserving whole systems of organisms.

Victoria McKenzie - Senator Christine Milne - Andrew Bray - Matt Grantham

In the first part of this program, BZE's Melissa Crotty speaks to Victoria McKenzie – McHarg, Safe Climate and Smart Transport Campaigner for Environment Victoria.

They discuss the HRL legal case which aims to stop the building of a new dirty coal power station, and then talk about the proposed expansion of the coal export industry in Victoria and what we can do to stop it.

Melissa also speaks to Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Milne about the many reasons why we need to move away from our dependence on coal and move towards renewable energy. Senator Milne also explains what The Greens are doing to encourage this and what concerned citizens must do to ensure a safe climate and prosperous Australia .

In the second part of this program, BZE's Melissa Crotty speaks to Andrew Bray, Communication Coordinator for the grassroots campaign 100 percent renewable energy. They discuss the exciting Big Solar campaign and explain how you can get involved and make Big Solar a reality in Australia.
Melissa then speaks with Matt Grantham, internationally acclaimed comedian and BZE volunteer. Matt talks about his new Melbourne International comedy festival show, "How many politicians does it take to change a lightbulb?" and reminds us about the BZE Comedy Fundraiser on the 30th March - FAD Gallery - 14 Corrs Lane, Chinatown Melbourne.

Drew Hutton's Lock the Gate campaign & Environment Victoria calling on media to stop publishing letters from climate deniers

Join Beyond Zero's Vivien and Beth for a program called "Over our dead bodies". Stay tuned for the positive message at the end, which makes reference to the fun video above.

Community based campaign warrior, Drew Hutton, from the Lock the Gate Alliance provides an update on blocking Coal Seam Gas (CSG) projects. He talks about the success of Lock the Gate's model around QLD and the rest of Australia; and he encourages campaigners to talk to people you don't necessarily agree with.

 David Shoebridge

Stefan Jarnason - Solar Analytics

Stefan Jarnason reflects on his long history in the solar industry, particularly with pioneer Suntech, and tells about his new venture giving solar owners unprecedented accuracy on the long term perfoamce of their investment.

Stefan Jarnason is Managing Director, Solar Analytics and Technical Director, Suntech Australia. Stefan recently presented at the 2014 All Energy Conference in Melbourne in October. 

He discusses how solar is reducing electricity prices for all consumers and is offering comsumers a whole energy package which allows for long term storage, load shifting, monitoring and more. 

Solar Analytics was born out of PV manufacturer Suntech in 2011 and is a unique solar monitoring product that uses sophisticated algorithms to analyse the energy generated by a PV system, and compare this to the calculated energy yield based on the PV system parameters and daily weather conditions. These algorithms intelligently assess how well a PV system is performing, and inform the system owner so that underperforming systems can be rectified in a timely manner.

Solar Analytics offers you alternative user-friendly solutions to better understand your system's performance. Through faster fault identification and rectification, your solar PV system's lifetime energy generation can be increased by 15-20%.

Stefan also talks about some of the new ideas that impressed him at All Energy. He refers to BZE researcher Richard Keech's presentation on 'PV vs solar hot water'. 

Mary Ann Piette, Director of the Demand Response Research Center, LBNL

Mary Ann Piette is head of the Building Technology and Urban Systems department and director of the Demand Response Research Center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Mary Ann speaks about the work carried out within their Environmental Energy Technologies Division and the changes she has seen throughout her 30 year career at LBNL, starting with focusing on building construction and materials to the latest in building automation systems, smart grids and demand response.

Tim Hollo, adviser to Senator Christine Milne

Greens Adviser to Senator Christine Milne, Tim Hollo, reviews the historic passing of the carbon price legislation through the Australian Parliament.

Election Edition


Welcome to Beyond Zero's Election Edition, where Vivien Langford talks to the three major political parties about their policies on climate change.

Greg Hunt, Liberal MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change Action, Environment and Heritage

Yvette D'Ath, Labour MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and

Christine Milne, Greens senator, leader of the Australian Greens.

Fire, heatwaves and the climate emergency


Associate Professor Peter Christoff at Melbourne University and Dr Elizabeth Hanna, National Convenor - Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Human Health at  ANU and President -  Climate and Health Alliance, were among fourteen prominent Australians, scientists and academics who recently published a statement calling on Australia to cease the expansion of coal ports.

'Let's talk about coal' dares to name the greatest contribution Australia is making to climate change and the impacts we are suffering right now through the recent fires, heatwaves, floods and droughts.

Dr. Lothar Schäfer, Fraunhofer Institute in Germany

Dr. Lothar Schäfer is the Head of Department "Diamond Technology" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig, Germany. His expert research utilises the process usually used to make diamond coatings to make silicon coatings which are used in producing solar Photovoltaic (PV) cells. This process is called the Hot-wire CVD (chemical vapor deposition) process.

Dr. Ryan Wiser LBNL - US wind energy hit record growth in 2012

Dr. Ryan H. Wiser is a Staff Scientist and Deputy Group Leader in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Ryan leads and conducts research and analysis on renewable energy, including on the planning, design, and evaluation of renewable energy policies; on the costs, benefits, and market potential of renewable electricity sources; on electric grid operations and infrastructure impacts; and on public acceptance and deployment barriers. Dr Wiser is co-author of the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report for the US DoE.

Retrofitting Bonanza

To coincide with the launch of the Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) Buildings Plan in August 2013, Beyond Zero Radio looks at transforming our buildings to zero emissions.The ZCA Buildings Plan is the first comprehensive, nationwide retrofit plan for Australia's building sector. This plan demonstrates how all existing buildings can reach zero emissions within ten years.

Beth talks to Lucy Roberts, BZE Live Retrofit Productions Manager, about the Master Builders Association's Build & Renovating Expo held in July 2013. Lucy ran a set and live performance at the Expo, where an average Australian house was transformed into a zero-carbon, low-energy, high-performance home, showcasing the solutions of the ZCA Buildings Plan. We also talk to a range of exhibitors promoting energy efficient products at the expo.

Trent Hawkins, ZCA Buildings Plan Project Director, explains how retrofit existing buildings for higher comfort and lower running costs can halve Australia's building energy use. Then we talk to Lloyd Niccol, Project Manager Team UoW Australia, the first team from Australia to gain entrance into a Solar Decathlon 2013 in China and the first in the history of the competition to demonstrate how to retrofit an existing home! 

UPDATE since the interview with Lloyd, is Team UoW has won Solar Decathlon 2013 - congratulations!

Retro wins out in high-tech housing contest

Ben Courtice, Friends of the Earth campaigner

Beth Shepherd talks to Ben Courtice, Friends of the Earth campaigner and convenor of the 2012 Climate Action Summit.

Ben explains the nature of the summit, discusses its aims and encourages people to register for the workshops and discussions happening in Sydney this weekend (28th & 29th April 2012).

High Speed Rail (HSR) for Australia

Vivien speaks to Bryan Nye, CEO, Australasian Railway Association (ARA), a not-for-profit member-based association that represents passenger, freight, track, manufacturing, construction, supply and other rail companies in Australasia. The ARA has called for the high speed rail project to be put to market in their submission to the Phase High Speed Rail Implementation Study, completed with much greater speed than the study proposes, and that the route is finalised and protected. Bryan's polls are showing 87% of people are in support of HSR. It's also essential to create a convenient, zero emissions transport option, particularly since Sydney to Melbourne was the third busiest air corridor in the world last week.

Then Gen Okajima, general manager of the Sydney office of Japan's biggest railway company JR- Tokai, describes what a HSR trip from Sydney to Melbourne will be like:

Trip time = 2h 44m, enjoy computer with Wifi while on board, reliable, punctual, no baggage fees, no security lines, no taking out your laptop, no check-in time, you can change trains without reservations, no need to turn off your mobile unless you want to avoid a phone call ! Japan's lucrative HSR system repaid world bank loan in 15 yrs, with land value near stations increasing extraordinarily. The Tokyo to Osaka leg by rail uses 1/8 of the energy compared to planes.

Then,  BZE Zero Carbon Australia Transport Plan researcher, Gerard Drew, explains how the government has underestimated by $190 billion the profits of its Melbourne-Brisbane high-speed rail (HSR) plan, enough to repay the capital cost of the network.

Gerard says HSR could be powered by a 100% renewable electricity grid for half the cost assumed in this study.

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