Fossil fuel is sort of a dirty word in environmental circles, but it still comprises over 80% of the world’s energy consumption. This week on Sea Change Radio, oil expert Daniel Dicker explains the complex role that oil and gas plays in the world’s economy. First, we take a look at the recent OPEC meetings and the effect that they’ll have on oil prices moving forward, then we get a snapshot of the challenges that the major oil producing countries face today. Lastly, we get a glimpse into how oil markets are reacting to the inevitable transition to renewable energy.
The Montreal Protocol that was signed in 1987 is widely regarded as one of the most important pieces of international cooperation on environmental issues. It created a phased ban on chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, the principal culprit of the so-called hole in the ozone layer, now greatly diminished, due in large part to this agreement. Just this past weekend, nearly 30 years later, representatives from 140 nations gathered in Kigali, Rwanda to amend the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This time, the aim was to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, which don’t affect the ozone layer, but are among the most potent greenhouse gasses that humans produce. This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk with one of the key figures behind the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Amendment, international environmental lawyer and founder of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, Durwood Zaelke.
You know how hot your car gets on a sunny day? Wouldn’t it be great if all that sun-absorption could actually fuel your ride? Well, this week on Sea Change Radio we profile a small German startup called Sono Motors which is working on making that very thing happen. Sono Motors co-founder Jona Christians outlines how this automobile, draped in solar panels, will charge a battery for up to 250 kilometers of sun-powered driving, discusses the market landscape for this sort of technology, and tells us how the company recently raised $200,000 in crowd-source funding to make their vision real. Then, we revisit host Alex Wise‘s interview with Mike Tinskey from Ford Motors who, in 2014, talked about the company’s promising C-Max Solar Energi Concept car with solar panels built right into the roof.
There’s more than one way to support ecological conservation. Today on Sea Change Radio we talk with two individuals working on different fronts for the same cause. First, host Alex Wise speaks with Dr. Paul Salaman, the CEO of the Rainforest Trust, an international conservation organization. They talk about the organization’s efforts to defend fragile ecosystems, the technologies they use to monitor the species they protect, and their methods for engaging indigenous peoples, governments, and private companies to set aside land and ensure the preservation of vulnerable species. Then we hear from Shilpi Chhotray, an ocean advocate for Mission Blue who’s also the founder of Samudra Skin & Sea, a line of sustainable beauty products. If Chhotray’s name sounds familiar it may be because she was a Sea Change Radio guest in 2014, talking about the role of women in the burgeoning seaweed industry in India. That work in India inspired Chhotray to create a company that offers an alternative to conventional beauty products. Samudra Skin & Sea helps protect the ocean by crafting creams that use sustainably harvested seaweed, avoiding plastic throughout its supply chain, and partnering with ocean advocacy organizations to support a shared mission of ocean conservation.