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The Climate Conversations


You have heard about climate change. But what does it mean and how does it impact us? This podcast looks into the issues related to the science and impact of climate change, as well as the policy, technology and finance behind climate action and adaptation. Each week, we talk to experts who help usRead more

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What’s your video streaming got to do with climate change? We look at data centres and sustainability | EP 57

Nov 25 • 21:37

From streaming a movie on Netflix, to e-commerce and e-banking, we rely on data centres to process and communicate information at lightning speeds. Yet they are energy and water guzzlers. How are governments balancing the lucrative opportunity of building more data centres but also managing their large electricity footprint? And what does an eco-friendly data center look l...

COP26 report card: Progress but yet more room for improvement? | EP 56

Nov 18 • 34:40

Just what did the most important climate conference since Paris in 2015 achieve? What did nearly 200 countries commit to and where did they fall below expectations? Have a few cans been kicked down the road to Egypt next year even if countries cannot afford a minute to waste? Jaime Ho gets Melissa Low, Research Fellow at the NUS Energy Studies Institute to give us her take....

Voices at COP26 in Glasgow: A collision of passion and pragmatism? | EP 55

Nov 12 • 23:10

In a special edition, CNA's climate correspondent Jack Board reports on COP26 from Glasgow. While world leaders and corporate executives huddle in halls and on stages to decide the future of the Earth, he speaks to people who are clamouring for change but have been shut out from having a seat at the table: An indigenous group mother-and-daughter duo from the Philippines, a...

How achievable is Malaysia's 2050 net zero emissions target? | EP 54

Nov 5 • 20:49

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the country's goal of reaching net zero as early as 2050. Plans include ending new coal-fired power plants, increasing renewable energy capacity and adopting carbon tax. What are the challenges with implementation? What does it mean for Malaysia’s economy, and role of sectors such as fossil fuels and palm oil? Jaime Ho speaks to...

Will COP26 deliver under the weight of expectations? | EP 53

Oct 28 • 34:19

From this week, negotiators and leaders will gather in Glasgow to negotiate outcomes that will set in place promises made in the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015. On the back of the latest IPCC report which delivered a “code red for humanity”, what can and must we expect at COP26? Jaime Ho speaks to Isabelle de Lovinfosse who works for the British Government as the Head of...

How artificial intelligence can help humans fight climate change | EP 52

Oct 21 • 27:10

Advances in deep learning and computational power have made artificial intelligence (AI) less science fiction and more of a reality as a powerful tool in fighting climate change. But exactly what can it do to help us reduce emissions and mitigate impacts? What are the downsides of using AI to deal with a problem as complex as climate change? Jaime Ho speaks to Markus Kraft...

Between generating and selling electricity, what’s one player in Singapore doing in the name of climate action and sustainability? | EP 51

Oct 14 • 25:01

With rising electricity prices and growing demand, how do electricity companies balance cost with carbon emissions reductions commitments? Why are alternative energy sources still not a big part of the mix and how can customers help in this green journey? Jaime Ho speaks to Lim Han Kwang, CEO of Geneco and Group Head (Retail, Regulation and Renewables) of YTL PowerSeraya t...

Have ships and shipping sailed under the radar of stronger climate action? | EP 50

Sep 23 • 20:17

The global shipping trade is a vast network of unimaginable scale: 90 per cent of the world's trade is done by sea. But where does global shipping stand within the world’s emissions reductions commitments? And why is it so hard for this industry to decarbonise? Can the industry lower its emissions or is that a bar too high? Jaime Ho talks to Sanjay Kuttan, Chief Technology...

What’s a 'greenfluencer' and what do they do in championing climate action? | EP 49

Sep 16 • 21:04

In 2019, passionate young people organised the SG Climate Rally. But with COVID-19, activism has leaned even further towards social media. But how far can it really go in driving climate action? Jaime Ho speaks to Woo Qiyun who runs the Instagram page The Weird and Wild for her take on how her brand of activism works, and on the challenges and opportunities behind this new...

The green consumer paradox: Can we walk the talk on sustainability? | EP 48

Sep 10 • 24:18

We live in a world where the boom in e-commerce allows us to buy anything we want and have it delivered within the day. Yet we have also awoken to the impact of climate change, and the need to reduce waste and embrace sustainability. So how do we square this circle? Is there a gap between purpose and action? Is it about buying “greener” or just buying less? Jaime Ho speaks...

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