Waste Not WHY Not

Waste Not WHY Not

Waste Not Why Not (WNWN) is a podcast on climate and sustainability from Ghost Island Media in Taiwan. Debuted on Earth Day in 2019, it's hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), a sustainability consultant working on energy, ocean and waste. Media partner at AAAS Annual Meetings in 2020 and 2021. Recognized as a Circular Economy Solution by SITRA Fund in Finland, 2020. New season begins May 3, 2022. 鬼島之音旗下的英文節目,由環境研究員及顧問 Nate Maynard (自然8)主持,探討世界環境永續發展的重要議題,每集聊一個重要的概念、或是跟專家訪談、有時也會去田野採訪。2020及2021美國科學促進會(AAAS)年會媒體夥伴、受芬蘭創新基金會肯定為2020世界循環經濟解決方案。新一季於將於五月三日開播。

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June 27, 2022 22 min
The ocean temperature is rising, and that’s killing corals. But scientists are finding out that some corals can resist climate change. So if we wanted to make sure that at least some corals survive in the future, which species should we save?  We are at a coral lab to speak to Shashank Keshavmurthy at the Biodiversity Research Center at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He’s setting up an experiment to stress test corals in a lab, and tr...
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A new, knowledge-filled, episode on corals is coming your way, but to prepare you for it, we bring you an old episode to catch you up to speed. Happy World’s Ocean Day! Corals are dying. By 2050 we probably won’t have any corals left in our oceans. So scientists around the world are trying to figure out how to regrow coral reefs, and some have even turned to 3D printing for coral restoration. But is this possible? Can technology s...
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Solar is - in some places in the world - the cheapest energy, even cheaper than coal and oil with fossil fuel subsidies. Solar is inexpensive, inoffensive, inexpensive. But it wasn’t always this easy. Investing in solar used to be risky business. What happened? Welcome to class SEI101: Solar Energy Investment. Today, we speak to Mark Oei, an investor of real estate and clean energy. He’s founding partner at Redwood Coast Capital ...
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From building dirt bikes to supercars, to something that may or may not be on Mars right now, Azizi Tucker has done it all. Being environmentally conscious has been a theme of his career, but his real focus? It’s been about making better products. But his products have a side effect of massively reducing pollution. Azizi Tucker is a tinkerer, racer, engineer, and entrepreneur. Tucker raced mountain bikes competitively as a youth ...
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What does “good” look like? And what does “wonderful” look like? What does a “wonderful green building” look like? How do they make us happier?  We call up Professor Vivian Loftness, former head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, National Board of the US. Green Buildings Council, the American Institute of Architects, and International Living Futures Institute. We then go see a man who manages a green bui...
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April 23, 2022 9 min
Taiwan's seeing an uptick of COVID the past two weeks. And while that's happening, our new season launch is pushed to May 3. In today's home recording, Nate reflects the past 3 years of the podcast and of his own work.  For our sister shows in our network, search Ghost Island Media. Support “Waste Not Why Not” on Patreon https://patreon.com/wastenotwhynot Follow us on Twitter @wastenotpod Support the show: https:...
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April 18, 2022 1 min
As promised, we’ve new episodes coming to you, starting April 22, Earth Day, aka our third anniversary! Get ready for a 5-part mini series with the American Institute in Taiwan.  It’s a really fun mini series. The Waste Not Why Not team visited a green building. I got to test drive an electric dirt bike. We saw a coral being stress tested in a lab. We talk to solar and money people. These are entrepreneurs, researchers, and just g...
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Angela Chao was a rising senior at National Taiwan Univ (NTU) when she made this episode for “In Training 小鬼登島” - a Ghost Island Media program for and by emerging creators / interns. Angela worked on Waste Not Why Not, cares a lot about the environment, and wanted to explain to her friends #circulareconomy. This episode was nominated for a Sustainable and Constructive News Award (2021).  Originally aired as here: https://ghostisla...
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August 31, 2021 13 min
California is leading the United States into the solar panel revolution. And spoilers: it’s actually quite boring. Or at least, that's what an OG environmentalist would say.  This episode, Nature N8 walks us through the process of installing solar panels on his parents’ roof, in the Californian suburbs. He explains the financial magic of solar, compares it to industrial scale installments, and finds hope in how the once-radica...
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July 14, 2021 1 min
N8's visiting home in San Diego!  Don't worry though, the show's not ending, and he promised he will write us regularly.  For other environmental podcasts, check out the Climactic Collective and the signatories of Podcasters Declare.   For our sister shows in our network, search Ghost Island Media. Support “Waste Not Why Not” on Patreon. Follow us on Twitter @wastenotpod.  Subscribe to “Waste Not a Newsletter...
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July 1, 2021 25 min
This week, we bring back Emily Cardinali on the show! She was our very first editor, and she had really wanted to report on sustainable menstrual products. So, after our interview with Isabel Aagard last episode, we reached out to Emily about her own experiences with green tampons.  N8 and Emily discuss the guilt on half of our human population, tips on identifying sustainable products, and the pros and cons of every sort of menst...
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We don’t all have to be sustainability consultants in order to save the environment. You can keep doing what you’re good at - and apply your expertise to environmental problems. That’s how Isabel stepped into circular design.  Isabel Aagaard is an entrepreneur and product designer. She founded LastObject two years ago in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a mission to eliminate single-use items by creating their reusable alternatives. Her ...
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Today’s show is a cross over with The Taiwan Take. Taiwan’s next referendum will soon vote on activating the nation’s fourth nuclear plant, as well as constructing a natural gas plant on an algal reef that's critical for Taiwan’s biodiversity. These decisions come as governments around the world are scrambling to meet the demands of the Paris Agreement, and as environmental activists fight for a more sustainable planet.  Gree...
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Do you enjoy gaming? Do you enjoy surviving our climate apocalypse? Well, good news! You can enjoy both at the same time!  Last fall, Nature N8 went to a World Climate Simulation event, called En-ROADS, where participants roleplay as different sectors to negotiate for better climate policies. N8 finds out what goes on throughout the simulation, and why this game was created in the first place.   Thank you to Omplexity, TWYCC, and...
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Nature N8 is too old and tired to debunk any more bad environmental hogwash baloney. So he’s definitely not debunking Seaspiracy, the new 2021 Netflix documentary that's trending all over social media and press coverages. Nope. Not doing it.  What we WILL do is share an open letter: Podcasters Declare. A group of Climate Podcasters is calling Apple Podcast to add a new category: Climate! This would help podcast listeners like ...
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February 24, 2021 16 min
N8’s noticing some viral trends on Twitter, again. This time, media pieces are comparing COVID-19 to Climate Change. (Spoilers: they’re not comparable.) We also want to share an open letter that our friend Mark from the Climactic podcast is helping organize: Podcasters Declare. A group of Climate Podcasters is calling Apple Podcast to add a new category: Climate! This would greatly help listeners like you find more thoughtful disc...
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Representative Dr. Jasmine Clark of Georgia is a microbiologist who organized the March for Science in Atlanta and was part of the following wave of scientists that ran for office in the United States. N8 and Dr. Clark discuss Georgia’s challenges in diversifying its energy portfolio, public transportation and infrastructure, and what it actually means to bring scientific expertise into law-making.  We’re back at the American Asso...
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Surprise! Nature N8 embarks on yet another field trip—this time to a waste recycling facility. Specifically, an electronic waste facility. If you’re reading this, you’re creating e-waste right now! What are you gonna do with it?! Corporate eWaste Solutions is a company that disassembles, recycles, and reuses e-waste for other businesses. N8 goes to their facility in Brea to talk with John (Environmental Health & Safety special...
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*in some cases. Here’s another short(er) episode where N8 talks about whatever’s in the news! The International Energy Agency’s annual report just came out, and it finally recognizes the growing trend of solar energy. Solar is now the cheapest source of energy in certain areas of the world! These are incredible developments in spite of the pandemic that disrupted so many renewable plans. N8 dives into the IEA report to look at th...
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Nature N8 looks into a smart windows company: View, to chat with Piers MacNaughton. Piers is the Director of Health Strategy at View, a Research Associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, and an expert on how our living space changes our daily performance. He sheds light on how smart windows conserve energy, save money, and also, improve our brains!  Aren’t these windows so insightful? Can we offer you a View in these uncur...
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