Climate Vision 2050

Climate Vision 2050

It’s 2050 and we’re exploring how the world radically reduced carbon emissions and saved itself from climate catastrophe. What have our cities done to accommodate massive population growth? And how do businesses, governments, researchers and everyday people work together to build sustainable supply chains, agricultural practices and transportation infrastructure? This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

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April 5, 2024 40 secs

We're very proud of Climate Vision 2050 and its combination of rich, experimental storytelling, cutting-edge science, and its message of hope.

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Electric vehicles have revolutionized the automotive industry and created a sustainable circular economy. Today in 2050, the internal combustion engine is a relic of the past. At the Paulista Grand Prix in São Paulo, race car driver Bela Tanaka goes neck and neck with Rahul Gonzalez for a chance at the top 5. 

The materials in batteries today are extracted from recycled materials through urban mining.  Recycling helps supp...

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This week, we’re presenting an episode of Climate Rising from our friends at Harvard Business School.  In this first episode of a new series on climate change and AI, Hamid Maher and Charlotte Degot, Managing Directors and Partners at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), explain how BCG has developed and uses AI tools to help their clients manage climate risks and address mitigation and adaptation challenges. They describe how they ...

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April 4, 2023 27 mins

Clothing recycling along with second-hand and rental markets have significantly decreased waste in the fashion industry. Today in 2050, every garment tells a story. This transparency about an item’s provenance empowers consumers to make responsible choices. At Tokyo Fashion Week, model Emiko Ikeda must decide if they should take a stand against unethical clothing manufacturing. 

The lines between the digital and physical realms...

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March 21, 2023 25 mins

In 2050, mangrove forests are thriving across Southeast Asia’s shorelines, protecting coastal communities from flooding and erosion.  The region is a world leader in nature-based solutions to climate challenges.  Environmental scientist Danilo Manolo travels through a protected mangrove forest in a national park in Malaysia to halt an illegal logging operation.

Southeast Asia’s inland conservation initiative, the Heart of ...

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March 7, 2023 27 mins

Controlled-environment agriculture allows farmers to grow fruits and vegetables indoors all over the world and even on Mars.  Vertical farms are interwoven into the fabric of our cities, and produce is grown in greenhouses in less densely populated areas.  Farmer Louisette Thibault must contain a pest outbreak at indoor farming facilities in and around Montreal, Canada. 

Climate challenges have put massive pressure on...

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February 21, 2023 25 mins

Shipping is propelled into the future by a force that has moved vessels since antiquity: the wind.  Ships powered with sails, kites, flettner rotors, and more sustainable fuels have aided decarbonization.  Captain Karan Sharma battles a hurricane as he competes in a company-wide efficiency rating game called GreenShip50. 

Digital tools and increased automation have transformed the shipping industry.  Today, most ...

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February 7, 2023 23 mins

The path to decarbonize aviation seemed insurmountable. Through new aircraft design, alternative fuels, and infrastructure improvements flying is greener than ever.  In a rush to get to the delivery room of his new baby, electric supercharging technician Paul Harper travels home on a supersonic jet run on sustainable aviation fuel. 

Since the Wright Brothers’ first flight in the early 1900s, the aviation industry has depen...

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January 24, 2023 26 mins

Nairobi’s green tech and innovation boom make it a 2050 powerhouse. That success comes with climate challenges that the city is addressing.  Urban planner Bailey Muthoni lives in housing built from plastic waste and gets around on an electric motorbike.  She stages a tactical urbanism intervention advocating for improved walkability at the city's parliament.

The city’s population has quadrupled since the 2020s, forcing it ...

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November 2, 2022 25 mins

In 2050 dozens of energy islands exist around the world to power our societies with hundreds of offshore wind turbines, each about three times the height of the Statue of Liberty.  In this episode, we travel alongside offshore technician Sofia Rojas to the North Sea energy island, which is nearly the size of 20 football pitches. It is one of the oldest.  Sofia must investigate and fix an anomaly detected through the islan...

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October 26, 2022 2 mins

It’s 2050 and we’re exploring how the world radically reduced carbon emissions and saved itself from climate catastrophe. In this podcast, we transport you across the world to hear stories about overcoming inertia and mistrust, unleashing creativity and collaboration, and making meaningful and sustainable progress against an existential threat.

How do we power our world with renewable energy?  What have our cities done to ...

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