COAL + ICE Podcast

COAL + ICE Podcast

Global conversations about how climate change is playing out around the world, and what we can do about it — a biweekly Asia Society podcast with host Mary Kay Magistad.


April 20, 2022 51 mins

Who doesn't like a good story, especially one that sharpens your thinking about the future? Science fiction has been doing that for generations, and now, a growing number of sci fi and speculative fiction writers around the world are imaging what a future with climate change will look like, and how we might respond to it.

Listen in to this thought-provoking final episode of the COAL+ICE Podcast with guests:


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Most of us on earth now live in cities. By 2050, more than two-thirds of us will. And by the end of this century, demographers predict, 85% of the world’s population will live in cities. By then, demographers estimate, cities like Lagos in Nigeria and Mumbai in India will have 60 million or more inhabitants, and much of the world's urban growth will be in Africa.

 What will this mean for climate change, and how will climate cha...

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We've all got to eat. And climate change is throwing us new challenges as to how to feed a global population that's getting bigger, more urban, and more affluent  -- and make sure the world's poorest have enough nutritious food too.

This would have been a challenge without climate change.  With it, farmers need to adapt to wilder weather, less predictable rainfall, and shifting growing zones that sometimes m...

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Enjoy  nature?  Well,  do it while you can.  We’re losing as many as 200 species a day, scientists say  – plants, animals, birds, bugs – with cascading effects for all other species, including humans. And it's humans – our factories, cars, planes and power plants, our sprawling cities and  mono-culture farms –  who have disrupted complex ecosystems and are speeding climate change. 

Dr. Gretta Pecl and Sakhile Koketso join this ...

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Himalayan glaciers have long served as a frozen water tower, releasing water on which billions of Asians rely — into ten of Asia's mighty rivers, into agricultural and food systems, and into ground water.  Climate change is now rapidly melting those glaciers — up to two-thirds of them may be gone by the end of this century — throwing ecosystems throughout the region off-balance.

Anjal Prakash has been studying all of ...

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February 7, 2022 30 mins

Polar ice has a story to tell. Trapped in it are clues to the past -- dirt and dust, and air -- going back a million years . From this, climate scientists can figure out what was happening during past ice ages and warm periods. In each case, it all came down to carbon -- how much carbon dioxide was in the air.  And we're now at CO2 levels last seen in the Pliocene Epoch -- 2.5 to 5 million years ago, long before modern humans ...

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January 25, 2022 48 mins

We're awfully good at burning things up in the name of progress -- coal, oil, gas, Amazon rain forests.  We're not as good at factoring in the real cost of those choices, on our health, and on the health of the planet.

In this first episode of the COAL+ICE podcast, top climate journalists talk about what these choices look like where they live -- in China, South Africa and Brazil -- and what's being done, a...

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January 17, 2022 2 mins

We're all living with climate change,  but what can we do about it?  Join host Mary Kay Magistad, for global conversations on what's happening with climate change around the world, and what's being done to bend the curve.  This biweekly Asia Society podcast starts in late January 2022. 

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