The Biofriendly Podcast

The Biofriendly Podcast

Your beacon of light in a gloomy environment, The Biofriendly Podcast is 3x International award-winning educational series! Hosted by Noel Carroll and Jacob Givens. Episodes air every Friday. Check out www.biofriendlyplanet.com

Episodes

June 11, 2021 44 min

This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we welcomed Spencer Plumb from the National Forest Foundation to talk about the importance of natural fires, how trees are the OG carbon capture technology, and sometimes you have to save the world with the power of Excel spreadsheets!

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By now you've probably heard about the ransomware hack of the Colonial Pipeline which seized hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel in the USA, but did you know that the cybercrooks behind everything felt pretty bad about it? This week, Noel and Jacob talk about what happened to the pipeline, what this means for our energy grid, and that the apocalypse will revolve around toilet paper! 

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Recycling has been promoted as a green solution for decades, but unfortunately the modern day system is falling apart. This week we welcomed Jonathan Levy, also know as the @ZeroWasteGuy, to share the truth about what happens after we recycle, ways we can help reduce waste, and why being jerk on the internet isn't helping anyone at all! 

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May 21, 2021 48 min

This Biofriendly Podcast is pretty sweet! Sugarcane is the most produced food commodity in the world, so as you can imagine it has a significant impact on many environmentally sensitive regions. This week Noel and Jacob talk about what's being done to improve the sugar industry, some sweet sugar alternatives, and do we have to fight bears in hand-to-hand combat to get honey?!

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With Microsoft's recent commitment to be carbon negative by 2030, we invited our good friend and Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft, Holly Beale to talk about how her company is putting their words into action! Holly shares with Noel and Jacob about her personal journey in sustainability, some memorable moments with data center communities, and of most importantly her preference in peanut butter!

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May 6, 2021 43 min

Grab your controllers because a new player has entered the game... planet Earth! This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we discuss how the UN has launched an initiative to utilize gaming to teach kids about the environment, we dream up our own groundbreaking green games, and how is Noel in two places at the same time? 

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April 29, 2021 48 min

Not only is gravity a force to be reckoned with, but it turns out that the gravity of the situation could help replace lithium batteries one day. This week Noel and Jacob weigh-in on a new gravity powered facility in Scotland, discuss how renewable energy storage has changed the gravity game, and why bears dread their 40th birthday.?

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This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we welcomed Paul Buttner from the California Rice Commission to talk about how they've transformed the rice fields of the Sacramento Valley into a safe haven for millions of waterbirds, ducks and geese. Paul talks about his environmental journey from air pollution to wildlife conservation, and did the California Raisins steal all of rice's thunder? 

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April 15, 2021 43 min

What if children around the world have been missing out on the gifts of an ancient tree spirit for thousands of years? This week Noel and Jacob build a bridge to Earth Day by revealing a magical new holiday 30 days later that will inspire generations to reconnect with nature, bake a pizza, and maybe sport a curly mustache! 

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April 8, 2021 35 min

What do you do when you're the world’s fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter but you own 20 percent of the global forests? Well, according to Russia, you tell the UN to cut you some slack and lease parts of the forest for carbon offsets. This week, Noel and Jacob talk about what Russia is up to, how carbon offsets work, and is Spaceballs an environmental documentary? 

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April 1, 2021 39 min

Why do we need ships as big as the Empire State Building and why the heck did one get stuck in the Suez Canal? This week Noel and Jacob discuss the pros and cons of buying stuff around the world, why it's important that we don't blow up the moon, and the best way to get your spaghetti and meatballs at home!

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March 25, 2021 47 min

Whatever happened with the hole in the ozone layer? Could we dim the sun by launching chalk dust into the sky? This week, Noel and Jacob study our stratosphere and discuss some of the ways we protect our planet from UV rays... all with the help of the Cheddar Dynasty.

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Did you know that plastic microfibers from our clothing are the source of 35% of all microplastics in the ocean? This week we are joined by Barbara Martinez from Conservation X Labs to tell Noel and Jacob about their challenge that will award $650,000 in prizes to winning innovations, how this could revolutionize textiles, and why curling teams need to make a comeback!     
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When it comes to learning more about the Earth, it's important to look to our own solar system to see how the other planets have transformed over millions of years. That's why we invited astrophysicist, author, host, and science educator Paul M. Sutter to join us this week on The Biofriendly Podcast to chat about interstellar space travel, life on other planets, and why Bruce Willis could be the key to everything! 

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March 4, 2021 45 min

With all of the recent extreme weather events occurring around the world, it's important to look at our Earth's natural water cycle and how it is being affected with our changing climate. This week we welcome back guest Michael Carroll to talk about what's going on under the surface, some methods of capturing water, and why sometimes Scrooge McDuck is the only way to understand it all.

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February 25, 2021 42 min

After the recent winter storms in Texas, we have seen a fair amount of finger-pointing as to why the state was underprepared and left in the cold. This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we directly address the accusations against green technology, why a fire should always have its place, and Noel gets riled up about all the nonsense! 

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February 18, 2021 37 min

As the news continues to report record low temperatures and winter storms hitting as far south as the U.S. State of Texas, it's time to talk about what a Polar Vortex is exactly and why this is happening. Having been knee-deep in a Polar Vortex before, Noel and Jacob break down the science behind the arctic blast, what it means for our Earth's climate, and that the only way to survive an Ice Age is in a Wendy's.

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February 11, 2021 41 min

From reintroduction biology to assisted evolution, The Biofriendly Podcast gets philosophical this week as we discuss the ways science can choose to step in and save a species. Noel and Jacob share some changes being made to make animals more climate change resistant, Super Bowl highlights, and should humans have built-in furry jackets for survival?

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February 4, 2021 44 min

New species, who dis? It's mind-blowing to learn just how many species we discover every year, let alone how many more unknown species we have left to discover! From plants to animals, Noel and Jacob list some of the top new finds from last year, why it's important to look around and not just at the ground, and what do Harry Potter and The Joker have to do with all of this?

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January 28, 2021 48 min

In order to celebrate the 100th episode of The Biofriendly Podcast, we welcomed back friend of the show and founder of Well Aware, Sarah Evans! Sarah shares with Noel and Jacob about creating the social-good company Well Beyond in response to the technical and community needs of the water charity sector, why creative inspiration pairs nicely with wine, and that shower striking time is just around the corner!

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