Episode 106 - Human Nature

This week we get back to the basics with an episode about climate change and the many people waking up to it. Join us as we explore everything from a new European report on need for renewable energy to fuel economic growth to the work archaeologists are doing on how humans have always had an impact on the earth. A dive into humans, nature, and our place in the world.

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  • 02:48 - Progress on 20 Global Sustainability Goals
  • 14:39 - Failure to respond
  • 19:13 - MEDEAS Report in Europe
  • 25:37 - Faith in science restored?
  • 31:29 - Short term gains, long term pains
  • 39:32 - What's coming: migration, heat, crop loss, and more
  • 53:40 - Brazil mayors cut trees for election
  • 59:48 - Money is the root of all evil
  • 1:01:11 - Debt jubilee
  • 1:04:18 - Economic theory disproves climate change
  • 1:13:03 - Deep Anthropocene
  • 1:33:34 - What to Do

From the Show


@misc{Abrahm Lustgarten_2020, title={Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration}, url={https://www.propublica.org/article/climate-change-will-force-a-new-american-migration}, journal={ProPublica}, author={Abrahm Lustgarten}, year={2020}, month={Sep} } @misc{Aerin Einstein-Curtis_2020, title={Brazil: Livestock production, export demand continues despite feed costs, coronavirus}, url={https://www.feednavigator.com/Article/2020/02/25/Brazil-Livestock-production-export-demand-continues-despite-coronavirus}, journal={feednavigator.com}, author={Aerin Einstein-Curtis}, year={2020}, month={Feb} } @article{Akarsu_2018, title={‘Proportioning violence’: Ethnographic notes on the contingencies of police reform in Turkey}, volume={34}, ISSN={1467-8322}, DOI={10.1111/1467-8322.12403}, number={1}, journal={Anthropology Today}, author={Akarsu, Hayal}, year={2018}, pages={11–14} } @misc{Al Shaw_Abrahm Lustgarten_Jeremy W. Goldsmith_2020, title={New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States | ProPublica}, url={https://projects.propublica.org/climate-migration/}, journal={ProPublica}, author={Al Shaw and Abrahm Lustgarten and Jeremy W. Goldsmith}, year={2020}, month={Sep} } @article{Capellán-Pérez_Blas_Nieto_Castro_Miguel_Carpintero_Mediavilla_Lobejón_Ferreras-Alonso_Rodrigo_et al._2020, title={MEDEAS: a new modeling framework integrating global biophysical and socioeconomic constraints}, volume={13}, ISSN={1754-5706}, DOI={10.1039/C9EE02627D}, number={3}, journal={Energy & Environmental Science}, publisher={The Royal Society of Chemistry}, author={Capellán-Pérez, Iñigo and Blas, Ignacio de and Nieto, Jaime and Castro, Carlos de and Miguel, Luis Javier and Carpintero, Óscar and Mediavilla, Margarita and Lobejón, Luis Fernando and Ferreras-Alonso, Noelia and Rodrigo, Paula and et al.}, year={2020}, month={Mar}, pages={986–1017} } @misc{capnb_2020, title={Action At The End}, url={https://medium.com/}, journal={Medium}, author={capnb}, year={2020}, month={Sep} } @misc{Convention on Biodiversity_2020, title={Aichi Biodiversity Targets}, url={https://www.cbd.int/sp/targets/}, author={Convention on Biodiversity}, year={2020}, month={Sep} } @misc{Jonathan Watts_2020, title={“Sleeping giant” Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find}, url={http://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/27/sleeping-giant-arctic-methane-deposits-starting-to-release-scientists-find}, journal={the Guardian}, author={Jonathan Watts}, year={2020}, month={Oct} } @misc{Juliette Jowit_2010, title={International failure to meet target to reduce biodiversity decline}, url={http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/apr/29/international-failure-biodiversity-decline}, journal={the Guardian}, author={Juliette Jowit}, year={2010}, month={Apr} } @misc{Keen_2020, title={Nobel prize-winning economics of climate change is misleading and dangerous – here’s why}, url={http://theconversation.com/nobel-prize-winning-economics-of-climate-change-is-misleading-and-dangerous-heres-why-145567}, journal={The Conversation}, author={Keen, Steve}, year={2020}, month={Sep} } @misc{Lucas Stephens_Erle Ellis_Dorian Fuller_2020, title={The deep Anthropocene}, url={https://aeon.co/essays/revolutionary-archaeology-reveals-the-deepest-possible-anthropocene}, journal={Aeon}, author={Lucas Stephens and Erle Ellis and Dorian Fuller}, year={2020}, month={Oct} } @misc{Mano_2019, title={Brazil’s beef export hit record, prospects bright on China demand}, url={https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-beef-idUSKBN1YE1TS}, journal={Reuters}, author={Mano, Ana}, year={2019}, month={Dec} } @misc{Nafeez Ahmed_2020, title={British Military Prepares for Climate-Fueled Resource Shortages}, title={British Military Prepares for Climate-Fueled Resource Shortages}, url={https://www.vice.com/en/article/ep4w5j/british-military-prepares-for-climate-fueled-resource-shortages}, journal={Vice}, author={Nafeez Ahmed}, year={2020}, month={Sep} } @misc{National Fire Info Center_2020, title={National Interagency Fire Center}, url={https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm}, author={National Fire Info Center}, year={2020}, month={Oct} } @misc{NOAA_2020, title={National Climate Report - September 2020}, url={https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/202009}, author={NOAA}, year={2020}, month={Sep} } @misc{Noack_2020, title={A decade ago, the world agreed to 20 biodiversity targets. It did not meet any of them.}, url={https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/09/16/decade-ago-world-agreed-20-aichi-biodiversity-targets-it-did-not-meet-any-them/}, journal={Washington Post}, author={Noack, Rick}, year={2020}, month={Sep} } @article{Pailler_2015, title={Electoral deforestation cycles in the Brazilian Amazon}, url={https://editorialexpress.com/cgi-bin/conference/download.cgi?db_name=NEUDC2015&paper_id=142}, journal={NEUDC}, author={Pailler}, year={2015} } @article{Pailler_2018, title={Re-election incentives and deforestation cycles in the Brazilian Amazon}, volume={88}, ISSN={0095-0696}, DOI={10.1016/j.jeem.2018.01.008}, journal={Journal of Environmental Economics and Management}, author={Pailler, Sharon}, year={2018}, month={Mar}, pages={345–365} } @misc{Patrick Greenfield_2020, title={World fails to meet a single target to stop destruction of nature}, url={http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/15/every-global-target-to-stem-destruction-of-nature-by-2020-missed-un-report-aoe}, journal={the Guardian}, author={Patrick Greenfield}, year={2020}, month={Sep} } @misc{Peter Thorley_2020, title={Trillions of extra economic damages predicted in new study of climate change effects}, url={https://phys.org/news/2020-10-trillions-extra-economic-climate-effects.html}, author={Peter Thorley}, year={2020}, month={Oct} } @misc{Phoebe Weston_2020, title={“Lost decade for nature” as UK fails on 17 of 20 UN biodiversity targets}, url={http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/sep/14/lost-decade-for-nature-as-uk-fails-on-17-of-20-un-biodiversity-targets-aoe}, journal={the Guardian}, author={Phoebe Weston}, year={2020}, month={Sep} } @misc{Sinead Baker_2020, title={First Methane Leak Found on Antarctic Sea Floor Confirms Researchers’ Fears}, url={https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-a-strange-methane-leak-from-antarctica-s-sea-floor-and-it-s-not-good-news}, journal={ScienceAlert}, author={Sinead Baker}, year={2020}, month={Jul} } @article{Thurber_Seabrook_Welsh_2020, title={Riddles in the cold: Antarctic endemism and microbial succession impact methane cycling in the Southern Ocean}, volume={287}, DOI={10.1098/rspb.2020.1134}, number={1931}, journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences}, publisher={Royal Society}, author={Thurber, Andrew R. and Seabrook, Sarah and Welsh, Rory M.}, year={2020}, month={Jul}, pages={20201134} } @misc{USGCRP_2018, title={Fourth National Climate Assessment}, url={https://nca2018.globalchange.gov}, note={Institution: U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC}, author={USGCRP}, year={2018}, pages={1–470} }