Top climate podcast episodes of 2020 (running list)

A curated episode list by Mark Spencer
Creation Date February 13th, 2020
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This will be the bucket where Climactic will track our favourite episodes of 2020 about the climate crisis, and we’ll draw from this list to do reviews, listenbacks, and cross promote episodes. Feel free to share, add, or discuss your opinion of the list with us.

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The Morrison government has bought part of a farm in Kimba, South Australia, where it intends to build a nuclear waste dump. Millions have been spent trying to secure community support – but some see this as a bribe and say the risks to health and land are too great. Guest: Contributor to The Saturday Paper Royce Kurmelovs. Background reading:Nuclear waste site selected in South Australia in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit
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Mark Spencer

One side of the nuclear coin, the waste. On the other you have carbon free energy, great! But, on this side, you have material that is inherently toxic, with a half-life of millennia. When discussing nuclear, you cannot get away from this consideration.
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For decades, the development of nuclear power has sparked staunch debate among scientists, politicians, and activists alike. Proponents claim that nuclear energy is the most effective way to combat climate change while still meeting the world's growing demand for energy. But its critics argue that expanding nuclear energy is dangerous, costly, and ill-advised. Should nuclear energy fuel our future?Keynote Conversation:Bill Nye - Scientist and CEO of the Planetary SocietyFor the Motion:Kirsty Gogan - Co-founder and Executive Director of Energy for HumanityDaniel Poneman - Former Deputy Secretary of EnergyAgainst the Motion:Gregory B. Jaczko - Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionArjun Makhijani - President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental ResearchA message from our sponsor: Get started and master topics with Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Mark Spencer

It's a hot topic in Australia, and it's time for education and decision. If you've got a long-held stance on nuclear, this is a great opportunity to re-evaluate, test your assumptions, but then make a decision either way. Climactic is neither pro-nuclear or anti-nuclear, but it's not afraid of hosting, and having, the conversation. But, it's time for a decision, and action, either way. Whether that's decentralisation and renewables, or a doubling down on the centralised grid, and carbon-free power through nuclear.
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