101 | Interface, Inc May Have Outgrown Offsets, but Most Have Not
Bionic Planet | Reversing Climate Change by Restoring Nature
by Steve Zwick
4d ago
Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/bionicplanet Two weeks ago, climate pioneer Interface Inc announced they would become carbon-negative across all their operations by 2040, enabling them to move beyond the use of carbon credits. Some people heralded this as a sign that the days of offsetting emissions are over, but that’s not exactly true – at least not yet. Most companies aren't as far along on their climate journeys as Interface is, and we still need offsets to accelerate reductions in the next decade. The fact is a company's decision to offset or not depends on its unique circumstan ..read more
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100 | The Untold Story of the Voluntary Carbon Market
Bionic Planet | Reversing Climate Change by Restoring Nature
by Steve Zwick
2w ago
Become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/bionicplanet In Episode 100 of Bionic Planet, part of the Tribes of the Climate Realm vertical, we delve into the origins of the voluntary carbon market -- a story that has never been told before. Today's show is the first of many offering a truer, completer, and more accurate glimpse into the origins of the Voluntary Carbon Market than you've probably ever heard before. The episode draws on a 2022 discussion with environmental economists Marc Stuart and Mark Kenber, who were instrumental in creating the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) in 2005 to meet ..read more
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098 | The Case of the Tangled Titles: Unraveling the Legal Complexities of Land Ownership in the Amazon
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by Steve Zwick
1M ago
Today we’re going to try and help you understand one of the most vexing components of the climate challenge — namely, the overlapping, interlinking, and contradictory land titles that determine control of so many tropical forests — in this case, the Amazon, the lungs of the planet.  With no clarity over control and no realistic way of enforcing it, there’s no way to sustainably manage and protect this massive bulwark against climate change. Today’s episode centers around a few individuals, most notably a Japan-born physician named Jonas Morioka, who migrated to Brazil in the 1980s, purcha ..read more
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97 | The Mosaic, the Minefield, and a Manifesto
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by Steve Zwick
1M ago
Photo courtesey of  HH58 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70303656  This episode of Bionic Planet is entitled "The Mosaic, the Minefield, and a Manifesto."  The "Mosaic" reminds us that there is no single solution to the climate challenge. Instead, we have a mosaic of interlocking solutions that fit together like a clock. Carbon finance is just one part of it, and it's one of the few parts that have worked well, albeit imperfectly. The "Minefield" reminds us that the mosaic of solutions sits in an ideological minefield, and you never know ..read more
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096: Encore Presentation: Tim Mohin on Overcoming Information Asymmetry in the ESG Movement
Bionic Planet | Reversing Climate Change by Restoring Nature
by Steve Zwick
2M ago
Tim Mohin wrote “Changing Business from the Inside Out: A Tree-Hugger’s Guide to Working in Corporations” back in 2012, after three decades in sustainability — first in government, with the US Environmental Protection Agency, and then at companies like Intel, where he served as director of sustainable development. He went on to head the Global Reporting Initiative, which administers the GRI standards for sustainability. He recently helped launmch ESG data provider Persefoni and hosts his own podcast, “Sustainability Decoded with Tim and Caitlin.” We look back on 40 years of sustaiability finan ..read more
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94 | Meet Dr Zoey, the Cannibis Queen of Zimbabwe
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by Steve Zwick
4M ago
Dr. Zorodzai Maroveke -- AKA "Dr Zoey," heads the Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust, which is promoting the uptake of industrial hemp as a climate solution. The argument is a compelling one: hemp replenishes faster than wood, usese far less water than cotton, and it has almost no waste. Its ecological benefits are clear, and she hopes carbon finance can be used to overcome the financial challenges to scaling up. Supplemental Reading: "Commodities at a Glance: Special Issue on Industrial Hemp" https://www.mycannabis.com/cannabis-in-zimbabwe-conversation-with-dr-maroveke ..read more
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93 | Zimbabwe's Green Cheetahs, with Chiyedza Heri of the Ubuntu Alliance
Bionic Planet | Reversing Climate Change by Restoring Nature
by Steve Zwick
5M ago
Zimbabwean entrepreneur Chiyedza Heri runs the Ubuntu Alliance, a company that's helping farmers leverage carbon finance to shift to more sustainable forms of agriculture. She's one of more than a dozen young Africans I met at year-end climate talks in Dubai (COP 28) -- a new breed of entrepreneur that the late Ghanian economist George Ayittey calls "cheetahs" because they're nimble, quick, and hungry. Green Cheetahs pursue activities that are pro-nature as well as pro-growth, and today's guest certainly fits that bill ..read more
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92 | COP 28 Article 6: Expectations for Final Day
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by Steve Zwick
5M ago
With just one full day of negotiations remaining, Pedro Venzon and Andrea Bonzanni of the International Emissions Trading Association summarize the remaining issues under Article 6 ..read more
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91 | Article 6 Update from Dubai with Kelley Hamrick Malvar of The Nature Conservancy
Bionic Planet | Reversing Climate Change by Restoring Nature
by Steve Zwick
5M ago
Article 6 negotiations, which focus on international carbon markets, remain stalled in Dubai. Kelley Hamrick Malvar of The Nature Conservancy offers a look into the current state of play and the road ahead ..read more
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90| George Thumbi: Man of a Million Trees (5th Installment, "Carbon in Kenya")
Bionic Planet | Reversing Climate Change by Restoring Nature
by Steve Zwick
5M ago
Kenyan agronomist George Thumbi is helping farmers in the region between Tsavo East and Tsavo West improve their yields and their soil by shifting to agroforestry and other forms of sustainable agriculture.  ..read more
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