Environment

Future Hindsight’s Look at Nuclear Power

We spent most of 2020 (so far) looking at climate change from various angles and talking to some of the world’s most passionate activists, scientists, and public policy experts about how we can create a green future. Many of our guests agree that the technology is there, and political will is the main obstacle we…

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Ending the Nuclear Era: Fred Pearce

Fred Pearce is the author of Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age, and has reported on environmental, science, and development issues from 88 countries over the past thirty years. We discuss the legacy of secrecy surrounding nuclear technology, the true cost of waste management, and whether we’re nearing the end of the Nuclear Era.

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How the Romans’ Favorite Food Went Extinct

As a species, humans are alarmingly adroit at wiping out floras and faunas who sit lower on the food chain. This is not a new phenomenon. We famously ate all the wooly mammoths, giant sloths, and giant flightless birds wherever we found them. More recently, our diets and the invasive species we brought with us…

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Our Radioactive Ocean: Ken Buesseler

Ken Buesseler is a marine radiochemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who studies the fate and distribution of radioactive elements in the ocean. We discuss the safety of the Pacific Ocean, the natural occurence of radioactivity in our environment, and a citizen scientist project for oceanic testing.

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A Renewable Future: Mark Z. Jacobson

Mark Z. Jacobson is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. We discuss the various practical problems that make nuclear energy not a viable solution for decarbonization, which renewable sources work better, and why electrifying our lives is a big part of the solution.

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A Nuclear Future: Joshua Goldstein

Joshua Goldstein is a political scientist, nuclear advocate, and co-author of Bright Future, How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow. We discuss why we should be thinking of nuclear as a clean alternative to coal, and how nuclear energy could be the technology for rapid decarbonization and a green future.

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Why Do We Still Use Coal?

As we heard from Jojo Mehta, the co-founder of Stop Ecocide, companies aren’t going to magically change their ways to save the world unless we literally force them to do it. Check out her interview with Mila here: Last week, we heard from Leah Stokes, who broke down how companies and utilities in the energy…

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Criminalizing Ecocide: Jojo Mehta

Jojo Mehta is the co-founder and director of Ecological Defense Integrity, a non-profit organization working to establish ecocide as a core international crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. We discuss the power of criminalizing ecocide in order to change the behavior of corporate perpetrators.

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The Environmental Impact of COVID-19

Welcome to the Future Hindsight blog, lockdown edition! First and foremost, we hope this post finds you, your family, loved ones, and friends in good health and good spirits. Secondly, we hope this post finds you INSIDE. Seriously, unless you work at a healthcare facility, pharmacy, or grocery store, please just hunker down. Since no…

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