This New Climate

A podcast about the innovations that could transform our world as we enter a new era of climate instability.

About This New Climate

This New Climate is the show that uncovers the inventions and innovations that are trying to tackle humankind’s greatest ever challenge: climate change.

Humanity is entering a new era that will be governed by its ability to respond to a climate system that does not behave how it used to. Our civilisation has emerged in a stable climate, one that has enabled us to grow the crops that feed us, build the cities that house us, and create the intricate infrastructure networks that allow us to watch Netflix and do the weekly food shop at the same time. But what happens when that stable climate breaks down?

This New Climate investigates some of the toughest problems that humans face as we enter a new era of climate instability, and tell the stories of the projects and people who are grappling with them.

This New Climate – Series 1

EIT Climate-KIC's quest for deep innovation

This first six-episode series is supported by the EIT Climate-KIC programme, and explores projects and programmes that are at the cutting edge of innovation in water, agriculture, insurance, urban development and supply chains.

 

Listen to the series trailer:

Episode 1: EIT Climate-KIC and the quest for deep innovation

In the first episode of This New Climate, host Will Bugler introduces EIT Climate-KIC and explores how they are stimulating innovation in the face of a challenge as great as climate change. The episode unpicks how EIT Climate-KIC is working to foster change at the systems level, in an effort to bring about transformative change. Listen to this episode and learn why climate instability demands new ways of thinking about innovation, and how EIT Climate-KIC is trying to support scalable solutions to the most pressing climate challenges.

Episode guests: Tom Mitchell, Daniel Zimmer, Scott Williams and Sean Lockie from EIT Climate-KIC.

This New Climate is an Acclimatise production.

Downloads: C-KIC paper on “Innovation in Adapting to Climate Change” [available soon]

Further information:

Climate-KIC

Episode 2: Running dry – dealing with water scarcity

In the second episode of This New Climate, host Will Bugler explores why it is so difficult to manage water resources and presents Water2Invest – a new tool that helps decision makers make smarter choices about managing water supply and demand. The world’s population has tripled over the last 100 years, but according to the UN, water demand has been growing at more than twice that rate making water scarcity one of the defining challenges of our time. And climate change will only compound the problem. Water2Invest, aims to help decision makers to take the right choices when investing in solutions to tackle water scarcity, potentially providing a powerful new tool to help tackle this crisis.

Episode guests: Gisela Kaiser from the City of Cape Town, Mark Bierkens from Utrecht University, and Daniel Zimmer from EIT Climate-KIC.

This New Climate is an Acclimatise production.

Water2Invest is an EIT Climate-KIC supported innovation initiative.

Further information:

Water2Invest

City of Cape Town

Utrecht University

Climate-KIC

Episode 3: OASIS and the democratisation of climate data

In the third episode of This New Climate, host Will Bugler explores how the OASIS group of companies are seeking to transform our ability to understand climate risk through a commitment to open source data. Climate data and information is at the very heart of efforts for insurance companies to price risk and respond to extreme events like hurricanes and droughts. Steve Bowen, Director of the Catastrophe Insight team at insurance giant Aon, explains why data was central to Aon’s response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helping us understand why OASIS’s mission is an important puzzle piece to managing the global climate crisis.

Episode guests: Steve Bowen from Aon, Dickie Whitaker and Tracy Irvine from OASIS.

This New Climate is an Acclimatise production.

OASIS is an EIT Climate-KIC supported innovation initiative.

Further information:

OASIS Hub

OASIS Loss Modelling Framework

OASIS Palm Tree

AON

Climate-KIC

Episode 4: The blue green dream

In the fourth episode of This New Climate, host Will Bugler takes a look at how cities can better prepare for climate change. Cities are concentrated centres of climate risk with large populations, high levels of economic activity and expensive cost of properties. But they are also home to over half the world’s population. This episode explores how the development of nature-based solutions can make cities better able to cope with climate impacts like extreme heat and flooding.

Episode guests: NHS Nurse Claire Herne, Cedo Maksimovic from Imperial College London, Tim Van Hattum from Wageningen University, Teodoro Georgiadis from IBIMET, Frans Van De Ven from Deltares, and Anjali Jaiswal from NRDC India.

This New Climate is an Acclimatise production.

Blue Green Solutions is an EIT Climate-KIC supported innovation initiative.

Downloads: Blue Green Solutions – The Guide

Further information:

Blue Green Solutions

Adaptation Support Tool

Imperial College London

Wageningen University & Research

Deltares

IBIMET

NHS England

NRDC India

C40 – The Future We Don't Want

Episode 5: Climate change and the 4th agricultural revolution

In the fifth episode of This New Climate, host Will Bugler explores a suite of innovations promoted by EIT Climate-KIC through their Climate Smart Agriculture Booster that are helping farmers to adapt to climate change while shedding light on how European farmers have suffered under recent drought conditions.

Episode guests: Iris Bouwers, farmer and Vice-President of the European Council of Young Farmers, Carlos Dionisio Pérez Blanco from University of Salamanca, Jean-Marc Touzard, Research Director at INRA the French public research institute dedicated to agricultural science, and Roberto Zorer from the Edmund Mach Foundation for Research and Innovation.

This New Climate is an Acclimatise production.

The Climate Smart Agriculture Booster is an EIT Climate-KIC supported innovation initiative.

Further information:

Climate Smart Agriculture Booster

European Council of Young Farmers

University of Salamanca

INRA

Edmund Mach Foundation for Research and Innovation

Episode 6: Sharing supply chain risk – Everyone’s a WINnER?

In the sixth episode of This New Climate, host Will Bugler takes a deep dive into the intricate network of suppliers, traders and retailers that make up the food supply network. This episode explores how the risks of climate change are being disproportionately shouldered by smallholder famers, and presents an innovative project called WINnERS, that has helped farmers in Tanzania to share the cost of climate change more evenly across the supply chain. Photo by Rasheedhrasheed (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Episode guests: Olusola Sowemimo of Ope Farms, Christof Walter from Christof Walter Associates, Eric Chavez from Imperial College London.

This New Climate is an Acclimatise production.

WINnERS is an EIT Climate-KIC supported innovation initiative.

Further information:

WINnERS project

Imperial College London

Christof Walter Associates

Ope Farms

Climate-KIC