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Clouds of Discontent

The atmospheric brown cloud (ABC) is an annual environmental catastrophe, affecting hundreds of millions. In this podcast, Andrew Bone investigates the extent and impact of this perennial atmospheric pollution problem.

(Recorded on May 29, 2016 )

Listen to this podcast in German :Deutsche Version

Swiss Nuclear Power on count-down

On November 27 the Swiss vote whether to accelerate the demise of nuclear power

(November 20, 2016)

Asbestos, the killer that haunts us

In Germany, nearly one in every two occupational deaths can be attributed to asbestos exposure. It has been banned since the 1990s. Why hasn't the ban stopped the carnage?

(October 16, 2016)

Michel Di Tommaso on Green Concrete

Michel Di Tommaso is a geologist and engineer who specialises in concrete manufacture and testing. From his laboratory in Ticino, southern Switzerland, he and his fellow researchers have discovered the environmental benefits of biochar when added to concrete.

(September 16, 2016)

Steadystate Economy

The Steady-State Economy is one way of interpreting the meaning of long-term sustainability, particularly in terms of our current concepts of growth and its relationship to quality of life. In this podcast, Andrew Bone exposes some of the myths behind growth as measured by GDP and other economic indicators.

(September 6, 2016)

Can Concrete be Sustainable?

New research points the way to green concrete. In this podcast, Andrew Bone presents the results of some exciting new research in Switzerland, which promises a cleaner future.

(August 7, 2016)

Corporate Social Responsibility CSR

Corporate Social Responsibility CSR is now a common element of the business strategy of most large companies. Why are companies concerned about CSR, and is it just greenwashing?

(June 25, 2016)

Principles of IEL

There are 7 fundamental principles which lie at the basis of international environmental law. In this podcast, Andrew Bone discusses the scope and application of them.

(June 24, 2016)

Carbon Emissions exceed Worst-Case Scenarios

The earliest projections of the IPCC were at first pessimistic, but ultimately proved to be hugely optimistic. Andrew Bone reviews the 1992 Working Group I supplement report to the first IPCC Report, which made forecasts about future CO2 emissions.

(June 19, 2016)

The Return of the Ice POPs

Our past crimes were laid on ice, but now are coming back to haunt us. In this podcast, Andrew Bone reports on two similar studies measuring the effect of melting ice on hazardous substance concentrations in the environment.

(June 19, 2016)

Concrete Climate Change

Concrete alone produces 5% of all greenhouse gas emissions. In this podcast, Andrew Bone discusses the impacts and possible mitigations for this industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions.

(June 5, 2016)

Treasured Waste

As commodity prices boom, old waste dumps are being mined for their metals. However, some waste contains hazardous substance. Andrew Bone investigates the case of old transformers being recycled for copper, but unlocking the hazard of PCBs in the process.

(June 5, 2016)

Waste, the new energy source

A policy to combat climate change can be partially met by utilising the energy content of waste. In this podcast, Andrew Bone discusses policies related to extracting the energy available in domestic waste.

(June 5, 2016)

Acid Rain

The acid rain menace is still with us, wider spread and taking forms more difficult to control. In this podcast, Andrew Bone explains how acid rain has changed its form and location, but is still a growing problem.

(May 29, 2016)