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Bionic Planet: Reversing Climate Change by Restoring Nature

Apr 16, 2024

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...


Apr 8, 2024

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...


Feb 10, 2024

Remembering the Surui Forest Carbon Project, which was the first indigenous-led REDD project, plus:

A conversation with Geoffry Mwangi Wambungu, Chief Research Scientist at the Kasigau REDD Project in Kenya.

He explains what social scientists mean by “theory of change,” and tells us why he believes the term...


Jan 11, 2024

Dr. Zorodzai Maroveke -- AKA "Dr. Zoey" -- heads the Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust, which is promoting the uptake of industrial hemp as a climate smart alternative to wood, cotton, and plastic.

Hemp, she explains, replenishes faster than wood, uses far less water than cotton, and has almost no waste.

Its ecological...


Dec 21, 2023

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...