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Author: Ajwah Zahid and Alayibo Semenitari

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We are pals who met in college and love discussing science. We are passionate about environmental inequality and innovative solutions. This podcast is our chance to learn about the policies around the world that shape our environment and we want you to join us!
14 Episodes
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Following their economic boom, China has begun an intense environmental movement spearheaded by its government to clamp down on offenders in business, imports and even officials that cause harm to the environment. Basically, they’re coming for everybody and we were not ready AT ALL.
In this extra long, extra policy discussion, we are discussing a problem that has been plaguing African countries for a long time- the import of hazardous wastes and the mechanisms that fail to stop the practice. We focus on electronic wastes and the implications of the failing Bamako convention.
Still on a break, but Ajwah shared a story about how a small town in upstate NY set the ball rolling for a state now free of fracking. Can communities and towns continue to hold their own against corporations? We mulled it over in this week’s extra policy. Spoiler alert- we do not agree.
In this extra policy clip, the pals start off our one month summer break by responding to an audience question regarding corporation commitments to net zero emissions by 2050. Is it really possible? Are companies pandering? Why is it taking so long? Is it enough commitment? Listen and find out!
In our latest Ep 6 to end our first series, the pals take a look at both sides of the SANE arguments concerning the Green New Deal. The green new deal is a non-binding resolution for tackling climate change at the federal level. The idea of a Green New Deal first arose at the time of the 2007-2008 financial crisis in the US and the UK. The current version is the brainchild of  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts. Show notes and references available at our website or with this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KTOq8eF4V5-VQP619JweAVsboyOj1tSOvs5YGuLszLA/edit?usp=sharing 
In this extra policy clip, the pals get into a listener question and discuss overfishing and whaling policies and impacts. Why do we even still have this problem? It’s complicated.
In episode 5, we turn our attention to grassroots organizations. A grassroots organization or movement is basically a community driven effort. These movements matter because who knows what a community needs better than those who live there? Show notes and references available at our website or with this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/186OLuUDr3-wdvYLEm8vUW_zlcogfqNZta31d1Bp8Rhs/edit?usp=sharing 
Sometimes, we have to cut great conversations because we have a lot to say. Here, Ajwah and Ala share our honest thoughts about climate change and attitudes towards climate action. 
In this episode, we discuss the IPCC, which assesses current science on climate change and compiles reports to aid policy makers adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. Climate action is necessary and through its assessments, the IPCC identifies the strength of scientific agreement in different areas and indicates where further research is needed. Show notes and references available at our website or with this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ksL1F94r-AS937oJ-sq8R2UQsO_geggeM9Nybq0PA7k/edit?usp=sharing 
This episode we continue talking about intergovernmental organizations with global impact on environmental policy by discussing the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Home to more than 8,000 scientists, researchers, technicians, and staff, the CGIAR and its 15 research centers drive agricultural research and innovations to improve food access and security for billions of people. Show notes and references available at our website or with this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MPMuehAnEj6fYX9gCwohlFfX8w1XWIXqTA7pyTCJAkU/edit?usp=sharing 
In this episode, we continue the series on global intergovernmental organizations with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). IUCN is a research organization that provides data to drive conservation efforts. One of their major accomplishments is the Red list of endangered species. Get ready to learn about their global impact and what they're doing to make sure forests, creatures,  and bodies of water are protected in ways that are sustainable. Show notes and references available at our website or with this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i_WAQqchsAPINzRWhW3MdeNOxzeG3vb5JU7CXE5ilw8/edit?usp=sharing 
In this episode, the pals are jumping into their first series on global intergovernmental organizations and the topic is the UNEP. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) aka UN Environment is the international regulatory authority that sets the global environmental agenda. We discuss what they do, how they do it, how effective they are and the implications of their efforts. Show notes with references are available at our website or at this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/12GAH0JBmq2THyXYLuEfKTE2IzB1WrQG7MF-bEd6EJaE/edit?usp=sharing 
Surprise!!! It's a Valentine's gift episode. In this preview episode, the planet policy pals tell you about who  we are, what drives us to care about the environment, why we are doing this podcast, our favorite environmental policies/ programs and recommend organizations you may want to check out. Follow the link for show notes and references on everything we discussed.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/16v9CGPqNhdzL-F655Qy0K3gajs7l9mFnSqqKQ5WjONI/edit?usp=sharing 
Welcome to the podcast where friends discuss environmental science and policy, and effects on communities from around the planet New episodes every Monday starting February 15th!
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