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This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. In every episode, we look at some of the misinformed ways people try to protect the planet, and what we should be doing instead. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.
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15. We Need Radical Change

15. We Need Radical Change

2019-12-0200:16:42

Anyone can say we need radical change to address the climate crisis, but there’s only one Professor Naki (Nebojsa Nakicenovic). He’s even worked with Ban Ki-Moon.   Professor Naki is an economist who - for the past 50 years - has been tackling the climate crisis through the lens of technological change and economic development. He’s the former deputy general of IIASA in Vienna (Int’l Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) and was a part of the beginning of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change).   To kick off our second season, we speak to Professor Naki on what we need to do to reach our Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.  This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.   Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com  Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”  Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpod  FOOTNOTE  On Nebojsa Nakicenovic (aka Professor Naki): https://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/research/researchPrograms/TransitionstoNewTechnologies/Nebojsa-Nakicenovic.en.html   On UN Millennium Goals: https://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/   On SDG (Sustainable Development Goals): https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs   On IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change): https://www.ipcc.ch   On UNFCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change): https://unfccc.int/about-us/about-the-secretariat   SHOW CREDIT   Host - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)  Producers & Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Allison Chan  Researcher - Yu-Chen Lai  Executive Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)  Brand Design - Thomas Lee  Production Company - Ghost Island Media  www.ghostisland.media 
Season 2 trailer

Season 2 trailer

2019-11-2500:00:46

A whole new season of Nature N8 drops next week. To hold you over, here’s 45 seconds of N8 talking - because we know you’ve missed his voice.   Homework for this week: Get 2 people to subscribe to the show! We’re on Apple, Spotify, and everywhere else. Here’s our show page to show your friends so they can pick their favorite player: https://ghostisland.media/#wnwn  Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not.”  Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” + Twitter @wastenotpod.  This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.  SHOW CREDIT  Host - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)  Producer - Allison Chan  Executive Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)  Brand Design - Thomas Lee  Production Company - Ghost Island Media 鬼島之音  https://ghostisland.media
How do you start a “green” company? How do you make it scale? How do you make sure it’s financially and environmentally sustainable? These are some of the questions we covered on WNWN’s first live show!Held in Taipei on August 31st, we talked with Godfrey Ngai, CFO of Xing Mobility - an electric vehicle battery company going after two thirds of the worlds vehicles. Melody Hsu - co-founder of ViaSweat - an active-wear brand trying to use more sustainable textile made from recycled materials. And Hamoun Karami - founder of Lidbot, a startup that wants to transform the way we think about trash collection.This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpodSHOW CREDITProducer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)Editing - Emily Y. WuTheme Song - Chris LoBrand Design - Thomas LeeProduction Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)
The US and Europe are dumping trash on developing countries, right? China broke recycling, right?  Wrong! Since China stopped taking in foreign recyclable waste, people have been freaking out, but, things are a bit more complicated than you think.In this episode, Nature N8 breaks down the top three myths surrounding the global trash trade and charts a way forward to fix our recycling systems. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpodSHOW CREDITProducer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)Editing - Emily Y. Wu Theme Song - Chris Lo Brand Design - Thomas Lee Production Company - Ghost Island Media http://www.ghostisland.media
Climate Week, some call it the most important week of the year, and best of all, Nature N8 was there this time. Each year NGOs, lobbyists, government officials, spies, flock to NYC to call for greater climate action. In this special bonus episode, hear from N8 on what really went down.The full episode is a Patreon exclusive. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/wastenotwhynot and subscribe to hear the full episode.This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not”, Twitter @wastenotpod, and Instagram @ghostislandmeSHOW CREDITProducer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)Editing -Emily Y. WuTheme Song - Chris LoBrand Design - Thomas LeeProduction Company - Ghost Island Media www.ghostisland.media
Ever wonder why recycling was better when you were a kid in America? Well, it was. This episode, a trash wizard named Alex Danovitch joins N8 to talk trash in the US. The steady corporate growth of trash has tracked Alex’s career closely as he co-founded one of only four non-profit waste management facilities in the US. Meanwhile, waste haulers went public, and the US’s actual recycling rate went down, and overseas.Alex and N8 talk about sustainable waste management, challenges with incineration, and how the US can adapt to a new world of recycling. This is part 2 of our series on waste.This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpodSHOW CREDITProducer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)Editing - Emily Y. WuTheme Song - Chris LoBrand Design - Thomas LeeProduction Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)This week’s guest - Alex DanovitchFOOTNOTELegacy Lab International (Taiwan) is looking for your old pills to make into art (www.legacy-lab.com/en/contact/)Alex Danovitch’s consulting firm, Nothing Left to Waste (nl2w.com)
This week N8 goes on “Taiwan Insider” to explain how Taiwan turned a 70% waste collection rate into a 60% recycling rate in less than a generation. Starting with an explanation in 60 seconds of how Taiwan fixed its trash problem, N8 and “Taiwan Insider” host Andrew Ryan then go on to talk about garbage trucks, podcasts, and WNWN itself. You can view N8's segment on video here.This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here. Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.comSupport us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpodSHOW CREDITHost - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)Producer, Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)Theme Song - Chris LoBrand Design - Thomas LeeProduction Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)
From bio-bags that survive landfills for years to bio-plastics that are actually just polyester, we are awash in confusing disposal messaging. The world is rejecting plastics, but in the quest for an alternative are we actually making things worse? Join Nature N8 and Emily as they sift through “biodegradable” plastics.This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here.Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.comSupport us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpodSHOW CREDITHost - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)Producer, Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)Theme Song - Chris LoBrand Design - Thomas LeeProduction Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)
In 2014, IKEA was among the founding members of a global campaign to get the world’s most influential businesses to use 100% renewable power. Known as the RE100, today it’s a consortium of 186 (and counting) companies, including H&M, Nestle, Apple, Google, Facebook, Walmart, Coca Cola, Goldman Sachs, and many more. In totaal, their electricity demand is approximately 200 terawatts hours - just slightly larger than the electricity demand of Thailand. Today, we talk to Sam Kimmins, head of RE100. Sam has 20 years experience leading sustainability projects in the shipping, aviation, food, construction, and NGO sectors. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.comSupport us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpodSHOW CREDITHost - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)Producer, Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)Theme Song - Chris LoBrand Design - Thomas LeeProduction Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)
Scientists have seen our brains shrink from long-term exposure to dirty air. In this episode we think through air pollution in a different way. What’s the newest science saying about the health impact of smog? How is new technology changing this field of study? Do face masks actually work? How do you pick air filters?This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here.Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.comSupport us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpodSHOW CREDITHost - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)Producer, Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)Theme Song - Chris LoBrand Design - Thomas LeeProduction Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)
In part 2 of our series on electric vehicles, we focus on light EV and its battery infrastructure. We continue our conversation with Daniel Vickery, head of engineering of batteries and energy systems at Gogoro, the electric scooter company. We nerd out on batteries and how to design better cities, and we go behind the scenes with Daniel and find out how someone can engineer for good. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here.Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.comSupport us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpodSHOW CREDITHost - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)Producer, Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)Theme Song - Chris LoBrand Design - Thomas LeeProduction Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)
Electric vehicles (EV) have made a comeback since the great EV failures of the 1990's. Today, ten countries and a handful of cities around the world have planned total ban on combustion engines. The hope is that EV's would help reduce air pollution and oil consumption. But are EV’s actually good for the environment? What about our anxieties over their range? The batteries don’t last, right? They’re too expensive, right?We speak to Mark Maynard, an automotive editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune who was among the first test drivers of a pilot EV program, "EV1" by General Motors in the 1990's. We also hear from Daniel Vickery, head of engineering of batteries and energy systems at Gogoro, a Taiwanese electric scooter company.This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here.Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.comSupport us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpodSHOW CREDITHost - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)Producer, Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)Theme Song - Chris LoBrand Design - Thomas LeeProduction Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)
04. The Last Straw

04. The Last Straw

2019-06-0400:19:07

Plastic straws are everywhere. Governments and corporations are beginning to enact straw bans. That's good, right? But does banning plastic straws really help the worst of plastic pollution? In this episode we look at the real damage from straws, and why the most popular strawlternative is actually worse than plastic. We also hear from a local business in Taipei, Ooh Cha Cha and its founder Mai Bach, on how they phased out plastic straws, and what a national ban on plastic straws may mean for businesses.This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.comSupport us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not” Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpodSHOW CREDIT  Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May) Editing - Emily Cardinali (Twitter @emilycardinali) Theme Song - Chris LoBrand Design - Thomas Lee Production Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)
03. Crying Coral Club

03. Crying Coral Club

2019-05-2000:22:01

Corals are dying. By 2050 we probably won’t have any corals left in our oceans. But a really cool thing about coral is that it regenerates if we give it the opportunity to. So scientists around the world are trying to figure out how to regrow coral reefs, and some have even turned to 3D printing for coral restoration. But is this possible? Can technology save corals?  This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.  You can view show notes here.  Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”  Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpod  SHOW CREDIT  Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)   Editing - Emily Cardinali (Twitter @emilycardinali)  Theme Song - Chris Lo  Brand Design - Thomas Lee  Production Company - Ghost Island Media  www.ghostisland.media
In 2017, 20-million pounds of litter was collected around the world on International Coastal Cleanup day. Do beach clean ups actually work? And if not, why do we even do beach cleanups? Are we just wasting our time? Should we be doing something else?  This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Every other week, we look at the misguided ways we are trying to save the environment and what we should be doing instead. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.  You can view show notes here.  Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”  Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpod  SHOW CREDIT  Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)  Editing - Emily Cardinali (Twitter @emilycardinali)  Theme Song - Chris Lo  Brand Design - Thomas Lee  Production Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)
01. Welcome to the show

01. Welcome to the show

2019-04-0900:17:18

For this maiden voyage episode, we give you a sampling of the greatest viral hits of green-wash, to let you know what to expect on this journey into the heart of greenness. This is the first episode of Waste Not Why Not, a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Every other week, we look at some of the misinformed ways people try to protect the planet, and what we should be doing instead.  Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. Produced by Ghost Island Media in Taipei, Taiwan.  You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.    Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”  Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpod  SHOW CREDIT  Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)  Editing - Emily Cardinali (Twitter @emilycardinali)  Theme Song - Chris Lo  Brand Design - Thomas Lee  Production Company - Ghost Island Media     www.ghostisland.media
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