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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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We’ve spent the past couple decades trying to get through to climate sceptics, but WHY exactly are conspiracy theories so credible for some people? This week, Nature N8 chats with Professor Stephan Lewandowsky about the psychological nature of science denialism.     Professor Lewandowsky is the chair of Cognitive Psychology at the School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol. He has studied people’s belief in conspiracy theories, disinformation surrounding the Iraq War, and public opinion on climate change.     After listening to this episode, WASTE not your time convincing science deniers, WHY not have more conversations with people who actually care about what you have to say?     Check out Professor Lewandowsky’s NEW Conspiracy Handbook (2020) here: http://sks.to/conspiracy     His Debunking Handbook (2011) available in 13 languages here!     Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”     Subscribe to “Waste Not a Newsletter”     Follow us on Twitter @wastenotpod     Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com      SHOW CREDIT     Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)     Editing - Emily Y. Wu, Yu-Chen Lai (@Twitter @aGuavaEmoji)     Production Assistant - Yu-Chen Lai     Brand Design - Thomas Lee     Production Company - Ghost Island Media     www.ghostisland.media     MB01WR8IJHWPCOG
After many educational chats with science educators, N8 makes an educated guess… Maybe he’s a science educator too!    This week on Waste Not Why Not, N8 talks about what he learned from AAAS (the American Association for the Advancement of Science), reflects on his trip back home, and what this all means for his new found purpose in science communication.    Want a personal shoutout from Nature N8 on the pod?    Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”    Follow us on Twitter @wastenotpod    Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com    SHOW CREDIT    Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)    Editing - Emily Y. Wu, Yu-Chen Lai (@aguavaemoji)    Brand Design - Thomas Lee    Production Company - Ghost Island Media    MB01WR8IJHWPCOG    www.ghostisland.media
We’ll be back next week with brand-new episodes.    Nature N8 and producer Emily Y. Wu have just returned from a two-week trip to the U.S. We spoke to a lot of really interesting people and can’t wait to share these episodes with you.   We spoke to the former head of NOAA under US President Obama. A cognitive scientist on the rejection of science. A doctor who founded the first cannabis lab at UCLA. An ex-CSR person who worked at both BP and Amazon. We toured a food lab, a battery lab, a smart-glass lab, an eWaste facility. And many more.   Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”   Follow us on Twitter @wastenotpod   Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com   SHOW CREDIT   Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)   Editing - Emily Y. Wu   Brand Design - Thomas Lee   Production Company - Ghost Island Media   www.ghostisland.media   MB01WR8IJHWPCOG
It’s common to blame climate change on population growth. Even Dame Jane Goodall recently said so. Nature N8 used to be a population control advocate. He explains why he changed his mind. 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 Twitter @wastenotpod SHOW CREDIT Host - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May) Executive Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu) Producer + Editing - Allison Chan Editing, Mixing, Brand Design - Thomas Lee Production Assistant - Yu-Chen Lai (Twitter @aguavaemoji) Production Company - Ghost Island Media https://www.ghostisland.media MB01WR8IJHWPCOG
There’s a $35 million problem in the fight to reduce marine plastics. It’s called “The Ocean Cleanup.” You have seen the video clips: a young hero invents a solution to ocean plastic. But is it that simple? Today, Nature N8 breaks down the high tech high-seas cleanup device. We also hear from Irene Hofmeijer, founder of a social enterprise in Peru that’s been cleaning up coastlines. They played a key role in banning single-use plastics nationally. An extended interview with Irene Hofmeijer is available on our Patreon. Get the bonus episode on https://patreon.com/wastenotwhynot 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 FOOTNOTES can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRzL1_AlsBivrL0wYpN7YgK8crfSiZj9ATN1HBkpyT6KCqVz19ACSi9nX5tE7ObYiZekwv9cJXMGgHC/pub SHOW CREDIT Host - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May) Executive Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu) Producer and Editor - Allison Chan & Thomas Lee Mixing and Brand Design - Thomas Lee Production Assistant - Yu-Chen Lai (Twitter @aguavaemoji) Production Company - Ghost Island Media ( www.ghostisland.media ) MB017UWONTFGECE MB01WR8IJHWPCOG
Treating yourself with carbon offsets is apparently soothing for climate anxiety. (With 2020 vision?) Nature N8 calculates his carbon footprint and shops for the cheapest offset. But the retail therapy concludes that carbon offsets are very... off.    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   SHOW CREDIT   Host - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)   Executive Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)   Producer and Editor - Allison Chan with Yu-Chen Lai (Twitter @aguavaemoji)   Mixing and Brand Design - Thomas Lee   Production Company - Ghost Island Media    www.ghostisland.media   FOOTNOTE   Carbon Footprint Calculator   https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx   The Global Footprint Network   https://www.footprintnetwork.org/   The Gold Standard   https://www.goldstandard.org/
We take another sip from our earlier episode about straws. Since then, Taiwan has introduced its plastic straw ban. But paper straws are still not the solution to our beverage needs. At the end of the episode, we also have our first listener question!    Nate was interviewed about the plastic straw ban here: https://qz.com/1652080/taiwan-home-of-bubble-tea-is-latest-to-ban-plastic-straws/   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. Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not” Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpod SHOW CREDIT Host - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May) Executive Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu) Producer - Allison Chan Editors - Allison Chan and Thomas Lee Production Assistance - Yu-Chen Lai (Twitter @aguavaemoji) Brand Design - Thomas Lee Production Company - Ghost Island Media http://www.ghostisland.media MB01WR8IJHWPCOG    // Complete show notes can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vS9GiXbQt6lNYbcRbo5LyOBQwNP9WrkNygd3xNxh22rj3FTex8JnL9Pxt5V8u0VT49cdEMcB5BnrmUl/pub
Two major things happened this week: 1/ COP (Conference of the Parties - ie the only time countries meet to negotiate climate agreements) just wrapped up in Spain. 2/ Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg was named TIME Person of the Year. Today, we discuss something in between. Every year at COP, young activists continue to be at the front of the conversation. This episode, we meet a climate activist from Taiwan who’s attendance at a previous COP as a 21-year-old created a diplomatic stir. He also found a very unlikely ally, who also took him to Antarctica. Our youth activist is Liang-Yi Chang (張良伊). He co-founded the Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition in 2008/9. Today, he’s Asian Managing Director for the international environmental organization, 350.org. And this is his story. 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. Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not” Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpod SHOW CREDIT Host - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May) Executive Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu) Producer - Allison Chan Editors - Allison Chan and Thomas Lee Production Assistance - Yu-Chen Lai Brand Design - Thomas Lee Production Company - Ghost Island Media MB01WR8IJHWPCOG http://www.ghostisland.media
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

2019-11-2500:46

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 Nature 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.           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.           Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not”           Follow us on Twitter @wastenotpod          Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com           SHOW CREDIT          Host - Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May)          Producer, Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)Production Assistant - Yu-Chen Lai (Twitter @aGuavaEmoji)          Theme Song - Chris Lo          Brand Design - Thomas Lee          Production 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)
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