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All you need to know about natural resources. Join us as we unwrap the world of mining, energy, forests and oceans. Always inquisitive, always insightful. From the producers of the acclaimed Highgrade interview series, available at www.highgrade.media
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For centuries the undisputed energy king, coal has made possible the great advancements of the industrial age. But coal is now tarnished with a dirty reputation, and both investors and consumers have started to avoid it.  We met Anne-Claire Howard, Executive Director of BetterCoal, to ask: is the end of coal coming with a bang or a whimper?***Highgrade is a not-for-profit organisation that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.***Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments:TwitterLinkedIn
La edad de piedra le daba el bronce. La Edad del Hierro. La manera en la que usamos minerales ha ido de la mano con el desarrollo humano. Hoy la humanidad contempla un futuro más allá de los combustibles fósiles y así crece la demanda por nuevos minerales. El litio aparece como un posible ganador, con oportunidades y desafíos para países que lo producen.Nuestra invitada hoy es abogada, es especialista en recursos naturales, Florencia Heredia es socia del estudio Allende y Brea y lidera la división de Energía y Recursos Naturales. ***Highgrade es patrocinado por el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) y el  Ministerio Federal de Cooperación Económica y Desarrollo (Alemania).***Síguenos en nuestras redes sociales para obtener información diaria y acceder a los mejores momentos detrás de cámaras:TwitterLinkedInFacebook
We are drawn to the organic world perhaps because we see in it our own fleeting reflection.  And yet, there is something magical about the enduring rock: a silent witness not just of evolution, but the origin of the universe itself.In this episode we explore the world of minerals - all the way from Creation to the marketplace. We are joined by Kevin Fox, a geologist and senior executive in the mining industry.***Highgrade is a not-for-profit media company that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.***Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments:-> Twitter-> LinkedIn
In most cases, the ultimate owner of underground resources is the State. Governments grant companies the privilege to exploit these resources. And for that privilege, companies pay - in the form of taxes. It is not the only thing that countries get for their minerals, but taxes is very much at the centre of any benefit-sharing system. Is it time to reconsider the way in which we tax our resources? In this episode, we speak with Alexandra Readhead from the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development and IISD about the future of resource taxation.***Highgrade is a not-for-profit media company that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments:-> Twitter-> LinkedIn-> Facebook
If it’s not grown, it must be mined. Our societies rely heavily on the supply of metals and minerals. From copper to aluminium; from plastic to cement; mining is all around us.  Yet, mining is not loved - to say the least.  Are the extractives good or bad?  In this episode, we are joined by Tony Addison, recently appointed Professor in Economics at the Development Economics Research Group (University of Copenhagen), and formerly Chief Economist of UNU-WIDER.  We discuss how to assess what the industry is doing for us - including the good, the bad and the ugly.***Highgrade is a not-for-profit media company that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress. Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments-> Twitter-> LinkedIn-> Facebook
Our seas are under pressure. Overfishing, acidity, pollution are decimating fish stocks. We all feel it is bad - but how bad is it really?In this episode of The Natural Resources Podcast we talk to Rashid Sumaila, one of the world’s leading researchers on oceans and fisheries, currently Professor at UBC Fisheries Centre in Canada and winner of the Volvo Environment Prize in 2017. As an economist, he has focussed on the big question of fishing sustainability.***Highgrade is a not-for-profit media company that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress. Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments-> Twitter-> LinkedIn-> Facebook
Highgrade now has more than four years under its belt, and an archive full of interesting conversations. We have seen some amazing people through our studio and we have published some amazing video interviews. Over time people have been asking us to put those interviews into podcast format, and that is exactly what we have done. This is the first episode in our new series, From the Archive.We start off with an interview from 2018 with Tom Burke, Chairman of the climate think tank E3G. We wanted to start with this interview because climate change remains a hot topic. And Tom Burke has been at the centre of the debate from the beginning. For example, he coined the term ‘Green Growth’ already back in the 1980s. He is a forceful and clear thinker – and that is evident in this conversation. Enjoy!
Welcome to Highgrade's podcast on the world of natural resources. We kick off our podcast journey with a theme that goes to the very core of the extractives industry, to its heart. We explore the fundamental topic of mining productivity. Sounds boring? Think again: this is a window to what the industry has been, and what it will be. We talk about money, energy, people, robots, and much more. Come join us as we sit down with Dr. David Humphreys, resource economist extraordinaire. 
For nearly a century, fossil fuels have been a key source of geopolitical tension.  How is international politics changing with the surge in renewables?  Join us in this fascinating conversation with Morgan Bazilian, Professor at the Colorado School of Mines and Director of the Payne Institute, and a global specialist in energy security and geopolitics.***Highgrade Media is a not-for-profit organisation that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR.
Nobody knows what the future holds, but this may be the closest you’ll get - for the extractives industry anyway.Join the Highgrade Editorial team in conversation as we discuss five key trends that will define the industry in the years to come. ***Highgrade is a not-for-profit organisation that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR.***Interviews mentioned in the episode:Tom BurkeDavid HumphreysThe Future of Resource TaxationMark CutifaniHenrik Ager
In 2001, the world's largest mining corporations created the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) to improve the industry sustainability credentials. 20 years on, the Council sees change on the horizon and in response it has just appointed  Rohitesh Dhawan as its new CEO. His mandate is to steer the organisation through strong winds of global change. And he’s taking it personally.***Highgrade is a not-for-profit organisation that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.***Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments:Twitter
You can't manage what you can't measure. Strange as it may sound, until recently, there has been no serious attempt to compare mining company performance across environmental, social and governance dimensions.Enter the Responsible Mining Index. Launched in 2018, the index has been gaining momentum since. Today we talk to Hélène De Villiers-Piaget, head of the Responsible Mining Foundation. ***Highgrade is a not-for-profit organisation that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.***Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments:TwitterLinkedIn
Do you want to leave a lasting mark on the world? Throw a plastic bottle into the sea – and chances are that it will still be there well after you are gone.In this podcast, we discuss our global plastic addiction and what we can do about it. We spoke with Denise Hardesty, an expert on plastic pollution at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).***Highgrade is a not-for-profit organisation that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.***Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments:TwitterLinkedIn
If you are interested in the field of natural resources and economic development, then you surely know Veronica Nyhan Jones. Currently at the IFC Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory, she has been central to the implementation of World Bank Group development programmes in the extractives. After decades of persistent reduction in global poverty, do we still need global development banks?  In this personal conversation with Veronica, we revisit the relevance of multilateral organisations, we discuss the nature of economic development and consider the most pressing global development challenges ahead.***Highgrade is a not-for-profit organisation that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.***Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments:TwitterLinkedIn
Are there unethical companies, or economic sectors altogether?  Is the ethical choice down to the producer or the consumer?  In this episode, we tackle the thorny issue of morality in investment decisions.We discuss with John Howchin, Secretary General of the Council on Ethics for the Swedish National Pension Funds.  His job is to discern good from bad - and there are billions of dollars at stake. ***Highgrade is a not-for-profit organisation that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.***Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments:TwitterLinkedIn
Images of Australia, Brazil and California literally burning triggered global sorrow. And suddenly, we remembered the trees. The fires are now raging again and so we ask, what is happening to the forest?Daniel Nepstad, founder and director of the Earth Innovation Institute, believes that the challenge is dire, but there are solutions.***Highgrade is a not-for-profit organisation that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.***Follow us on social media for daily insights and behind the scenes moments:-> Twitter-> LinkedIn
Not a mineral producing nation per se, Germany is a fundamental player in international cooperation in the extractives sector.  Consolidating this position, the German Federal Institute for Geoscience and Natural Resources (BGR) has launched the LION programme, seeking to improve local procurement in the mining supply chain.To understand the programme's goals and progress, we talk to Nils Handler, Policy Advisor with BGR and Project Manager of LION.  ***Highgrade is a not-for-profit organisation that produces interviews and documentaries that identify, capture and disseminate analysis and insights in the field of natural resources and social progress.Our mission is to provide open and free access to specialist knowledge and to disseminate good practice and innovation in this field. See www.highgrade.media for our portfolio of published material.With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, through BGR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.
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