Archive for April, 2010

Local Government Reform for Sustainability – Mike Reid

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 | No Comments

Podcast: Mike Reid – Seminar – Local Government Reform for Sustainability

Mike Reid discusses Local Government Reform for Sustainability from a Local Government New Zealand perspective.

Mike Reid is Manager of Governance at Local Government New Zealand.

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Prof Lloyd – Transition to RE – Questions

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 | No Comments

Podcast: Prof Lloyd – Transition to RE – Questions

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Prof Bob Lloyd – Transition to RE – Can it be made in time?

Friday, April 23rd, 2010 | No Comments

Podcast: Prof Bob Lloyd – Transition to RE – Can it be made in time?

Professor Bob Lloyd is from Australia, he came to New Zealand in 2002 after having worked for the Australian Coo-operative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), based at Murdoch University in Perth. His current research interests at Otago University, where he is the Director of Energy Studies and Associate Professor in the Physics Department, lie in energy conservation in residential housing and energy management including world energy resources and peak oil.  

Existing sources of energy such as fossil fuels and uranium are finite and so will eventually be depleted. If we want sustainable energy, the energy MUST come from renewable sources. The talk will examine if this can be done in time with existing resources. The talk will also look at the main problems, namely that our existing financial system is based upon continued economic growth and economic growth is based on a cheap and expanding energy supply.

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Climate change impacts on occupational health: a forgotten issue – Tord Kjellstrom

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 | No Comments

Podcast: Climate change impacts on occupational health: a forgotten issue – Tord Kjellstrom

Professor Tord Kjellstrom

Director, Health and Environment International Trust, Nelson and Visiting Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University; also affiliated with University College London and Umea University, Sweden

Climate change is already creating a hotter environment during the hot season in most cities of the world. Heat stress at temperatures above 30 oC creates difficulties for people doing heavy physical labour. This is sometimes a problem in New Zealand in forestry work, and the problems will increase. In tropical countries where occupational heat stress occurs each day during many months each year, the increased workplace heat will impact on local economic development because the only way to reduce the serious heat stroke risk in jobs that cannot be artificially cooled, is to slow down work and reduce productivity. This effect of climate change has been very poorly analysed and presented in reviews of the impacts of climate change, and new research initiatives from New Zealand aim to make more evidence available.

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Creating healthy, just and eco-sensitive cities – Professor Tony Capon

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 | No Comments

Podcast: Creating healthy, just and eco-sensitive cities – Professor Tony Capon

Tony Capon

Professor with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University and convenes the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Human Health.

The health, social and environmental consequences of the current pattern of urban development in Australiaprovide a compelling rationale for a re-think of the way we are developing our cities. This seminar will examine the Australian urban health challenge and explore efforts by public health workers, urbanists and others to respond in the interest of the health of people and planet

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Local Renewable Energy Policies and Actions: Global Survey and Prospects for New Zealand – Zach Rissel

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 | No Comments

Podcast:  Local Renewable Energy Policies and Actions: Global Survey and Prospects for New Zealand – Zach Rissel

Local Renewable Energy Policies and Actions: Global Survey and Prospects for New Zealand

Zach Rissel

Wellington City Council,  Policy

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Local Renewable Energy Policies and Actions: Global Survey and Prospects for New Zealand – Eric Martinot

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 | No Comments

Podcast: Local Renewable Energy Policies and Actions: Global Survey and Prospects for New Zealand – Eric Martinot

Local Renewable Energy Policies and Actions: Global Survey and Prospects for New Zealand

Dr. Eric Martinot is the lead author of the widely-used REN21 Renewables Global Status Report and a prominent international expert on renewable energy. He is senior research director at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Tokyo, teaching and research associate of Tsinghua University in Beijing, and teaching and research fellow at Victoria University of Wellington.

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Making the Right Turn – Dwayne Fletcher

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 | No Comments

Podcast: Making the Right Turn – Dwayne Fletcher

Making the Right Turn, How policy, planning, investment, and behaviour will adapt with oil production and the climate

Dwayne Fletcher

Senior Policy Advisor (Strategic Development), Hutt City Council

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Making the Right Turn – Susan Krumdieck

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 | No Comments

Podcast: Making the Right Turn – Susan Krumdieck

Making the Right Turn, How policy, planning, investment, and behaviour will adapt with oil production and the climate

Dr Susan Krumdieck

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury. Director of Advanced Energy and Material Systems Lab (www.aemslab.org.nz) pioneering R&D in transitional technologies and systems for power, fuels and transport.

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