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ClimateCast with Tom Heap

  • Wet winters are damaging farmland - is the solution in the soil?

    23 MAR 2024 · We've seen a trend over recent decades of wetter winters - and this year was no exception.       This winter was in the top 10 wettest for the UK, with the south of England experiencing its wettest February since records began in 1836. Scientists expect this trend to continue as the climate changes.      Farmers are particularly vulnerable to increased rainfall which either prevents them from sowing or destroys the seeds they have been able to plant.       On this episode of ClimateCast, Tom Heap visits Groove Armada musician Andy Cato at his Wiltshire farm to find out how this winter has been challenging for farmers already on wafer-thin margins and what he thinks the solutions could be.  Producer: Alex Edden  Editor: Wendy Parker   
    15m 57s
  • The group sabotaging SUV tyres to save the planet

    16 MAR 2024 · Sports Utility Vehicles, the big cars blamed for causing huge damage to the planet, now make up two-thirds of all new car sales.    More commonly known as SUVs, many people are choosing them for their increased comfort and a feeling of safety.    They were originally designed for off-roading in the countryside, but now they are often more of a status symbol.     Their larger size and weight mean they're big polluters, so their growing number is undoing years of progress towards cleaner air.    On this week's ClimateCast, Tom Heap speaks to the Tyre Extinguishers, climate activists who are notorious in cities around the world for deflating the tyres of SUVs to protest against their pollution.    Plus, hear from AutoTrader's Erin Baker about why so many of us want these bigger cars.  Producers: Alex Edden and Gemma Watson  Assistant producer: Iona Brunker  Editors: Wendy Parker   
  • Britain's crumbling coastlines: Deciding what should and shouldn't be saved

    9 MAR 2024 · Climate change has led to storms becoming more extreme and rising sea levels, threatening the future of coastal communities around the UK. The British Geological Survey suggests up to 1.35 million homes could be at risk by the end of the century without further sea defences. On this week's ClimateCast with Tom Heap, the team are on the Isle of Wight and in north Norfolk hearing from people who are losing their homes to the sea and from others fighting to protect their properties. Tom also speaks to those who make the decisions on what should and shouldn't be saved from the sea. Senior podcast producer: Annie Joyce Location producer: Gemma Watson Assistant Producer: Evan Dale Promotion producer: Jonathan Day Editor: Wendy Parker
    23m 47s
  • How disused coal mines can be part of a green energy future

    2 MAR 2024 · The North East of England is famous for its history of coal mining – entire livelihoods were built on powering the country on coal before they were closed at the end of the last century. But now, the disused coal mines could play a role in powering the future, while doing no harm to the climate. On this week’s ClimateCast Tom Heap is in Gateshead where they’re using mining infrastructure to heat up water as an energy supply for the future. He visits Beamish Living Museum to speak to the Coal Mining Authority about the how it works and its future potential as an energy source. Plus, he finds out what difference it could make to energy bills.
    15m 54s
  • Introducing… Electoral Dysfunction

    1 MAR 2024 · Today, something different – we're bringing you the trailer of an exciting new podcast from Sky called Electoral Dysfunction. Beth Rigby. Jess Philips. Ruth Davidson. With polls suggesting trust in politicians is low, three political powerhouses unite to unravel the spin and explain what’s really going on in Westminster and beyond. Every week, they will examine our political leaders and their policies – how they’re written, and how they’re sold to voters – as we prepare for a general election.  With so much at stake, they will work out which politicians are coming out on top and who is having an Electoral Dysfunction – and what it all actually means for you. Here's the trailer. For more, follow Electoral Dysfunction now wherever you listen to podcasts.
    14m 14s
  • The town that smells like rotten eggs 

    24 FEB 2024 · Hydrogen sulphide is the smell that comes from a rotten egg. Imagine that seeping out from a mound of rubbish the size of a small hill. You don't have to imagine it if you go to the Staffordshire town of Silverdale, population 5,700. It's an ever-present threat and a frequent reality. On this week's ClimateCast, Tom Heap visits Silverdale to speak to residents campaigning to shut down a landfill that's been haunting them for years. He talks to protesters in the village, as well as the local doctors' surgery to ask health professionals if they believe the landfill is a risk to health - which operators deny. Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse and Mickey Carroll Editors: Luke Denne and Philly Beaumont
    14m 46s
  • Cows or solar? The lucrative future for farmland

    17 FEB 2024 · Solar farms in the UK only account for 0.1% of land – that's less than that of golf courses. But, as the government aims to meet its clean energy targets, more agricultural land is being lost to solar panels. On this episode of ClimateCast, Tom Heap visits farmer Andrew Dakin, whose family have farmed the same land for 94 years, but now, his landlord is selling up to make room for a solar farm. Tom speaks to Andrew about how not just his job, but his livelihood is at risk - and Georgia, who grew up nearby and has launched a community campaign to help save the farm. Plus, Chris Hewitt – Solar Energy UK’s Chief Executive – explains how solar farms are a necessary part of the energy transition and how agriculture will be at risk of climate change without urgent action, including more solar energy. Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse and Gemma Watson Assistant Producer: Iona Brunker Editor: Paul Stanworth
    20m 45s
  • Can the private jet industry really clean itself up?

    10 FEB 2024 · Multi-millionaire musician Taylor Swift had two private jets - until she sold one of them just a week before her lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to the creator of social media accounts that log take-offs and landings of planes and helicopters owned by public figures. So, on this episode of ClimateCast, Tom Heap visits a private jet investors conference in London to find out just how climate un-friendly these jets are, and what the industry says it's going to do about it. Tom speaks to industry leaders, including Steve Varsano is the founder of The Jet Business, which has a street front corporate aircraft showroom and almost two million TikTok followers. Plus, Todd Smith, a former airline pilot, now climate activist and Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, shares his experience of trying to make the industry more sustainable. Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse and Luke Denne
  • Could a scotch egg help solve climate change? 

    3 FEB 2024 · On this episode of ClimateCast, Tom Heap visits the home of afternoon tea, Fortnum and Mason, but there's something different about the menu. Its scotch egg is made from cultivated meat – that's meat grown in a lab. He speaks to the scientists behind the product to find out how it was made and explores if this could be a solution to our polluting meat and dairy industry - which accounts for 14% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Cultivated meat is technically not yet legal in the UK - but as pressure mounts to change our diet - could this be the future? And where does that leave farmers? Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse and Gemma Watson Editor: Wendy Parker
    21m 32s
  • Chris Skidmore - The Tory climate rebel who quit parliament

    27 JAN 2024 · The government's plan to grant new oil and gas licences every year has passed its latest hurdle in parliament. The bill's supporters say it will improve energy security, as the UK still relies heavily on fossil fuels. Critics, however, argue it will not cut energy bills and instead will break the UK's promise to phase out fossil fuels. One of those critics is Chris Skidmore who recently resigned as a Conservative MP over the government's net zero strategy and its decision to boost new oil and gas production. On this episode of ClimateCast, Mr Skidmore, who led the independent government review into net zero, sits down with Sky's science and technology editor Tom Clarke. They discuss the reasons behind his decision to quit, the 'culture war' attached to net zero and the realities the UK faces getting there.
    20m 14s
Broadcaster and journalist Tom Heap investigates the biggest environmental stories and issues with guests and Sky News correspondents.
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