• Summary

  • The Eurasian Climate Brief is a new podcast focussing on climate news in the region stretching from Eastern Europe, Russia down to the Caucasus and Central Asia. It aims to give a voice to the best experts and journalists, enabling them to make sense of a part of the world where environmental news is seriously underreported. The podcast is set to launch in late October when we'll be releasing three episodes per week to coincide with COP26. Following the closure of the conference, a regular episode of The Eurasian Climate Brief will be released every fortnight so make sure you follow the show. This podcast is supported by n-ost, The Moscow Times and The European Climate Foundation.
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  • Oct 3 2022

    In late September, four leaks were detected in the gas pipelines linking Russia to Europe, Nord Stream 2 and Nord Stream 1. 

    The incidents, were, in all likelihood, an act of sabotage. In a joint letter to the UN Security Council, Denmark and Sweden declared that they were caused by "at least two detonations" with "several hundred kilos" of explosives, causing major leaks of natural gas into the Baltic Sea. 

    In this episode, we discuss the leaks’ environmental and geopolitical impacts with Sascha Müller-Kraenner, the CEO of Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Environmental Action Germany), a leading environmental, nature conservation, and consumer advocacy organisation.  In 2020, his NGO filed a lawsuit with Germany's Higher Administrative Court against the construction of Nord Stream 2  over its potential methane leaks, including as a result of acts of terrorism. Although Müller-Kraenner lost that legal battle, he has now won the argument.

    We check in with him whether the leaks are the methane bomb we might fear, and what can we do to fix them. Moreover, could these events prompt governments to take climate security - as well as energy security - more seriously?

    The Eurasian Climate Brief is a podcast dedicated to climate issues in the region stretching from Eastern Europe to Russia down to the Caucasus and Central Asia.

    This episode is supported by n-ost, The Moscow Times and the European Climate Foundation, and made by:

    • Natalie Sauer, a French British environmental journalist and English-language editor for The Conversation.  A former reporter for Climate Home News, her words have also appeared in international media such as Le Monde Diplomatique, Politico Europe, Open Democracy, Euractiv and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
    • Boris Schneider, European Journalism Project Manager at Clean Energy Wire (CLEW). Prior he has worked as a specialist on Eastern European climate and energy topics, amongst others for navos Public Dialogue Consultants and the German Economic Team. He graduated from the Free University of Berlin with a M. Sc. in Economics and is interested in the intersection of political economy and ecology in Eurasia.
    • Angelina Davydova, an environmental journalist from Russia. Angelina has been writing about climate change in the region for Russian and international media and attending UN climate summits since 2008. She also teaches environmental journalism and environmental and climate policy and communication in a number of universities and regularly organises training for journalists from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus on environmental and climate reporting. Angelina left Russia in March 2022 and is now a fellow of the journalistic programme Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) in Berlin.


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    22 mins
  • Sep 5 2022

    Energy prices were rocked by the Russian invasion, with Aluminium and Nickel prices increasing sharply in the first two weeks after the conflict began with the latter up by more than 100 percent.  Fears around the disruption to supply and concerns about soaring energy prices that could halt production in Europe are being blamed for the hikes. Other metals of interest in this war include titanium, scandium, and palladium.

    In this episode we discuss the issues around the production and supply of rare earth minerals with Robert Muggah, a political scientist, urbanist and security expert and the co-founder of the Igarape Institute, a think tank dedicated to climate security based in Brazil.

    The Eurasian Climate Brief is a podcast dedicated to climate issues in the region stretching from Eastern Europe to Russia down to the Caucasus and Central Asia.

    This episode is supported by n-ost, The Moscow Times and The European Climate Foundation, and made by:

    • Natalie Sauer, a French British environmental journalist and English-language editor for The Conversation. She is also a MA student in Russian and Post-Soviet Politics at the School of Eastern European and Slavonic Studies, University College London. A former reporter for Climate Home News, her words have also appeared in international media such as Le Monde Diplomatique, Politico Europe, Open Democracy, Euractiv and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

    •Boris Schneider, European Journalism Project Manager at Clean Energy Wire CLEW. Prior he has worked as a specialist on Eastern European climate and energy topics, amongst others for navos Public Dialogue Consultants and the German Economic Team. He graduated from the Free University of Berlin with a M. Sc. in Economics and is interested in the intersection of political economy and ecology in Eurasia.

    •Angelina Davydova, an environmental journalist from Russia. Angelina has been writing about climate change in the region for Russian and international media and attending UN climate summits since 2008. She also teaches environmental journalism and environmental and climate policy and communication in a number of universities and regularly organises training for journalists from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus on environmental and climate reporting. Angelina left Russia in March 2022 and is now a fellow of the journalistic programme Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) in Berlin.

    Support our work on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/EurasianClimate.

    This podcast is produced by https://www.thepodcastcoach.co.uk/

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    26 mins
  • Aug 1 2022

    In September 2019, Russia formally joined the Paris Agreement,  raising hopes the world's fourth emitter would finally throw its weight behind global decarbonisation efforts. The move followed years of lobbying from European governments, including Germany, France and Scandinavian countries.

    Nearly 3 years later, the Kremlin's war on Ukraine appears to have severely undermined climate action and international collaboration over climate science.  In an interview with Boris Schneider, Maria Pastukhova, a senior policy advisor at E3G climate think tank, assesses the  state of the ecological transition and advises on how the West can limit the damage.

    The Eurasian Climate Brief is a podcast dedicated to climate issues in the region stretching from Eastern Europe to Russia down to the Caucasus and Central Asia.

    This episode is supported by n-ost, The Moscow Times and The European Climate Foundation, and made by:

    • Natalie Sauer, a French British environmental journalist and English-language editor for The Conversation. She is also a MA student in Russian and Post-Soviet Politics at the School of Eastern European and Slavonic Studies, University College London. A former reporter for Climate Home News, her words have also appeared in international media such as Le Monde Diplomatique, Politico Europe, Open Democracy, Euractiv and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

    •Boris Schneider, European Journalism Project Manager at Clean Energy Wire CLEW. Prior he has worked as a specialist on Eastern European climate and energy topics, amongst others for navos Public Dialogue Consultants and the German Economic Team. He graduated from the Free University of Berlin with a M. Sc. in Economics and is interested in the intersection of political economy and ecology in Eurasia.

    •Angelina Davydova, an environmental journalist from Russia. Angelina has been writing about climate change in the region for Russian and international media and attending UN climate summits since 2008. She also teaches environmental journalism and environmental and climate policy and communication in a number of universities and regularly organises training for journalists from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus on environmental and climate reporting. Angelina left Russia in March 2022 and is now a fellow of the journalistic programme Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) in Berlin.

    Support our work on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/EurasianClimate.

    This podcast is produced by https://www.thepodcastcoach.co.uk/

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    25 mins

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