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The Heuermann Lectures focus on providing security – and here security means enough to sustain the world – in the areas of food, natural resources, and renewable energy for people, as well as on securing the sustainability of rural communities where the vital work of producing food and renewable energy occurs. Who attends these lectures? You'll see a diverse audience of faculty, students, and anyone in the general public with an interest in the topic.
 
Welcome to the Colin Williams podcast, where amazing things happen. Cover art photo provided by Chris Marquardt on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@chrismarquardt
 
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Welcome to Highgrade and this podcast series on the responsible sourcing of minerals. Over the last four episodes, we have looked at the main production steps in the supply chain of cobalt - a metal necessary for high-performing batteries, and as such key to support the transition to a future free of fossil fuels. Today in our final stop, we explor…
 
Welcome to Highgrade and this podcast series on the responsible sourcing of minerals. Starting at mine site, we have followed cobalt through the supply chain. Today, we'll look into the making of automobiles at a time in which the industry is being transformed by the growing craze for electric cars. Global sales are on the rise, and so is the deman…
 
Our ability to store electricity is central to the ongoing energy transition – and cobalt is a critical input into efficient batteries. But cobalt is a metal tainted by a reputation of human and environmental harm. Can battery producers reconcile the increasing social appetite for both cobalt and responsible mining? We are joined by Gillian Davidso…
 
Our second episode in this podcast series on responsible sourcing puts the spotlight on commodity traders – the invisible hand moving natural resources around the world. Traders connect production from artisanal miners in DRC with global customers, and as such they are critical to improving the traceability and sustainability of cobalt supply chain…
 
Are the products we consume responsible for human and environmental degradation? To answer this question, this podcast series takes us on a journey through the supply chain of cobalt, a commodity that is critical to the global energy transition. We start at mine site - but not any mine site. A significant proportion of cobalt is sourced from artisa…
 
In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. Oil prices surged overnight – reaching their highest level since 2008. Was this short-term stress or a structural shift? How will current events reshape the global energy agenda? To help us look beyond the fog of war, we sat down with Professor Paul Stevens – one of the brightest and clearest thinkers on th…
 
May Theilgaard Watts was an illinois naturalist, author, and poet who worked to develop nature themed programming and educational materials that helped people understand the world around them. You may recognize her work in the famous “Tree Finder” book used by countless naturalists and educators. Learn about this Illinoisan and the contributions sh…
 
Large Predators returning to Illinois is becoming a more common event. Spring is right around the corner and it seems to be the time of year when these sightings happen so who are these creatures and why are they wandering in and out of Illinois.Av Peggy Doty, Duane Friend, Jay Solomon, Abigail Garofalo, Erin Garrett, Amy Lefringhouse, Layne Knoche, Eliana Brown
 
Tilden Park’s Jewel Lake is home to a community of Western pond turtles, a species that is struggling to survive the combined threats of climate change, habitat loss and competition from red-eared slider turtles. Former UC Berkeley postdoctoral scholar Max Lambert is part of a team of wildlife experts who spent much of the pandemic checking in on t…
 
Farmers in Cambodia have started to grow more vegetables to meet rising consumer demand, supported by innovations from a team led by UC Davis researchers. With help from Cambodia’s Royal University of Agriculture, farmers adopted "nethouses" to protect crops from pests without the use of chemical pesticides and packinghouses to better care for thei…
 
The Financial Times called it one of the best books of 2021. The World for Sale is an eye-opening dive into one of the most secretive and powerful business sectors in the world: commodity trading. Commodity traders pull the invisible strings that move natural resources around the world. Their dealings have long been kept in the shadows, but the ind…
 
We’re in the Cambrian Mountains in Mid Wales in this month’s episode at our Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre. The centre has had a successful year in 2021 despite the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, the centre retained its TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award that it has won for a number of years consecutively, now. The aw…
 
Mushrooms play a crucial role in our natural ecosystem, they have been used medicinally by indigenous cultures for centuries, their nutritional value and hearty fiber make them an excellent meat substitute for chefs, and the mainstream medical community is evaluating psilocybin benefits in combating PTSD, anxiety, addiction, and other conditions. M…
 
Following dense weeks packed with global climate talks in Glasgow, Highgrade brings to you an executive summary of the climate change crisis; a digest of the discussions and all you need to know about COP26. To do this, we have called upon Tom Burke, climate change expert, founding Director of E3G – and an old friend of the house. *** Highgrade Med…
 
When considering adding solar panels to your home, one important step is to properly size a solar system to meet your home’s needs. We’ll cover 4 easy steps you can take yourself to estimate how large of a system you’ll need, along with a quick cost estimate – which will give you a starting estimate before you talk to a solar installer.…
 
Chile has often been praised as an example of how to use natural resources to foster economic growth. The industry is now at a crossroad - and Chilean society has made it clear that it expects to see more tangible benefits from it. Will it succeed? Our guest today has had a remarkable trajectory at the top of Chile’s copper industry: Diego Hernánde…
 
As the cold weather creeps in and winter approaches, we start preparing our house, our wardrobe, and our minds for the cold months to come. The bees, butterflies, squirrels, bats, and other Illinois wildlife have to prepare for the cold winter months ahead as well. Learn how our wildlife overwinters and what you can do to support those animals (wit…
 
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 geopoliti…
 
This month we're kicking things off with the first of a two-part special down in lovely Pembrokeshire where our senior communications officer, Llinos Merriman, spoke to our colleague Phil Newman about his career and the great work they do in the Skomer Marine Conservation Zone.Av Natural Resources Wales
 
The end of summer is approaching and that means fall allergies will be ramping up. How many of us blame the beautiful yellow blooming plants on the roadsides for our allergies? Goldenrod gets all the blame, but ragweed is the culprit! Learn how to identify both plants and information about why one is an allergen and the other is not – hint, it has …
 
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,…
 
Description: Fall is the time to work on controlling woody invasive plants. While often associated with timber areas, woody invasive plants can be a problem along fence rows, native prairies, and even home landscapes. Join us to explore why fall management provides better control.Av Peggy Doty, Duane Friend, Jay Solomon, Abigail Garofalo, Erin Garrett, Amy Lefringhouse, Layne Knoche, Eliana Brown
 
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 …
 
A “sea” focused program in the Midwest? Join us and learn not only how Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant got its name, but also how it’s connecting people with science to strengthen and preserve ecosystems and communities in southern Lake Michigan and beyond.Av Peggy Doty, Duane Friend, Jay Solomon, Abigail Garofalo, Erin Garrett, Amy Lefringhouse, Layne Knoche, Eliana Brown
 
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,…
 
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…
 
It is April so could we be seeing wildlife babies soon? Are wildlife of the same species born at the same time in Illinois? (the point of this question, or one like it, is to point out the length of our state and that wildlife births could differ because of timing of “spring”) What are the first considerations a person should have when they find wh…
 
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 w…
 
This presentation examines how the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries have created climate emergencies that have threatened global food production, human health, and soil health. Experts explore the ubiquitous presence of chemicals in our food supply and the significant, cumulative impacts of extreme heat, pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs on …
 
Chandra Krintz is a professor of Computer Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. SmartFarm is a research project that investigates the design and implementation of an open source, hybrid cloud approach to agriculture analytics for enabling sustainable farming practices. Series: "Institute for Energy Efficiency" [Science] [Agriculture] [Show ID: 36803]…
 
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 b…
 
Conserving water on your property is all reducing runoff and there are a lot of big and small ways you can do that. Learn ways you can do help improve water quality for yourself, your neighbors, and all Illinoisans.Av Peggy Doty, Duane Friend, Jay Solomon, Abigail Garofalo, Erin Garrett, Amy Lefringhouse, Layne Knoche, Eliana Brown
 
Stuart Woolf is President and CEO of Woolf Farming & Processing, a family owned operation whose primary business is the production and processingof agricultural commodities. Series: "Institute for Energy Efficiency" [Science] [Agriculture] [Show ID: 36802]Av UCTV: UC Santa Barbara
 
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 pro…
 
California produces 80 percent of the nation’s fresh citrus, but a disease called Huanglongbing or HLB, is threatening Central Valley groves. Citrus Greening disease, transmitted by the Asian citrus psyllid, has decimated groves in Asia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Florida, and is now spreading in California. UC Davis researchers are working…
 
Research at Lake Tahoe is finding microplastics in one of world’s clearest lakes. UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center Staff Researcher, Katie Senft, is studying how microplastics are impacting the beaches along the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. Series: "UCTV Prime" [Agriculture] [Show ID: 36768]Av UCTV: UC Davis
 
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? *** High…
 
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. *** Highgrad…
 
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 progra…
 
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