Down To Earth: Cornell Conversations About

Down To Earth: Cornell Conversations About
A student-led, conversational podcast about climate change.

Virtual landscapes
Oct 16 • 30 min
In this episode, Danielle chats with local playwright and Cornell Assistant Professor, Aoise Stratford. Aoise describes the motivation and works behind an upcoming public reading of the multimedia exhibit entitled Virtual Landscapes. She and recurring…
Oct 9 • 12 min
In this episode, Profesor Toby Ault describes what the climate was like 354 million years ago, during the carboniferous period. Find out how this important time period led to the industrial revolution and is contributing to the current changes we are…
Chat with Gustav Hansson
Oct 2 • 38 min
In this episode, Dr. Danielle Eiseman from the Department of Communication at Cornell University sits down with visiting graduate student Gustav Hansson. Gustav is studying sustainability within organizations. He has extensive experience not only starting…
We need to talk about Game of Thrones
Sep 25 • 30 min
Pam Wildstein 8:24 PM This week, Pam and special guest Juliet push through the cold that’s been going around campus to bring you an in-depth analysis of the HBO TV series Game of Thrones. Did anyone ask for this? No! Did Pam make it anyway? Yes! Turns out…
Conservation and Eco-literacy
Sep 19 • 56 min
We sat down with Dr. Brian Forist and PhD candidate, Kostas Stavrianakis, from Indiana University’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Studies. Learn about their incredible research.
Climate Change Town Hall
Sep 12 • 51 min
Two Cornell graduate students from the Emergent Climate Risk Lab were selected to attend the CNN Climate Change Town Hall in New York city. They had submitted questions for the candidates and both had the opportunity to ask the candidates questions during…
Climate and Energy Lecture: Faint young sun
Sep 10 • 23 min
This is another part of the lecture series for EAS 1101 Climate and Energy. In this episode we discuss the Faint Young Sun paradox, which discusses the working theories on how our planet was able to support life and the beginnings of the greenhouse gas…
Climate and Energy Lecture - Pale Blue Dot
Sep 10 • 18 min
This episode is part of an additional series within DTE that supplements Cornell course EAS 1101 Climate and Energy. This episode discusses Carl Sagan’s famous description of the earth, as a pale blue dot.
Resilient Landscapes Commentary
Sep 4 • 29 min
In this episode, Pam, Marta, Danielle, and our newest team member Kate, discuss a recent seminar we attended on Resilient Landscapes. The speaker, Massimo Sargolini, is a Professor of Urban Planning at the School of Architecture and Design,…
Pam’s trip to Boston!
Aug 14 • 32 min
Pam describes a recent energy conference she attended and explains how our grid system works, how it could be better and plans for New York State solar.
Understanding community resilience
Jul 31 • 32 min
In this episode, Pam and I are joined by a visiting high school student, Jenna. Jenna has been with us the past four weeks interning with the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions. She helped develop this episode and asked a lot of insightful…
Danielle visits Bonn and the United Nations
Jul 24 • 39 min
In this episode Danielle chats with Dr. Toby Ault about her trip to the United Nations headquarters in Bonn, where she attended the meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies of the UNFCCC. Since Toby has never attended one of these large climate change conferences…
El Nino and Climate Change
Jul 17 • 32 min
In this episode Pam, Danielle and Professor Toby Ault discuss the answers to some complex climate questions brought up by some visiting high school students. There were a few questions on the relationship between climate change, El Nino and wind…
Mitigation Game Part 2
Jul 10 • 27 min
The game continues! Listen as Marta, Pam and Gerry compete to create the best policy for reducing carbon emissions. Note: Pam tripped over her words when talking about PPA’s. PPA stands for a power purchase agreement.
Mitigation Game
Jul 3 • 39 min
In this episode Pam, Marta and Gerry compete to see who can come up with the best policy for mitigating green house gas emissions. This episode is divided into two parts. Listen next week for part 2.
Assessing climate information in the media
Jun 26 • 15 min
This episode is the first in a new series with Professor Toby Ault. It serves as supplemental course materials for EAS 1101 Climate and Energy, as well as Communication 4860. Danielle and Toby discuss how climate change issues are portrayed in the media…
Climate Questions
Jun 19 • 35 min
Pam, Marta and Gerry answer your top questions about climate change, science and impacts.
DTE Analyzes the NIPCC Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels Report
Jun 5 • 61 min
This episode is a doozy! Pam, Danielle and special guest Colin Evans from the Cornell Emergent Climate Risk Lab (ECRL) sat down to unpack the arguments presented in a report on fossil fuels from the Non-governmental International Panel on Climate Change…
Climate Smart Agriculture in Uganda
May 23 • 31 min
In this episode, Dr. Danielle Eiseman chats with Cyprian Kaziba, a visiting Humphrey Fellow from Uganda. Cyprian describes the challenges small-holder farmers face in Uganda, specifically, in the Buvuma Islands located in Lake Victoria. He also describes…
Energy and why you should love and respect it
May 15 • 42 min
In this episode Pam, Marta and Gerry chat about energy issues. Pam may or may not have one of her famous rants.
Climate News Update May 07
May 8 • 22 min
Despite audio trouble, Pam and Marta prevailed to bring you this update on recent climate news. Join them for the main points on this week’s UN biodiversity report, an exciting new development in the way energy grids are regulated, news on fossil fuel…
Perspectives on climate
May 1 • 61 min
If you missed our live stream panel discussion on climate change, its impacts and solutions, you can catch up now! We brought together several academics from Cornell to provide their unique perspective on climate change. This includes: Professor Natalie…
Whose future? Youth Climate Movements
Apr 24 • 35 min
Marta and Pam discuss youth climate movements. This episode is packed with an interview with one of Danielle’s close friends back in Scotland and conversations with young activists here at Cornell and abroad.
The Green New Deal
Apr 17 • 27 min
In this episode Pam and Danielle discuss the Green New Deal, including what is actually written in the plan, what it means and the need to use this political McGuffin to move the conversation forward on climate action at the national level.
Dendro-climate and the Dominican Republic
Apr 10 • 30 min
In this episode Dr. Danielle Eiseman discusses recent field work she did in the Dominican Republic with colleagues from the Cornell Emergent Climate Risk Lad and the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree Ring Research. You will here clips from the…
Climate change and farming
Mar 27 • 25 min
In this episode, Pam visited Penn State and spoke with Kaila Thorn about climate change impacts on farming.
Climate change and the changing menu
Mar 20 • 44 min
In this episode Danielle sits down with her former classmate, Chef and Creative Culinary Director Andres Padilla. Danielle sat down with Andres at Leña Brava, one of Rick Bayless’ restaurants ins Chicago. The interview will be incorporated in the book…
The Price of Climate Change
Mar 13 • 55 min
In this episode Pam sits down with our new team member, Gerry from Penn State to discuss the economic impacts of climate change. Gerry will be joining us regularly.
Climate News Brief February 28
Feb 28 • 14 min
Another weekly news brief on what is happening in the changing climate.
Haiti and the environment
Feb 26 • 70 min
Julie and Marta took part in the Cornell University Wind Symphony service-learning tour to Haiti and the Dominican Republic last month, starting in Port-au-Prince, traveling up to Jacmel, and eventually making our way over the border to the DR. We were…
Climate News Brief February 22
Feb 22 • 18 min
With the new year we have done some re-organizing and will be providing weekly climate change news briefs. We will still be publishing longer format interviews, however those episodes take much longer to produce. We hope you enjoy these updates and as…
Cultured Meat
Jan 23 • 47 min
In this episode Danielle chatted with Dr. Elliot Swartz from the Good Food Institute. Elliot is a former neuroscientist currently working as the academic research advisor for GFI. His experience in stem cell research and cell culture allows him to work…
Green Development in China
Jan 16 • 30 min
This episode we partnered with another podcast here at Cornell, from the Polson Institute. Pam sat down with other students working in the Polson Isntitute to discuss green development in China.
American Geophysical Union Centennial Meeting
Jan 9 • 29 min
We’re back! In December, Marta attended the American Geophysical Union meeting. It is the largest gathering of Earth and Space scientists. Hear about her experience at AGU and perspectives from scientists she met while there.
What you should know about the National Climate Assessment
Dec 4, 2018 • 40 min
With all of the climate reports coming out in such a short amount of time, Danielle and I decided to sit down and discuss the implications of their findings. More specifically, we chose to focus on the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which was…
Ethical Consumption
Nov 21, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, Marta and Danielle discuss issues around consumption, including ethical and sustainable consumption. We discuss the role advertising has in fostering a culture of consumption, as well as ways to shift consumption towards more ethical and…
Losing Earth
Nov 14, 2018 • 41 min
Somehow, against all odds (long lines at the bagel shop where I got breakfast before recording, a concerningly small amount of sleep, even for college students, and the first fifteen minutes of the interview not recording), we have a brand new episode for…
The Great Straw Ban
Nov 7, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode Marta, Pam, and Jake discuss the recent straw ban. They also take a different approach in this episode by dissecting some of the misconceptions and arguments made against the straw ban.
Let’s kill Halloween
Oct 31, 2018 • 19 min
In this episode, Jake, Marta, and Pam have a little fun by taking a brief look at the environmental impact of Halloween.
Politicization of Climate Change
Oct 24, 2018 • 39 min
Julie, Marta and Pam sit down to discuss how climate change has been politicized in the United States, the various perspectives on climate change and their own personal views on governmental action on climate. As future leaders it is interesting to hear…
ECRL Balloon recovery
Oct 11, 2018 • 19 min
This is not a full episode, but is a clip Toby sent in as they recovered the balloon, late in the evening Saturday. If you are curious about how they managed to recover the balloon after it had landed in a tree on someone’s private property, take a listen!
Emergent Climate Risk Lab Balloon Launch
Oct 10, 2018 • 41 min
This is another special episode for DTE! We joined Dr. Toby Ault’s Emergent Climate Risk Lab and Wicked Instruments to launch a weather balloon Canaseraga, NY. The balloon reached a height of about 100,000 feet. It reached the highest parts of our…
Deep Decarbonization
Oct 8, 2018 • 51 min
Latest episode of Down to Earth: Cornell Conversations about
Adventures in NYC
Oct 8, 2018 • 39 min
In this special episode Pam shares insights from the Local Climate Action Summit the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions and its partners hosted during New York Climate Week. People from the all over the Northeastern US and beyond came to share…
Breaking Down Methane
Oct 3, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode the students and I discuss greenhouse gases and then chat with Professor Bob Howarth about the use of natural gas on campus. Next week we talk about deep decarbonization.
Institutional Sustainability
Sep 28, 2018 • 13 min
In this episode Emily and Marta sit down with CICSS Executive Director, Professor Mike Hoffmann about some of the Climate literacy initiatives at Cornell.
Ecological Footprints
Sep 19, 2018 • 30 min
In this episode Julie, Jake and Pam discuss how to calculate your ecological footprint, and address some of the challenges in answering the questions. They also discuss ways you can reduce your own footprint.
Community Energy
Aug 29, 2018 • 51 min
This is our first episode of Down To Earth. The podcast is a student led project promoting open discussion about climate related issues. We are trying to encourage debate and are open to a variety of perspectives on this highly politicized issue. We…