The Elephant Podcast: EIT Climate-KIC DACH enabled Kevin Caners to produce series about Carbon Capture and Storage

Kevin Caners is a Berlin-based journalist who is experienced in the production of radio programmes and podcasts. Kevin joined the EIT Climate-KIC community in 2015 and, since then, participated in numerous EIT Climate-KIC and EIT activities and events. The EIT Climate-KIC Alumni Association (CKAA) enabled him to found his podcast ‘The Elephant’. EIT Climate-KIC DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) made a series about the possibilities and challenges of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) possible: 

‘A few years ago, I founded ‘The Elephant’ – a podcast that explores the science and stories of climate change. For me the podcast was a way I felt I could positively contribute to an issue that I was feeling increasingly concerned about, while using the skills I had at hand.

In the 40 or so episodes since then, the podcast has featured interviews with leading climate scientists, like Kevin Anderson and Tim Flannery. We’ve spoken to renowned thinkers like Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, and Astronauts like Piers Sellers. We’ve interviewed former political leaders like Irish Prime Minister Mary Robinson, along with media figures like the Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger and George Monbiot. We’ve also interviewed on-the-ground activists undertaking creative actions. We did this all as a way of shedding light on the complicated and multifaceted challenge that is Climate Change.

In one particularly special episode from a couple years ago called “How Did We Get Here”  we took (what was for me) a fascinating deep dive into the origins of climate change. We went through the span of human history and progress, from the dawn of agriculture to the industrial revolution to find out how our species got into this mess with climate change in the first place.

Most recently, in a special series made possible by Climate-KIC DACH, we looked at  possibilities and challenges of removing large quantities of CO2 from the air. It’s an issue that is becoming ever more widely discussed, as the prospects of us staying under 2 degrees of warming without some form of large scale negative emissions, begin to look increasingly difficult. 

For our series on carbon removal, we visited some of the leading minds in the field, including Klaus Lackner who heads the Centre for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University. He’s the scientist who is often credited as the first person to have begun working seriously on this topic of removing CO2 from the atmosphere. We also went to Iceland to explore how scientists there are turning CO2 into solid rock.

We made this series as a way to find hope, and explore potential solutions, in this topic that is otherwise understandably so full of doom and gloom –  something that for me, Climate-KIC as an organization, is all about.   

You can find our first episode in our series on Carbon Removal here: http://www.elephantpodcast.org/episodes/has-this-scientist-found-the-way-to-save-the-world-from-co2.

You can also find that series, and the entire podcast catalogue on Spotify or iTunes.  Or you can simply look up ‘The Elephant’ in your podcasting app of choice.’

 
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