Waste Not Why Not

07. Air pollution hurts our brains?

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This is Waste Not Why Not, a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Every other week, we look at some of the misinformed ways people try to protect the planet, and what we should be doing instead. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.
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This is Waste Not Why Not, a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Every other week, we look at some of the misinformed ways people try to protect the planet, and what we should be doing instead. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.
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14. Live Episode! Trash, fashion, EV conversion, feat. Lidbot, ViaSweat, Xing Mobility
How do you start a “green” company? How do you make it scale? How do you make sure it’s financially and environmentally sustainable? These are some of the questions we covered on WNWN’s first live show! Held in Taipei on August 31st, we talked with Godfrey Ngai, CFO of Xing Mobility - an electric vehicle battery company going after two thirds of the worlds vehicles. Melody Hsu - co-founder of ViaSweat - an active-wear brand trying to use more sustainable textile made from recycled materials. And Hamoun Karami - founder of Lidbot, a startup that wants to transform the way we think about trash collection. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not” Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpod SHOW CREDIT Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May) Editing - Emily Y. Wu Theme Song - Chris Lo Brand Design - Thomas Lee Production Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media)
59:07
October 29, 2019
13. Garbage Gab 3: Global trash trade
The US and Europe are dumping trash on developing countries, right? China broke recycling, right?  Wrong! Since China stopped taking in foreign recyclable waste, people have been freaking out, but, things are a bit more complicated than you think. In this episode, Nature N8 breaks down the top three myths surrounding the global trash trade and charts a way forward to fix our recycling systems. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not” Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpod SHOW CREDIT Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May) Editing - Emily Y. Wu Theme Song - Chris Lo Brand Design - Thomas Lee Production Company - Ghost Island Media http://www.ghostisland.media
12:40
October 14, 2019
12. (Bonus) N8’s takes from Climate Week 2019
Climate Week, some call it the most important week of the year, and best of all, Nature N8 was there this time. Each year NGOs, lobbyists, government officials, spies, flock to NYC to call for greater climate action. In this special bonus episode, hear from N8 on what really went down. The full episode is a Patreon exclusive. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/wastenotwhynot and subscribe to hear the full episode. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not” Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not”, Twitter @wastenotpod, and Instagram @ghostislandme SHOW CREDIT Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May) Editing -Emily Y. Wu Theme Song - Chris Lo Brand Design - Thomas Lee Production Company - Ghost Island Media www.ghostisland.media
02:32
October 7, 2019
11. Garbage Gab 2: How America failed at waste
Ever wonder why recycling was better when you were a kid in America? Well, it was. This episode, a trash wizard named Alex Danovitch joins N8 to talk trash in the US. The steady corporate growth of trash has tracked Alex’s career closely as he co-founded one of only four non-profit waste management facilities in the US. Meanwhile, waste haulers went public, and the US’s actual recycling rate went down, and overseas. Alex and N8 talk about sustainable waste management, challenges with incineration, and how the US can adapt to a new world of recycling. This is part 2 of our series on waste. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. Send your questions to ask@wastenotwhynot.com Support us on Patreon: “Waste Not Why Not” Follow us on Facebook “Waste Not Why Not” and Twitter @wastenotpod SHOW CREDIT Producer - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu), Nate Maynard (Twitter @N8May) Editing - Emily Y. Wu Theme Song - Chris Lo Brand Design - Thomas Lee Production Company - Ghost Island Media (www.ghostisland.media) This week’s guest - Alex Danovitch FOOTNOTE Legacy Lab International (Taiwan) is looking for your old pills to make into art (www.legacy-lab.com/en/contact/) Alex Danovitch’s consulting firm, Nothing Left to Waste (nl2w.com)
37:27
September 10, 2019
10. Garbage Gab 1: How Taiwan solved waste
This week N8 goes on “Taiwan Insider” to explain how Taiwan turned a 70% waste collection rate into a 60% recycling rate in less than a generation. Starting with an explanation in 60 seconds of how Taiwan fixed its trash problem, N8 and “Taiwan Insider” host Andrew Ryan then go on to talk about garbage trucks, podcasts, and WNWN itself. You can view N8's segment on video here. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here. HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT? Send your question to ask@wastenotwhynot.com SUPPORT US $ https://www.patreon.com/wastenotwhynot FOLLOW US https://www.facebook.com/wastenotwhynot/ https://twitter.com/wastenotpod SUBSCRIBE ON Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or find your player: http://wastenotwhynot.com SHOW CREDITS Producer / Editing - Emily Y. Wu (@emilyywu) Host - Nate Maynard (@N8MAY) Brand Design - Thomas Lee Theme Song - Chris Lo This is a Ghost Island Media production.
21:06
August 26, 2019
09. Does bio-plastic really biodegrade?
From bio-bags that survive landfills for years to bio-plastics that are actually just polyester, we are awash in confusing disposal messaging. The world is rejecting plastics, but in the quest for an alternative are we actually making things worse? Join Nature N8 and Emily as they sift through “biodegradable” plastics. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.
19:02
August 12, 2019
08. Commitment to 100% renewable electricity - interview with Sam Kimmins, head of RE100
In 2014, IKEA was among the founding members of a global campaign to get the world’s most influential businesses to use 100% renewable power. Known as the RE100, today it’s a consortium of 186 (and counting) companies, including H&M, Nestle, Apple, Google, Facebook, Walmart, Coca Cola, Goldman Sachs, and many more. In total, their electricity demand is approximately 200 terawatts hours - just slightly larger than the electricity demand of Thailand. Today, we talk to Sam Kimmins, head of RE100. Sam has 20 years experience leading sustainability projects in the shipping, aviation, food, construction, and NGO sectors.   This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.
38:17
July 29, 2019
07. Air pollution hurts our brains?
Scientists have seen our brains shrink from long-term exposure to dirty air. In this episode we think through air pollution in a different way. What’s the newest science saying about the health impact of smog? How is new technology changing this field of study? Do face masks actually work? How do you pick air filters? This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.
27:12
July 15, 2019
06. Engineering an EV battery system and infrastructure with Daniel Vickery from Gogoro
In part 2 of our series on electric vehicles, we focus on light EV and its battery infrastructure. We continue our conversation with Daniel Vickery, head of engineering of batteries and energy systems at Gogoro, the electric scooter company. We nerd out on batteries and how to design better cities, and we go behind the scenes with Daniel and find out how someone can engineer for good. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.
41:38
July 1, 2019
05. Are electric vehicles environmental?
Electric vehicles (EV) have made a comeback since the great EV failures of the 1990's. Today, ten countries and a handful of cities around the world have planned total ban on combustion engines. The hope is that EV's would help reduce air pollution and oil consumption. But are EV’s actually good for the environment? What about our anxieties over their range? The batteries don’t last, right? They’re too expensive, right? We speak to Mark Maynard, an automotive editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune who was among the first test drivers of a pilot EV program, "EV1" by General Motors in the 1990's. We also hear from Daniel Vickery, head of engineering of batteries and energy systems at Gogoro, a Taiwanese electric scooter company. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.
18:53
June 17, 2019
04. The Last Straw
Plastic straws are everywhere. Governments and corporations are beginning to enact straw bans. That's good, right? But does banning plastic straws really help the worst of plastic pollution? In this episode we look at the real damage from straws, and why the most popular strawlternative is actually worse than plastic. We also hear from a local business in Taipei, Ooh Cha Cha and its founder Mai Bach, on how they phased out plastic straws, and what a national ban on plastic straws may mean for businesses. This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.
19:07
June 4, 2019
03. Crying Coral Club
Corals are dying. By 2050 we probably won’t have any corals left in our oceans. But a really cool thing about coral is that it regenerates if we give it the opportunity to. So scientists around the world are trying to figure out how to regrow coral reefs, and some have even turned to 3D printing for coral restoration. But is this possible? Can technology save corals? This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.
22:01
May 20, 2019
02. Do beach cleanups clean up?
In 2017, 20-million pounds of litter was collected around the world on International Coastal Cleanup day. Do beach clean ups actually work? And if not, why do we even do beach cleanups? Are we just wasting our time? Should we be doing something else? This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Every other week, we look at the misguided ways we are trying to save the environment and what we should be doing instead. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.
11:07
May 5, 2019
01. Welcome to the show
For this maiden voyage episode, we give you a sampling of the greatest viral hits of green-wash, to let you know what to expect on this journey into the heart of greenness. This is the first episode of Waste Not Why Not, a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. Every other week, we look at some of the misinformed ways people try to protect the planet, and what we should be doing instead. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues. Produced by Ghost Island Media in Taipei, Taiwan. You can view show notes here. Or visit our website here.
17:17
April 9, 2019
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