This edition is sponsored by the World Economic Forum – if only!
1. Here’s Bill Gates and John Kerry in conversation about climate change at the World Economic Forum, both of them guardedly enthusiastic about what COP26 in Glasgow achieved https://www.weforum.org/videos/climate-action-can-save-the-planet-if-plans-are-followed-through-says-john-kerry-and-bill-gates Good clear soundtrack that lends itself well to a variety of listening activities.
2. Also from the WEF, a thought-provoking short video on the cost of net-zero https://www.weforum.org/videos/the-cost-of-net-zero-is-in-the-trillions-according-to-new-mckinsey-report
3. According to the European Commission, cities cover just 3% of land on Earth, yet they produce around 72% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Our electric future depends on cities. Here’s why https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/01/electric-future-cities-transport-net-zero/
4. I can’t imagine that climate will not be a big part of the conversation between Diane Coyle and Anthony Painter at the RSA this Thursday at 13:00 UK time, What is economics – and what should it be? More info and registration here https://www.thersa.org/events/2022/02/what-is-economics-and-what-should-it-be
5. And, finally and worryingly, both for drinkers and producers, a piece in The Conversation on the impact of climate change on coffee https://theconversation.com/coffee-may-become-more-scarce-and-expensive-thanks-to-climate-change-new-research-175766