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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…
 
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…
 
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.By 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,…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
The role of fire is important for many of our Midwest native plants and ecosystems. Prescribed burning is a way to reintroduce fire in landscapes in a controlled manor. Fire can early emergence of many of our native grasses and forbs. In timber, fire helps promote regeneration of oak and hickories species while limiting the natural succession to ot…
 
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…
 
We are drawn to the organic world perhaps because we see in it our own fleeting reflection. And yet, there is something magical about the enduring rock: a silent witness not just of evolution, but the origin of the universe itself. In this episode we explore the world of minerals - all the way from Creation to the marketplace. We are joined by Kevi…
 
Today’s podcast is on Wetlands, with Erin Garrett. Wetlands provide numerous invaluable ecosystem services, yet their value is often overlooked. Seen as breeding grounds for mosquitos or places to be drained, historical wetland habitat loss in Illinois is about 85%. Luckily, the value of wetlands has been recognized in recent decades and work has b…
 
In most cases, the ultimate owner of underground resources is the State. Governments grant companies the privilege to exploit these resources. And for that privilege, companies pay - in the form of taxes. It is not the only thing that countries get for their minerals, but taxes is very much at the centre of any benefit-sharing system. Is it time to…
 
If it’s not grown, it must be mined. Our societies rely heavily on the supply of metals and minerals. From copper to aluminium; from plastic to cement; mining is all around us. Yet, mining is not loved - to say the least. Are the extractives good or bad? In this episode, we are joined by Tony Addison, recently appointed Professor in Economics at th…
 
Our seas are under pressure. Overfishing, acidity, pollution are decimating fish stocks. We all feel it is bad - but how bad is it really? In this episode of The Natural Resources Podcast we talk to Rashid Sumaila, one of the world’s leading researchers on oceans and fisheries, currently Professor at UBC Fisheries Centre in Canada and winner of the…
 
Highgrade now has more than four years under its belt, and an archive full of interesting conversations. We have seen some amazing people through our studio and we have published some amazing video interviews. Over time people have been asking us to put those interviews into podcast format, and that is exactly what we have done. This is the first e…
 
Welcome to Highgrade's podcast on the world of natural resources. We kick off our podcast journey with a theme that goes to the very core of the extractives industry, to its heart. We explore the fundamental topic of mining productivity. Sounds boring? Think again: this is a window to what the industry has been, and what it will be. We talk about m…
 
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