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TREE Podcast #10 - Sustainability on an Island (with Bryan Ogden)

TREE Podcast #10 - Sustainability on an Island (with Bryan Ogden)

After a long break the TREE podcast is back with a special guest in a special location. Bryan Ogden joins host Jordan Flagel to discuss blockchain technologies and artificial intelligence - and how he is using them both to pursue sustainability and affect climate policy. The two former grad school classmates sat down in the jewel of an island known as Malta, where they completed their studies together in the MSc. Sustainable Environmental Resources Management program. 

TREE Podcast #9 - The Uber Podcast (with Nick & Bek)

TREE Podcast #9 - The Uber Podcast (with Nick & Bek)

After a relatively long hiatus, the TREE podcast is back. Nick Martin and Travis Bek join host Jordan Flagel for the most unorthodox episode to date. Nick is a Policy Analyst at the Canada West Foundation specializing in electricity policy, and Bek works for Club Med resorts in the Caribbean. This podcast was recorded as the trio made their way to 17th Avenue in Calgary's Uptown area - while attempting to board a train and eventually hopping in an Uber - and covered a wide variety of topics from initial settlement in the Americas to differences in Canadian and American politics. 

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TREE Podcast #5 - Determinism, the Struggle Within, and Physics of the Impossible

TREE Podcast #5 - Determinism, the Struggle Within, and Physics of the Impossible

Hosts Jordan Flagel and Taylor Dalke discuss the importance of creative outlets, determinism versus free will, moral blameworthyness, archetypes, and the limits of physical possibilities.

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TREE Podcast #3 - Morality, Purpose, and Robots (with guest Taylor Dalke)

TREE Podcast #3 - Morality, Purpose, and Robots (with guest Taylor Dalke)

Taylor Dalke joins Jordan Flagel on the first TREE podcast of 2018 to discuss the morality of breeding, finding purpose in life, the science of meaning, robot workers, and the feeling of accomplishment compared to the neuro-chemical feelings induced by drug use. The two also discuss the initial impromptu Jamaica trip that helped spark the creation of TREE. 

Does anybody really understand climate change?

Does anybody really understand climate change?

I’ll admit it.

I don’t understand climate change.

I have two M.Sc. degrees in environmental science and sustainable resource management, with climate change being a major focus of both (including a thesis that looked at funding carbon sequestration in tropical rainforests). Still, I don’t really understand this complex and confusing phenomenon.

But I do know it’s real.

I know you can’t put centuries’ worth of carbon dioxide into the air and not have an effect on the global climate. Some people think we don’t have the power to alter the global atmosphere, but I doubt these people know...