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2.5 Battery safety - The positives and negatives
We've heard a lot about the benefits of batteries, but what can go wrong? What happens to batteries as they age and how can we extend their lifespan? Why are e-scooters banned in the London underground? And what can we do to make sure we're using batteries safely in our homes, and disposing of them correctly.
In this fascinating episode, we're joined by Professor Paul Shearing from SafeBatt and Andrew Gausden from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, to talk about battery safety and the science behind it.
Hosted by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.
Produced by Hiren Joshi and Lizzy Ratcliffe.
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5. 4.5 Why the world needs to worry about wildfires26:03Why is there an increase in wildfires around the world? How does this impact air quality? Are wildfires affecting our health? Joining our host, Dr. Alex Lathbridge, today is Dr. Emily Fischer, Atmospheric Scientist at Colorado State University. Dr. Emily shares her research and insights around wildfires, their impact on our health, and the chemistry climate interactions that happen during and after a wildfire. Dr. Emily also goes into detail about her research interests, sharing key information on both field-based and modeling approaches to investigate the sources of atmospheric trace gases to remote environments.If you want to know more about Emily's work around climate science then visit her YouTube channel: @ScienceMomsHosted by Dr. Alex Lathbridge. Produced by Hiren Joshi, Hannah Macdonald, Lizzy Ratcliffe.
4. 4.4 Pt 2 Air Quality Policies | ULEZ Explained32:49What is ULEZ? Why is it important for public health in London? What is the data telling us about the recent expansion? Joining us in part two of our discussion around air quality policies is Deputy Mayor of London, Shirley Rodrigues, who helps us deep-dive into what ULEZ is, the positive impacts it has on our health & the environment, as well us sharing the motivations of the Mayoral office for improving London's air quality. We then have a conversation with WHO Ambassador, and founder of the Ella Roberta Foundation, Rosamund Adoo Kissi-Debrah, about her experience with London's air pollution, and the inspirational work she has been doing to help improve London's air quality.Hosted by Dr. Alex Lathbridge. Produced by Hiren Joshi and Lizzy Ratcliffe.
3. 4.3 Pt 1 Air Quality Policies | What the Science Tells Us23:27How bad is London's air quality compared to other cities? How do we measure the success of policies such as ULEZ? Are 15 minute cities the future solutions for improving our health and environment?In part 1 of our discussion around air quality policies, we speak with Dr. Audrey de Nazelle, a Senior Lecturer at the Centre of Environmental Policy. Audrey is also co-chair of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. Covering a variety of nuances around the subject of air quality policy, Dr. Audrey, and host Dr. Alex Lathbridge, explore air pollution management, changing citizens health behaviour, and the critical role of urban planning when improving air quality.Hosted by Dr. Alex Lathbridge. Produced by Hiren Joshi, Lizzy Ratcliffe, Hannah Macdonald.
2. 4.2 How can we improve indoor air quality?28:12How can we improve our indoor air quality? Should we stop frying meats in our kitchens? Is your air fryer out to get you? In this episode we speak about all things indoor air quality, from the importance of ventilation, to the behaviour of outdoor air particulates when they come into our homes.Joining us to share their expertise are Professor Cath Noakes, mechanical engineer and Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings at the University of Leeds, and Professor Nicola Carslaw, Professor of Indoor Air Chemistry at the University of York.Hosted by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.Produced by Hiren Joshi, Lizzy Ratcliffee and Hannah Macdonald.
1. 4.1 Intro to Air Pollution | What is it and how do we solve it?47:28What is air pollution? How does it impact our health? How does the science help us improve this environmental and health issue?In this episode of Brought to you by Chemistry, UKRI Clean Air Champion, Dr. Suzanne Bartington, and Atmospheric Chemist & Editor-in-Chief of RSC Environmental Science: Atmosphere, Dr. Neil Donahue give us their expert answers about all things air quality.Hosted by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.Produced by Hiren Joshi, Elisabeth Ratcliffe, and Hannah Macdonald.
[BONUS] UNEP framework for a planet free of harm from chemicals21:52Thanks to the leadership of Germany, the hard work of negotiators, and the spirit of compromise, the world has agreed to the Global Framework on Chemicals – backed by a High-Level Declaration that provides political impetus to drive the deal’s implementation. The RSC's Dan Korbel, Steph Metzger, and Camilla Alexander-White all attended the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), in Germany. Here the team caught up with delegates and spoke about how this new framework provides a vision for a planet free of harm from chemicals and waste and creates a safe, healthy, and sustainable future for all. Hosted by Dan Korbel and Steph Metzger. Produced by Hiren Joshi.
[BONUS] Can governments solve the plastic pollution crisis?39:50Dr. Dan Korbel, Science Policy Lead at the Royal Society of Chemistry, shares his time at the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution in Paris. The purpose of this event is to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment with the ambition to complete the negotiations by the end of 2024. The instrument is to be based on a comprehensive approach that addresses the full life cycle of plastic.Dan speaks with a variety of expert delegates, including Komal Sinha, Verra Director, Plastics & Sustainable Development Policy and Markets, and Professor Steve Fletcher, Professor of Ocean Policy and Economy.Hosted by Dr. Hannah Macdonald.Produced by Hiren Joshi.
7. 3.7 Will anti-fungal resistance lead to a Last of Us apocalypse?36:55Will climate change accelerate fungal threats to food and people? Will fungal infections cause a zombie apocalypse? How real is the science behind 'The Last of Us'? In this bonus episode, Manchester University’s Dr. Norman Van Rhijn, an expert on fungi, told the Brought To You By Chemistry podcast that the fight against antifungal resistance is constant, with some species evolving to defeat them in weeks. There is evidence that climate change is accelerating this fungal evolution, with some treatments used to combat fungal infections in crops overcome in as little as a month of exposure. What does this mean for global food security?Hosted by Hiren Joshi.Produced by Hiren Joshi and Dr. Hannah Macdonald.
6. 3.6 What do the challenges of AMR look like globally? Ft Professor Dame Sally Davies01:05:20In a perfect world, what should governments be doing to help prevent AMR? What are the political obstacles in the way of tackling AMR?In our final episode of the series, we speak to Professor Dame Sally Davies, Former UK Chief Medical Officer, Dr Eduardo Samo Gudo, Deputy Director General of the National Institute of Health in Mozambique. We also go around the world and speak with a variety of international experts to gain holistic insight into the challenges we face with AMR globally. From Government officials to academic experts, how can humanity come together to find solutions to antimicrobial resistance?Hosted by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.Produced by Hiren Joshi, Lizzy Ratcliffe, and Dr. Hannah Macdonald.