a good good thing

How to succeed at saving the planet

May 16, 2019 Neil Thornton + Jack Ratcliffe Season 1 Episode 5
a good good thing
How to succeed at saving the planet
Show Notes Transcript

The current state of the planet has hit the headlines over the past few weeks with the actions of Extinction Rebellion in London and other European countries, and the proposal of a Green New Deal in the US. But what about countries that are already making waves in the fight for the planet? We look at some key places leading the charge to reduce the usage of fossil fuels, lower carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy as well as taking the right steps toward tackling consumption by seeking out innovative and ingrained recycling and re-use into every day. We continue the global view with a look at the countries where you, our beloved listeners, are turning in from, the effects Pokemon had on us all as kids and a new book by Riyadh Khalaf for young gay boys that's bringing joy to the queer community. 

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About your hosts

A computational artist currently undertaking a PhD in virtual reality, Jack is motivated by the positive impact technology can have on our day to day lives both operationally and emotionally. Outside of PhDs and podcasting, Jack is a proud dad to three turtles and an ever-growing number of house plants.  Find Jack at @jacktionman on Instagram and Twitter

A digital content editor by day, Neil is also a men’s lifestyle blogger at whatneildid.com where he covers a range of topics from travel and style to health and mental well-being. You’ll never find him too far from a coffee.   Find Neil at @Whatneildid  on Instagram and Twitter 

Neil Thornton:   0:08
Hi, everyone. And welcome to this week's episode of A Good Good thing. I'm Neil.  

Jack Ratcliffe:   0:12
and I'm Neil  

Neil Thornton:   0:12
from here on in [starts laughing]

Jack Ratcliffe:   0:33
So I'm really excited because I stopped and I looked at our listener locations for this podcast were not this specific Podcasts obviously has been broadcast yet, so we don't know where that would be like really weird himself. I looked at the historical locations for people listening to our podcast.  

Neil Thornton:   0:51
I'm guessing it's mostly UK.

Jack Ratcliffe:   0:52
You know what it is? Mostly the United States. Really, I think, is that thing where, like an English accent gets you a free pass and you're content can be really bad.  

Neil Thornton:   1:01
Start speaking like the Queen.

Neil Thornton:   1:03
But surprisingly, guess, Arthur, don't look at my screen. Guess our third most popular countries the United States, United Kingdom,

Neil Thornton:   1:12
100 % saw it so I'm just going to say France.

Jack Ratcliffe:   1:15
Oh, it's funny. You should say funds because it is Iran.  

Neil Thornton:   1:19

Jack Ratcliffe:   1:20
Yeah, right. It's Iran. We are popular or not popular, definitely not popular in any district. But we have 2% of our listeners come from Iran. Wow, Yeah, Who are those Iranians? And that's interesting because my brother lives in Italy and Italy is below Iran. So there's definitely more people in there are listening to us. Then if some people say Iran, I'm worried that now

Neil Thornton:   1:45
I don't know. Maybe it's a dialect thing, but yeah, you know, I think it's quite interesting, actually. If you scroll through them that I mean, yeah, like ITT's really quite varied. We're going around quite few places.

Jack Ratcliffe:   1:57
And the good thing is, you can kind of so you can go country, and then it gives you a region in the country or city, depending on which place. So, like, we have people in Japan, in Tokyo, Kyoto and Itchy. Now it isn't like a major place like the others. Who are these people in this area who have gone? If you're listening and you are from I T in Japan? Hello? Yes. How you doing, Konichiwa? Unless it's morning or evening. Then Ohio goes a massive Condon. Well, okay, well, that's the beauty of podcasts. Or you can choose whenever you but if you're listening, getting contact, In fact, if you're not from the UK getting in fact, even if you're from the UK getting contact, but really like I'd love to know who How you found our podcast on why you listen, if you're from any off these countries on the list which aren't, like, you know, basically my mom.

Neil Thornton:   2:49
Yeah, definitely. And I think actually, for anyone like, we want you to send in other great good news storeys that you have where you are, because those are things that we want see, and we want to be able to share. So do you get in touch with us on any of our social media's, Which is a good good thing on DH? Share your storeys with us and say hi, because we'd really like to put faces toe listeners.

Jack Ratcliffe:   3:11
Yeah, and I would super like to know what good storeys and good listeners we have from places like Uganda or the Bahamas or high tea. All of these places on this list who I have, like no personal Connexion with foot. Somehow my voice is played there and someone has listened to it Your voice to

Neil Thornton:   3:29
my as well, Yeah,

Jack Ratcliffe:   3:30
yeah. So that's that's my cool revelation for the week. What about you, Neal? Anything.

Neil Thornton:   3:37
I've had a really good week, actually. So my good good thing for the week is my friend, Riyadh, Calif. Who is a YouTube on presenter. Andi activist and kind of all round Amazing Person, has released his first book on It's a book called You're Gay Now What? And It's basically a Gay Boys Guide to Life. Riyadh wrote it as a kind of the book that he wished he had when he was younger on DH. It's, you know, so it covers coming out. What, being gay, queer trans by means about getting into relationships, about sex for the first time. It then has like a section for family and friends that's written by his parents on DH. It's just a really amazing book. I attended the book launch the other day. It was it was a rule celebration and to see the mix of people that were there, it was just really exciting. And it's brilliant that, like that type of book, is so well received these days, and I think it's going to do really, really well. I think it's already on the best seller lists off a few different lists on DH. So yeah, that's my good thing in the week. I think it's great, I think, for anyone out there who is listening and is thinking about coming out or thinking, realising that they may be off the queer community,

Jack Ratcliffe:   5:02
especially of your former Uganda or Cuba or high tea

Neil Thornton:   5:06
away, maybe. Yeah, I thought you recommend grabbing a copy and reading because it is It is brilliant.

Jack Ratcliffe:   5:14
Well, while we're completing this plug, where can they find the place to purchase this book?

Jack Ratcliffe:   5:18
I mean, available in all good bookstores and on Amazon,

Neil Thornton:   5:22
mainly on Amazon. Yeah, that's where

Jack Ratcliffe:   5:24
I got it from.

Neil Thornton:   5:26
Um, and I don't have any when the music comes in, that's great. Saves us. Okay, Jack. So if

Jack Ratcliffe:   5:47
unless you were living under a rock, everyone has probably seen the news over the last few weeks, which is being about extinction rebellion on the protests in London.

Neil Thornton:   5:58
I should point out that I did know about this, but I didn't know about the oil baby. So I've been living like 80% under a

Jack Ratcliffe:   6:04
rock. I mean, it does depend on your priorities, but I personally think both equally is important.

Neil Thornton:   6:09
That is why I don't even have any words. Toe. I'm not going to project my negativity regarding anything on this podcast so

Jack Ratcliffe:   6:18
good, because that is against the rules. It is a good vibes. Only space.

Neil Thornton:   6:21
Yeah, it's in the tagline.

Jack Ratcliffe:   6:23
But yet so extinction rebellion have bean everywhere in the news. They've bean blocking different parts of London. I think it was Marble Arch, Oxford Circus two. Blue Bridge on DH. There's one more I still, but either way they have been blocking the bridge, and each one was to represent one of their demands on each one. Was was focusing on that on DH. It's all about climate change and telling the government that they're not doing enough and that we aren't doing enough quick enough to stop the climate crisis, which is going to be upon us in the not so distant future which

Neil Thornton:   7:01
were already experiencing, I think with

Jack Ratcliffe:   7:03
definitely I think we've all seen that in the crazy weather that we have here and that we see abroad. Actually, George, very interesting. I was reading this thing with Pete Buddha, Judge, the American presidential candidate, and he's really

Neil Thornton:   7:17
I've heard of that guy. He's like a mayor right now.

Jack Ratcliffe:   7:19
Yeah, yeah, and he's the first LGBT candidate as well. Opening of the Petit candidate on DH. He a lot of his kind of campaigning as well as around climate change on what's really interesting and so correct, I believe, is that when we talk about climate change, what you see on TV, you tend to think of polar bears in the Arctic. And what he's trying to do is bring the media and like what he calls the B roll footage when they're talking about it. Two. Closer to home, it's 1000 year reign for or it's it's horrendous, continual out season flooding. It's California wildfires to show that actually, this is everything that's affecting us and causing problems in society is from that. And it's not a distant problem.

Neil Thornton:   8:00
Yeah, well, you know, I heard a statistical well back which was like for every 40 tonnes of carbon emitted per year, like there's a victim of climate change, which is a really weird way to think about it when we will give out, like, 5 to 8 tonnes of carbon each just by living in the UK,

Jack Ratcliffe:   8:17
Yeah, completely. And I think so, to go back to extinction. Rebellion there kind of demands where one was to get the government to tell the truth because they believe that the figures that the government is saying and what we are saving and how we are reducing carbon emissions it's fairly glossed over and it's not actually that clear. They say that we've reduced it by 47% but that's not it. In its entirety. That's actually not including imports and exports. It's just the within the country s O. Actually, if you look at our over, if you count in everywhere, it's actually only 10% on DH m percent reduction reduction. Sorry. Ah, nde, you know, same time. Obviously they're not necessarily incorrectly reported that way because that's the international decided way. But eh? So they won't clear a communication on on the state of climate change on dark carbon reduction emissions reduction. The next one is they want a citizens assembly to help make decisions on how we tackle it going forward. And then their final ways for the UK to get to net carbon emission net zero carbon emissions by in six years with six years, which is obviously the one that severance. Just like you're crazy, that's not gonna happen. And so yeah, I mean, I can see there's a lot of back and forth feeling on this. There's a lot of people that I fully support it. There's a lot of people that are massive against how they did it in that they believed that, you know, they're kind of like they threw the whole Oh, you're a hippie. You're blocking people from getting toe work. But, you know, for me, I'm on the side of, like, name me some sort of actual important, pivotal also for social change, where this wasn't what had to happen for it, for it to actually get spoken about and actually makes a difference, Andi reminds me off the green New deal in America as well. Where you know they've got this at the moment is not necessarily sound policies. It's just ideas and goals on DH. It's just branded a socialist. But what I always think is that, but it's showing you how much we need to do it kind of supposed to scare you to realise how behind we are on. So I thought might be quite cool is if we looked at some countries around the world that are actually doing really amazing things with reducing their carbon emissions and upping their environmental friendly, sustainable energy resources.

Neil Thornton:   10:43
Well, who are we going to start with?

Jack Ratcliffe:   10:46
I don't know. Going on top.

Neil Thornton:   10:48
It's okay. I'll hum. Things do do do We took him out Carbon reduction as in like CO two reduction. Or we took him out. Plastic, sensible use and recycling and those kind of things.

Jack Ratcliffe:   11:04
I was actually thinking about both s. I think there's a lot of different countries that are kind of doing one or the other, some that are doing well in both, or set themselves like strong targets to meet in both. But I think to focus on carbon emissions. 1st 1 actually, that's really close to home. Is that from I think it's from Made the weak from May 1st, the UK burn no coal for its electricity usage.

Neil Thornton:   11:28
Yeah, that sounds That's interesting because, like the UK was a really big coal power, Jenna. I mean, I guess it was almost the first coal power generation country in the world. Like from what? The 19th century? That's how we

Jack Ratcliffe:   11:42
completely so. They actually said that it was the first week since the Industrial Revolution on DH, so most of our electricity energy came from renewable on DH gas and nuclear. Andi, Actually, they believe the national grid says that they think that by 2025 that will have zero carbon emissions from our electricity energy production, which I think is really exciting and showing that, you know, for as much as we still need to do there are things happening at home that are going the right way.

Neil Thornton:   12:13
Yeah, that's really interesting. I wonder how they get the carbon emissions down from gas. Which company makes up, like, what, 40% of our power consumption?

Jack Ratcliffe:   12:21
I don't know. Like I think it's gonna be. I wonder if it's just gonna be where it will eventually just keep phasing out when they go hiring in wind. And I think it's about finding those right alternatives. Like if you look at somewhere like Iceland, which uses geo thermal and hydro electric eye, they you know, they really make use of their natural landscape. And this, you know, also this energy is drawn from underground on actually, 100% of their energy, it's from renewable resource, is so actually, they have the most clean energy provided per person than anywhere else on the entire planet.

Neil Thornton:   12:57
And that's I guess, the benefit the UK is We have really big offshore wind. One were in islands, we've got onshore wind and we've got the North Sea, which has huge windstorm. So that's where, like, as a country, we can take advantage of those natural geographic features.

Jack Ratcliffe:   13:14
Yeah, definitely. And what I actually find us, whether it was something that says the day, is that how you think that wind farms are the most beautiful thing ever to look at and so many people seem to hate them. And I think that they are the most calming, amazing thing to watch.

Neil Thornton:   13:28
I know they are so kind of meditation, a ll, and relaxing and just spinning around, generating the power we need for our world. I think it's so cool

Jack Ratcliffe:   13:36
and it's I'm going to get this wrong. I knew I should write these things down, but it's one turn off. One wind machine turned by my There we go. That's the murders in one turn of that produces enough electricity for a house for one house. I don't want to say it's like a day or a month. It was still something impressive on, but really. I didn't write that fact out, but like the power that we have a potential of wind in the UK is incredible.

Neil Thornton:   14:04
I have some interesting statistics about wind because I'm a bit of an electricity geek. Just another aspect of my geeky persona. We have about 20 gigawatts off wind capacity in the U. K network on we have a further I think, 16 to 17 giggle what developments planned. So which is actually really strange Because 20 is a huge amount. Like if you think backto like 2010 years ago, 15 years ago, we didn't have much renewable energy it all way had huge reliance on coal on DH. Now we've, like, dropped that coal usage by like 30% of all the carbon emissions have dropped by like 30% for my power network. Ah, and we've gone upto 20 gigawatts for wind. But we've only got 16 year. What's more planned over the next? Like I don't know, that's all the existing plans we have. I would love to see that gold toe like 30 40 50 planned gigawatts because on an average day we use about 35 gigawatts of electricity as a country on DH wind Although we've got 20 gigawatts of capacity with the wind doesn't always blow. And so sometimes you have very slow moving turbines. So think yesterday we were running it about, uh well, Terry gonna statistic I don't make up about to giggle what's off off wind power. So even though we have a capacity of 20 we're only getting to, like, 10% 2 if we put on 16 more gigawatts of wind power some days when you're getting, like an additional 1.6 out of that and we need about 14 gigawatts to take away the gas out of our

Jack Ratcliffe:   15:47
power generation system. And I think that's where the counter argument comes, isn't comes in, isn't it? Like so The people that are, you know, probably who have vested interests in fossil fuels say that wind power isn't the answer, because the wind doesn't always blow. And that's kind of their go to argument, even though actually the successes around wind have shown the it's now war affordable than fossil fuel, burn electricity, energy.

Neil Thornton:   16:15
Yeah, in a lot of places and all of people also suggest nuclear is the solution, which you know is a really powerful form of carbon free admission but does create nuclear waste, which is and also there's a lot more security things. If things go wrong, you get really big incidents, which we have seen a few times. I know Fukushima where you don't hand out that big tsunami and the water flooded into the power plant and there were some problems and the procedures weren't correctly set up to deal with it. But that meant, like tens of thousands of people had to leave their homes because they were too radioactive than to live like. That is not, I don't know. It seems like a risk.

Jack Ratcliffe:   16:53
Yeah, I think that that's the thing with with Nuclear like it for it's a meant power like it just I find it too scary and what it could mean when it goes wrong on DH Kind of. You know, we're actually thinking about Chernobyl. Did you say in the David that umbrella programme about climate change were actually, Was it another climate change one or is our planet has got so much going out? It was a busy guy that was showing actually about how nature has returned and it's all green and those of animals coming back that haven't bean even like wolves have come back. And they left the area because of humans long before the incident. Maybe it's just like a part of a larger plan to get us out of the way to let nature like, really, you know, regrow and read. Ah, recreate itself way

Neil Thornton:   17:46
Wilding of Chernobyl. I mean, those animals do have higher incidence of cancer there.

Jack Ratcliffe:   17:51
Yes, true. So you know, you win some, you lose some, but yeah, So yeah, there, there There are places that doing great things with carbon emissions. But then the one for me, which I probably pay more attention to, is the idea of recycling and what we're doing to reduce plastic use and things that damage the environment and think sending things the landfill. Because I think that this is what people and consumers can one help fund change quicker by changing their purchasing behaviours. But also it's just one that we can you know, actively. Just doing our day today on DH. I think what's interesting to go backto the extinction, rebellions, demands and the green New Deal is how we act. Consume is so entrenched in our daily lives, and not to necessarily anyone's detriment, because it's a lot of things we just didn't know on DH. There is so much unlearning that needs to be done and relearning off how we should be behaving and how we should be consuming that. It is going to take a long time. And that's why all of these demands and these conversations just seem like fairytales or just impossible things to reach on. DH, you know, a great example is there is a city in Sweden called Estelle Tuna School Tumour Mescal Tuna on DH. They recycled 50% of their waist and don't actually send anything to landfill, and they do it by. But it's It's not easy, so their residents have to separate their rubbish into seven different coloured bags on DH. When you look at it, you're like and then basically all those bodies were collected and then because of their bright colours, machines can help sort them on DH. It's a lot of work and I have seen people in the UK that screaming over three on DH, but it's showing you the level it takes to properly deal with what we're consuming. And the option is you do it yourself and you put it into seven. Or your taxes go up because we're gonna pay the government to do it on DH. So it's like there's good. This fight's either way because I don't do it, and I don't pay more to have someone else do it. But the point is, is this is what we should have been doing in the first place. This should have Bean how we were brought up in how we were educated to treat the stuff we would we're using.

Neil Thornton:   20:12
You know what? I have a really insightful thing I want to say about this. Yeah, but I'm gonna put it to one side because I want a one up you with your mescal mescal to no storey.

Jack Ratcliffe:   20:22
Fine. So one thing I want to do, So I have a challenge. Have chains for you. I have a challenge for anyone listening to this podcast. And that is something I did myself the other day. Is that when you next go shopping on this has to be going to a physical shock, not shopping online? Well, actually, maybe the information is online, but I wanted to go on with your shopping list and every single thing you pick up on. Whether you decide to actually put it in your basket and take it off your list, you can only put it in if the packaging is recycling. So I did this the other day. I could only put about 2% off my, um of my shopping list into into my basket. And it was things I've been buying ever like every week or things that I'd actually probably stupidly been putting in recycling because I thought it was a recyclable. I think that's a huge education. Peace and people not realising what isn't isn't recyclable. Well, this feels like plastic. It must be recyclable. And so much isn't what have

Neil Thornton:   21:23
you been incorrectly recycling? So it wants that?

Jack Ratcliffe:   21:26
No. Well, I think the interesting one is things. It's where half and half of it isn't recyclable. So if you get anything that comes in like a trade with the film over the top, the trays recital, the film isn't or, you know, pump hand soaps on DH dispenses. The bottle will be recyclable, but the pump isn't. But obviously you're like Oh, but It's all plastic. See through the whole thing in where is Actually what you need to do is separate it, throw the bottle away, and actually the pump needs to go into landfill. So that's why it's maybe we should be using it backto hand. So

Neil Thornton:   21:58
I got a big bug. Just just use hand so people just use you can buy shampoo bars. You could buy contest about who you don't even need. You don't even need the plastic.

Jack Ratcliffe:   22:06
Okay, so I'm on the fence because I also do just have that thing of, like, if I'd gone into the bathroom just after someone else on DH. The soap is wet. It kind of feels Graham. I know it's like not, but it feels it. So for me, it's like, you know, obviously there is a conversation around, you know, physical ability, potentially, But for me, I'm like, Why do we need the either pump? I suppose that because it reduces the way because, you know, Johnny, pump it twice, but it was a

Neil Thornton:   22:32
public apartment Once

Jack Ratcliffe:   22:33
some of them tell you to pump it twice. I just went with specific instructions. Yeah. How much you gonna need?

Neil Thornton:   22:38
I don't even know that was a one

Jack Ratcliffe:   22:39
100% on DH. Where is, you know? It's kind of like you could just pour it, you know, or there are some brands. Actually, I was reading one of things that sparked this in my mind was this. It was a care ex bottle. But at least what character do is that you can buy just the bottle body on the refill, and so you just keep pump. So at least that helps reduce the amount that's going to get thrown away, which I'm a big fan off. And, you know, there are some other brands doing working on the packaging. I met with a brand called Code Zero. That's It's a sub brand of AH shaving company called King of Shaves on DH. It's a new I think it's on Kickstarter the moment, and they're producing like things like deodorant sticks and shaving sticks in alley medium casing, and you replace the bar. I keep the water bottle

Neil Thornton:   23:30
in Allah, Minion on DH. They were like, Yeah, it's a really great way of reducing like wait because it weighs less than glass. But also it's not like plastic. I mean, you know, super recyclable. It doesn't grating quality. Lots of people, like just moved to L. A menu,

Jack Ratcliffe:   23:46
so but what's interesting here? And it was something I mentioned to the brand. Is that so? That's really true about everything medium, said Aluminium. Then, like in America,

Neil Thornton:   23:55
and 38% of our listeners are

Jack Ratcliffe:   23:58
aluminium on DH is that it's but it is energy intensive to produce, but its energy intensive to produce in the first place. But then what's great is that to recycle it, it only takes, so I'm going off. Stats of espresso here. Espresso is considered quite evil, but a lot of people. But what's interesting is that yes, it's have you minion parts, but the company provides by every means possible future recycler pods they collected for free to give you the bags to collect them in, you can drop them off in collect plus stores. You can take them to their shops, or you can just send them drop off like a post office, and the only takes 5% of the energy to recycle the parts back into new pods. So it's a really well functioning system. The reason they will end up in landfill whenever it gives them a bad name is people, not process the company has set out, and it's actually people that just then don't bother on its white kills me at work when I see an espresso machines because at my last job I became like the pod police because I was like putting signs of ever being like I don't want to see these in the bin because it was killing me every time I'd see someone just chuck a holo. Deposits have been because they could have become pods that you're using, you know, in a week's time on. So, yes, I think it is just this huge reeducation piece on what your actual materials are. Not all plastics are created equal on DH. I challenge you to actually go in shops and look at what you're buying and realise your impact on your daily shop

Neil Thornton:   25:31
when you get home and you opened something with a plastic film and then you like, you know, the film breaks and this kind of bits of the film's still stuck. Teo, do you go to the effort of, like, peeling off separately?

Jack Ratcliffe:   25:42
Actually, normally do, and I think that maybe I can't say that's because I'm some sort, you know, because I'm like it's an environmental thing. I think it's more like an O. C d thing that when it's off, I don't just like to rip it all off. But you know I do, especially now that I know that they are the top bit isn't excitable, so you shouldn't put it in there. So I make sure that it it can go off,

Neil Thornton:   26:02
that it's super conscientious. Thank you, Dry. So I want to go back to my one upmanship. So there's Gogo. You mentioned this town from Sweden, Sweden. Escort tuna. I want to see you at school Tuna and raise you cama catsuit.

Jack Ratcliffe:   26:18
What? Where is Kama? Cats

Neil Thornton:   26:20
can be cats who is a small town in Japan. And by small I mean like 1600 people. Okay, well and they recycle 81% of

Jack Ratcliffe:   26:29
their waste because they have

Neil Thornton:   26:31
45 different categories off recycling so and also it was collected from your house. You have to pick it up. You have to move it to the location and then you have tto go in and take your letter and throw in each of these 45 different categories. So 45 different. You think like eight is a lot or seven? Um, 45?

Jack Ratcliffe:   26:54
It's just but that shows you that you know the volume of effort, and I think I know I get why then people don't want to do it, but it's like fine. If you don't want to do it that end, then think about what you're buying in the first place. You know, don't buy vegetables in plastic packets by them loose so that you can do it and you can re use the bag. Because if you're if you're doing it this end, there's less to do with the other. And obviously it's easier to just buy the right thing in the first place to try to figure out which recycling category it has to go in on. Actually, that made me think that so one thing that's great in the UK is that there was about 40 huge companies, retailers like all of the major supermarkets and all most of them on like Coca Cola and stuff that or signed an agreement or pledged to make sure that within I think something I want 25 as well. I felt that that it's come up again quite a lot. Great year. It's going to be big year. All of their plastic is going to be either recyclable or kam possible on DH like Cooper introducing new comm possible carrier bags so that you can shop with them and then also you can then obviously put food waste in them and then they will disintegrate in the ground within 12 weeks in the right conditions so you can put it on obviously in cement floors. It's got to be under the right conditions.

Neil Thornton:   28:16
You know, that's interesting science around whether comm possible bags are actually comm possible. Really, they're just being portrayed as Kim possible. Seriously, I like an ideal working comm Possible bad, great, whether the ones we have our comm possible. So

Jack Ratcliffe:   28:31
I suppose it comes down to that because that that's the kind of caveat I think people look, Look, don't look at is that like they read comm possible bag, But then they don't look at the bit that says in the right conditions on. So it's like if those right conditions are in moist soil where you know, surrounded by soil as if you've got, like, 50 bags that you put into ground like the ones in the middle may not decompose.

Neil Thornton:   28:54
I think something along those lines of those ideals those comm possible conditions mean like the soil is 30 degrees or something and then, which is difficult to achieve for the majority of people who will be using those bags? So it is something toe think about deeply to step back. The good good thing is extinction rebellion of the efforts that they highlight.

Jack Ratcliffe:   29:18
I think it's the efforts that they highlighted. I think it was It was a really good thing because it actually they got so mainstream. I think it actually knocked Brexit out of the headlines for for a week, which was actually rest by in itself. But I think the work that they've done on DH, you know, with the New Deal in America Green you deal in America is to really help a lot more people understand what's happening. Any kind of the voices that they've raised, like Greta Thornburgh, who we know I'm a massive fan off. You know, there really were raising awareness and keeping this conversation going on DH so I think they're on top of that. It's also just good to see that there are a lot of really positive storeys in different countries that are happening on these things are possible. It is just going to take a collective effort from government and policy legislation as well as consumer behaviour. But it's very much possible on DH. I do believe that we can hit the targets that we want to hear it.

Neil Thornton:   30:21
Can I have a plus one? Good good thing to your good? Good thing,

Jack Ratcliffe:   30:24
of course.

Neil Thornton:   30:25
Is that how loud this is? A first Two days ago, some scientists announced they discovered a new type of all. They've invented a new type of plastic that is endlessly recyclable and is useful for all kinds of applications. So the moment part of cycling issues, you have to work out which types of plastic you use for which maybe if we switch to this amazing one, the new plastic, then we won't have to think about that. We won't need 40,000 different types of recycling bin because we can just go plastic plastic plastic. So hopefully in the future thing is crossed. Jack, We

Jack Ratcliffe:   31:12
know that there are loads more other storeys happening in the world right now. They are. Oh, I don't know. I was going with that. So I was like,

Neil Thornton:   31:18
I have more science storeys to talk about, and they're good things.

Jack Ratcliffe:   31:21
Okay, Well, we don't have that much time, So I wanna give you 30 seconds to go through as many of them as you can, and then I'm gonna pick the one that I want to hear.

Neil Thornton:   31:27
Okay, Well, so I just read the 1st 1 You will laugh when you all right. You ready? Uh huh. Okay. In three, two, one, scientists create a new type of plastic that's endlessly recyclable playing poker. One as a child changes your brain. US Army developed batteries that 50% lighter than previous ones. Colour vision has been found in fish that live in near darkness. Breakthrough may slow Alzheimer's disease In its tracks. A bat wing dinosaur has been found alive. A fossil optimal sunscreen uses allows vitamin D synthesis without someone. Anger may be more harmful than sadness To physical health of older adults. A new type of ice was created with powerful lasers. Scientists are using bacteria to fight bacteria and Similarly, a 15 year old with chronic antibody resistance. Oh, well, you'll never know that, you know, never never gonna know what happened to him. Actually, that one. Firstly, it's a her on. Secondly, that was already all over the press, so I think most people would have heard of it. If not is about 15 year old girl who had chronic antibiotic resistance. But she used this thing. Could I think it's I've only seen it written phased therapy far P H A G phase therapy, which is where you get specific type of virus to target the bacteria. And you have to, like, test the bacteria against all these types of virus.

Jack Ratcliffe:   32:42
I actually surprisingly know about fage therapy. I watched it was either, I think, was an episode of the Netflix, Netflix explained with which is done with box on DH. Or maybe it was the buzzfeed version, but they do the opposite on it, and it was really interesting how they can train these beiges, toe attack, certain viruses and bacteria.

Neil Thornton:   33:06
Yeah, it's funny that Russia has been doing it for like decades because, like there's kind of this rough approximation, which is the West one with antibiotics and Russia went with Feige. Phase things. Andi products were useful because they were super universal. But also, they cause more wider problems because they kill bacteria or a lot of bacteria, not just the targeted ones where his face there appears a lot more targeted, but a lot more difficult. But you have to customise type of phased the virus, maybe even to the person. Anyway, you picked that storey picked

Jack Ratcliffe:   33:36
it, but everyone got a little dose of it. Um, Arjun? What? There was actually quite a few that I like there. And I'm an endlessly recyclable plastics. Yeah, well, um, I'm fighting between Pokemon because I want to know what these changes in the brain. Or if you have it when your kid on DH the breakthrough to slow down outside Mer's or even the sunscreen.

Neil Thornton:   34:04
You always go for the sunscreen Still Well, every time it comes up, like I could get a 10 and be healthy.

Jack Ratcliffe:   34:10
I'm a passionate Africa of using SPF daily, but I also like myself with the town. So shoot may. I'm not going to feel bad about that, but I think it's between Alzheimer's developments or Pokemon. I'm going to say the Pokemon Mom.

Neil Thornton:   34:27
Well, I know you're a big Pokemon fan. Huge programme fan. You know, Detective Pekka too has come out.

Jack Ratcliffe:   34:33
I cannot wait to see that film. I'm sure it's trash. I'm sure it's horrendous.

Neil Thornton:   34:38
It was so much fun. At least it doesn't look like Sonic the Hedgehog.

Jack Ratcliffe:   34:42
Maybe we can get Ryan Reynolds on as a guest. Bay's got loads of positive storeys.

Neil Thornton:   34:46
Yeah, well, you would if you were rich and famous and owned your own gin company. Did you know that? I didn't think you bought like Aviator Jin. I'm

Jack Ratcliffe:   34:54
going. George Clooney started at a trend here where it's like, Oh, actually, if you get a gin company, everyone buys it cause you're famous. Or if you get an alcohol, copper spirits company, everyone buys it cause you're famous. And then d'Azur will come and give you a 1,000,000,000 for it.

Neil Thornton:   35:06
Yeah, that makes that makes sense. Affect lots of articles that talk about Ryan Reynolds and his gin company also took George Clooney. Okay. Yeah. Anyway, he loves gin, Auntie Borden company. And that's the storey of the week

Jack Ratcliffe:   35:18
or so. How did Pokemon change by rain?

Neil Thornton:   35:23
Well, how much Pokemon. Did you play as a young young whippersnapper? I guess we're both over enough that it came out saying, I guess we're the same age literally today. So I know that you were older than

Jack Ratcliffe:   35:36
actually the same birthday. That's a little fun fact about us. But we're on the same day the same year, except I'm a little bit older.

Neil Thornton:   35:42
I mean, you did say we share it, but I think you monopolise our birthday. You like Oh, look, is my special day Jackson to that's what I

Jack Ratcliffe:   35:50
Yeah, I already fight that. I'm just I'm just slightly more out there than you. But you know, I'm older and that's that's what I hold over you.

Neil Thornton:   36:00
So you had poke one as a youngster?

Jack Ratcliffe:   36:02
I did add one ho. Come on, Red on yellow on gold. No, wait. Silver. I think I'd sapphire.

Neil Thornton:   36:10
Well, there's a lot of brain,

Jack Ratcliffe:   36:11
and Jenna stopped it. Loved it when Pokemon Stadium, on then 64

Neil Thornton:   36:15
nights with the

Jack Ratcliffe:   36:16
Pokemon cards,

Neil Thornton:   36:17
was there an adapter which that you put your poke one?

Jack Ratcliffe:   36:19
Yeah, big screen genius.

Neil Thornton:   36:22
Well, so if you play Pokemon, Go's Pokemon Go's, that's the new one you're playing Pokemon games extensively with a kid. There's a specific region of your brain which gets fired up when you now see the characters. So Stanford University. They took a bunch of subjects, and they showed them hundreds of Pokemon characters on DH. When they see like the characters they recognise, there's a specific brain response. It's maybe just behind the ears. I'm pointing. No one can see it's going to stay right where I'm pointing. Like

Jack Ratcliffe:   36:54
Jack is currently pointing to the back of a bit further than the back of his ears.

Neil Thornton:   36:58
I think what you mean is the OC Pito Temples Q's soul course.

Jack Ratcliffe:   37:04
That's what I said

Neil Thornton:   37:06
to put this podcast is basically mispronouncing words is me mispronouncing words for an extended period of time.

Jack Ratcliffe:   37:13
I mean, OcciPet way a sip it, totem poor. Yeah, I would've just like phonetically dunnit or

Neil Thornton:   37:21
cities that awesome. I mean, I'm not goingto dedicate any more time to this

Jack Ratcliffe:   37:24
on your head.

Neil Thornton:   37:25
So the party ahead on is the place where you recognise faces and words and numbers and celebrities on DH. So you kind of I have trained that area too recognise and be stimulated by Pogue, one on DH. Pokemon fans were quite unique because the characters are quite unique. So it was like a very easy way to determine whether it had the same effect on DH. It did so if you watch, that's a poke one part of your brain that kind of engaged with those characters changed even in adult life. Tto make you instantly respond to those that stimulus. I guess that shows that, like mascots in general works quite well.

Jack Ratcliffe:   38:07
Yeah, but what is it? It does show the light kind of gravity of the impact of the show and the games.

Neil Thornton:   38:14
Yeah, although like the strength of the character design major like they have been another poke. One study which showed that Peca choose giant eyes mean that he fires off like the cute C receptors that we're hardwired to have creatures with big guys. Which is why I, like basically all mammals like mammal babies, have bigger eyes compared with the rest of the night bodies or features, because it fires off this QC response, which makes us like them and find them enjoyable and less threatening

Jack Ratcliffe:   38:43
that way, like the law? Or is it the Loris crazy, big, beautiful eyes

Neil Thornton:   38:48
I'm, like, really slow movie. Yes. Oh, that's We have the space and pictures. Like the way he's designed giant eyes. It really stimulates that part of us, and our cute receptors almost go to overload. So there. Yet I guess there's a lot there about how one how will poke one designed, or at least the 1st 150 After that, they kind of go a bit crazy. Personal opinion, best known scientist, but you and how we respond to those. So if you played a lot of poke one, you will now respond to those characters in a way that directly stimulates a certain part of your brain

Jack Ratcliffe:   39:22
in a positive way.

Neil Thornton:   39:23
I mean, just the way we came out, we could have, like, picked you smoking crack on DH. It would. It would still fire off that recognition, probably

Jack Ratcliffe:   39:31
burnish mental image.

Neil Thornton:   39:33
I mean, maybe it's dangerous, right? Maybe now that we've formed these associations, maybe that's the rial part. This study is that making associations in Children, they can still have those associations in adulthood automatically, but they could be used for nefarious purposes. That's

Jack Ratcliffe:   39:50
very true. Well, at least at the very least, I now want to go and buy a new game. Boys, I can read by the Pokemon games because I haven't played them in so long. So maybe I'll see when the next record it and hopefully have completed it.

Neil Thornton:   40:03
There's a new one coming up the Nintendo switch set in like a fictional version ofthe Britain

Jack Ratcliffe:   40:07
Great. I will have to go by Nintendo switch then as well.

Neil Thornton:   40:10
Don't they're super expensive, like £300.300 pounds? Wait. Talk about isn't tennis, which is my ability to everyone who ever way. That's good.

Jack Ratcliffe:   40:31
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Neil Thornton:   40:42
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