Tune in to ‘Beyond the Coal Rush’ radio series, Radio National Science Show from Saturday 27 August
Based on the results of a research project linked to the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) by anthropologists, political economists, journalists and sociologists, Beyond the Coal Rush explores the global contest over the future of coal through the eyes of communities on three continents – Chhattisgarh, central India; Laustiz, eastern Germany; and Liverpool Plains, New South Wales, Australia.
Some of the people interviewed include: residents, villagers, farmers, government officials, mayors, lawyers, and activists in Chhattisgarh (Central India), Lausitz (Eastern Germany) and Liverpool Plains (NSW).
Some of the scientists, politicians, lobbyists, policy makers and analysts include:
- James Hansen, former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, now Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
- Andreas Malm, Department of Human Geography, Lund University; author of Fossil Capital: The rise of steam power and the roots of global warming.
- Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, University College London, Co-Director, UK Energy Research Centre.
- Anil Swarup, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India.
- Jairem Ramesh, former Environment Minister, Government of India.
- Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Department of Energy, Transportation and Environment at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin.
- Benjamin Sporton, CEO of the World Coal Association.
- Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of History at the University of Chicago , author of The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the Making of the Modern World Economy.
- Barbara Freese, former Assistant Attorney General, State of Minnesota, author of Coal: A Human History.
- Will Steffen, Climate Commissioner, Emeritus Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU.
- Dr Tao Wang, Assistant Dean, China Business News Research Institute in Beijing.
Part 1: The march of coal
Part 2: The age of coal