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Climate Change Therapy - Ep. 16 - Lars Mikelson and Robert Ball

Welcome back to Climate Change Therapy, the podcast where we practice the dark art of talking about climate change in social settings, within the flow of a casual conversation among friends. On today’s (1/20/20) episode, host Hank Felsman welcomes the urban planner Lars Mikelson and the architect/urban designer Robert Ball onto the program, to discuss climate change, urban planning, and other unrelated topics, including:

5:00 - Cooling stations

11:30 - Lars’s new job in corporate real estate and what new climate change conversations go on there

14:30 - An update on Robert’s graduate school academic life, featuring his most recent urban design studio project that focused on the impacts of sea level rise on Newtown Creek in New York City

21:15 - Why Philadelphia cut its street cleaning program years ago, why street cleaning is important, and

Philadelphia’s plans to bring it back

28:50 - Parking on Passyunk, street trees attracting rodents, the Chestnut Street Transitway, putting porches and balconies on “IKEA architecture”, and other Philadelphia-specific topics

39:15 - Indonesia’s plan to move its capital from the sinking megacity of Jakarta to the far coast of Borneo, more than 1,000 kilometers away

1:00:50 - Segment: Climate Change Fact and React! (Indonesia edition)

1:10:00 - What gives Lars and Robert hope for how we will address or adapt to climate change

1:18:00 - Geoengineering: a reason for hope, or a reason for fear?

1:22:15 - Whether or not a giant pendulum, the size of a windmill, that attains perpetual motion with the help of a few workers who take turns pushing the pendulum to prevent it from slowing down, can be a more reliable source of energy than a windmill

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