Episode 1
Soil | The Silent Climate Fighter
03 May 2023

Are you aware of the critical role soil plays in the battle against climate change? But 75% of soil is already degraded from unsustainable farming practices…so earth’s “living skin” is suffering from a “diet problem,” we are feeding it the wrong menu.  In a world of growing political tensions, can the US and China work together to restore this balance? 

Episode 2
Rice |  A Sticky Climate Challenge
16 May 2023

Over half of the world’s population eats rice as its staple food. But did you know that rice production also contributes to about 10% of the world’s methane emissions?  And that methane is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide in warming the planet?  Reining in rice methane is a sticky problem. Different rice types and growing strategies to limit methane often create other problems like lower farming yields. An innovative SRI method developed in Madagascar in the 1960s increases yields and has the promise of reducing greenhouse gas emissions  And if that’s not good enough news…Scientists in China, the world’s largest rice producer, are collaborating with U.S. researchers to cultivate a hybrid rice that will be a game changer for our ever-warming planet.

Episode 3
Cows | A Climate Stomach Ache
24 May 2023

Our focus in this episode is livestock…specifically dairy products made from cows. It turns out enteric fermentation, the cow’s digestive process of turning grass into food, contributes to over 40% of global emissions from the livestock supply chain. And the US is a major producer and consumer of beef and dairy products…with China slowly catching up.  How are the two global food superpowers innovating ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy cows?

BONUS
Lab Grown Fish – A Climate Change Solution?
06 May 2024

Lab grown fish could be a game changer here in Asia because the waters around these regions are becoming more and more overfished. And it turns out marine life in the ocean creates one of the largest carbon sinks on the planet. So losing fish species could disrupt the marine life food chain, putting this amazing ocean carbon sink at risk. But before we talk about lab grown fish as a climate change solution, we first have to understand the history of this overfishing problem in Asia and the importance of fish delicacies to the food culture here.

The episode was produced in partnership with FairPlanet – a global non-profit social enterprise and solutions media organisation founded in 2014 in Berlin with over 200 specialised journalists and experts in 60 countries.

《碳索农业》

第一集 《气候战士:土壤 》

我们的盘中餐有百分之九十都受土壤的滋养。孕育万物的土壤也有另一个角色——沉默的气候战士。可你是否知道,75%的土地正面临着“营养不均”的退化问题,其主要原因包括人类的耕种行为。中国和美国作为农业大国,是否能够携手解决这一问题?

第二集 《气候麻“饭”:水稻 》

世界上一半的人口都把米饭作为主食。不为人知的是,水稻种植贡献了全球10%的甲烷排放,而甲烷的增温效应是同等质量的二氧化碳的八十倍。控制水稻种植产生的甲烷成为了一个棘手的问题。

本期节目,我们一起探索马达加斯加在八十年代发明的特殊水稻种植方法,以及中美两国在杂交水稻上的合作进展。

第三集 《气候发酵箱:奶牛》

人类食用奶制品和牛肉已经有几个世纪的历史,而我们不久前才开始关注它对气候变化的影响。畜牧业是甲烷排放的重要来源,占全球甲烷排放量的三分之一。中国奶业蓬勃发展,对牛肉的消费量也有明显的增长。美国作为牛肉和奶制品的主要生产国和消费者,将如何降低畜牧业的排放?本期节目,和我们一起探索中美两国在畜牧业减排方面的实践与发展。