Climate Change


Generation One: The Climate Podcast

Our Generation One Podcast Series aims to tackle the biggest challenges facing the climate crisis, together with expert guests and questions from the public.

UCL’s Generation One is a collective of people committed to a new era of positive climate action. By turning science and ideas into action we are working towards creating a positive, fair and progressive future. For us and for the generations to come.  

Join our podcast hosts who are all world leading climate experts from University College London, Matt Winning, Helen Czerski and Mark Maslin for our six-episode series, which will tackle the biggest challenges facing the climate crisis, together with expert guests and questions from the public. Meet the team here.

Each week on the podcast we’ll be discussing a crucial climate topic, from electric cars, to fashion, to finance and we’ll have a look back at the climate news of the week.  

We would love to hear your thoughts, and for you to get involved in the #UCLGenerationOne podcast, email us at podcasts@ucl.ac.uk or find us on Twitter using #UCLGenerationOne

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Welcome to Season One

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Ep 1: How far can we go with electric batteries?

Welcome to Generation One: The Climate Podcast. In our first episode, our hosts are discussing energy infrastructure, electric storage and and addressing the question: How far can we go with electric batteries?

This week we are joined by Nick Hughes, from the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, to chat energy infrastructure, electric cars, and what needs to change for an electric future.

Access the transcript here

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Ep 2: Behind the scenes at COP26

We’re back for the second episode of Generation One: The Climate Podcast and this week we’re behind the scenes at COP26 in Glasgow.

Our hosts Matt Winning and Mark Maslin recorded on the run, live from COP to catch guests in the hubbub of the main areas of the conference. Tune in to experience a slice of COP from a whole host of guests and hear them chat about everything from the wins at COP so far, melting ice caps, to sinking islands, to the amount of coffee at the conference...

Access the transcript here

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Ep 3: Post COP26: Where are we now?

This week we’re talking COP26: what happened, what it means and where we go from here. Join our hosts Helen Czerski and Mark Maslin in conversation with Prof Kate Jones, Dr Priti Parikh and Ryan Philip from the St Kitts and Nevis delegation, and they are discussing the COP agreement, what was missed, the big wins and the big misses.  

Helen and our guests cover the main takeaways from COP from deforestation to adaptation, loss and mitigation. We get into who was left out of COP, the impacts on the Small Island Alliance and the problem of western countries causing damage and expecting others to fix it.  

Access the transcript here


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Ep 4: Trees matter. But just how much?

This week we’re talking trees, from Kew Gardens to Dame Judi Dench’s back garden. Join hosts Matt Winning and Mark Maslin as they chat to Prof Mat Disney about measuring trees, and to Craig Bennett, CEO of Wildlife Trusts about the importance of biodiversity, and how the UK is ‘beaver ready’.

Listen now to hear about a NASA app that allows you to measure trees around you and assess how much carbon they can hold. We also chat about the UK climate, how wildlife is on a decline and what needs to be done now to undo the damage.




Meet the team 

Our Podcast Hosts 

Matt Winning

Dr Matthew Winning is a Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources with a background in environmental economics. He provides economic analysis, often in the form of macroeconomic modelling and energy system modelling, on the subjects of climate policy, green growth, the circular economy, climate finance and low-carbon transitions. Matthew is also an author on the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change and is involved in many public engagement activities, from podcasts, to live comedy shows. 

Helen Czerski

Dr Helen Czerski is a physicist and oceanographer, and Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Helen has been a regular science presenter on the BBC for ten years, covering the physics of the natural world in BBC2 landmark documentaries, and the physics of everyday life in a range of BBC4 documentaries. She is a frequent voice on the radio and on podcasts and writes regularly about science, and her first book Storm in a Teacup won the Italian Asimov Prize and the Louis J. Battan Author prize from the American Meteorological Society.  

Mark Maslin

Professor Mark Maslin is a Professor of Earth System Science at University College London. Mark is a leading scientist with expertise in past global and regional climatic change, his areas of scientific expertise include causes of past and future global climate change and its effects on the global carbon cycle, biodiversity, rainforests and human evolution. Mark has presented over 50 public talks over the last five years, he has also have written 8 popular books, over 60 popular articles, and appeared on radio and television.  

Executive Production Team 

  • Adam Batstone – Producer 
  • Jane Yelloly – Campaigns Manager 
  • Halle McCarthy – Campaigns Officer 
  • Jane Bolger – Media Relations