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What on Earth is Going on? is a podcast for the curious, where small talk is banned and tangents are prized. Strap yourself in for genuine dialogues with people who think deeply and are ready to tackle the big questions, such as broadcaster Terry O'Reilly, economist Miles Corak and journalist Jessica Vomiero.

Join Ben Charland to peel back the headlines and ask, what are the forces, people and ideas that shape the human story today? Have things always been this nuts, or are they getting crazier by the day? From the Mafia to the Beaverton, from women in politics to women in leadership, from history to artificial intelligence, and from entrepreneurship in the digital age to the art of wheelchair fencing, just what on Earth is going on?

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Mar 1, 2019

Climate change could be the greatest crisis we have ever faced. Is it possible to deal with it under the economic frameworks that gird our society -- the very frameworks that allowed carbon emissions to spiral so far out of control in the first place? And can we solve these existential problems at the same time as address economic inequality and the global democratic deficit?

Joining Ben is Kyla Tienhaara, academic, activist and author of Green Keynesianism and the Global Financial Crisis.

About the Guest

Kyla is a Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment and Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies and Department of Global Development at Queen’s University. She completed her PhD at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2008). She also holds a Master’s degree in environmental science and law from the University of Nottingham (2002) and a Bachelor of Science in environmental science, with a minor in international relations, from the University of British Columbia (2001).

Kyla's main area of interest is the intersection between environmental governance and the global economic system. Her PhD thesis examined investor-state disputes concerning environmental regulation that were brought to international arbitration under bilateral and regional investment agreements. This research was published in The Expropriation of Environmental Governance: Protecting Foreign Investors at the Expense of Public Policy (2009).

Kyla's most recent book, Green Keynesianism and the Global Financial Crisis (2018) explores the experience of Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, and the United States with green stimulus programs following the 2008 global financial crisis.

Learn more about Kyla or follow her on Twitter (@KylaTienhaara).