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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: Redefining Energy
Episode: “Our Predictions for 2022”
Hosts: Gerard Reid & Laurent Segalen
Category: 💬 Opinion
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 30 min | 🗓️ 01/02/2022

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[28:27] LS: “I would love to see Apple entering the EV market with the Apple car. […] It's probably one of the only companies in the world who can enter the EV market because they see it more as a technological and software issue than a technical issue because of batteries and electric motors and also a design issue. If really Apple wrapped their head around going strong on EVs […] that could be really fascinating.”

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Podcast: EV Chat
Episode: “V2G, Explained”
Host: Rue Phillips
Guest: Paul Vosper | CEO | JuiceBar
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 33 min | 🗓️ 01/03/2022

Selected Quote:

[3:31] “There is vehicle to grid (V2G) and vehicle to building (V2B). They're used synonymously often, but it's really two different technologies. One is where you're feeding power directly into the grid, and using that to offset peak demand on the grid. And then there's vehicle to building, which is where you're supplying batteries from the cars, somewhat similar to solar or static battery storage, but it's going directly into the building and being used for building usage. So the likely scenario is that vehicle to building becomes more common first, because the vehicle to grid is going to require some technology from the utility companies and so that's probably going to come a little bit later.”

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Podcast: The Climate Minute
Episode: “Will Fusion Power Save Us?”
Host: Ted McIntyre
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 15 min | 🗓️ 01/02/2022

Selected Quote:

[11:22] “I think perhaps the biggest reason that I'm concerned about the idea of huge amounts of cheap, clean energy from a fusion powered future, […] [is] it allows us to persist in a fantasy that somehow we can live just the way we do now. Except our electricity is green. We can all live in our suburbs, make plastic, drive in and out of the cities in rush hour hell, we all have an EV, electricity is cheap, nothing really changes. I would suggest that that's not the future that we're headed towards.”

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Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Investing in Development around the World (Original Title: "Jake Levine, Chief Climate Officer at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation")
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Jake Levine | Chief Climate Officer | U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
Category: 💸 Funding
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 46 min | 🗓️ 01/03/2022

Selected Quote:

[12:30] “I think for a long time in the international context, […] climate investing has been synonymous with basically renewable energy and within that, essentially solar. And one of the things that has been so rewarding about the last seven or eight months that I've been in this role is working to really expand our definition of what does it mean to be doing a climate linked investment, and thinking about other interventions also in the power sector, so not just solar, but also storage and baseload reliability and firm power for the grid, that is also zero emission based.”

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Podcast: CleanTechies: The Podcast
Episode: “EV Charging, Energy Storage, Underserved Communities”
Host: Silas Mähner
Guests: Folasade Ayoola & Anurag Kamal | Co-Founders | ElectricFish
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 48 min | 🗓️ 01/06/2022

Selected Quote:

[20:38] AK: “Our product itself tries to eliminate this barrier [of long EV charging times] by having the fast charging [and] capping it to just 10 minutes. And deploying at a place where people only go for 5 to 7 minutes like gas stations, […] convenience stores, even the quick stops, […] curbside pickup places. […] So we target those locations, put our box there, […] it takes a parking spot right now, but we’re working on making it smaller as we go forward. […] We make sure that people […] get that top range of 50 to 170 miles depending upon which car you drive […] in 10 minutes of charging.”

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💧 Water


Podcast: Water Nerds
Episode: “Tap Water vs Bottled Water”
Host: Analies Ross-Dyjak
Guest: Christina Liu | Science Team Head | Hydroviv
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | 🕰️ 18 min | 🗓️ 12/15/2021

Selected Quote:

[14:33] AR: “25 to 45% of bottled water actually comes from municipal sources, so tap water. […] 91% of plastic isn’t recycled. That means that a lot of these single use plastic water bottles are just going into landfills, going into the ocean, polluting the environment. […] It can take over 400 years for one single use bottled water to fully decompose in the environment.”

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Podcast: waterloop
Episode: “Getting Schooled On Freshwater”
Host: Travis Loop
Guest: Rebecca Klaper | Vice Dean | School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 26 min | 🗓️ 01/04/2021

Selected Quote:

[7:36] “The Great Lakes are a huge freshwater resource for many populations in the United States. […] They’re like freshwater oceans, the closest thing that you can describe them. […] They're an important source of freshwater, drinking water not only for human populations, but also for industry. There are lots of industries that are located on the Great Lakes because of this great water source. […] Milwaukee is becoming a Freshwater Science hub for industry and commercial enterprises, partly because of an organization that started here, the Water Council.”

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Podcast: Carbotnic
Episode: “Next Generation Urban Materials”
Host: James McWalter
Guest: Greg Johnson | Co-Founder & CEO | AquiPor Technologies
Category: 🤖 Technology
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 41 min | 🗓️ 01/04/2022

Selected Quote:

[4:50] “US cities are responsible for discharging something like 1.2 trillion gallons of polluted sewage, wastewater and stormwater into clean waterways every year. Now it's becoming mainstream, because we're seeing these huge rain events. And all of a sudden you have urban flooding. And so people are looking at it like […] a real problem, whereas before it was more about protecting water bodies, which is very important. But now it's also like protecting property and lives.”

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Podcast: The Water Values Podcast
Episode: “How the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators Views Upcoming Issues”
Host: Dave McGimpsey
Guest: Alan Roberson | Executive Director | Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA)
Category: 🗳️ Policy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 43 min | 🗓️ 01/04/2022

Selected Quote:

[33:25] “The big systems, the very large cities [are] well funded, well capitalized, they’ll have pretty good cybersecurity. […] The small towns that are the issue. […] It'd be nice if everyone had two factor authentication, just like when you log into the bank. […] I'd like to think that everybody that has remote access has that, but I'm pretty sure that's not the case out there.

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Podcast: What About Water?
Episode: “Boiling Point: Water, Borders & Conflict”
Host: Jay Famiglietti
Guest: Aaron Wolf | Professor of Geography | College of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 28 min | 🗓️ 01/05/2022

Selected Quote:

[17:20] “The stress [that water will cause for 5 billion people by 2050] forces people to pay attention. I think, there was a certain danger when water was “easy” that you used it once, that you polluted it, and you sent it downstream. […] I think along with the increased stress that's coming, is increased awareness and certainly […] the better tools that we have. We can now monitor dams and groundwater across borders from satellites, so that we don't have to worry as much about trying to trust the other party for data. We have access to understanding what's happening in ungauged basins. We have a rich and growing community of champions who focus on dialogue around shared waters and the toolbox in our toolkit is growing all the time.”

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