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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Battery-Electric Cargo Ships
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guests: Steven Henderson & Mike Carter | Co-Founders | Fleetzero
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy | Electrified Shipping
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 53 min | 🗓️ 03/24/2022

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[15:00] SH: “If you separate the batteries from the ship, you can share those batteries across multiple vessels. And our technology […] enables doing this in such a way that you actually use fewer batteries to move the same amount of cargo than you would if you had a plug in model. So by doing battery swapping, we can move more cargo with fewer batteries. […] If you look at long term average freight rates […] it gives you something like five or six times higher margins than a traditional fossil fuel ship.

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Podcast: Redefining Energy - Minutes
Episode: Energy Imports, Tesla & Renewables
Hosts: Gerard Reid & Laurent Segalen
Category: ⚡ Energy | Energy News
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 6 min | 🗓️ 03/28/2022

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[0:23] LS: “[Last] week, we've basically seen Europe going all over the world looking for anything that looks like non-Russian […] energy, coal, or gas. […] Europe imported 150 BCM, billion cubic meters, of gas from Russia last year, and the US only exported 22 BCM.

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Podcast: The Big Switch
Episode: “Decarbonizing a Pervasive Industry: Petrochemicals”
Host: Dr. Melissa Lott
Guest: Deborah Gordon | Senior Principal | Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction | Petrochemicals
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 19 min | 🗓️ 03/24/2022

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[1:16] ML: “You probably use petrochemicals every single day. […] I'm talking about household cleaning products and drugs, the fertilizers that we use to grow our food, and even the materials in our clothes. These chemicals are quite literally woven into the fabric of everything around us. And this industry produces a lot of emissions. Overall, 12% of all the oil that's pulled out of the ground today is used to make chemicals. And the chemicals industry generates more than 10% of all the CO2 emissions from the industrial sector.

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Podcast: Catalyst with Shayle Kann
Episode: “Will This Carbon Market Boom Be Different?”
Host: Shayle Kann
Guest: Nat Bullard | Chief Content Officer | BloombergNEF
Category: 💬 Opinion | Carbon Markets
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 54 min | 🗓️ 03/24/2022

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[2:51] SK: “ Let's start with four numbers: 1 trillion, 851 billion, 1 billion, 50 million. […] $1 trillion […] is the higher end of the size of the carbon removal market that is required by 2050 according to the IPCC, if you assume about 10 gigatons of carbon removal required at about $100 a ton. […] 851 billion that is indeed the size of the global carbon market today, the buying and selling of CO2 credits […] in 2021. […] But 1 billion out of that 851 billion, that's the entire size of the voluntary carbon market, the market outside what's regulated into existence largely by the European Union. […] 50 million […] is my honestly high end estimate of the total voluntary carbon removal purchases last year. So within an order of magnitude or so that the voluntary carbon removal market needs to scale up something like 20,000 times by 2050 in order to reach those IPCC goals, or it needs to no longer be voluntary.”

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Podcast: Carbotnic
Episode: “Sustainability via Nanotechnology”
Host: James McWalter
Guest: Hunter McDaniel | Founder & CEO | UbiQD
Category: 💬 Opinion | Advanced Materials
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 40 min | 🗓️ 03/29/2022

Selected Quote:

[0:12] “[UbiQD is] a deep tech advanced materials company. […] Our purpose is about leveraging nanomaterials to make lasting positive impacts on society. […] We're most passionate about trying to address issues related to climate change. And the core technology is material that's effective at manipulating light. You can change one color of light into another very high efficiency. […] Primarily, we're focused on deploying that into the facades of buildings to make the building more efficient, leveraging the power that's coming from the sun.”

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💧 Food & Water


Podcast: Reversing Climate Change
Episode: “Kelp: Foraged, Farmed & Delicious!”
Host: Ross Kenyon
Guest: Matt Kern | Co-Founder | Barnacle Foods
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food | Kelp
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 45 min | 🗓️ 03/22/2022

Selected Quote:

[26:33] “Kelp […] can play an extraordinary role in terms of pulling carbon out of the ocean and working as a sequestration tool. And what sets kelp apart from other tools […] is the speed and the efficiency at which kelp pulls carbon out of the ocean. […] Whereas a forest being planted for sequestration purposes takes decades to reach maturity, a kelp farm or plot can reach maturity in a single year. And then that kelp can be taken out of the ocean or sequestered in a number of ways and then replanted the following year and done successively.”

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Podcast: The Carbon Copy
Episode: “Maladaptation: The Unforeseen Impacts of Climate Adaptation”
Host: Stephen Lacey
Guests: Alex Harris | Climate Change Reporter | Miami Herald &
Lisa Schipper | IPCC Report Author
Category: 🗣️ Opinion | Maladaptation
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 20 min | 🗓️ 03/22/2022

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[7:13] AH: “The millions of dollars that communities have spent building up sea walls and lifting buildings and installing storm water pumps has made certain areas much safer to live in. The problem is when you have a safer area like that, people with more money […] want to live [there]. And you're displacing low and middle class folks. […] We've always referred to that down here as climate gentrification. It was mentioned in the IPCC report as maladaptation.”

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Podcast: CleanTechies: The Podcast
Episode: “Helping Commercial Kitchens Reduce Food Waste & Save Money”
Host: Silas Mähner
Guest: David Jackson | Marketing Director | Winnow
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food | Food Waste
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 54 min | 🗓️ 03/23/2022

Selected Quote:

[12:43] “If you think about the global food system, […] somewhere between a third and 40% of all of the food that gets produced from farm to fork ends up being lost or wasted. […] Imagine a landmass the size of China and then all of the food grown on that landmass being thrown in the bin every year. And so that is the scale of food waste on a global level. […] Some estimates will show a trillion dollars or more being lost every year because of the food that's, that's being wasted. […] Somewhere between 8 and 10% of global greenhouse gasses come from food waste. So it is a significant proportion of our total global emissions.”

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Podcast: Business Daily
Episode: “The Cost of Growing Food”
Host: Sam Fenwick
Guests: Karl Milla | Soybean Farmer &
Laura Cross | Director | International Fertiliser Association
Category: 🍏 Food | Food Cost
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 17 min | 🗓️ 03/28/2022

Selected Quote:

[1:55] SF: “Soybeans are rich in protein and used around the world in animal feed. […] 30% of a chicken's diet is soy, so egg production, as well as poultry farmers rely on […] large quantities of the bean. It's the same for pigs, cows and even fish are fed on soy products. Nearly half of the world's soybeans are grown in Brazil. To guarantee large crop yields, Brazilian farmers use huge volumes of chemical fertilizers, especially in the north of the country, where the soil is less fertile. They import 85% of the fertilizers they use. Their biggest import partner is Russia and when the war started in Ukraine supplies dried up.”

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Podcast: waterloop
Episode: “The Chronology Of Conflict”
Host: Travis Loop
Guest: Peter Gleick | Senior Fellow | Pacific Institute
Category: 🔬 Research | Water & Confict
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 23 min | 🗓️ 03/29/2022

Selected Quote:

[18:48] “As we've been updating the chronology, it's pretty clear that […] there have been more of [water related] conflicts in recent years than in the past. And part of that may be better reporting. […] But it does seem to be as populations have grown, as competition for water has grown, as our economies have grown, as challenges with shared water resources have grown, that the numbers of violent events are on the increase. And that's a worrisome pattern.”

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