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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: Climate Now
Episode: “The Bottom Line on Sustainable Shipping: Can the Shipping Industry Reach Zero Emissions?”
Host: James Lawler
Guest: Bryan Comer | Marine Program Lead | The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction | Sustainable Shipping
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 28 min | 🗓️ 05/02/2022

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[3:28] “The shipping industry moves about 11 billion tons of stuff around the world each year. That's about 300 times more than what you move by aircraft, for instance. […] And to move 11 billion tonnes of cargo, ships are emitting about a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide. And if it were a country, the shipping sector would rank six, more than Germany. […] About 80% of total freight transportation by mass is carried by ship. […] That's about 70% by value.”

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Podcast: Who's Saving The Planet?
Episode: “Sustainable Ride Sharing... but with Soul”
Host: Lex Kiefhaber
Guest: Raven Hernandez | CEO & Founder | Earth Rides
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy | Ride Sharing
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 51 min | 🗓️ 04/27/2022

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[3:43] “[Earth Rides] is rideshare, but we utilize only electric vehicles, so no gas, no hybrid on the platform. And then we put a couple twists on it […]. The main twist is that we do own a portion of the fleet in both cities that we currently operate in: Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas. And so we have employees, which if you're familiar with anything that's happened in the rideshare space, they don't want to do that. […] They've [spent] $200 million worth of lobbying in California to make sure that didn't happen. So it's a very different approach that we're taking.”

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Podcast: The Carbon Copy
Episode: “How One Company Could Crush the US Solar Industry”
Host: Stephen Lacey
Guest: Eric Wesoff | Editorial Director | Canary Media
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy | Solar Industry
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 24 min | 🗓️ 04/27/2022

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[9:44] EW: “Solar in the United States has gone from a niche market to being the largest source of new generation capacity in the country. It's gone from a couple of 100 million dollars a year to being a 10 or 12 billion dollar a year market that employs 200,000 people. That's four times as many as is employed by the coal industry. But it is not a manufacturing business in the United States. It is an installation business. […] The growth that we've had in solar has been spectacular over the last decade, and it's being slowed down and thwarted by trade measures like these tariffs. In fact, the United States has the highest cost solar modules in the world, because we are taxing ourselves with tariffs.

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Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Subscription Electric Mobility Service
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Eric Quidenus-Wahlforss | CEO & Co-Founder | Dance
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy | E-Bikes
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 45 min | 🗓️ 04/28/2022

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[5:47] “Dance is an electric mobility […] subscription platform. […] We're starting with E-bikes, we also now have E-mopeds as vehicles that you can subscribe to. So the main idea is very simple. You get your own E-bike or E-moped, if something happens to it, if it breaks, if it gets stolen, then there is an app, we're there for you 24/7 and typically, within a couple of hours during business hours, we will come out and sort of repair or replace your vehicle very quickly.”

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Podcast: Carbotnic
Episode: “The Future of Energy Delivery”
Host: James McWalter
Guest: Jason Huang | Founder | TS Conductor
Category: ⚡ Energy | Energy Delivery
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 43 min | 🗓️ 05/03/2022

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[5:33] “Today, based on DOE numbers, there is about 8.3% of the electricity that is lost [globally] due to resistance heating. We call that line loss. […] It is about 2,000 terawatt hours of electricity wasted every year. To make up for that loss, you do compositor regeneration. It basically means you generate far more than you need just to make up for that compensatory generation. Using today's power generation mix [of] 30%, renewable and 70% traditional, we are creating about 1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gasses every year. And if you can improve efficiency by half, you're basically cutting out 500 million tonnes of greenhouse gasses every year.”

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Podcast: Catalyst with Shayle Kann
Episode: “Hydrogen, Meet Salt Cavern”
Host: Shayle Kann
Guest: Jigar Shah | Director | Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO)
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy | Hydrogen Storage
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 46 min | 🗓️ 04/07/2022

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[3:42] SK: “The LPO (Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office) just issued a conditional commitment to guarantee an over $500 million loan to the ACES (Advanced Clean Energy Storage) project, which would become the largest green hydrogen hub in America by a long shot.

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Podcast: Carbon Removal Newsroom
Episode: “A New Era of Carbon Removal Funding”
Host: Radhika Moolgavkar
Guests: Susan Su | Partner | Toba Capital &
Josh Santos | CEO & Co-Founder | Noya
Category: 💸 Funding | Carbon Removal
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 47 min | 🗓️ 04/29/2022

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[9:31] SS: “If I put my investor hat on, the reason why I think CDR, carbon removal overall, is kind of seemingly surprising us right now is because it's possibly just following a J curve. […] We have to remember that a lot of carbon removal […] on the non nature based side is so technology driven. And if there is one thing we know about technology, it's that once it starts moving, it starts moving really fast. It snowballs.”

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💧 Food & Water


Podcast: Water Foresight Podcast
Episode: “The Future of Space Water”
Host: Matthew Klein
Guest: Kody George | Law Clerk
Category: 🗣️ Opinion | Space Water
Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 46 min | 🗓️ 04/27/2022

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[3:26] “Space water really is the key to future space exploration. […] There are two big things that space water is going to be used for. The first is life support systems for astronauts, drinking water, oxygen. And then the second big one is rocket fuel. So you can separate the hydrogen and oxygen molecules out and then burn them separately to make rocket fuel.”

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Podcast: jivetalking
Episode: “Water Issues in Australia & Queensland”
Host: David Zetland
Guest: John Quiggin | Australian Laureate Fellow | University of Queensland
Category: 🗣️ Opinion | Water in Australia
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 51 min | 🗓️ 05/02/2022

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[50:03] “Water is special and vital and necessary and therefore we should give it away, I think is the classic fallacy.

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Podcast: The Future of Water
Episode: “Six Trends Shaping the Longer-Term Outlook for Water”
Host: Reese Tisdale
Guests: Eric Bindler | Research Director | Bluefield Research &
John Berryman | Sales Director | Bluefield Research
Category: 🔬 Research | Water Trends
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 42 min | 🗓️ 05/03/2022

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[22:47] EB: “Number four [of our water trends] is really the energy transition. […] The global water wastewater sector accounts for about 2% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, which it's not a huge share by any means, but it is a significant share. […] If we're talking about significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, net zero by 2050 […] the utility sector needs to do what they can to reduce their own footprint. […] And wastewater treatment is one of the leading emitters of methane around the world. 10 to 15% of global methane emissions, I believe, come from the wastewater treatment sector.”

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