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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: Carbon Removal Newsroom
Episode: “Soil Carbon & Cover Crops”
Host: Radhika Moolgavkar
Guests: Dr. Holly Jean Buck | Assistant Professor in Environment & Sustainability | University at Buffalo &
Dr. Jane Zelikova | Executive Director | Soil Carbon Solutions Center
Category: 🌳 Carbon Capture
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 36 min | 🗓️ 01/07/2022

Selected Quote:

[21:34] JZ: “In this study, the […] biggest impact [on carbon] had to do with the growing window. So how long the cover crops were being grown and at what period of time. […] The continuous cover cropping had the biggest […] positive effect on carbon, and then growing cover crops in the fall and over winter had […] the second biggest effect on carbon. […] While the incorporation of cover crops is increasing at a pretty high level in the US, it's still pretty low in most of the US. It’s somewhere in the 1 to 5% of acres are under cover crops. […] It's often […] state or even more local programs that are the incentives that drive adoption. I feel like the carbon markets payment side hasn't kind of had enough time yet to be implemented. And few farmers that implement cover crops have actually seen any payments to date.”

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Podcast: Energy 360°
Episode: “Evaluating U.S. Emissions Targets”
Host: Joseph Majkut
Guest: John Larsen | Partner | Rhodium Group
Category: 📄 Climate Policy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 51 min | 🗓️ 01/10/2022

Selected Quote:

[11:09] “When you're at 17 to 25% [emissions’ reduction] below 2005 in 2020, and you're trying to get to 50 to 52% [by 2030], we quantified an emissions gap between those two ranges of 1.7 to 2.3 billion tons. So in that year, the US has to be that much lower to get to the target. […] And just to put that in perspective, 1.7 billion is all the emissions from the entire transportation sector today. 2.3 is all the emissions from all of agriculture and all of electric power today. So basically, we're talking about zeroing out whole sectors from an admissions perspective in nine years, just just to state the challenge in total terms.”

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Podcast: Carbotnic
Episode: “Clean Energy Traceability”
Host: James McWalter
Guest: Grant McDowell | Co-Founder | Enosi Energy
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 47 min | 🗓️ 01/11/2021

Selected Quote:

[10:56] “We call that a path to true zero. So instead of just having 100% renewables and buying the certificates, what Powertracer enables you to do is to buy cheaper energy, because the solar is cheaper and the wind is slightly cheaper. So we've got cheaper clean energy, that's 76-77% of your load. And then for the balance of that load of 22 or 23%, you can buy certificates and be 100% renewable. So it's complimentary to the certificate market. But most importantly, you're able to see where that energy is coming from.”

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Podcast: Climate 21
Episode: “Making Data Deliver Net Zero”
Host: Tom Raftery
Guest: Gavin Starks | CEO | Icebreaker One
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 40 min | 🗓️ 01/12/2022

Selected Quote:

[18:12] “We need exponential change around net zero if we're going to have any hope of getting to a 50% reduction by 2030. And so we need to radically increase the ability for us to share actionable information and decision relevant information. The financial community can then use that to hold people to account in their investment thesis. So when people are creating, whether it's a procurement or an investment, or as a sovereign wealth fund, how are they going to mandate the delivery of net zero? Because it's not good enough just to say, you've got to invest in low carbon. That doesn't give me confidence that we're going to hit the target. And so that there needs to be awareness of us very acutely measuring the impact here. And all these things will ultimately flow into the equivalent of credit scoring for organizations.”

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Podcast: TED Climate
Episode: “The Dreams & Details of a Green Shipping Revolution”
Host: Jim Hagemann Snabe
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 12 min | 🗓️ 01/12/2022

Selected Quote:

[8:59] “[A.P. Moller - Maersk’s] fleet today consumes 10 million tons of bunker oil. To replace that with green fuel, we estimate that we need 220,000 gigawatt hours of green electricity. That is the equivalent of 10% of the installed base of solar and wind in 2019. And Maersk is 20% of the cargo shipping industry. So to fuel the cargo shipping industry alone would consume 50% of the entire installed base of green electricity. And that's just cargo shipping. In other words, we need a dramatic exponential scale of installations of solar, of wind, of hydrogen production, of green fuel production to solve this problem.”

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💧 Water


Podcast: (don't) Waste Water!
Episode: Disrupting UV Disinfection (Original Title: "Four Successful Exits & Counting: What’s Next, Disrupting UV Disinfection?")
Host: Antoine Walter
Guest: Wayne Byrne | CEO | Typhon Treatment Systems
Category: 🤖 Technology
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 55 min | 🗓️ 01/05/2022

Selected Quote:

[9:16] “UV […] [is] a really important contributor to safe drinking water, certainly for the last 25 plus years. […] What is becoming interesting the last 10 plus years is in terms of […] the UV-C LED transition. And so, at the moment, […] water benefits from […] an exemption […] for the use of mercury. To utilize a UV in the conventional way, we use mercury vapor lamps. […] I think we're starting to see a time in the future where it's no longer required to deploy UV utilizing mercury vapor lamps.”

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Podcast: Words on Water
Episode: “2022 As The Year Of Poo”
Host: Travis Loop
Guest: Maile Lono-Batura | Director of Sustainable Biosolids Programs | Water Environment Federation (WEF)
Category: 🗣️ Opinion
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 11 min | 🗓️ 01/06/2022

Selected Quote:

[3:57] “It's elevating to personal ownership, but also to personal empowerment. […] The campaign idea is cheeky and funny, “2022 year of poo”. We even have a “year of poo” team at WEF that is mobilized. […] But really, it's about personal empowerment, understanding that there's power beyond the flush, that we as producers all have that power to not only know what's happening, but to know that we are part of a product stewardship line, that we need to pay attention to the quality of what we're sending down the pipe. And to really own that when that product comes out. We have a responsibility to use that in a way that can create massive change, positive change in terms of climate mitigation, energy recovery, all of these things that you can do just by flushing.

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Podcast: Water Nerds
Episode: “There Is Still Lead In U.S. Tap Water”
Host: Analies Ross-Dyjak
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | 🕰️ 13 min | 🗓️ 01/02/2022

Selected Quote:

[0:48] “This lead problem that's happening in the US and has been happening for decades, hasn't been resolved. […] The NRDC, Natural Resources Defense Council […] conducted the study that found that 186 million people in the US are drinking water that is contaminated with lead. And that's also a relatively conservative number.”

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Podcast: (don't) Waste Water!
Episode: Membrane Treatment (Original Title: "How to Use a Costly Material to Bring Membrane Treatment Costs Down")
Host: Antoine Walter
Guest: Sebastian Andreassen | CCO, Director & Co-Founder | Cembrane
Category: 🤖 Technology
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 57 min | 🗓️ 01/12/2022

Selected Quote:

[52:00] “When we look at the water treatment market, I think we could see a lot more innovation and a lot more advanced and better and lower cost treatment of high quality if there were more decentralized decision making. And I think having large municipalities deciding on what technologies to use and specifying that, I don't think that's a very effective way of introducing new products into the market. So I would probably allow for more decentralization and decentralized decision making when it comes to selecting technologies and methods on how to treat wastewater or water going forward.”

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Podcast: Smart Water Solutions
Episode: The Next Generation of Water Management Solutions (Original Title: "Baker Bozeyeh: Flowless")
Host: Hakim El Fadil
Guest: Baker Bozeyeh | CEO | Flowless
Category: 🤖 Technology
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 43 min | 🗓️ 01/06/2022

Selected Quote:

[9:06] “The estimate for […] the global water losses is $14 billion every year […]. If we managed to get these losses to the half, we would be managing to provide […] water for 90 million people. […] So it is a big problem. And in developing countries, it's even […] much more severe. For example in Palestine, 1/3 of the water supply is lost before even reaching the households or the end consumers. And in some cases, this can reach up to 50 and 60% losses. This is estimated in Palestine at $54 million every year.”

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