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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: Who's Saving The Planet?
Episode: “The Regenerative Alternative to Plastic”
Host: Lex Kiefhaber
Guest: Mark Herrema | CEO | Newlight Technologies
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction | Plastic Alternative
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 43 min | 🗓️ 03/29/2022

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[3:45] “We figured out that there are micro organisms in the ocean that eat greenhouse gas as a food source. […] And in the process of doing that they build a material inside of their cells and the technical name for this material is PHB. […] The human body makes PHB, plants, animals, almost everything alive makes PHB. […] If you extract it, you can melt it […], [which] means you can use it as a replacement for plastic.

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Podcast: Climate 21
Episode: “Turning Waste into Fuel”
Host: Tom Raftery
Guest: Andrew Benedek | Founder & CEO | Anaergia
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy | Biomethane
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 25 min | 🗓️ 03/30/2022

Selected Quote:

[2:51] “[At Anaergia] we basically wanted to take advantage of fuel to replace fossil fuels that can be made from any biogenic material. It's often referred to in Europe as biomethane. So we take any anything that is grown and then leftover, like food waste […] out of garbage, or food factories, or farms, agricultural residues, like manure and we also do it out of human manure, which is called sewage sludge, or biosolids […] and we just convert it all to anaerobic energy and fertilizer.”

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Podcast: Azeem Azhar's Exponential View
Episode: “How to Make Nuclear Energy Safe”
Host: Azeem Azhar
Guest: Troels Schönfeldt | CEO | Seaborg Technologies
Category: ⚡ Energy | Nuclear Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 38 min | 🗓️ 03/30/2022

Selected Quote:

[16:58] TS: “All the advanced reactors that different startups are looking at have inherent safety features. So all of them will be way more safe than existing reactors, [which] are already really safe. They're just very expensive to make safe. But a molten salt reactor takes it a step further. It becomes fundamentally safe.

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Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Revolutionizing Public Transportation in Africa
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guests: Jit Bhattacharya | Co-Founder & CEO | BasiGo &
Alex Roetter | Managing Director & General Partner | Moxxie VC
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy | Electric Buses
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 56 min | 🗓️ 03/31/2022

Selected Quote:

[16:49] JB: “There's over 20,000 buses in the city of Nairobi alone. […] Every single bus that we can displace with electricity, because the grid is so green, would mitigate 50 tons of CO2 per year of operation. […] Africa right now is home to six of the fastest growing economies in the world. […] Africa is only 3% of global emissions. […] And yet, […] Africa is growing so fast, it is going to become the China and India of the next decade. If we don't solve the emissions problem now, something the world has never done before, which is find a true path to sustainable development, […] we're going to be facing another emissions crisis from emerging markets like Africa in 10 years.”

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Podcast: Catalyst with Shayle Kann
Episode: “Can Europe Quit Russian Fossil Fuel by Next Winter?”
Host: Shayle Kann
Guest: Jesse Jenkins | Energy Professor | Princeton University
Category: 💬 Opinion | Russian Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 50 min | 🗓️ 03/31/2022

Selected Quote:

[31:40] “Europe's current plan is to cut natural gas use by about two thirds before this winter. Can they actually go 100%? […] We think that they can do that. We think that there is a viable strategy that with the right wartime mentality, it would be possible to do what people probably thought was impossible just a month ago, and that's get off of Russian gas entirely by this October.”

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Podcast: The Interchange
Episode: “A New Era of the Space Race - Can It Be Done Sustainably?”
Host: David Banmiller
Guest: Derek Harris | CEO | Ecosene
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction | Space Travel
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 48 min | 🗓️ 04/01/2022

Selected Quote:

[2:43] DH: “Only around five years [ago] Skyrora came about. […] With the UK market being very young and up and coming, we saw the chance […] to make our launches slightly greener than the old technology. […] And that's allowed us to do some investment and to produce […] Ecosene, which is the fuel that we're using instead of kerosene. It's a sustainable aviation fuel.”

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💧 Food & Water


Podcast: (don't) Waste Water!
Episode: “Decisive Insights that Could Impact the Water Industry”
Host: Antoine Walter
Category: 🗣️ Opinion | Water Industry
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 37 min | 🗓️ 03/30/2022

Selected Quote:

[12:23] “Supercritical water oxidation is indeed a very promising prospect to remove hard to treat pollutants from water. But […] it [also] allows to tap into the chemical energy trapped in wastewater. There's actually a direct correlation between the chemical oxygen demand (COD) of wastewater and the energy it contains. Theoretically, there's 16.1 kilojoules per gram of COD.”

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Podcast: The Stream
Episode: “Accelerating First Adopters”
Hosts: Will Sarni & Tom Freyberg
Guest: Nate Allen | Executive Director | WaterStart
Category: 🗣️ Opinion | Water Tech
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 39 min | 🗓️ 03/30/2022

Selected Quote:

[14:30] “The common narrative in the water innovation and sustainability environmental community is: Water is too cheap. That's why people waste it. […] And so to say, we look at solutions to make water cheaper [is] a bit […] provocative. […] And the last year of COVID, inflation aside, the trend for the last 20 years has been that the cost of water has outpaced inflation and wage growth by more than double digits. And that's a real risk to people who are underserved, unsupported, historically marginalized communities.”

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Podcast: The School of Greatness
Episode: “The Water Crisis & How to Make a Difference”
Host: Lewis Howes
Guests: Matt Damon & Gary White | Co- Founders | Water.org & WaterEquity
Category: 🗣️ Opinion | Water Crisis
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 37 min | 🗓️ 04/01/2022

Selected Quote:

[11:27] MD: “If you took the concepts of microfinance, […] you could actually apply it to water. […] It would be an income enhancing loan, because you'd actually be buying somebody's time back and they could work those extra hours. […] Our borrowers are 97% women, and these loans pay back at over 99%. […] Some of the poorest people in the world, if you just give them a chance, if you just nudge a market towards them, they will do the rest. […] This month we have hit 43.7 million people.

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Podcast: The Future of Water
Episode: “Digital Water Trends & Market Review”
Host: Reese Tisdale
Guest: Nina Rossiter | Analyst | Bluefield Research
Category: 🔬 Research | Digital Water
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 24 min | 🗓️ 04/05/2022

Selected Quote:

[19:28] NR: “We imagine interest rate hikes will slow M&A and VC investment. And then the really high energy costs might also influence utilities to scale back on their tech budgets, especially utilities in the highly exposed European markets.”

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