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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: This Week in Startups
Episode: “What Germany Got Wrong about Nuclear Power”
Hosts: Jason Calacanis & Molly Wood
Guest: Mark Nelson | Managing Director | Radiant Energy Fund
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 1 hr 31 min | 🗓️ 03/08/2022

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[1:04:52] “[The] Chernobyl Nuclear Plant kept operating for nearly 14 years [after its catastrophe]. […] It's because if you know where the radiation is and you clean it up […]. And Chernobyl didn't close because it was old, it closed because the European Union made Chernobyl’s closing a condition of support for helping clean up the reactor number four that had blown up. And Ukraine, for what it's worth, demanded help completing another one of their nuclear plants in a big cash payment to do so. So the Ukrainians who were most hurt, most wounded, most devastated by Chernobyl, it wasn't even a reason to shut down the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. Which means that we should respect the Ukrainian experience and say, why is it that they didn't even shut down the nuclear plant? And why is it that under Russian attack today, they still won't shut down their nuclear plants? And in that moment, you find a little seed of truth that helps you understand, because they believe nuclear is their best chance for survival. In which case, it makes a different kind of conversation about the risks of meltdowns and other kinds of disasters.”

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Podcast: Catalyst with Shayle Kann
Episode: “Unlocking Hyper-Efficient Cooling”
Host: Lara Pierpoint
Guest: Jessy Rivest | VP, Head of Cleantech | Xerox PARC
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 50 min | 🗓️ 03/03/2022

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[37:14] “Around 4% of greenhouse gas emissions [are caused by] air conditioners globally. […] It's close to twice as many emissions as come from the entire aviation industry. So this is a really big chunk comprehended in a single device. And if that single device type, an air conditioner, can be made more efficient, that's a big deal. […] So when offsets get expensive enough to motivate people to […] go into their energy efficiency, what they'll find is that a really large chunk of their emissions are coming from air conditioners. And maybe you will see out of cycle replacements of air conditioning units and other things. We saw out of cycle replacement of lightbulbs pretty quickly. So when you start to see people making those decisions, then we've reached a tipping point.”

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Podcast: Carbon Removal Newsroom
Episode: “Ton-Year Accounting”
Host: Radhika Moolgavkar
Guests: Bodie Cabiyo & John Dees | CarbonDirect
Category: 📄 Policy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 44 min | 🗓️ 03/04/2022

Selected Quote:

[27:52] BC: “Nobody's using ton-year accounting and […] I think NCX is getting a lot of heat for pushing this conversation. But the reality is, you can go on the carbon market today and you can put a 10 year soils project and 1,000 year mineralization projects in the same basket. And they're both just labeled a ton of CO2e. And in a lot of cases the buyer doesn't even know the difference between the two unless they do some digging. So […] I'm glad that the conversation is happening now, because it feels like it's [...] been ignored.”

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Podcast: Redefining Energy - Minutes
Episode: Rise of Energy Prices
Hosts: Gerard Reid & Laurent Segalen
Category: ⚡ Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 8 min | 🗓️ 03/07/2022

Selected Quote:

[5:36] LS: “You need to reshape all energy infrastructure. Because even if the guns stop shelling in Ukraine, I don't think anything can happen with the current Russian administration. It’s going to take years to get out of sanctions. I see from a geopolitical point of view, maybe the West is going to try to mend fences with Venezuela or Iran. Everything is possible right now. “

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Podcast: The Carbon Copy
Episode: “Russia’s War Hits Energy Markets Hard”
Host: Stephen Lacey
Guests: Pierre Noël | Global Research Scholar | Center on Global Energy Policy & Amy Myers Jaffe | Managing Director | Climate Policy Lab
Category: ⚡ Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 24 min | 🗓️ 03/08/2022

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[20:59] PN: “The short term is bad, […] but […] whatever is done, to wean ourselves off Russian natural gas will be leveraged to accelerate our decarbonisation objective. So in that sense, it's positive. Governments in Europe will be empowered, potentially dramatically so, to accelerate the transformation of our energy systems.”

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💧 Food & Water


Podcast: Azeem Azhar's Exponential View
Episode: “Vertical Farming and the Future of Food”
Host: Azeem Azhar
Guest: Daniele Modesto | CEO | ZERO Farms
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 49 min | 🗓️ 03/02/2022

Selected Quote:

[4:56] DM: “While both vertical farms and greenhouses are in implementation of what you might call control environment agriculture. Vertical farms are enclosed environments. So they are fully independent ecosystems where you can actually drive the growth process in a very precise way. […] In a vertical farm, you might be in a position to control in a very detailed way the amount of light you feed the props, whether in a greenhouse that you rely on where you install the greenhouse. So you can place a vertical farm literally anywhere on the planet. You can't do that with a greenhouse.

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Podcast: The Stream
Episode: “Shaping In-Building Water Efficiency”
Hosts: Will Sarni & Tom Freyberg
Guest: Alex McCormack | Founder & CEO | Shayp
Category: 🤖 Technology
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 41 min | 🗓️ 03/02/2022

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[20:27] AM: “What are the our proudest moments in terms of what we're monitoring is not an industrial plant, it's not a big building, it's a tiny little fountain that's world famous. It's called the Manneken Pis. And it's a little fountain, a little boy […] that's peeing. And it was leaking […] 55 liters per hour. […] That was nearly half a million liters of water per year. And that was only […] 1% of all the water loss across the buildings of the City of Brussels.”

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Podcast: What About Water?
Episode: “Good to the Last Drop? Coffee & Climate”
Host: Jay Famiglietti
Guest: Dr. Aaron Davis | Senior Research Leader Plant Resources | Royal Botanic Gardens
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 30 min | 🗓️ 03/02/2022

Selected Quote:

[20:50] “We need to understand carbon requirements in the coffee value chain and do something about that. We also need to look at deforestation, which is also part of the whole carbon sequestration issue, and many other things […]. And I think there's easy gains to be made on transparent labeling, and making the buyer aware of what their purchasing choices mean. Are they buying coffee that causes deforestation? Or are they buying a coffee that's actually an agent of forest preservation, biodiversity, conservation, improvement of retention of carbon storage?”

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Podcast: Climate Cuisine
Episode: “How Cactus is Used for Fashion, Fuel & Food”
Host: Clarissa Wei
Guests: John Cushman | Professor of Biochemistry | University of Nevada Reno &
Adrián López Velarde | Co-CEO | DESSERTO
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 27 min | 🗓️ 03/09/2022

Selected Quote:

[15:34] CW: “Some varieties of cacti use 80% less water than traditional crops. And it can be used as a biofuel, which means it can be an alternative to water-heavy crops like soybeans and corn in the near future. […] 42% of land area around the world is already classified as semi arid or arid. This figure will only increase with climate change. And the good news is that these are the conditions that cacti actually thrive in.”

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Podcast: (don't) Waste Water!
Episode: Hydrogen: Water Sector Miracle or Decarbonization Problem?
Host: Antoine Walter
Guest: Paul Martin | Founder | Spitfire Research
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 1 hr 18 min | 🗓️ 03/09/2022

Selected Quote:

[13:41] “Hydrogen’s issue is energy use, [...] not water use. If […] you have access to a brackish well, or wastewater, or the ocean, it's far better for you to not make one kilogram of hydrogen and instead use that energy to purify water.”

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