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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: The Daily
Episode: “The Global Race to Mine the Metal of the Future”
Host: Michael Barbaro
Guest: Dionne Searcey | Correspondent | The New York Times
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy | Cobalt
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 27 min | 🗓️ 03/18/2022

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[15:22] “When the world wakes up to the potential of cobalt, and in the past few years starts thinking about electric car batteries, China is in this really strong position. […] China controls the overwhelming majority of the cobalt market there. In fact, it controls 15 of the 19 existing industrial cobalt mines in Congo.”

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Podcast: CleanTechies: The Podcast
Episode: “Tracking Carbon Emissions Data & the Importance of Transparency”
Host: Silas Mähner
Guest: Tara Gupta | Founder & CEO | Map Collective
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction | Carbon Data
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 44 min | 🗓️ 03/17/2022

Selected Quote:

[2:12] “Map Collective [is] a carbon tracking and supply chain transparency platform. So we really focus on creating a system and data visualization around the carbon accounting space to make sure that this is a really clear process. And also that there is clear communication, once those goals are set, and about how they're achieved, for companies, for governments and for individuals. […] Our goal is really to empower and to contextualize the complex climate science in a way that's easy for everyone to understand.

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Podcast: Catalyst with Shayle Kann
Episode: “When Will Batteries Take Over?”
Host: Lara Pierpoint
Guest: David Schroeder | Chief Technology Officer | Volta Energy Technologies
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy | Batteries
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 59 min | 🗓️ 03/17/2022

Selected Quote:

[6:38] DS: “I think we're at the point where [EV batteries] are good enough to be at an inflection point for market adoption. […] Market share globally for EVs doubled last year, it's up to around 9%, which is not huge, but it seems like it's really starting to take off. I don't know if that means that it meets everyone's needs, but at least it meets the needs of a decent sized segment.”

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Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Trading Recyclables
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Sam Saltzman | Founder & CEO | Outlast Earth
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction | Recyclables
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 52 min | 🗓️ 03/17/2022

Selected Quote:

[15:56] “From an impact standpoint, we actually went ahead and built an environmental calculator. […] If you look at using secondary materials, so recycled goods, [such as] waste steel, waste aluminum, waste copper, which is what we focus on, there is a net savings of CO2 if you were to use prime. So we basically looked at that net savings and said, what was our net CO2 reduction based on placing these materials on the market? And it was over 200,000 tons of CO2, and that's the equivalent of taking 43,000 passenger cars off the road.”

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Podcast: Carbotnic
Episode: “EV Charging in Scandinavia”
Host: James McWalter
Guest: Tomi Ristimäki | CEO | Kempower
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy | EV Charging
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 41 min | 🗓️ 03/22/2022

Selected Quote:

[9:38] “I think the sites where you're charging cars will be the places where you get other services. So you don't actually spend extra time for charging. […] I think the gas station is the wrong term in the future, I think it's like a human service station, where you have other services, where the people need to stop anyway. […] In Europe, you see a lot of fast food chains and grocery stores investing in charging equipment.“

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Podcast: Tech4Climate
Episode: “Using Drones to Reforest at Scale & Offer Carbon Offsets”
Host: Guillaume De Dorlodot
Guest: Grant Canary | Founder & CEO | DroneSeed
Category: 🌳 Carbon Capture | Reforestation
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 1 hr | 🗓️ 03/17/2022

Selected Quote:

[32:51] GC: “Why [is] there so little automation in reforestation? Today, it's humans carrying 40 pound bags of trees, on their hips, and then utilizing a shovel. And they're superheroes. They burn the caloric equivalent of running two marathons every day. […] That seems really inefficient and there's a high churn for people to be doing this work, because people just get physically exhausted. […] And that's really where we started with the drones.

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Podcast: Energy 360°
Episode: “Making Sense of the IPCC Report, Climate Change 2022”
Host: Joseph Majkut
Guest: Maarten van Aalst | Director | Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Category: 💬 Opinion | IPCC Report
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 44 min | 🗓️ 03/21/2022

Selected Quote:

[38:52] “The responses to climate change themselves are a new category of risk that we're concerned about. […] I think this is going to be a major theme also in […] the next assessment cycle that we'll be embarking on in a few years. […] One category of this is so called maladaptation. […] It's the inadvertent rising of risks when we're trying to manage one climate risk, and we're aggravating another one. […] Water management might be one example. You're trying to be able to get rid of a lot of water to deal with more extreme rainfall. But actually, you're aggravating your challenge once you've got to drought.”

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💧 Food & Water


Podcast: What About Water?
Episode: “Water Pipes & Protecting Water”
Host: Jay Famiglietti
Guest: Newsha Ajami | Chief Strategy & Development Officer for Research | Berkeley
Category: 🗣️ Opinion | Water Infrastructure
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 30 min | 🗓️ 03/16/2022

Selected Quote:

[0:32] JF: “Every day in America, around 6 billion gallons of clean, safe drinking water disappears. That water vanishes when water mains break and pipes leak. That's 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools every day. “

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Podcast: Water Talk
Episode: “Pacific Kelp Forests”
Hosts: Drs. Mallika Nocco, Faith Kearns & Sam Sandoval
Guest: Dr. Arturo Ramírez-Valdez | Marine Conservation Biologist
Category: 🔬 Research | Kelp Forests
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 40 min | 🗓️ 03/18/2022

Selected Quote:

[10:55] “Kelp forests can be considered the […] counterparts of the rainforest. They are among the most species-rich communities in temperate seas and among the most productive ecosystems on Earth. […] Kelp forests are extensive underwater habitats that [range along] 25% of the world’s coastlines. […] These dense canopies of algae generally occur in […] cold nutrient rich waters. And because of their dependency […] for photosynthesis […] kelp forests form in shallow open waters. […] Kelp is not a plant, but actually an algae. Kelps are [one of] the fastest growing species […] [and] most productive of all living organisms on Earth.

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Podcast: The Climate Question
Episode: “Can We Rely on Insurance to Help Rebuild after Extreme Weather?”
Hosts: Kate Lamble & Jordan Dunbar
Guests: Ernst Rauch | Chief Geo & Climate Scientist | Munich Re &
Robin McConchie | Reporter &
Maryam Golnaraghi | Director, Climate Change & Environment | The Geneva Association
Category: 🗳️ Policy | Insurance
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 28 min | 🗓️ 03/20/2022

Selected Quote:

[13:02] ER: “A so-called once in 100 year flood has now a higher probability or higher frequency, it's a once in a 20 year or 50 year event. […] Very often developing countries have less than 5%, sometimes less than 1%, of their economic losses covered by insurance solutions.”

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