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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: Redefining Energy
Episode: “Escape from Russia: Rewiring Europe”
Hosts: Gerard Reid & Laurent Segalen
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 23 min | 🗓️ 03/01/2022

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[2:32] LS: “The energy trifecta is very simple. You've got green, you’ve got cheap, and you’ve got secure. And you can have probably two out of the three at the same time. So the fossil fuel guys say, […] it's cheap, and it's secure, but it's not green. The green say, […] it's green, and it's cheap, but it's not secure. And now we're going to need to move to green and secure and probably is not going to be cheap.

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Podcast: Tech4Climate
Episode: The Climate Tech VC Ecosystem in Europe
Host: Guillaume De Dorlodot
Guest: Danijel Višević | Founding Partner | World Fund
Category: 💸 Investing
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 48 min | 🗓️ 02/18/2022

Selected Quote:

[14:40] “28% of all the climate tech patent applications worldwide are European. A third of all the leading research institutes and universities are European. We have the most climate tech startups if you compare it to China and or North America, but we have least funding. So we are number one in everything […] to build an ecosystem [that’s] perfect for the next […] unicorns, for the next most successful companies and climate tech. But then when it comes to funding in the moment when it's close to really generating revenue and profit, we say that entrepreneurship [is too] risky. […] When you look at the funding in Europe, two thirds in climate tech investments, […] it's not European VC capital.

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Podcast: TED Climate
Episode: “The Tragedy of Air Pollution & an Urgent Demand for Clean Air”
Host: Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah
Category: 💬 Opinion
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 8 min | 🗓️ 02/23/2022

Selected Quote:

[4:20] “In a second inquest into Ella's death, just in December 2020, the coroner […] concluded that it was the excessive illegal levels of air pollution, not only that [it caused] her asthma, but it was the highest ever on the night she died. As a result of this, Ella is the first person in the world to have air pollution listed as a cause of death on her death certificate.

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Podcast: The Interchange
Episode: “Scalable Carbon Capture Technology”
Host: David Banmiller
Guest: Claude Letourneau | CEO | Svante
Category: 🌳 Carbon Capture
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 56 min | 🗓️ 02/18/2022

Selected Quote:

[23:15] “We need to stop this [...] it's one or the other. We need electric vehicles on steroids. We need renewable on steroids. We need hydrogen on steroids. And we need carbon management. The sum of all this to have an impact on the climate to get to net zero by 2050 is about $100 trillion of capital investment. Carbon management is about $2 trillion, 2% for 20% of your CO2 emission. This is the more bang for your buck.

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Podcast: Carbotnic
Episode: “Energy Transparency”
Host: James McWalter
Guest: Deirdre Lord | Co-Founder | The Megawatt Hour
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 41 min | 🗓️ 02/22/2022

Selected Quote:

[1:43] “We acknowledged that there were plenty of power suppliers, there were plenty of consultants and brokers, but there was no information resource that linked markets to customers, that provided transparency around their cost and usage. And if you look at other deregulated markets, that kind of platform exists. In financial services, you can go to Schwab online and see how your investments are performing. There was no such thing in our industry. And so that was the genesis, the spark behind building the Megawatt Hour.”

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Podcast: The Carbon Copy
Episode: “The Military’s Net-Zero Aspirations”
Host: Stephen Lacey
Guest: Erin Sikorsky | Director | The Center for Climate and Security
Category: 📄 Climate Policy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 24 min | 🗓️ 02/23/2022

Selected Quote:

[9:58] ES: “The military has thought about [climate change] in multiple ways over the years. First, thinking about it in terms of resilience and infrastructure. What does climate change mean for our military bases? For our ability to operate in different locations around the world? […] I would say now, it's expanded beyond that kind of direct impact to a more sophisticated understanding of how climate change shapes other risks and threats, whether it's competition with a country like China, or Russia, or whether it is risks of political instability in the Middle East, as we saw after the Arab Spring and the the civil war in Syria, and the role that that drought played there and driving internal migration and then driving instability within that country. And how the kinds of operations that the military will be called [will look like] both in terms of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions abroad […] as well as here at home.”

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💧 Food & Water


Podcast: Water Talk
Episode: “Soil, Political Ecology & Water”
Hosts: Drs. Mallika Nocco, Faith Kearns & Sam Sandoval
Guest: Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe | UC Merced
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 47 min | 🗓️ 02/25/2022

Selected Quote:

[18:38] “One of the important things we have to do and it's a non negotiable is adopt climate smart management practices in our soils in a way that allows our soils to be able to stay stable, to not be more vulnerable. And one of those important ways is actually if the soils can maintain their ability to hold on to water, which is related to their ability to actually hold on to carbon. If the soils cannot receive enough water, they cannot support plant productivity, there's not going to be enough carbon coming into the soil to rebuild the stock of carbon in soil. And especially in areas that were cold, warming also unleashes a high degree of high rate of decomposition that depletes the native stock of carbon in soil.”

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Podcast: The Consumer VC
Episode: Investing in the Future of Food
Host: Mike Gelb
Guests: Greer Tessler & Cara Kaufman | Founders | Simple Food Ventures
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 36 min | 🗓️ 02/01/2022

Selected Quote:

[6:59] CK: “The fact that Oreos and Corona and Guinness are coming out with these gluten free items, [shows that] these mass market companies are shifting towards this better for you space. And so if the big guys are doing it, […] there's going to be a lot more integrations [and] acquisitions.”

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Podcast: waterloop
Episode: “Utah’s Cold-Shoulder to Conservation”
Host: Travis Loop
Guest: Mark Olalde | Reporter | ProPublica
Category: 🗣️ Opinion
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 29 min | 🗓️ 02/28/2022

Selected Quote:

[3:25] “Utah's got some of the highest water use, […] in part because it's got some of the lowest water rates. […] Obviously, a lot of Utah's water use is agricultural, just like anywhere in the West. […] But Utah's not doing great. […] It's 20 years into drought, just like much of the West and Southwest. The Great Salt Lake is at its lowest recorded point, […] which means water policy questions are leading to air pollution and things like that for more exposed toxic dust in that lake bed. […] there are a lot of downstream impacts of the high water use and low water conservation in Utah.”

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Podcast: The Future of Water
Episode: “Looming Energy Crisis to Squeeze Water & Wastewater Utilities”
Host: Reese Tisdale
Guest: Keith Hays | Co-Founder | Bluefield Research
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 36 min | 🗓️ 03/01/2022

Selected Quote:

[14:26] KH: “OpEx costs attributed to energy for water systems can range between 3% to 22%. And that's having to do with pumping the water. It's having to do with the equipment costs. It has to do with all the treatment equipment used in different treatment trains, sludge drying. […] There's a lot of municipalities where their highest energy costs are running their wastewater treatment plants. We've seen that it's probably around 15 billion a year for Europe's utilities [that] is accounted for […] running their water systems. And of that we estimate about 10% of that is probably energy related. So we're talking about 1.5 to 2 billion annually, that is being used just for some treatment plants to run in Europe. And if the cost of energy is going to double, obviously that's gonna be a huge hit to their bottom line.”

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