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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: Tactical Toolbelt
Episode: “How Carbon Offset Tokens Accelerate Decarbonization”
Host: Greg Smithies
Guests: Dana Gibber & Phil Fogel | Co-Founders | flowcarbon
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction | Carbon Offset Tokens
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 28 min | 🗓️ 06/01/2022

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[8:01] DG: “What we have not managed to do is to preserve our natural carbon sinks. Nature is, I believe, the most scalable, immediate, and cost effective part of our solution set to climate change. […] The alarming stat that kind of illustrates this is every six seconds, one soccer field […] worth of rainforest is lost, which means every minute, there's 30 of those lost, which is the equivalent of adding 7 million cars on the road every day. If it is addressed, […] the estimates are it can contribute up to 30% of the overall solution to climate change.”

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Podcast: Catalyst with Shayle Kann
Episode: “Climate Tech’s Surprising Bottleneck – Land Access”
Host: Shayle Kann
Guest: Andy Lubershane | Managing Director of Research | Energy Impact Partners
Category: 💬 Opinion | Land Access
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 40 min | 🗓️ 06/02/2022

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[12:52] “The first thing most people think about when they think of wind and solar in terms of their constraints is their intermittency. And that's true, intermittency is a big challenge for wind and solar. But […] in a way, the more obvious thing, when you look at a wind farm, or a solar farm, compared to a coal plant, is actually how much space they take up. So when you look at some of the more recent, really sophisticated and excellent studies of getting to net zero carbon, not just in the power sector, but economy wide, over the next 30ish years, one of the consequences is you often end up with very high levels of wind and solar penetration in electricity supply. And typically, […] that wind and solar takes up something like 5-10% of the total land in the continental 48 states.

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Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Capturing CO2 Emissions from Ships
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Alisha Fredriksson | Co-Founder & CEO | Seabound
Category: 🌳 Carbon Capture | Capture on Ships
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 46 min | 🗓️ 06/02/2022

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[3:46] “Seabound is a climate tech company that builds carbon capture equipment for the largest ships in the world. So we install carbon capture equipment on both existing and new ships, to capture up to 95% of their CO2 emissions at point of source, so that these ships can meet upcoming global regulations that are kicking off in 2023.”

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Podcast: Cutting Carbon
Episode: “Long Haul Shipping & Trucks”
Hosts: Jeff Goldmeer & Brian Gutknect
Guest: Craig Harper | Chief Sustainability Officer | J.B. Hunt Transportation Services
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction | Shipping & Trucks
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 36 min | 🗓️ 06/01/2022

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[10:37] “Battery is here for the automobile side, and also for package delivery vehicles. But for the larger size, you still have too much of a weight penalty, a range penalty, and initial cost of getting into the equipment, the residual is unknown, and then the infrastructure about where you're going to charge that vehicle. So while those things are continuing to be developed, and they will develop, […] but in the interim, we don't need to sit back and wait.”

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Podcast: The Carbon Copy
Episode: “The Hidden History of California Oil”
Hosts: Stephen Lacey & Alexandria Herr
Guests: Dr. David Gonzalez | Postdoctoral Fellow | UC Berkeley &
Dr. Sarah Elkind | President | American Society for Environmental History
Category: ⚡ Energy | California Oil
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 27 min | 🗓️ 05/11/2022

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[1:57] AH: “I have been on a crusade to prove to people that California is not the green state that everybody thinks it is. And the reason for it is this phenomenon […] called residential drilling […]. There's no rule in California that says oil wells have to be a certain distance from a home or a school or a hospital. It's one of the only oil producing states where that's actually the case. So these wells are everywhere. Actually 14% of all of the public schools in Los Angeles are within 2,500 feet of a well, and 7 million Californians live within a mile of a well. So it's this really widespread problem.

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Podcast: Carbotnic
Episode: “Monitoring Electrical Assets”
Host: James McWalter
Guest: Priya Vijayakumar | Co-Founder & CEO | WattIQ!
Category: ⚡ Energy | Energy Intelligence
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 39 min | 🗓️ 05/10/2022

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[0:15] “We formed WattIQ! with this mission to enable enterprises to become more asset efficient and energy efficient. We live in a world that is very resource intensive […]. And we believe it's the lack of data to understand how your existing assets are utilized, their condition, their energy consumption, sort of the overall management throughout the entire lifecycle […] created tremendous inefficiencies in businesses as well as just the burden on our resources. And we think by closing those data gaps, […] we can transition to a far more efficient industry.”

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💧 Food & Water


Podcast: TED Climate
Episode: “The Future of the Food Ecosystem & the Power of your Plate”
Host: Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food | Food Ecosystem
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 12 min | 🗓️ 05/14/2022

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[2:30] “The Rockefeller Foundation has some pioneering research on the true cost of food in the United States, which indicates that even though we spend 1.1 trillion on our annual food expenditure, we actually spend 2.1 trillion on costs linked to health and climate, all because of our broken food ecosystem. These same statistics have been replicated all over the world. In fact, according to the UN Food Systems Scientific Group, our food system is value-destroying. There's a need for urgent action from at least three lenses. A health lens, an equity lens, and a climate lens.

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Podcast: Climate 21
Episode: Scaling Plant-Based Chicken Production
Host: Tom Raftery
Guest: Christie Legally | Founder & CEO | Rebellyous Foods
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food | Plant-Based Chicken
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 33 min | 🗓️ 05/31/2022

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[4:54] “We believe that […] one of the best ways […] to address large scale chicken production is to replace as much of it as possible. […] So Rebellyous Foods […] exists in order to figure out how to make plant-based chicken products at much larger scales that are comparable to the meat industry. […] The US meat industry produces over 108 billion pounds of animal based meat. […] In the United States, we only produce about one half of 1% of that volume, or about 500 to 700 million pounds of plant based meat. And as a result, the vast majority of Americans actually don't have regular access to meat replacements.”

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Podcast: Water Foresight Podcast
Episode: “The Future of the Internet of Water”
Host: Matthew Klein
Guest: Peter Colohan | Director, Internet of Water | Center for Geospatial Solutions
Category: 🌐 Digital | Internet of Water
Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 55 min | 🗓️ 06/01/2022

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[23:17] “Water information is about 10 to 15 years behind, say other sectors, like even weather data. And the reason for that is because the United States has the National Weather Service, which is responsible for producing weather forecasts. But it also has this fabulous private sector weather enterprise that engages in all of this digital transformation in partnership with the weather service. And the reason that that happens is because there is private demand. There is a market signal for weather information. And that's not quite the same water.”

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Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: The Future of Seafood
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Justin Kolbeck | Co-Founder & CEO | Wildtype
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food | Cell Cultivated Seafood
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 55 min | 🗓️ 05/12/2022

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[4:31] “Wildtype is going to introduce a third supply source of seafood. So we all know about wild catch, and we know about farmed seafood and we're making cell cultivated seafood. […] We take cells from a healthy fish, we grow those cells up into fairly large quantities and we place them on a plant based scaffold, similar to what you do with a building, to help direct those cells and mature them. And then basically harvest a product that looks and tastes a heck of a lot like what you'd find in the oceans.”

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