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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: Carbon Removal Newsroom
Episode: “Ocean Carbon Removal”
Host: Radhika Moolgavkar
Guests: Chris Barnard | National Policy Director | American Conservation Coalition &
Wil Burns | Co-Executive Director | Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy, American University
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 45 min | 🗓️ 03/11/2022

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[2:30] RM: “The authors [of the the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine report] outlined six broad categories of ocean carbon removal that they thought the federal government should do further research on: Ocean nutrient fertilization, artificial upwelling, seaweed cultivation, ecosystem recovery, ocean alkalinity enhancement and electrochemical processes. Of any of these, I think ecosystem recovery is probably not super controversial. It's just about making sure the oceans are restored to their former state. But the other ones do raise some interesting trade offs and checks and balances that probably need to be in place. And so each was assessed on several criteria. And they found overall that ocean CDR at the gigaton scale is possible and recommended a federal research budget of about $850 million over the next five years.“

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Podcast: Columbia Energy Exchange
Episode: “Oil, Gas & the Russia-Ukraine Conflict”
Host: Jason Bordoff
Guest: Meghan O’Sullivan | Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project | Harvard University
Category: ⚡Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 54 min | 🗓️ 03/08/2022

Selected Quote:

[49:59] “We have a climate crisis on top of a national security crisis. […] When these two things seem to be pitted against one another, it seems likely that the climate crisis is the one that loses out. […] So I think there's certainly scope for this to lead to a doubling down of maybe Europe’s, maybe the United States’ approach towards the energy transition. But that's not yet clear. […] What is clear is that policymakers really need to find a way to encourage the market and others to take actions that will ensure we have enough affordable and available supply of energy during the transition. But those policies don't prevent us from realizing the energy transition over the medium and longer term. I think that's a very hard basket of policies to identify and to build political consensus around.”

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Podcast: Catalyst with Shayle Kann
Episode: “What the Grid Can Learn from the Internet”
Host: Lara Pierpoint
Guest: Astrid Atkinson | Co-Founder & CEO | Camus
Category: 💬 Opinion
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 1 hr 2 min | 🗓️ 03/11/2022

Selected Quote:

[12:23] “Many people have Nest thermostats, very few participate in programs where they're actually getting paid to do anything on the grid. And so figuring out ways to bridge that gap from […] the intention of being able to be grid supporting with all of these devices, to ways to make that really happen in terms of the incentives that are out there, the ability to signal, the ability to actually integrate them into the operational and economic landscape of the grid. That's a really big gap today.”

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Podcast: Redefining Energy
Episode: “Why Digital Management of Batteries Matters?”
Hosts: Gerard Reid & Laurent Segalen
Guest: Seyed Madaeni | Chief Digital Officer | Fluence
Category: ⚡ Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 28 min | 🗓️ 03/16/2022

Selected Quote:

[3:34] “Renewables introduce a lot of variability and uncertainty in the way we operate power markets and electric grids. And to stabilize that you need hardware like energy storage systems that can be charged and absorb the abundance of renewable energy and give it back to the grid at the right time. But to make that happen, you need advanced software. This is not an asset that you can operate manually. It's a digital asset for the specific objectives that you're pursuing. It could be renewable integration, it could be revenue maximization, it could be transmission and distribution deferral relief. But in a nutshell, […] while storage can do a lot, it won't allow us to achieve our goals without pairing it with the right software. Because at the end of the day, the software is the brains behind this asset and it's making the right decisions for the objectives that we have, which ultimately is a cleaner society.

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💧 Food & Water


Podcast: Water Foresight Podcast
Episode: “Water as a Source of Conflict or Peace?”
Host: Matthew Klein
Guest: Booky Oren | CEO | Booky Oren Global Water Technologies
Category: 🗣️ Opinion
Google | Spotify | 🕰️ 1 hr | 🗓️ 03/09/2022

Selected Quote:

[39:41] “I think that water when you stop to argue about rights, and move to discuss about how much it costs, it simplifies the world. […] Water can be a very good tool for economic growth. If you have water, you can create more agriculture, you can improve your standard of living. Without water we cannot live. And when you are arguing all the time on the water rights, […] that's a zero sum game. But when you increase the amount of water based on technology, and […] the usage of water […] there [is] more for everyone. […] Then [it’s] turned from a zero sum game to a win win situation.”

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Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Brewing Coffee without Beans
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Maricel Saenz | Founder & CEO | Compound Foods
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 43 min | 🗓️ 03/10/2022

Selected Quote:

[7:11] “I do not want to be part of the legacy food industry and instead […] challenge again, how we're making the foods that we love. And we have all these tools that have been built in the last few decades around being able to manipulate organisms and getting them to do different things and produce different compounds. […] And I was worried about coffee, because I love it, and I could see it being decimated. And I just fell in love with a problem. And I've gone through very different iterations of what the solution for that problem looks like. […] [We] use fermentation to recreate the flavors and aroma of coffee, so that we can create a drink that is delicious, but at the same time that we can produce locally that doesn't have such a long supply chain and complicated logistics, as well as that it's more resilient to the changes of climate change.

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Podcast: waterloop
Episode: “The Wonder & Weirdness of Water”
Host: Travis Loop
Guest: Alok Jha | Author
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 50 min | 🗓️ 03/15/2022

Selected Quote:

[32:49] “There's a lot more water in the solar system and beyond, than anyone ever thought. Nearly every object in our solar system, every celestial object has water in it. So obviously, the Earth has, we know that Venus has water, even the the south pole of Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, has ice. There's evidence of water on Mars. There's even evidence of water, solid mountains of ice on Pluto. […] And one of the most interesting reasons why we look for water anywhere else, is because we know what water did on this planet. It created life on this planet. And so it did it on this planet, why not somewhere else?

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Podcast: The Water Values Podcast
Episode: “Blockchain’s Place in the Water Sector”
Host: Dave McGimpsey
Guest: Katrina Donaghy | Founder | Civic Ledger
Category: 🌐 Digital
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 51 min | 🗓️ 03/15/2021

Selected Quote:

[44:34] “Blockchain technology allows us to […] actually bring into a system of record that cannot be changed that is providing information in real time. So we can all agree on the value of water. And that is a very different proposition, because it shifts the market from the regulator point of view or the government perspective and moves it and centers around the farmer. And that's what we're doing […] in Australia, […] building markets from the bottom up using Blockchain technology that a grower led. […] Because […] water is local, and growers and people who use this for know best on how to manage water.”

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