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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: TED Climate
Episode: “How Wind Energy Could Power Earth ... 18 Times Over”
Host: Dan Jørgensen
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 11 min | 🗓️ 02/16/2022

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[5:27] “The story of wind power in Denmark is the story about how one turbine on one farm sparked a transformation that influenced the whole country. We of course now hope, small as we may be, that we can spark a transformation that will also affect other countries. We are a green front runner, but we need to do more. Because at the same time, we ranked number one in the EU, or at least as one of the biggest oil producers in the EU. This has to change. And it will.”

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Podcast: Climate Tech Cocktails
Episode: Making Things from Air
Host: Matt Myers
Guest: Greg Constantine | Co-Founder & CEO | Air Company
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 59 min | 🗓️ 02/15/2022

Selected Quote:

[41:55] GC: “You've got groups like NASA that are seeking out companies that are converting carbon dioxide for the reason that […] the Martian atmosphere is 98% CO2. So they're looking for ways and solutions for things that can be feedstocks. But also, a lot of the technologies over history that have been developed for space applications are ones that ended up being translated to applications here on earth as well. And if you think about all the sugar that's used in the world, and some of the biggest industries in the world that utilize sugar, and how that sugar is created, an application that started from a project with NASA can potentially then really have a large carbon neutral or negative impact here on earth as well.”

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Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Repurposing EV Batteries
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Edward Chiang | Co-Founder & CEO | Moment Energy
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 43 min | 🗓️ 02/17/2022

Selected Quote:

[6:50] “Actually, only 5% of all EV batteries are responsibly recycled. […] If they're not recycled, […] [a lot of batteries] end up in landfills, unfortunately. […] Why are they ending up in landfills and shelves and not being recycled? And we found, this recycling technology just isn't there yet. […] It's still going to take 10 to 15 years before […] [everyone is] gonna be able to recycle these batteries. At the same time […] [we noticed that] there's an average of 80% life left in these batteries. What's the point of even throwing these batteries in landfills, or even recycling them if I can repurpose them for an extra 7 […] to 15 years, and then recycle them, therefore creating a full circular economy?”

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Podcast: Unexplainable
Episode: “The Methane Hunters”
Host: Noam Hassenfeld
Guests: Rebecca Leber | Climate Journalist,
Riley Duren | CEO | Carbon Mapper &
Miguel Escoto | Activist
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 23 min | 🗓️ 02/16/2022

Selected Quote:

[6:00] RL: “Methane is extremely potent as a climate pollutant. It is more than 80 times more effective at trapping heat over a short period, when you compare it to carbon dioxide. […] Which makes it such a big problem, because it's also rising and the number two climate pollutant in the world right after carbon dioxide.”

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💧 Food & Water


Podcast: The Climate Question
Episode: “What Will Happen if the World's Glaciers Melt?”
Hosts: Kate Lamble & Jordan Dunbar
Guests: Jemma Wadham | Professor of Glaciology | University of Bristol &
Natalya Idrisova | Project Coordinator | The Little Earth
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 27 min | 🗓️ 02/21/2022

Selected Quote:

[6:27] JW: “In the Himalayas, […] people have predicted that if we kept to 1.5 degrees, you might lose a third of Himalayan glaciers. If we carried on as usual, you could lose two thirds of the glaciers. Some people think that our ice sheets might actually become unstable upwards of 2 degrees. So the important thing is every fraction of the degree matters to a glacier.”

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Podcast: Water Talk
Episode: “Functional Environmental Flows”
Hosts: Drs. Mallika Nocco, Faith Kearns & Sam Sandoval
Guests: Dr. Marisa Escobar | Senior Scientist | Stockholm Environmental Institute &
Dr. Belize Lane | Assistant Professor | Utah State University
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 34 min | 🗓️ 02/18/2022

Selected Quote:

[30:31] ME: “Integrated water resources management is lacking […] in space, time and in scope. In space, because when you think about watersheds, sometimes you are at a meso level, and you're not connected to what's happening at the rest of the world and we are not connecting to what's happening at the community or ecosystem level. In time, because all these planning processes happen for 5-10 years. […] So we need to kind of downscale those larger planning processes to what's happening daily. And in scope because many times we are not considering the sectors and the conditions and for example […] equality issues.”

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Podcast: Vox Conversations
Episode: “Could We Lose Delicious Foods Forever?”
Host: Benji Jones
Guest: Dan Saladino | Food Journalist & Author
Category: 🍏 Sustainable Food
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 1 hr 6 min | 🗓️ 02/17/2022

Selected Quote:

[42:55] DS: “Going back to that idea of the building blocks, the foundations of the food system and one of those clearly is seeds. And seeds after the Second World War, particularly because […] of chemical inputs following the green revolution, it’s no surprise […] that it was chemical companies that then stepped in and started to buy up lots of small family seed companies. Because they produced the chemicals that were required by this new farming system and the seeds. And now we have more than 50% of the global production and trading seeds in the hands of just four corporations. The same consolidation also exists in livestock. So there are three globally important breeds of chicken, for example, in the hands of just two corporations.

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Podcast: Words on Water
Episode: “Corrosion Control”
Host: Travis Loop
Guest: Mike Lang | Senior Product Manager | Atkore
Category: 🤖 Technology
Apple | Spotify | Google | 🕰️ 15 min | 🗓️ 02/24/2022

Selected Quote:

[5:56] “In a wastewater situation, you're treating [water] with different chemicals to get rid of the bad stuff, but the presence of stuff like ammonia or carbon dioxide […] accelerate[s] the corrosion. But […] specifically in wastewater, you have microbiologically induced corrosion, where the actual living microbes that you're dealing with in water and wastewater will also accelerate it. So you'll have to take measures to stop that process, or at least greatly slow it down.”

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