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🏆 Top 6 Climate Bites to Read from this Week

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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: The Climate Change & Cleantech Show
Episode: “Future of Carbon Credits”
Host: Dawn Van Zant
Guest: Jean-Pierre Colin | President & CEO | Galaxy Power Inc.
Category: 📄 Carbon Policy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 33 min | 🗓️ 11/17/2021

Selected Quote:

[3:08] “There are numerous regulated and unregulated carbon credit markets throughout the planet. And we can segment them in two general groups. Generally, we call one group the compliance market, and the other group the voluntary carbon market. […] The compliance markets are regulated by government entities, they operate in various international jurisdictions. The carbon market values recently have reached all time highs in terms of their trading. So in early 2021, there was about $272 billion of compliance carbon credits being traded. That represents a 20% increase over 2019. […] And the total traded volume is estimated to be over 10 billion tonnes of carbon. […] As of June this year, I counted about 64 carbon pricing initiatives around the world in the compliance market. So they include the emission trading schemes that we call ETSs and carbon tax schemes, which are either currently implemented or scheduled to be implemented or under consideration. […] These initiatives would cover up just about over 11 gigatons of CO2 equivalent, and that represents about 21% of global GHG emissions.

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Podcast: Volts
Episode: “Is 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy the Right Goal?”
Host: David Roberts
Category: ⚡Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 25 min | 🗓️ 11/19/2021

Selected Quote:

[9:42] “Emissions are emissions. Reducing any one company's emissions is of no particular benefit to the climate. Just reduce emissions wherever you can. That's the climate imperative. This same debate expresses itself in several different forms. One way to think of the distinction is between attributional and consequential carbon accounting. Critics say attributional accounting, purchasing energy with a REC (Renewable Energy Certificate) attached, is fine for statutory or voluntary clean energy requirements. But when it comes to reducing carbon emissions, companies should use consequential accounting, i.e. purchasing energy that has the most short term emission reduction impact.”

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Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Scaling Lithium Supply (Original Title: "Dave Snydacker, Founder & CEO of Lilac Solutions")
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Dave Snydacker | Founder & CEO | Lilac Solutions
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 51 min | 🗓️ 11/22/2021

Selected Quote:

[41:28] “Lithium production today is already much, much better for the global environment, in terms of CO2, as compared to gasoline. There are some local impacts, though. […] It is extremely important that local communities feel respected, consulted and feel like they are benefiting from development in their area, in their community. So it's important that when projects are developed, they have a limited impact on land and water. […] The major environmental benefit for Lilac is the reduction in the physical footprint at the surface. So today, the evaporation ponds require up to approximately 10,000 acres, whereas our projects are 10s of acres.

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💧 Water


Podcast: Water Smarts Podcast
Episode: “Down the Drain & Back Again”
Hosts: Bronson Mack & Crystal Zuelke
Guest: Kim Adler | Assistant Manager | Clark County Water Reclamation District
Category: 🚰 Utilities
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 26 min | 🗓️ 11/17/2021

Selected Quote:

[5:16] “We often refer to ourselves as the unseen utility. Unlike power where you flip a switch and the light turns on, or gas where you turn a knob and the flame comes up on your stove, when you flush the toilet, the water just goes away. People typically don't think about us until they receive a bill or there's a problem. But simply put, we clean the water so that it can be used as a water source for another day.”

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Podcast: waterloop
Episode: “Lifting up Lives with Infrastructure”
Host: Travis Loop
Guest: Yajaira Morphonios | Capital Programs Control Manager | Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District
Category: 🗣️ Opinion
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 28 min | 🗓️ 11/22/2021

Selected Quote:

[7:13] “You can really measure the impact of the infrastructure. So it's not just a pipe. You're changing lives. Because having to go a couple miles down the road to get water from the river is not an easy task to do. Most of [this work] was performed by women, because men were […] trying to bring some money, and the women in charge of the communities. […] Thankfully, in Puerto Rico we've come a long ways from that, but if you see other countries like India, they still have that situation. […] It's not the money that we spent, it is […] how it just multiplies the effect on the quality of life.”

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Podcast: The Future of Water
Episode: “Water Wins Big in Infrastructure Week”
Host: John Berryman
Guests: Reese Tisdale | President & Co-Founder | Bluefield Research &
Greg Goodwin | Consultant | Bluefield Research
Category: 🗳️ Policy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 38 min | 🗓️ 11/23/2021

Selected Quote:

[6:14] RT: “I think the one thing that's interesting about [the Infrastructure Bill] is […] that water infrastructure […] is getting 10% of the new funding, which is $55 billion. […] When you look at roads and bridges, […] they're getting 110 billion, the power on the grid, they're getting, around 65 billion of the new funding, so that's 12%. So in this case, water infrastructure is closer to the power, grid, and passenger and freight rail and broadband, which are other big ticket items on the list.

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