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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Climate Intelligence with EarthScan (Original Title: "Startup Series: Cervest")
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Iggy Bassi | Founder & CEO | Cervest
Category: 💬 Opinion
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 53 min | 🗓️ 11/04/2021

Selected Quote:

[4:00] “Cervest is what we call a climate intelligence company. What that really means is we help governments, companies, NGOs, just better manage, mitigate and find opportunities within climate risk as well. So not only do we help you manage your risk, we help you think about, how do you adapt to new types of risks? […] We help companies think about how do you quantify risk? How do you think about risk over time? How do you think about the historic risk that's happened to your assets?”

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Podcast: Climate 21
Episode: “Carbon Budgets, Carbon Bubbles & the Risk to the Financial Sector”
Host: Tom Raftery
Guest: Mark Campanale | Founder & Executive Chairman | Carbon Tracker Initiative
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 48 min | 🗓️ 11/03/2021

Selected Quote:

[26:37] “The problem of climate change and global warming is primarily one of burning fossil fuels. So the Paris Agreement, it's an emissions reduction agreement that gets governments to write […] NDCs, nationally determined contributions, which are the governments’ plans to reduce emissions. The one thing most people will be surprised by, […] the words coal, oil and gas and fossil fuels don't appear anywhere in the Paris Climate Agreement. […] It's not a fossil fuel climate change treaty, it is an emissions reduction treaty, as if the two are not related. And so as a consequence, when we go into Glasgow, will there be any discussion by governments or even the scientists about constraining the production of fossil fuels? And the answer to that is no, there won't be.”

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Podcast: Carbon Removal Newsroom
Episode: “A New Global Offsetting Scheme in the Works”
Host: Radhika Moolgavkar
Guests: Dr. Holly Jean Buck | Assistant Professor in Environment & Sustainability | University at Buffalo &
Dr. Jane Zelikova | Executive Director | Soil Carbon Solutions Center
Category: 📄 Carbon Policy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 33 min | 🗓️ 11/05/2021

Selected Quote:

[10:49] JZ: “In a net zero framework, […] you can't really do the math if you're not doing removals, but there is immense value in protecting the stocks we have. So I don't want to over-sell the removals because we don't reach any kind of climate goals without protecting the stocks we already have. And we do have to have a mechanism for that. I personally don't believe it's carbon offsetting. And then we need to develop other really robust mechanisms for conservation and protection of the stocks that we have. Carbon offsets have not been that and we've tried that for 15 years. And how long can you beat your head against the wall before you […] do something different?”

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Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Fossil Fuels, Carbon Management & CDR (Original Title: "Shuchi Talati, Chief of Staff, Office of Fossil Energy & Carbon Management at the U.S. Department of Energy")
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guest: Shuchi Talati | Chief of Staff, Office of Fossil Energy & Carbon Management | U.S. Department of Energy
Category: 📄 Carbon Policy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 46 min | 🗓️ 11/08/2021

Selected Quote:

[34:35] “The vast majority of our zero carbon energy right now comes from nuclear, and so you should really be conscious of that. But at the same time, nuclear waste continues to be a huge issue. […] I think sometimes a lot of people […] dismiss nuclear out of heed. I think that's really dangerous, given how much we depend on it for our currency of the zero carbon energy space. I think the future of nuclear holds a lot of promise. […] And I don't really think anyone can say what the future of that is, I think that's dependent on investments dependent on breakthroughs. And I don't really think we have the luxury of ruling anything out or say[ing] anything can't be part of our net zero plans.”

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Podcast: The Energy Transition Show
Episode: “The Cost of Decarbonization”
Host: Chris Nelder
Guest: Dr. Matthew Ives | Senior Researcher | Oxford University
Category: 💬 Opinion
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 23 min | 🗓️ 11/10/2021

Selected Quote:

[18:55] “We compare that fast transition, where we take the rates of change of these key technologies, solar wind batteries, and electrolyzers and progress them forward at the same rate for the next 10 years before we taper off and they start to dominate the system. And that fast transition basically decarbonizes the entire energy system within 25 years, and over the period to 2070 ends up saving us trillions of dollars. So we get to go to enormous lengths in terms of close to 80% of our emissions dealt with and we save money doing it. I mean, it's an absolute no brainer.”

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💧 Water


Podcast: Solving Water
Episode: “The Introduction & Adoption of Autonomous Technology in Mining”
Host: Amanda Holloway
Guests: Tyler Elkins | Senior Global Product Manager | Xylem &
Jorge Aria | Sales Manager | Xylem
Category: 🤖 Technology
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 25 min | 🗓️ 11/08/2021

Selected Quote:

[1:29] TE: “I work really closely with mining customers and customers in construction. […] When they talk about their […] submersible dewatering issues, what it usually comes to is dewatering in general is not a profit making venture. So when it comes to mines [and] construction companies, they really want to be able to do it affordably, at the best cost. And so I try to understand those challenges and try to provide products and put products in development for the future challenges and get them out there to them.”

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Podcast: waterloop
Episode: “Resilience Is More Than A Buzzword”
Host: Travis Loop
Guests: Jason Morrison | President | Pacific Institute
Heather Cooley | Director of Research | Pacific Institute
Category: 🗣️ Opinion
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 33 min | 🗓️ 11/08/2021

Selected Quote:

[3:34] JM: “The story of water at COP26 is a little bit of two sides of the same coin. On one level, it certainly is getting increased attention and discourse among the delegates here as compared to past years. […] But if you're following the news coming out of COP right now, almost all of it is still around net zero, the carbon reduction commitments and the climate mitigation side of the equation. So still a ways to go before it's fully integrated into the policy discourse. But big steps forward as compared to previous years.”

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Podcast: The Future of Water
Episode: “Deals, Deals, Deals”
Host: Reese Tisdale | Analyst | Bluefield Research
Category: 🔬 Research
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 17 min | 🗓️ 11/09/2021

Selected Quote:

[10:53] “[In] Q2 2021 numbers show a record revenue growth in the water industry. With 9 of the 45 [public] companies that Bluefield tracks, […] their year over year growth has shown to be up 25%. So it'll be interesting to see what happens in the public markets and how these companies are faring.”

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Podcast: Words on Water
Episode: “Briefing on the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act”
Host: Steve Dye
Category: 🗳️ Policy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 22 min | 🗓️ 11/10/2021

Selected Quote:

[2:15] “The new funding that's in the package is about $550 billion over the next five years, of which around $50 billion is directed towards municipal drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure investments. […] This funding is going to be […] designed to […] modernize the economy and modernize our infrastructure. It's going to be going out through some existing funding mechanisms […] such as the Clean Water SRF Program and […] WIFIA Program and there's also some new infrastructure investment grant programs.”

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Podcast: Water Foresight Podcast
Episode: Automating Wastewater Engineering Design (Original Title: "The Future of Regulators & Innovators")
Host: Matthew Klein
Guest: Ari Raivetz | CEO | Transcend Software
Category: 🌐 Digital
Spotify | 🕰️ 40 min | 🗓️ 11/10/2021

Selected Quote:

[1:03] “Transcend is a software as a service company that automates the preliminary and conceptual design for any kind of built infrastructure, but primarily focused on water and wastewater treatment facilities, not the pipes and the sewer network, but the actual facility itself. And by automate, we mean that anyone who's involved in an infrastructure project, whether that's a utility, an engineering firm, or a technology provider, who's selling an engineered system that needs to be part of a facility, can enter some basic data, 10-15 minutes worth of data entry, hit a button and they will get back a full preliminary conceptual design package, including mass balance calculations, process flow diagrams […] and a full 3D building information model that has all the civil drawings. So you can do a fairly accurate capital cost and operating cost assessment for that facility.”

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