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🏆 Top 10 Climate Bites to Read this Weekend

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Welcome to this week’s free edition of PodSnacks. Discover selected quotes from the 10 most recently covered climate episodes.

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💧 Water


Podcast: (don't) Waste Water!
Episode: “How to Treat PFAS”
Host: Antoine Walter
Guest: Henrik Hagemann | CEO & Co-Founder | Puraffinity
Category: 🤖 Technology
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 1 hr | 🗓️ 10/27/2021

[29:55] “The Nordic Council of Ministers […] basically put a price tag on the cost of PFAS chemicals in the blood in Europeans. It's 84 billion euros in annual costs.That's across 740 million citizens roughly in EU. So you have actually more than $100 spent in health cost every year [per person] just for PFAS.”

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Podcast: Words on Water
Episode: The Future of WEF (Original Title: "Jamie Eichenberger on His Journey to WEF President")
Host: Travis Loop
Guests: Jamie Eichenberger | President | WEF
Category: 🗣️ Opinion
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 19 min | 🗓️ 11/01/2021

[14:20] “WEF has a water advocates program. Everyone should join to […] show your support for the need for infrastructure funding. […] I think [this year] we're looking at at least a 30% boost in water infrastructure financing on the federal level. […] But honestly, I'm a little worried about, […] we're gonna get all this financing in place and then we have to do it. The financing if it’s available, we've said that's what we need to move forward. So let's make sure we have that workforce in place. And we got the leadership in place that we need to be able to get those projects planned, designed, constructed and operating.”

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Podcast: The Water Values Podcast
Episode: “Water Use on Military Installations”
Host: Dave McGimpsey
Guest: Cameron Craig | Former Water Lab Director | US Army
Category: 🤖 Technology
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 40 min | 🗓️ 11/02/2021

[15:00] “The experience on a installation from a water perspective [is] definitely collaborative, because […] in addition to just your regular water utility people, you also have people that are very concerned about the safety and the health of the force. […] Because, as opposed to where you'd normally in a small town have threats from line breaks and things like that. You add on to that […] the threat of an actual intentional terrorist attack or enemy attack.

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Podcast: Water Nerds
Episode: “EPA Announces National Strategy to Confront PFAS Pollution”
Host: Christina Liu
Guest: Analies Ross-Dyjak | Head of Policy | Hydroviv
Category: 🗳️ Policy
Apple | 🕰️ 23 min | 🗓️ 10/29/2021

[0:46] “EPA announced this roadmap for confronting PFAS contamination, not just in water, but in the environment, in air. […] The media is referring to [PFAS] as forever chemicals and that's because they don't break down in the environment and they also accumulate in our blood. So it's a contaminant that is known to cause cancer and other negative health impacts. […] It's been detected in every single state in drinking water in the US.”

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Podcast: The Stream
Episode: Water Infrastructure, USP & Governance (Original Title: "It’s All about the People")
Hosts: Will Sarni & Tom Freyberg
Guest: Dr. Reinhard Hübner | CEO | SKion Water
Category: 🗣️ Opinion
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 38 min | 🗓️ 11/05/2021

[5:21] “Municipal water and wastewater […] is an asset intensive industry. The vast majority of the value of the assets sits underground in pipes. Because digging in pipes and making all that network work is more expensive than the treatment part, and also more capital intensive. So […] digital helps a lot and there's amazing digital solutions also for network operations. But in the end, we still have to build assets that last at least 100 years. […] We can't afford to replace stuff that's 50 or 60 years old, because the reinvestment amount is less than 1%. That means it has to last more than 100.”

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⚡ Carbon & Energy


Podcast: My Climate Journey
Episode: Carbon Transformation (Original Title: "Startup Series: Twelve")
Host: Jason Jacobs
Guests: Dr. Etosha Cave | Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer | Twelve &
Dr. Kendra Kuhl | Co-Founder & CTO | Twelve &
Nicholas Flanders | Co-Founder & CEO | Twelve
Category: ☁️ Carbon Reduction
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 51 min | 🗓️ 10/28/2021

[26:05] NF: “So many things in your daily life are made from carbon. And today that carbon comes from fossil fuels. So whether it's the insulation in your wall, or the parts on your car. And so our process just replaces that […] ancient carbon from the ground in the form of fossil fuel, it's coming from CO2 from the air. But the material itself will be the same, even though it's coming from a new place. And that's the whole idea is that you can kind of switch the source of carbon without changing anything about the end product.”

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Podcast: Planet A
Episode: “The US Perspective on COP26 and Beyond”
Host: Dan Jørgensen
Guests: David Livingston & Varun Sivaram | Senior Advisers to President Biden’s Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry
Category: 💬 Opinion
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 40 min | 🗓️ 10/31/2021

[11:52] DL: “I think it begins with helping to translate the raising of climate ambition into economic opportunity and self interest on the part of all these different major economies. There's a limit to what countries are going to do that's not perceived as in their self interest. So how do we create both collective goals and individual goals that align what we need to do on climate, with countries’ understanding of their own economic self interest?”

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Podcast: Redefining Energy
Episode: “The Future of Power Distribution Networks”
Hosts: Gerard Reid & Laurent Segalen
Guest: Antonio Cammisecra | Head of Global Infrastructure & Networks | ENEL
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 24 min | 🗓️ 10/31/2021

[4:25] “In the new energy systems […] of the next 10 to maximum 15 years, the number of power plants will multiply by a factor of 10. So, we will have much more power plants, much smaller, that naturally will be connected not to the transmission system, but to the distribution networks. […] Having so many new power plants, wind, solar, biomass, etc. it's implying the necessity for the grid to reinvent itself. […] It was a distribution infrastructure, it will become a marketplace somewhat.

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Podcast: EV Chat
Episode: Transforming the School Bus Industry (Original Title: "EV Buses with Sue Gander of World Resources Institute")
Host: Rue Phillips
Guest: Sue Gander | Director, Electric School Bus Initiative | World Resources Institute
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 30 min | 🗓️ 11/01/2021

[6:53] “We're particularly interested in the emissions and related health benefits of electric school buses. […] We know that the most common other form of school bus transportation, diesel buses can have emissions that are up to 12 times higher within the cabin than the outside air. And we really lean in on the opportunity to have tailpipe free emissions buses rolling around across the country, that's better for kids respiratory health, that's better for their cognitive ability and it's better for the drivers and it's better for the community, especially when you think about where the school buses are being refueled in terms of the depots and where they're located. They're often in disadvantaged communities or in areas that already have underlying pollution issues that they're contending with.”

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Podcast: The Fully Charged PLUS Podcast
Episode: “The Future of Hydrogen and Electric Commercial Vehicles”
Host: Robert Llewellyn
Guest: Lars Stenqvist | Executive Vice President | Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Category: ⚡ Renewable Energy
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 48 min | 🗓️ 11/01/2021

[35:10] “We are seriously looking into the possibility of burning hydrogen in combustion engines. By that you wouldn't, per definition, get any carbon dioxide emissions, no greenhouse gas. So that can very well be a solution for both the biggest construction machines and also from a trucking perspective, the truly heavy haulers […]. So, we believe in all three technologies in parallel. […] The future will tell exactly the mix in percentages between them with a bit depending on legislation, depending on infrastructure, and the prices, etc.”

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