Reversing Climate Change

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 Oct 17, 2019
great podcast! love the material and the guests are a good mix, not hyper focused on a single topic and not too random.

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A podcast about the different people, technologies, and organizations that are coming together to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reverse climate change. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support

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S3E15: Will NFTs Go Carbon-Negative?—w/ Alexander Salnikov, cofounder of Rarible
2041

Many of the artists and creators who mint nonfungible tokens (NFTs) are concerned about the environmental impact of the blockchain.

But what if they could pair carbon removal with any given NFT to make it carbon-negative?

Alexander Salnikov is Cofounder and Chief Strategy Officer at Rarible: a multichain, community-centric NFT marketplace.

On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Alexander joins Ross and cohost Alexsandra Guerra, Nori’s Director of Corporate Development, to discuss the partnership between Nori and Rarible, describing how it affords Rarible users the opportunity to address their carbon footprint.

Alexander explains how NFTs function as an effective way to store assets on the blockchain, exploring the many different use cases for NFTs, and how having access to a community is attracting new users to the space.

Listen in for Alexander’s insight around the future of NFTs and learn how blockchain technology might be used to make all our systems more transparent, faster, and more efficient.

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Resources

Rarible

Rarible’s Partnership with Nori

Bored Ape Yacht Club

CryptoKitties

Aspen Ideas Climate Conference

Ready Player One

Retina Ghost: creator of the Nori Proof-of-Attendance NFTs from the Miami event

Nori Token Pre-Launch Carnival Recap

Jesse Smith on Reversing Climate Change S3EP12

Ross’s Nori Logo Graveyard NFT

Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper

Doodles

NFT.NYC

Art Basel

Imogen Heap on Reversing Climate Change S2EP72

Aragon Court

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May 24, 2022
S3E14: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times—w/ Mónica Guzmán
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Mónica Guzmán has some difficult conversations with her parents. She’s a liberal Democrat, while her mom and dad voted enthusiastically for Trump both times.

So, how does she bridge the political divide and maintain a loving relationship with her parents, despite their differences of opinion?

And what can you and I do to develop intellectual curiosity and see difficult issues from different points of view?

Mónica is the Digital Director at Braver Angels , the nation’s largest nonprofit working to depolarize America. She is also the author of the new book, I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times.

On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Mónica joins Ross to discuss how she navigates the relationship with her conservative Republican parents, describing why it’s important to maintain connections with friends and family who don’t see things the way you do.

Mónica explains how condescension and curiosity are mutually exclusive, challenging us to begin conversations by believing that the other person’s perspective is valid and asking questions around how they came to their beliefs.

Listen in to understand how the more facets of an issue you see, the closer you are to the truth, and learn how to be open to influence or new information that might change your opinion.

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I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times by Monica Guzman

Braver Angels

Monica on Braver Angels

Monica’s Website

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May 17, 2022
S3E13: Why genocide and war can follow an extreme weather event—w/ Scott Carney & Dr. Jason Miklian
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A long-term study of climate and conflict determined that in places with large populations and a history of political exclusion of ethnic groups, nearly one-third of the wars initiated in the last 40 years were preceded by a climate disaster.

So, what is the connection between climate emergencies and armed conflict? Why do climate disasters escalate political disputes? And what can we do about it?

Scott Carney is an investigative journalist, anthropologist, and New York Times bestselling author. Dr. Jason Miklian serves as a senior researcher at the Center for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Together they are the authors of The Vortex: A True Story of History’s Deadliest Storm, an Unspeakable War, and Liberation.

On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Scott and Jason join Ross to discuss the geopolitical landscape of South Asia after World War II and explain how the 1970 Bhola Cyclone led to the genocide of 3 million people and triggered the Indo-Pakistani War.

Scott and Jason describe how the conflict between West Pakistan, East Pakistan (later, Bangladesh) and India played out geopolitically with the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union and offer insight into President Nixon and Pakistani President Yahya Khan’s roles in furthering the Sino-Soviet split.

Listen in to understand why climate disasters serve as catalysts for war, what lessons we can learn from the fight for Bangladesh, and what we can do to prevent armed conflict in the wake of climate emergencies moving forward.

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Resources

The Vortex: A True Story of History’s Deadliest Storm, an Unspeakable War, and Liberation by Scott Carney and Jason Miklian

Scott Carney

Scott Carney on YouTube

Center for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo

What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength by Scott Carney

Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

George Kennan and Containment

The Sino-Soviet Split

‘Fortress India: Why Is Delhi Building a Berline Wall to Keep Out Its Bangladeshi Neighbors?’ in Foreign Policy

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

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May 10, 2022
S3E12: The bleeding edge of regenerative agriculture—w/ Jesse Smith of White Buffalo Land Trust
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What is the gap between what farmers know now and what they need to know to farm more regeneratively? How do we close that gap?

What is the best way to advocate for the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices?

Jesse Smith is the Director of Land Stewardship at White Buffalo Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to practicing, promoting and perfecting the principles and practices of regenerative ag.

On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Jesse joins Ross to explain how WBLT furthers regenerative ag through the development of products, training programs, and scientific research.

Jesse shares WBLT’s focus on teaching the integration of annual and perennial cropping with animal systems and offers advice on attracting young engineers, scientists, and creative artists to the regenerative ag space.

He goes on to discuss the benefit of ecosystem service payments, describing what he views as the unfair advantage producers have in regions with a higher potential for carbon sequestration and what markets like Nori can do about it.

Listen in for Jesse’s insight on using distributed ledger technology and blockchain to support regenerative ag and learn how you can support White Buffalo Land Trust and its consumer-facing brand, Figure Ate Foods.

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Resources

White Buffalo Land Trust

WBLT on Instagram

WBLT Training Programs

Figure Ate Foods

Roots of the Future II Event

Savory Institute

Kiss the Ground

The Biggest Little Farm

Leah Penniman on Reversing Climate Change S2EP57

Books by Bill Mollison

Rudolf Steiner

Center for Regenerative Agriculture at Jalama Canyon Ranch

California’s Healthy Soils Program

The NRCS EQIP Program

The NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program

USDA Local Food Promotion Program

Regen Network

How a Warming Climate Is Changing Wine on Reversing Climate Change S3EP10

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May 03, 2022
S3E11: A Farmer’s Take on Monetizing Soil Carbon on the Blockchain—w/ Cory Willis
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What inspires a farmer to monetize soil carbon?

For those already implementing regenerative practices and collecting the associated data, selling carbon credits provides an additional income stream, rewarding farmers for sequestering carbon in the soil, and potentially encourages new adopters to join.

And that's on top of the money they’re already saving through practices like no-till planting and cover cropping.

Cory Willis is a farmer at Nori supplier Willis Farms, a multigenerational, family owned and operated farm in Southern Middle Tennessee. In its 70-year history, Willis Farms has grown to nearly 4,000 acres of productive cropland and pasture, and Cory’s family uses regenerative methods on every acre under their care.

On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Cory joins Ross and Nori Supply Account Manger Sean Foster to discuss the history of farming in the Willis family, describing when they started using regenerative agriculture and how the practices benefit their operation.

Cory shares his experience working with Sean and the rest of the Nori team, explaining what inspired his interest in monetizing soil carbon, and why partnering with us was the right decision for Willis Farms. How does Nori’s cryptocurrency token affect how he views the risk of participation in Nori?

Listen in for Cory’s advice to farmers considering regenerative ag and find out what Willis Farms is doing with the extra income from selling carbon credits on the Nori marketplace.

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Resources

Willis Farms

Willis Farms’ Profile at Nori

Common John Brewing Co.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Granular

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Apr 19, 2022
S3E10: How a Warming Climate Is Changing Wine—with Paul Wagner, wine educator and lecturer
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The Rhône Valley of France is famous for its Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier grapes (among others), while Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cab Franc (et al!) are grown in Bordeaux. And these wine grapes have thrived in their respective regions for centuries.

But what happens when rising temperatures change the kinds of grapes that can be grown in a particular area?

How is the climate crisis changing the way wine is produced? And what can we do as consumers to promote sustainability among winemakers?

Paul Wagner is a Viticulture and Winery Technology Instructor at Napa Valley College and Cohost of Bottle Talk with Rick and Paul. He also serves as guest lecturer at multiple universities in Europe and the US and offers several wine-related courses as part of The Great Courses lecture series.

On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Paul joins Ross to explain what attracts him to the artistry and experience of winemaking, exploring what makes wine grapes sweeter than any other fruit and how they give you a sense of both place and time.

Paul describes how climate is changing the way wine is made everywhere in the world, discussing what winemakers are doing to avoid rising temperatures and how the climate crisis might influence the evolution of wine in places like Bordeaux and Rhone.

Listen in for insight on how climate informs the alcohol content in wine and get Paul’s advice for the environmentally conscious on choosing a wine you like—and then finding a winemaker who’s working toward carbon neutrality.

(Wine is discussed for its own sake for the first twenty or so minutes. If you want to skip right to the intersection with climate, it begins at 24:32.)

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Resources

Bottle Talk with Rick & Paul

Bottle Talk on CapRadio

Paul Wagner Wine

Paul on The Great Courses

Robert Mondavi

Napa Valley College Viticulture & Winery Technology Department

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

Decanter World Wine Awards

Familia Torres: Wine & Climate Change

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack

Hugh Johnson

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Apr 12, 2022
S3E9: Carbon Removal Newsroom: the people behind CDR's panel news show—w/ host Radhika Moolgavkar & producer Asa Kamer
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Carbon Removal Newsroom, the sister podcast to Reversing Climate Change, was born out of a desire to explore current events in the carbon removal space from a policy perspective.

But since the show debuted in early 2019, its production team has evolved and so has our approach to discussing the latest in climate news.

Radhika Moolgavkar is Head of Supply and Methodology at Nori and Host of Carbon Removal Newsroom, and Asa Kamer serves as Producer of CRN.

On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Radhika and Asa join Ross to explain how CRN evolved to focus on the business, policy, and science of carbon removal news and share their favorite episodes from the recent past.

Radhika and Asa explore how podcasting facilitates thoughtful public conversations around meaningful issues and describe how a show benefits when its host approaches the subject matter with a beginner’s mind.

Listen in to understand how CRN stays up on big news in the industry and get Radhika and Asa’s take on the future of carbon removal.

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Resources

Carbon Removal Newsroom

Air Miners

Carbon180

The Carbon Removal Show

Political Climate

The Energy Gang

Holly Jean Buck

Chris Barnard at the American Conservation Coalition

Susan Su

Jane Zelikova

The Boom in Carbon Removal Legislation and Funding on CRN EP045

Noah McQueen of Heirloom on CRN S3EP28

OpenAir’s Toby Bryce on CRN S3EP29

Chan-Zuckerburg Initiative Invests $44M in Carbon Removal on CRN S3EP30

Ocean-Based Carbon Removal on CRN S3EP32

Ton-Year Accounting with Carbon Direct on CRN S3EP31

Eight DAC Companies to Watch in 2022 on CRN S3EP27

Forest Carbon Over-Crediting on CRN S3EP21

Climate Reparations on CRN S3EP26

Carbon Removal Memes on Instagram

Carbon Removal Memes for Climate Restorative Teens on Facebook

Carbon Removal Memes for Climate Restorative Teens on Twitter

OpenAir Collective

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Apr 05, 2022
S3E8: Kelp: Foraged, Farmed, and Delicious!—with Matt Kern, Cofounder of Barnacle Foods
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Kelp could be an extraordinary tool for long-term carbon sequestration. It also happens to be delicious.

And that’s why Matt Kern is on a mission to promote kelp farming in his home state of Alaska and replace some of the more carbon-intensive foods in our diet with seaweed.

Matt Kern is the Cofounder of Barnacle Foods, a food manufacturing business based in Juneau that uses Alaskan kelp as its principal ingredient.

On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Matt joins Ross to discuss how his team sources kelp in a sustainable way and describe what differentiates foraged food from farmed.

Matt explores why seaweed is not more popular in the US and explains what Barnacle Foods is doing to introduce consumers to the savory, rich flavors of bull kelp.

Listen in to understand what makes kelp a fast, efficient tool for carbon sequestration and find out where you can go to try Barnacle Foods’ hot sauce, seasonings, pickles, and other provisions.

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Barnacle Foods [Discount Code NORI]

Barnacle Foods Store Locator

Brian Von Herzen on Reversing Climate Change EP034

Brian Von Herzen on Reversing Climate Change S2 Bonus

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Mar 22, 2022
S3E7: Do compliance markets work? If so, how much?—w/ Mike Azlen, CEO of Carbon Cap Management LLP
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We have talked at length on previous episodes about the flaws in compliance markets. And the team at Nori obviously believes in voluntary carbon markets, as we’re building one ourselves.

But there’s a wide range of quality among voluntary markets, and the space is 1,000 times smaller than the compliance programs in progress around the world.

So, have cap-and-trade markets contributed to a meaningful reduction in emissions in spite of their flaws? And are compliance markets the only way to address carbon emissions at scale?

Michael Azlen is the Founder and CEO of Cabon Cap Management LLP and Co-Portfolio Manager of the World Carbon Fund. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Michael joins Ross and guest cohost Aldyen Donnelly to explain how he got interested in carbon as an asset class and share his take on the benefits of compliance markets.

Aldyen offers insight on the two compliance market models, describing the problems associated with programs modeled after the SO2 Allowance Market—and why she prefers the framework of the Montreal Protocol.

Listen in to understand how Michael thinks about regulating voluntary carbon markets and why he is optimistic about the global growth in compliance markets despite their imperfections.

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Carbon Cap Management

Climate-Crypto, COP26, and Carbon Accounting Rules on Reversing Climate Change S3EP1

Michael’s Paper on Carbon as an Emerging Asset Class

World Carbon Fund

The US Acid Rain SO2 Allowance Market

The Montreal Protocol

EU Emissions Trading System

Fit for 55

Kyoto Protocol

Clean Air Interstate Rule

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

California Scoping Plan Documents

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

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Mar 15, 2022
S3E6: Why Nori Doesn't Use Soil Sampling (Yet)—w/ Rebekah Carlson, Nori's Agriculture Supply Lead
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When Nori awards carbon credits, of course, we want to be as precise as possible and ensure that each Nori Carbon Removal Tonne or NRT actually represents a metric tonne of carbon removed from the atmosphere and retained in the soil.

At the same time, we can’t let perfect be the enemy of the good, and right now, soil sampling for carbon is imprecise and incredibly expensive.

So, rather than wait for soil science to catch up, we’re incentivizing farmers to implement regenerative ag practices NOW. How do we quantify carbon in the soil? And what constraints of running a business factored into our decision?

Rebekah Carlson is the Agriculture Supply Lead at Nori and author of the recent Medium piece, ‘Nori’s Stance on Soil Sampling: Why Soil Sampling Isn’t (Yet) a Silver Bullet for Carbon Credits.’ On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, she sits down with Ross to discuss the two different schools of thought for measuring soil carbon and explain why Nori uses modeling rather than soil sampling.

Rebekah describes the network of soil sample research stations that feed into crop models and responds to the argument that modeling is a ‘cop out.’

Listen in for insight into the COMET-Farm modeling tool Nori uses to measure soil carbon and get Rebekah’s predictions for when soil sampling might be precise, cheap, and scalable enough to work in our carbon removal marketplace.

Key Takeaways

[0:32] Why Rebekah wrote the Medium article, ‘Nori’s Stance on Soil Sampling’

[2:40] The 2 schools of thought for measuring soil carbon—crop modeling vs. soil sampling

[5:29] The pros and cons of soil sampling

[7:28] What factors might cause an inaccurate soil sample

[8:54] The network of soil sample research stations that feed into crop models and why some areas have more research stations than others

[10:55] Why it makes more sense for Nori to use crop modeling to measure soil carbon and Rebekah’s response to the argument that crop modeling is a ‘cop out’

[13:47] The challenge around setting aside a parcel of land as a control in soil sampling

[16:04] The COMET-Farm modeling tool Nori uses to measure soil carbon and award carbon credits/acre

[18:24] Why it’s not feasible to verify modeling with direct measurement

[20:08] The handheld soil sampling devices and satellite and drone technologies being developed to measure soil carbon

[21:11] Why Rebekah anticipates that soil sampling will get more precise over time

[22:48] Why Nori can’t wait for soil science to solve the issues around precision and permanence

[25:18] Rebekah’s prediction that the future holds better tools and more standardization re: what it means to measure carbon in the soil

[26:39] How long it might take for soil sampling to be precise, cheap and scalable

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Rebekah’s Medium Piece on Nori’s Stance on Soil Sampling

COMET-Farm

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Mar 08, 2022
S3E5: The roots of indigenous agriculture—w/ Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson of the documentary Inhabitants
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80% of Indigenous people sit on 80% of global biodiversity and 25% of land—but make up only 5% of the population.

So, what can we learn about regenerative agriculture from the Native American farmers who’ve been managing our land for millennia?

Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson has a PhD in Natural Resources and is a traditional Hopi dryland farmer. Dr. Johnson regularly lectures on the topic of dryland farming and advocates for indigenous farmers with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and his work is featured in the documentary film, INHABITANTS: Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our World.

On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Dr. Johnson joins Ross and cohost Rebekah Carlson, Agriculture Supply Lead at Nori, to explain how his ancestors learned to raise crops in the arid environment of Northern Arizona and what we can do to honor the long heritage of regenerative agriculture.

Dr. Johnson discusses the benefit of applying Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge in federal decision-making, sharing his place-based approach to land management and endorsement of the cooperative model.

Listen in to understand the hurdles Native Americans face in accessing government conservation stewardship programs and learn how Dr. Johnson raises crops to fit the environment rather than manipulating the environment to fit the crops.

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Resources

INHABITANTS: Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our World

Nephi Craig on Reversing Climate Change S2 EP55

Memorandum for the Heads of Departments and Agencies Re: Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Federal Decision Making

Regenerative Agriculture Conference

Native American Agricultural Fund

Indian Land Tenure Foundation

Johnson v. M'Intosh

Janie Simms Hipp

Zach Ducheneaux

The University of Arizona Indigenous Resiliency Center

Morrill Land Grant College Act

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Mar 01, 2022
Hauntologies of carbon removal—w/ Dr. Holly Jean Buck of the University of Buffalo: RCC S3 bonus
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What happens to dreams of the future that never arrive, yet still affect our society and culture so deeply? Is it possible to be haunted by failed visions or our own anticipations, and what does that mean? Today, Dr. Holly Jean Buck, Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Buffalo and author of the new book, Ending Fossil Fuels: Why Net Zero Is Not Enough, comes back on the show for a bonus episode to explain the concept of "hauntology", its origin in Jacques Derrida's writing and later popularization by Mark Fisher in his book, Capitalism Realism: Is There No Alternative?, and to what degree these ideas might help us understand the worlds of carbon removal, climatetech, and our shared planetary future.

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Resources

Dr. Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change S2 Bonus

Dr. Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change EP103

Dr. Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change S3E4

After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair and Restoration by Holly Jean Buck

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher

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Feb 28, 2022
S3E4: Why Net Zero Is Not Enough—w/ Dr. Holly Jean Buck, author of Ending Fossil Fuels
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In the fight against climate change, many are working to achieve net zero by 2050. And achieving net zero means leveraging quite a lot of emissions reduction, management, and carbon removal.

But Dr. Holly Jean Buck contends that we should focus less on managing the byproduct and more on phasing out fossil fuels entirely by the end of the century.

Dr. Buck is Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Buffalo and author of the new book, Ending Fossil Fuels: Why Net Zero Is Not Enough. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, she joins Ross to differentiate net zero from full zero and share her vision of a fully decarbonized, post-extractivist society.

Dr. Buck discusses what we can do to overcome the political resistance to renewables and describes how critical theory concepts like ‘petromelancholia’ can help us understand the challenges associated with the energy transition. Listen in for insight around the government’s role in phasing out fossil fuels and learn how we can use net zero as a starting point to facilitate the fair transition to a bioeconomy.

Key Takeaways

[1:49] What inspired Dr. Buck to write Ending Fossil Fuels: Why Net Zero Is Not Enough

[3:17] Why we need to focus less on managing emissions and more on phasing out fossil fuels altogether

[4:06] What differentiates full zero from net zero and Dr. Buck’s argument for working toward full zero

[8:41] What we can do to overcome the political resistance to renewables

[10:12] Why nuclear energy might have fewer political repercussions than large-scale renewables

[12:31] How Dr. Buck thinks about achieving net zero through degrowth

[14:26] Dr. Buck’s take on immersive reality replacement

[17:43] Why Dr. Buck shifted away from using the term ‘managed decline’ to describe the energy transition

[20:55] The concepts of petromelancholia and petro-masculinity

[22:21] Dr. Buck’s insight on how fossil fuel jobs and benefits are gendered

[23:33] How social analysis and critical theory help us understand the challenges associated with the energy transition

[25:30] How a nation’s government impacts its policy around phasing out fossil fuels

[29:05] Why Dr. Buck advocates for big emitters like the US to be more ambitious so that less-developed nations can emit longer

[31:59] What full decarbonization to true zero by 2100 might look like

[33:12] Dr. Buck’s vision of a post-extractivist society

[34:58] Why the petrochemical industry was not inevitable and how we can make the shift to a bioeconomy

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Resources

Dr. Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change S2 Bonus

Dr. Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change EP103

After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair and Restoration by Holly Jean Buck

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher

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Feb 22, 2022
Making the Invisible Visible in Nori’s Logo Redesign—w/ Amanda Yee, Nori's Senior Product Designer
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The fact that CO2 is invisible makes it challenging to explain the idea of carbon removal to the general public. But one part of a designer’s job is to visually communicate abstract ideas in a way that audiences understand, and that’s how Amanda Yee approached the task of redesigning the Nori brand logo.

Amanda serves as Senior Product Designer here at Nori and author of the recent Medium article, ‘The Story Behind Nori’s New Logo.’ On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, she joins Ross to explain what inspired the Nori logo redesign, sharing the practical concerns she had with the original logo and describing the difference between good UX design and good visual design.

Amanda walks us through her approach to creating the new logo, discussing why she chose the orange and blue color palette and how the simplified design lends itself to both our climate and crypto communities. Listen in for Amanda’s insight on the opportunities for designers in the climate space and learn how the new Nori logo visually communicates the invisible idea of carbon removal.

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Resources

Amanda’s Medium Piece on the Story Behind Nori’s New Logo

Michael Legget on Reversing Climate Change EP042

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

Cy Twombly

Seaspiracy

Careers at Nori

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Feb 17, 2022
Welcome to Season 3 of the Reversing Climate Change podcast!
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This is a brief trailer explaining what the Reversing Climate Change podcast is and why this season we are going to be featuring a lot more shows about blockchain, cryptocurrency, and web3. This might be a bit understated but there will be more Nori-centric episodes this season too! Hope you enjoy!


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Feb 16, 2022
S3E3: Farms for sale: what's wrong with the financialization of farmland?—w/ Dr. Madeleine Fairbairn
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Farmland has transformed into a financial asset class. So, what happens when land is owned by large financial institutions? How does it impact farmer autonomy? And could it be good for fighting climate change?

Dr. Madeleine Fairbairn is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz and author of Fields of Gold: Financing the Global Land Rush. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Dr. Fairbairn joins Ross and guest cohost Dr. Lauren Gifford to discuss the emergence of the institutional farmland investments industry and describe how land has value independent of what it produces.

Dr. Fairbairn explores what’s behind the steep decline in the number of farmers over the last century and explains how large-scale farmland ownership could have positive consequences for the environment and negative social consequences at the same time. Listen in for Dr. Fairbairn’s insights into Georgism as a potential policy response and find out what the financialization of farmland means for the small farmer, the economy and the climate.

Key Takeaways

[1:40] How Fields of Gold explores the emergence of the institutional farmland investments industry

[5:24] What Dr. Fairbairn means by ‘the financialization of land’

[9:25] The non-linear progression from communal forms of land ownership to a more and more sophisticated commodification of land

[11:51] How land has value independent of what it produces

[13:52] What’s behind the decline in the number of farmers over the last century

[18:01] The connections between the financialization of farmland and climate (and how what we ask of farmland managers is changing)

[21:12] How large-scale farmland ownership could have positive environmental consequences and negative social consequences at the same time

[26:18] How landowners in Brazil are tasked with serving society as a whole

[30:31] How Dr. Fairbairn thinks about billionaires like Bill Gates acquiring hundreds of thousands of acres of land

[34:03] Dr. Fairbairn’s take on a Georgist land value tax as a potential policy response

[40:03] The relationship between Georgism and the politics of productivity

[42:37] What Dr. Fairbairn is learning about agri-food technology through the UC AFTeR Project she’s working on now

Resources

Dr. Fairbairn at UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Fairbairn on Twitter

Fields of Gold: Financing the Global Land Rush by Madeleine Fairbairn

Dr. Lauren Gifford

USDA Discrimination Lawsuits

‘Bill Gates: America’s Top Farmland Owner’ in The Land Report

Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West by Justin Farrell

The Mason Gaffney Reader: Essays on Solving the ‘Unsolvable’ by Mason Gaffney

Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society by Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl

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Feb 15, 2022
Paul Greenberg returns to discuss his new podcast, Fish Talk!
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Here in America, we like stories with happy endings. Our media usually comes with a clear message and unanswered questions make us uncomfortable. But Paul Greenberg knows that there’s no simple answer to complex problems like climate change.

Paul is the award-winning food and environmental writer behind titles like The Climate Diet, American Catch, and Four Fish. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Paul rejoins Ross to discuss his new podcast, Fish Talk, and reflect on the advantages of podcasting as a medium for open-ended storytelling around complex issues.

Paul describes the homesteading and terrace garden projects he’s working on right now, explaining why he's cautious about monetizing his hobbies and if and how a friendlier form of capitalism might support creatives. Listen in for Paul's insight on how our political system informs the way we approach both storytelling and complex challenges such as overfishing and climate change.

Key Takeaways

[2:33] The themes of environmentalism, eating and catching fish featured on Fish Talk

[7:37] Paul's take on the advantages of podcasting as a medium vs. journalism or documentary filmmaking

[12:40] How happy endings are part of the American capitalist model of storytelling (and why that won’t work for the climate crisis)

[17:03] How Paul thinks about eco-Leninism and how the role of journalism in society has changed

[21:32] Why it's so challenging for the US to reach a consensus on big issues like COVID and climate change

[25:08] How we fixed our overfishing problem in the US (and how that problem compares to the climate crisis)

[27:56] How we outsource our polluting industries to China and what might happen if the Chinese decide they want a clean environment

[29:52] The homesteading and terrace garden writing projects Paul is considering right now

[34:27] Why the idea of a deep meditation on his climate safe acre in the Adirondacks appeals to Paul

[39:37] Paul’s commitment to deprogram himself from the relentless selling he grew up with

[44:01] How a friendlier form of capitalism might support creatives

[45:23] Why Paul likes homesteaders Helen and Scott Nearing’s ideal way to organize a day

[48:42] The danger in monetizing our hobbies

[50:43] How Succession and the Monty Python films successfully critique capitalism and religion

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Resources

Paul on Medium

Paul on Reversing Climate Change S2EP61

Paul's website

The Fish Talk podcast

One Green World nursery

Monty Python’s Almost the Truth on Netflix

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Feb 10, 2022
S3E2: A Brief History of Ethereum and web3—w/ Laura Shin, author of The Cryptopians
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As listeners of Nori podcasts, you might know that we use cryptocurrency in the form of Nori tokens which may become a market-driven price for carbon removal. You also might know we issue non-fungible tokens, otherwise known as NFTs, when buyers purchase those removals. But you may not know the history of the blockchain we run on or how the system works. So, where can you go to learn Ethereum 101?

Laura Shin is a crypto journalist and host of the Unchained Podcast. A former senior editor at Forbes, Laura was the first mainstream reporter to cover the blockchain full-time. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Laura joins Ross to discuss her new book, The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze, a history of Ethereum and the ICO mania of 2017.

Laura explains why Ethereum quickly became the second most important cryptocurrency, describing how it was used to raise billions of dollars for decentralized apps and what happened when the DAO to fund slock.it was hacked. Listen in for Laura's insight around why the crypto bubble burst in early 2018, what trends have occurred since then, and why Laura believes that DAOs are the next big thing in crypto.

Key Takeaways

[1:00] How Laura’s book focuses on the story of the ICO craze

[2:02] What it’s like to write about recent history and why Laura was inspired to create a record of what happened in crypto in 2017 and 2018

[6:10] The rigorous fact-checking process Laura went through for The Cryptopians

[8:46] Why Ethereum quickly became the second most important cryptocurrency

[10:44] How the Ethereum blockchain serves as an open design space where developers can build decentralized applications

[18:03] Examples of the fastest and largest fundraising campaigns for apps through ICOs on Ethereum

[18:39] How the DAO to fund slock.it was hacked for $75M

[27:56] The ‘code is law’ debate that occurred in the aftermath of the DAO crisis

[30:00] The cultural differences between the Bitcoin and Ethereum chains

[31:08] What behaviors investors had to learn to participate in the ICO craze and why crypto founders were able to raise billions of dollars for their projects

[35:41] How ICOs compare to VC funding

[36:17] How the 2017 SEC report classifying DAO tokens as securities informed the burst of the crypto bubble in early 2018

[37:59] Why crypto prices dropped early in the pandemic and what’s happened since then

[42:48] Laura’s explanation of decentralized finance or DeFi and non-fungible tokens or NFTs

[52:16] How DAOs work to organize people in a democratic way

[55:02] Why Laura believes DAOs are the next big thing in crypto

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Resources

The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze by Laura Shin

Unchained Podcast

ConstitutionDAO

‘The Inside Story of Mt. Gox, Bitcoin’s $460M Disaster’ in WIRED

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Feb 08, 2022
S3E1: Aldyen Donnelly on climate-crypto, COP26, and carbon accounting rules
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Prior to COP26, there was a big problem in international carbon accounting. Both the country where a carbon credit was generated and the country where it was sold could count those very same credits toward their Paris climate commitments. COP26 seeks to remedy this issue with the practice of double entry bookkeeping. But is it too late? What are the unintended consequences of implementing the new rules now?

Aldyen Donnelly is a cofounder, advisor, and former Director of Carbon Economics here at Nori. She also serves as a carbon markets advisor to several organizations, including Terramerra, Inc. and the Livestock Carbon Exchange. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Aldyen joins Ross and Nori CEO Paul Gambill to discuss how the new rules will lead to export controls for carbon credits and describe how such protectionism is likely to impact developing nations.

Aldyen and Paul share their concerns around blockchain crypto projects like KlimaDAO and weigh in on why carbon removals are preferable to carbon avoidance credits. Listen in to understand why throughput might matter more than permanence and learn how the upcoming Nori token launch aims create a true price discovery mechanism for carbon that others can use.

Key Takeaways

[1:26] How COP26 adopted new rules to implement double entry bookkeeping

[4:33] How a failure to implement double entry bookkeeping in prior carbon markets led to the price crash of 2012

[8:00] Why double entry bookkeeping was blocked until now

[12:33] Paul and Aldyen’s fear that the new rules will lead to export controls around carbon credits

[17:58] How export controls will negatively impact the carbon removal industry in developing nations

[20:19] The 3-year window COP26 allows for the creation of an international carbon market oversight body (and the opportunity that gives us at Nori)

[22:29] How crypto projects like KlimaDAO perpetuate a system where carbon credits are resold more than once and the underlying value isn’t actually one tonne

[26:10] The loophole in COP26 allowing the backlog of carbon credits to be sold without double entry bookkeeping

[28:05] What differentiates carbon avoidance credits from carbon removal credits (and why large corporations don’t necessarily care)

[33:07] How Nori’s take on the fundamental constraint of carbon markets differs from that of KlimaDAO

[35:30] How Paul and Aldyen think about permanence and why It's more important to focus on throughput

[41:40] How the upcoming Nori token launch will create a price discovery mechanism for carbon

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Resources

Aldyen on Reversing Climate Change EP031

‘Cryptocurrency Traders Move into Carbon Markets’ in The Wall Street Journal

KlimaDAO

Toucan Protocol

Olympus

Careers at Nori

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Feb 01, 2022
Will Dessert Survive the Climate Crisis?—w/ Caroline Saunders of The Sustainable Baker
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Climate change is already affecting our food systems. But have you ever considered how rising temperatures might impact access to the pastries you love? What if you could no longer enjoy a croissant with your coffee in the morning? Or indulge in a slice of cake on special occasions?

Caroline Saunders is the host of the Sustainable Baker podcast, coauthor of Craft Beef, former chief-of-staff at Grist and soon-to-be student in the pastry track at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Caroline joins Ross to share her interest in developing sustainable recipes and explain how her career path reflects her passions for climate and dessert.

Caroline describes her concerns around climate change and the future of dessert, discussing what spices are at risk and how we can help grains adapt to rising temperatures. Listen in for Caroline’s insight on what it looks like to bake without dairy and find out how to make your favorite desserts more sustainably!

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Resources

The Sustainable Baker

The Sustainable Baker on Instagram

Craft Beef: A Revolution of Small Farms and Big Flavors by Joe Heitzeberg, Ethan Lowry and Caroline Saunders

IPCC Reports

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt on Instagram

Books by Ruth Reichl

Le Cordon Bleu

Culinary Institute of America

Nancy Silverton on Chef’s Table

Paul Hollywood

The Great British Bake Off

The Land Institute

The Land Institute on Reversing Climate Change EP062

The Bread Lab

Fran Costigan

Lennox Hastie on Chef’s Table BBQ

Books by Anne Byrn

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Oct 05, 2021
The Road to COP26— w/ Brock Benefiel of The Climate Pod
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The climate crisis will be on the world stage once again in November 2021, as the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties known as COP26 convenes in Glasgow. The summit brings together 200-plus countries to tackle climate change, and it is billed as the most significant climate event since the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015 at COP21.

So, how can you learn more about what’s happening at COP26 and why it’s important?

Brock Benefiel is the cohost of The Climate Pod, a podcast that covers the latest news on the climate crisis. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Brock joins Ross to discuss the special focus of the show’s new series, Road to COP26, giving us a preview of the scientists, policymakers, and activists Brock and his brother Ty are highlighting in the weeks to come.

Brock offers insight into what we need to accomplish at COP26, describing what success looks like and why achieving it is such a monumental challenge. Listen in as Brock shares some of his favorite episodes of The Climate Pod to date and find out why it’s crucial to engage in meaningful conversations about the climate crisis.


This episode is part of a partnership with The Climate Pod. 

Reach out to hello@nori.com if you or your podcast are interested in collaboration efforts that fuel climate action.


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Resources

The Climate Pod

The Climate Pod on YouTube

COP26

The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

The Paris Agreement

Greta Thunberg’s 2019 Speech to the UN

UK MP David Lammy on The Climate Pod

Dr. Ed Hawkins on The Climate Pod

David Wallace-Wells on The Climate Pod

Governor Jay Inslee on The Climate Pod

Bill Nye on The Climate Pod

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Aug 17, 2021
Solutions: The Climate Change Board Game—w/ Samuel Levac-Levey, Founder and Game Designer
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Most efforts to educate the public around climate change are pretty dour and leave people feeling hopeless and helpless. But there are things an individual or small group can do to have a meaningful impact on the climate. And now, there’s a board game that teaches people about the most effective climate solutions and gives them the agency to take action.

Samuel Levac-Levey is the Founder and Game Designer behind Solutions, a collaborative board game designed to inspire hope and action on the climate crisis. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Sam joins Ross and guest host Christi Taylor, Marketing Coordinator at Nori, to explain how the book Drawdown informed the creation of the game and describe how it serves as a starting point for real-world climate action.

Sam walks us through the mechanics of the game, discussing how it’s being tested both in schools and with a general audience. Listen in to understand how Solutions exposes players to job opportunities in the climate space and learn how you can support Sam’s project and play Solutions yourself by contributing to his Kickstarter campaign before it closes on August 17th.

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Resources

Solutions: The Game on Kickstarter 

Solutions: The Game

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken 

Drawdown Conference

Henk Rogers

Sid Meier’s Civilization

Will Wright’s The Sims

Climate Science 

Green Teacher

Work on Climate

Climate Designers

Moore’s Law

The 3.5% Rule

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Aug 10, 2021
S2E74: Sanitation and EJ concerns grow with climate change—w/ Catherine Coleman Flowers, MacArthur Genius
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Do you take having a working sanitation system for granted?

What if you didn’t have access to a public wastewater treatment plant? What if you lived with sewage running back into your home? And what if your failing septic system made YOU a criminal?

MacArthur Fellow Catherine Coleman Flowers is the founder of The Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ) and author of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Catherine joins Ross to discuss the neglect of water and wastewater infrastructure in rural America, explaining why septic systems are failing and how that impacts public health.

Catherine offers insight on the disparities in access to sanitation for poor rural communities and people of color, describing how corrupt government officials and bad policy can contribute to the inequity. Listen in for Catherine’s advice on collaborating with people who don’t necessarily share your values and find out what CREEJ is doing to design a solution that will allow people to treat wastewater affordably—wherever they are.

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Resources

The Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice

Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret by Catherine Coleman Flowers

CREEJ & The Guardian’s Sanitation Self-Report Form

Catherine on Twitter

Catherine on Facebook

Catherine on Instagram

American Society of Civil Engineering Report Card for America’s Infrastructure

Lowndes Interpretive Center

President Biden’s Climate Task Force

White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

Pamela Rush

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Aug 03, 2021
Freedom, Mayhem, and the Uncertain Future of Revel’s Mopeds—w/ Kate Knibbs, Senior Writer at WIRED
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If you don’t have access to public transportation or you’re looking for a climate-friendly alternative to Uber, then you may have considered renting one of Revel’s electric mopeds. But do micromobility companies like this actually make money? And how should micromobility fit into the larger ecosystem of getting from point A to point B?

Kate Knibbs is a Senior Writer at WIRED and the author of ‘Freedom, Mayhem, and the Uncertain Future of Revel’s Mopeds.’ On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Kate joins Ross and guest host Radhika Moolgavkar, Head of Supply and Methodology at Nori, to discuss micromobility, describing how mopeds and e-bikes should be a complement to mass transit—not the dominant form of getting around.

She offers insight on the potential profitability of a company like Revel, explaining how positioning itself as an electric vehicle company increases its chances of success and why safety issues are its greatest existential threat. Listen in to understand the role of subsidies in making micromobility ventures work and learn how Kate thinks about when to choose public transit, train travel, auto ownership, rideshare, or micromobility options.

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Resources

Kate at WIRED

Kate on Twitter

Kate on Reversing Climate Change S2EP12

‘Freedom, Mayhem, and the Future of Revel’s Mopeds’ in WIRED

Revel

Lime Micromobility

The Drivers Cooperative

Books by Paul Theroux

‘Farewell, Millennial Lifestyle Subsidy’ in The New York Times

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Jul 27, 2021
S2E73: The challenges of being a chef/restauranteur in climate change—w/ Renee Erickson of Sea Creatures
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Are you missing the experience of eating out at a restaurant? Or maybe you’re itching to travel and revisit the food traditions of the places you love? What if you could recreate these experiences at home, using simple recipes to embark on a culinary journey around the world?

Renee Erickson is the James Beard Award-winning chef behind several popular Seattle restaurants including The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Whale Wins, and Bateau. She is also the author of the critically-acclaimed cookbook A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Renee joins Ross and Radhika to discuss her latest release, Getaway: Food and Drink to Transport You, sharing what inspired her to design a cookbook around her favorite places.

Renee weighs in on why eating locally and seasonally is not just better for the climate but better for us, explaining her decisions-making around what fish to buy for her restaurants and how to avoid wasting beef. Listen in for Renee’s insight on making good food more accessible and get her top recommendations on places to eat out in Seattle as the world reopens post-pandemic!

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Resources

Chef Renee Erickson

Getaway: Food & Drink to Transport You by Renee Erickson

A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories by Renee Erickson

Sea Creatures

The Walrus and the Carpenter

Bateau

Tulalip Reservation

Bristol Bay

Drifters Fish

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden

Green Plate Special

Musang

The Harvest Vine

Café Lago

Delancey

Local Tide

Gracia

Rachel’s Bagels

Saint Bread

Books by Dominique Crenn

Meesha

‘Three Seattle Chefs on the Challenges of Opening a Restaurant in 2020’ in Crosscut

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Jul 20, 2021
S2E72: NFTs, carbon removal, & the music biz—w/ Imogen Heap, Grammy-winning artist
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Data in the music industry is incredibly fragmented. There is no one consistent place to go for information about a work. It’s hard to know where songs are being played or who was involved in creating a piece of music. And this means that a lot of artists don’t get royalties for their work.

What if blockchain technology is the answer?

Imogen Heap is the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and record producer behind The Creative Passport, an identity management platform for music makers that runs on the blockchain. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Imogen joins Ross, Paul, and Evangeline to explain how the music industry’s challenges around crediting and payment inspired her interest in the blockchain space.

She weighs in on why she launched a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to raise funds for The Creative Passport and how she devoted a portion of the proceeds to Nori to offset the carbon emissions associated with minting those NFTs. Listen in for Imogen’s vision of a more diverse commercial music industry where artists are empowered to host their own data and share it with others on the blockchain.

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Resources

Imogen’s App

The Creative Passport

Vinay Gupta at MATTEREUM

Vinay Gupta’s Hexayurt Project

MYCELIA

Endlesss

Don Diablo

OpenSea

Cargo

arweave

Paul’s Post on Removing Carbon Emissions from NFTs

Kelly Garrett on Twitter

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Jul 13, 2021
S2E71: Elon Musk's Carbon Removal XPRIZE—w/ Dr. Marcius Extavour, VP Energy & Climate at XPRIZE
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Big-ticket investments in carbon removal innovation are newsworthy, but perhaps nothing captures the public imagination quite like a cash prize. And the $100M purse associated with XPRIZE Carbon Removal happens to be the largest in history. So, how does an award of this magnitude translate to meaningful climate solutions?

Dr. Marcius Extavour is the Vice President of Energy and Climate at XPRIZE, a nonprofit using large-scale global competitions to crowdsource solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Dr. Extavour joins Ross to discuss XPRIZE Carbon Removal, explaining how Elon Musk got involved in funding the $100M prize purse and what it takes to win the $50M grand prize.

He describes how winning an XPRIZE gives a project momentum, offering insight on how the prize model complements traditional investments and sharing historic examples of awards that led to technological breakthroughs. Listen in for Dr. Extavour’s call to maintain a collaborative spirit in the carbon removal space as it evolves and find out how you can get involved in XPRIZE Carbon Removal.

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Resources

XPRIZE Foundation

XPRIZE Carbon Removal Overview

XPRIZE Carbon Removal Guidelines

Email carbonremoval@xprize.org

CarbonCure on Reversing Climate Change S2EP16

Carbon Upcycling on Reversing Climate Change S2EP60

CarbonBuilt

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel

The Orteig Prize

Dr. Extavour’s Keynote at the 2021 AirMiners Conference

Climeworks

Carbon Engineering

Global Thermostat

Charm Industrial

Pachama

AirMiners Launchpad

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Jul 06, 2021
S2E70: What scares a wizard?—w/ Teresa Carey, journalist at Freethink
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Should we genetically engineer carbon-hungry trees? Can metal-eating trees clean up abandoned mines? Does seaweed have the potential to save the planet? While these ideas might seem outlandish, they are all examples of actual solutions to our environmental issues people are working on right now.

Teresa Carey is a senior staff writer at Freethink, a platform that features the passionate innovators working to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. Prior to becoming a journalist, Teresa was a professional mariner and USCG licensed captain. On this episode of the Reversing Climate Change podcast, Teresa joins Ross to discuss the outside-the-box solutions to climate change she has written about, sharing her particular interest in covering the environment, genetics, climate technology, and carbon removal.

She explains how innovators are genetically engineering trees to suck more CO2 out of the atmosphere, offering her take on the debate around GMOs and the impact hybrid breeding might have on local ecosystems. Listen in for Teresa’s insight on the potential dangers of consumer genetic tests and find out what she learned about the process of sequestering carbon in seaweed to generate carbon offsets.

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Resources

Teresa on Freethink

John Kretschmer on Reversing Climate Change S2EP33

‘Metal Eating Trees Could Clean Up Abandoned Mines’ in Freethink

‘A Seaweed Diet Could Eliminate Most of Cows’ Greenhouse Emissions’ in Freethink

‘Can Seaweed Save the Planet?’ in Freethink

‘Autonomous Trash-Eating Boats Clean Up Water Pollution’ in Freethink

Project Vesta on Reversing Climate Change S2EP23

Dr. Greg Dipple on Reversing Climate Change EP009

‘Should We Genetically Engineer Carbon-Hungry Trees?’ in Freethink

Paul Greenberg on Reversing Climate Change S2EP61

The Salk Institute’s Harnessing Plants Initiative

‘First Study of All Amazon Greenhouse Gases Suggests the Damaged Forest Is Now Worsening Climate Change’ in National Geographic

‘This Spit Test Will Help Couples Know Their Baby’s Risk of Genetic Disease’ in Freethink

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Jun 29, 2021
Why CEOs should support climatetech startups—w/ Nicole Systrom, Sutro Energy Group
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For large, established companies to be sustainable long term, they need to consider how a changing climate will impact what they do. CEOs have got to ask how their businesses can be resilient in the face of climate change and what they can do to help mitigate it.

Nicole Systrom is the Founder of Sutro Energy Group, a consultancy working to scale high-impact climate solutions. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Nicole joins guest host Alexsandra Guerra to discuss her recent World Economic Forum article, ‘3 Ways CEOs Can Tackle Climate Change and Build a Net-Zero Economy.’

She explains why large, established companies should lend their political capital to climate tech startups and makes the case that every business should make net-zero a part of their business strategy. Listen in for Nicole’s insight on giving innovators a voice in policy creation and learn how large corporations, legislators and climate tech startups can work together to build a net-zero economy.

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‘3 Ways CEOs Can Tackle Climate Change and Build a Net-Zero Economy’ by Nicole Systrom

Sutro Energy Group

45Q Tax Credit

Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund

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Jun 24, 2021
S2E69: Mark Bittman on the political economy of junk food
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60% of the calories in our food supply are alleged to be ultra-processed junk. So, when did we lose our way? When did we go from growing food to feed our communities to growing food for profit? And how do we find our way back to a just food system—and society?

Mark Bittman is a former New York Times columnist and bestselling author of 30-plus books, including the well-known How to Cook Everything series. His new release is called Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Mark joins Ross and Radkhika to explain how the food system shaped our history and vice versa, describing how the Enclosure Movement may have turned food into a profit-making political tool and created the health crisis we’re facing.

He weighs in on why educating kids about good food is the first step in creating a just food system and advocates for subsidies to support getting good food to more people. Listen in for Mark’s perspective on investing federal dollars in regenerative agriculture and learn how he thinks about making the phrase ‘land reform’ common in our political discourse.

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Mark’s Website

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Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal by Mark Bittman

How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman

Jared Diamond

Land Enclosure

Books by James C. Scott

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

Supersize Me

Books by Will Durant

Books by Marion Nestle

Renewable Fuel Standard Program

Joel Salatin at Polyface Farms

Full Belly Farm

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

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Jun 22, 2021
Replacing plastic with captured carbon: an update from Mark Herrema of Newlight Technologies
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Since its founding in 2003, Newlight Technologies’ goal has been to create consumer-driven solutions to reducing carbon in the air. And while that intention has not changed, the Newlight team’s approach has evolved as they consider how to achieve the greatest impact.

Mark Herrema is the cofounder and CEO of Newlight, an advanced biotechnology company using greenhouse gas to produce sustainable materials and replacements for plastic. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Mark joins Ross and cohost Radkhika Moolgavkar, Head of Supply and Methodology at Nori, to discuss what Newlight has been up to since his last appearance on the podcast, explaining how they brought a new plant online in 2019 and why the team chose foodware and fashion as its first two consumer foci.

Mark shares an overview of the AirCarbon production process, addressing where Newlight’s greenhouse gas feedstocks come from and how Newlight uses the blockchain to track the carbon footprint of its products. Listen in to understand how Mark’s thinking around carbon markets has shifted, why it took two years to get Newlight’s methodology approved, and what marketplaces need to change to make the space more attractive to other ambitious entrepreneurs.

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Newlight Technologies

Restore Foodware

Covalent Fashion

Mark Herrema on Reversing Climate Change S1E14

Newlight’s work with IBM

Verra

Newlight’s Methodology for Greenhouse Gas Capture and Utilization in Plastic Materials

ISO 14067 Carbon Footprint of Products

ISO 14044 Life Cycle Assessment

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Jun 17, 2021
S2EP68: What would happen if our rivers ran wild?—w/ Tyler J. Kelley, author of Holding Back the River
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Since the first levee was built in New Orleans in 1717, we have been trying to manage America’s rivers. But now our infrastructure is failing. And if we don’t compromise on a plan to restore (or strategically remove) our dams, levees, and locks and give our waterways more space, flooding events will continue to devastate entire communities over and over again.

Tyler J. Kelley is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker, among many other national publications. His first book, Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America’s Waterways, was published in April 2021. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Tyler joins Ross to explain why riverboat traffic is still important to the US economy, moving more than 1,000 semi-trucks’ worth of vital commodities daily.

Tyler discusses the extensive work we’ve done to manage rivers in the US, describing how much land would be unlivable without levees and why the risks of flooding will only increase with climate change. Listen in for Tyler’s insight on the Dutch Delta Works project to give land back to the rivers and fortify existing infrastructure and learn how we might create a similar comprehensive flood control plan to protect communities here in the US.

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Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America’s Waterways by Tyler J. Kelley

Tyler’s Website

‘The Fight to Tame a Swelling River with Dams That May Be Outmatched by Climate Change’ in The New York Times

Elizabeth Kolbert on Reversing Climate Change S2EP50

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert

Levee Wars on Sny Island

Rebuild Pinhook

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Jun 15, 2021
S2E67: The Carbon Takeback Obligation & carbon removal—w/ Margriet Kuijper
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What would happen if businesses were expected or even required to store a tonne of carbon for every tonne of carbon they produce? A Carbon Takeback Obligation is a policy framework that aims to make that the new standard. Today we learn more about how such a system might operate.

Margriet Kuijper is a former civil engineer for Shell, where she focused on the development of carbon capture and storage projects. Today, she serves as an independent consultant working on a Carbon Takeback Obligation, otherwise known as CTBO. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Margriet joins Ross to share the simple idea behind a Carbon Takeback Obligation and explain how it addresses the common concerns associated with oil and gas carbon capture projects.

Margriet discusses how CTBO makes polluters pay to clean up their emissions and describes how CTBO policy could work in tandem with a carbon tax or emissions trading system, incentivizing both emitters and producers to find solutions together. Listen in to understand Margriet’s take on the role of offsets under CTBO and in a net-zero world, and learn how businesses would benefit from the long-term policy certainty of a Carbon Takeback Obligation.

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Carbon Takeback website

Carbon Takeback Obligation: A Producer’s Responsibility Scheme on the Way to a Climate Neutral Energy System  

Myles Allen TED Talk

Clean Air Task Force

The Paris Agreement

IPCC

International Energy Agency

Eli Mitchell-Larson on Reversing Climate Change S2EP62

Myles Allen

EU Emissions Trading System

Europe’s Extended Producer Responsibility Policy

Making Climate Policy Work by Danny Cullenward and David G. Victor

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Jun 08, 2021
S2E66: Build your own DIY direct air capture machine: Cyan!—w/ Dahl Winters of OpenAir Collective
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Carbon removal tends not to be the most accessible pursuit for the layperson. One can plant a tree or practice regenerative farming in one's garden plot, but there typically isn't a lot else one can do. At least before Cyan! Cyan is an open-source do-it-yourself modular direct air capture machine for hobbyists you can build in an hour or two and start learning about and practicing carbon removal in your free time. And in this episode, Ross and his guest Dahl Winters build one in real time! (There is also an identical YouTube video of this podcast that shows the process!)

Dahl Winters is the CTO of DeepScience LTD and a member of the OpenAir Collective working on Cyan and other open-source DAC designs. Much scientific development focuses on patents and proprietary technology as a means of getting to a commercial market, but open-source development has an advantage of being anticompetitive, dynamic, and inclusive in ways that can be unexpectedly powerful.

Tune in today to learn the how and why of building Cyan, OpenAir Collective's work on policy as well as technological development, and why open-source movements can accomplish so much if done well.

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The OpenAir Collective

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Jun 01, 2021
S2E65: How to start learning about carbon removal—w/ John Sanchez of Carbon Removal Academy
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So, you’re interested in carbon removal and curious about working in the climate space. But you’re not sure how your skills might apply, and you don’t know where to begin learning about the different types of carbon sequestration or the major players in the industry.

John Sanchez is the Founder and Curriculum Designer at Carbon Removal Academy and the Co-Creator of the AirMiners Boot Up Program and Problem Pack Climate Sprint Workgroups. He is also building Carbon Visions, a community of college students working on carbon removal solutions. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, John joins Ross to explain how these experiences facilitate the exploration process for transitioning into the climate space.

John shares his take on what makes a climate community valuable and discusses the debate around ecological versus industrial sequestration. Listen in to understand how John’s love of literature informs his work in carbon removal and learn how his experiences can help YOU uncover your climate affinity and then apply your skills to reversing climate change.

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John’s Travels in Carbon Removal Newsletter

John’s Carbon Visions Slack Community

Carbon Removal Academy

AirMiners

AirMiners Boot Up Program

Problem Pack Climate Sprints

Biochar & Sawmills Problem Pack Report

Work on Climate

My Climate Journey

Climatebase

Evan Hynes of Climatebase on Reversing Climate Change

Carbon Visions

CDR Primer

World Resources Institute’s Post on Regenerative Ag

The Soil Scientists’ Response Letter to WRI

Tito Jankowski on YouTube

Literature & History Podcast

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May 25, 2021
Nori's Past, Present, & Future: An Update—w/ Josh Felser, climate investor
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Nori has evolved a great deal since its founding in 2017, and today, the team is ready to shift from a build-to-learn prototype to a build-to-scale model. The product team is working to reduce friction in the supply experience, while the sales team develops a repeatable, scalable business model. So, what progress have they made in the last year? And where is there still room for growth?

Josh Felser is an angel investor in Nori and Founder of Climactic, a VC fund that invests in visionary founders solving our planet’s greatest challenges. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Josh interviews Nori team members Paul Gambill, Evangeline Marzec, Alexsandra Guerra, Radhika Moolgavkar, and Ross Kenyon for an update on Nori’s progress over the last 12 months, starting with the major trends in the climate space that affect the startup’s carbon removal marketplace.

They discuss how the team has grown, sharing Nori’s values-based approach to hiring and explaining how they’ve iterated over the last year to improve product-market fit. Listen in as Paul, Evangeline, Alexsandra, Radhika, and Ross offer insight on building trust with customers as they work to scale and learn about the forthcoming launch of the Nori token and the role it will play in determining the marketplace value of removing carbon from the atmosphere.

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Resources

Open Roles at Nori

Climactic

Helium

Techstars

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

Nori’s API Pilot

Gimlet Media’s StartUp Podcast

COMET-Farm

The Nature Conservancy

Conservation International

Indigo Ag

Joro

Pachama

Indigo’s Terraton Initiative

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May 24, 2021
S2E64: How to Be Animal: a guide for confused humans—w/ Melanie Challenger, author
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The narrative of human exceptionalism posits that there is something unique about being human that makes us more valuable. And we believe that what matters most are the things that seem to separate us from animals—like our ability to reason or the immortal human soul. But what if you can’t separate the animal part of us from our spirit? What if being human IS being animal?

Melanie Challenger is a writer of environmental history, podcast host of Enter the Psychosphere, and author of the new release, How to Be Animal: A New History of What It Means to Be Human. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Melanie joins Ross to share her argument against substance dualism, explaining why we can’t separate the idea of being human from that of being animal.

Melanie offers insight on how we can ‘become animal’ without reverting to amoral, self-serving behaviors and why she sees the simple, clean messaging around environmental issues as being problematic. Listen in to understand Melanie’s take on the human battle with mortality and learn to accept that life is finite but not fear death.

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Melanie Challenger’s website

Enter the Psychosphere Podcast

How to Be Animal: A New History of What It Means to Be Human by Melanie Challenger

On Extinction: How We Became Estranged from Nature by Melanie Challenger

Paul Kingsnorth on Reversing Climate Change S2EP53

George Monbiot

Caspar Henderson

Thomas Aquinas’ Philosophy of Angelology

The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are by Alan Jasanoff

Sam Harris

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder

Alan Watts Organization

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May 18, 2021
Grounded: A Fierce, Feminine Guide to Connecting with the Soil—w/ Dr. Erin Yu-Juin McMorrow, author
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Are we out of balance? Some thinkers pose that the scales have tipped toward industry, ego, and individuality, and we’re disconnected from the cycles of nature. We’re all Yang and no Yin. And this imbalance is causing climate change. So, what can we do to restore our sense of interconnectedness among all living things? How can tapping into our spirituality help us heal ourselves and the earth?

Dr. Erin Yu-Juin McMorrow is the author of Grounded: A Fierce, Feminine Guide to Connecting with the Soil and Healing from the Ground Up. She is also a founding member of Kiss the Ground, a nonprofit dedicated to awakening people to the possibilities of regeneration. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Dr. McMorrow joins guest host and Nori cofounder Alexsandra Guerra to share her mother metaphor for the soil, describing how she sees the Yin as the feminine energy of regeneration and why western society struggles with birth and death—the primary portals of transformation.

Dr. McMorrow explores how our desire to DO disregards the spiritual aspect of climate change, discussing the individual and collective healing we must do to activate our soul voice and reconnect with each other and the earth. Listen in to understand the relationship between the empowerment of women and soil health and learn Dr. McMorrow’s simple practices for connecting with spirit and bringing our natural systems back into balance.

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Resources

Grounded: A Fierce, Feminine Guide to Connecting with the Soil and Healing from the Ground Up by Erin Yu-Juin McMorrow, PhD

Dr. McMorrow’s Website

Kiss the Ground

Ryland Engelhart

Graeme Sait’s 2013 TED Talk

YogaWorks

Katharine Wilkinson’s 2018 TED Talk

Lindsay Mack

How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal Your Past, and Create Your Self by Dr. Nicole LePera

Soul

The Eagle and the Condor

Zach Bush, MD

HeartMath

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May 13, 2021
S2E63: Carbon removal in the Biden Administration—w/ Dr. Jan Mazurek, ClimateWorks Foundation
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In order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, we can’t just reduce emissions. We have no choice but to add carbon dioxide removal (CDR) to the mix to keep global temperature rise under 2°C. So, what CO2 removal processes are in development? And what are governments and nonprofits doing to advocate for and fund carbon removal?

Dr. Jan Mazurek serves as Senior Director at the ClimateWorks Foundation, where she leads the Carbon Dioxide Removal Fund. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Dr. Mazurek joins Ross to discuss what the Biden administration is doing to make ‘historic strides on climate’ and explain what carbon removal measures are left out of the Biden-Harris climate agenda.

Dr. Mazurek explores why it’s politically beneficial to lead with rural resilience and job opportunities as opposed to carbon removal, describing how ClimateWorks grantees partner with unions to garner support for DAC. Listen in for Dr. Mazurek’s insight on the challenges associated with carbon pricing and find out why it’s crucial to engage front line communities in the discussion around carbon removal.

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Resources

ClimateWorks Foundation

The CDR Program at ClimateWorks

Noah Deich & Giana Amador on RCC EP017

Dr. Julio Friedmann on RCC EP016

Giana Amador’s Blog on the Biden Budget

American Jobs Plan

National Academy of Sciences Workshop on Ocean CDR

SEA FUEL Act

ClimateWorks’ Video on Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement

Stripe Climate

Rhodium Group’s Study on Job Opportunities in DAC

Energy Futures Initiative

Carbon180

Tracy Johns at the Climate and Land Use Alliance

REDD+

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May 11, 2021
S2E62: The Oxford Offsetting Principles & carbon removal—w/ Eli Mitchell-Larson
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Many corporations, organizations, and governments have made net zero commitments, and most are leaning on voluntary carbon offsetting to achieve these climate goals. But how can we be sure that such carbon offsets demonstrate a real change in the atmosphere? And how can we approach offsetting in a way that gives rise to an actual net zero society?

Eli Mitchell-Larson is a climate researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Oxford and the corresponding author of The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting. He also serves as an advisor to Carbon Direct and is helping build a new carbon removal advocacy organization in Europe. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Eli joins Ross to walk us through Oxford’s four principles, explaining why the guidelines prioritize decarbonizing first and then negating emissions.

Eli describes why he advocates for a shift to carbon removal offsetting and long-lived storage, discussing why he believes nature-based solutions are crucial—but may not be appropriate for carbon markets. Listen in to understand the argument of why companies must support the development of net zero aligned offsetting (and what that might look like) and learn how you can get involved in Eli’s burgeoning advocacy organization that serves as a champion for carbon removal.

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Resources

The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting 2020

‘Prosets: Making Continued Use of Fossil Fuels Compatible with a Credible Transition to Net Zero’ on Research Square

Eli Mitchell-Larson on Twitter

Carbon Direct

CDR Advocacy Europe

CDR Advocacy’s Open Executive Director Role

Carbon Takeback Obligation

George Monbiot’s 2006 Article on Carbon Offsets

United Nations Race to Zero Campaign

Silvia Terra

The Blue Carbon Initiative

Carbon180

Carbon Dioxide Removal Primer

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May 04, 2021
S2E61: Paul Greenberg on The Climate Diet: 50 Simple Ways to Trim Your Carbon Footprint
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There’s a lot of advice on how reduce your carbon footprint. But everything seems to come with a caveat. You can stop eating meat, but do synthetic meats require monoculture? You can boycott Bitcoin, but would that make the grid itself any cleaner? You can drive an electric car, but its battery is made with rare minerals. So, how do you make choices that really move the needle?

Paul Greenberg is the fisherman and bestselling author behind Four Fish, American Catch, and The Omega Principle. His latest book is called The Climate Diet: 50 Simple Ways to Trim Your Carbon Footprint. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Paul joins Ross to explain what we can do to support sustainable fisheries and why we should be ‘picky plant eaters.’

Paul challenges us to be mindful of how many children we add to the planet and shares his argument against building infrastructure that gets us ‘back to normal’ after the pandemic. Listen in for Paul’s insight on electrical versus gas appliances and learn how The Climate Diet can help you make conscious choices in a spirit of kindness to the environment.

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Resources

Paul’s Website

Seaspiracy

What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe

‘The Wrong Mine for the Wrong Place’ in The New York Times

Gidon Eshel

‘The Plant Prescription’ in Eating Well

Goodbye Phone, Hello World: 60 Ways to Disconnect from Tech and Reconnect to Joy by Paul Greenberg

How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price

Empty Planet on Reversing Climate Change EP105

‘Has the Pandemic Transformed the Office Forever?’ in The New Yorker

Carl Safina

‘We Don’t Need More Life-Crushing Steel and Concrete’ in The New York Times

Natural Resource Defense Council

Farhad Manjoo

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Apr 27, 2021
S2E60: Art out of thin (carbontech) air—w/ Madison Savilow of Carbon Upcycling & Expedition Air
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Art has a unique ability to explain complex, oft-emotional topics in an understandable way. And that’s why Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT) is engaging with visual artists to educate the general public about carbontech. CUT offers their artist-collaborators free materials and tech support, encouraging the use of CO2-derived materials to create pieces that ‘showcase the carbon capture and utilization industry.’

Madison Savilow is the Chief of Staff at Carbon Upcycling Technologies and Venture Lead of CUT’s new consumer brand, Expedition Air. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Madison joins Ross to discuss the technology Carbon Upcycling uses to create solid materials like concrete, plastics, and consumer products out of CO2 and share her take on the tradeoffs associated with working with some of the largest players in the energy sector.

Madison explains what inspired CUT to launch Expedition Air, describing how a consumer brand helps educate the general public about carbontech and what other companies in the space are following suit. Listen in for insight into Expedition Air’s collaboration with artists Annalee Levin and Luis Merchan and learn how Madison and her team are using visual art to market carbontech.

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Expedition Air

Expedition Air on LinkedIn

Expedition Air Artist Collaborations

Expedition Air Artist in Residence Program

Carbon Upcycling

Annalee Levin on Reversing Climate Change S2EP52

Carbon XPRIZE

Apoorv Sinha on Reversing Climate Change EP078

Rob Niven on Reversing Climate Change S2EP16

Clean CO2

Aether Diamonds

Air Company

Newlight Technologies on Reversing Climate Change EP014

Covalent

Captured Carbon Studio

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Apr 20, 2021
Rebuilding trust in a polarized world—Dr. Kevin Vallier, philosopher at Bowling Green State University
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According to the NOMINATE Index, the last time the US was this polarized was just before and during the Civil War. So, how did we get here? And what can the philosophy of public reason liberalism teach us about living together—even when we don’t agree on much?

Dr. Kevin Vallier is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green University and author of Trust in a Polarized Age and Must Politics Be War? Restoring Trust in the Open Society. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Dr. Vallier joins Ross to discuss the doom loop between falling distrust and growing polarization and address how we can learn to disagree in more a productive way.

Dr. Vallier explains liberalism in general and public reason liberalism specifically, describing how we might build a shared doctrine that appeals to multiple reasonable perspectives. Listen in for Dr. Vallier’s public reason argument for restricting carbon emissions and learn what we can do to rebuild trust in our institutions and each other.

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Resources

Books by Kevin Vallier

Trust in a Polarized Age by Kevin Vallier

Must Politics Be War? Restoring Our Trust in a Polarized Age by Kevin Vallier

Nolan McCarty on Google Scholar

Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation and Radicalization in American Politics by Yochal Benkler, Robert Faris and Hal Roberts

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

John Rawls

Jerry Gaus

A Theory of Justice by John Rawls

Political Liberalism by John Rawls

Public Reason Liberalism

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Apr 16, 2021
S2E59: Is endless growth Crazy Town?—w/ Dr. Jason Bradford of the Post Carbon Institute
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Empires rise and fall. And while we understand these cycles conceptually, there’s a bizarre notion that we are somehow immune. That we can continue to evolve toward greater ease and material abundance generation after generation. That our potential for growth is somehow unlimited. But natural resources are finite. So, what happens when we run out?

Dr. Jason Bradford is the Cofounder of Farmland LP and Cohost of Crazy Town, a podcast produced by the Post Carbon Institute that explores “climate change, overshoot, and runaway capitalism”. He is also the author of The Future Is Rural: Food System Adaptations to the Great Simplification. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Dr. Bradford joins Ross to explain what differentiates ecological economics from other schools of thought and why some resources are simply too valuable to price.

Dr. Bradford shares his prediction regarding a great simplification of civilization, describing his vision of a future where we might still enjoy modern conveniences but at a very different scale. Listen in to understand why we he thinks we can’t ‘artificial ecosystem’ our way on to other planets, why industrial carbon capture is a bad idea, and how we might build a lower-complexity society that is sustainable for the long term.

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Resources

Crazy Town podcast

The Future Is Rural: Food System Adaptations to the Great Simplification by Jason Bradford

Farmland LP

Post Carbon Institute

Tom Murphy’s Do the Math Blog on Economic Growth

Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill

Paul Kingsnorth on Reversing Climate Change S2EP53

Ted Nordhaus on Reversing Climate Change EP100

The Breakthrough Institute

Kim Stanley Robinson on Reversing Climate Change S2EP51

Novels by Ursula Le Guin

Bernard Lietaer

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Apr 13, 2021
S2E58: Oceans and climate, Waves and Beaches—w/ Kim McCoy, oceanographer and author
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Few of us live at sea, so the ocean doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves in the climate conversation. But Kim McCoy contends that phytoplankton deserve just as much consideration as polar bears, and it’s time for us to understand how rising temperatures impact the water, the wind, the waves, and the weather. After all, we all live downstream of climate change.

Kim is the oceanographer who updated Willard Bascom’s Waves and Beaches: The Powerful Dynamics of Sea and Coast, adding new insights around the impact of climate change. On this episode of the podcast, Kim joins Ross to discuss the impact of changing the amount of energy in a given system (i.e.: adding energy in the form of heat) and explain the relationship between changes in the atmosphere and changes in the ocean.

Kim shares the scientific data around the increase in accumulated cyclone energy fueling Atlantic hurricanes and describes how private property is becoming public due to sea level rise. Listen in for Kim’s take on interventions like iron fertilization and solar radiation management and find out what we can do restore the health of the hydrologic cycle that connects us all!

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John Martin’s Iron Hypothesis

Running Tide

Brian Von Herzen on Reversing Climate Change EP034

Brian Von Herzen’s RCC Bonus Episode on the Documentary 2040

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Apr 06, 2021
S2E57: Farming While Black: race and regenerative agriculture—w/ Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farms
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Regenerative agriculture is sometimes branded as a new idea. But the tradition of maintaining soil carbon and honoring the earth, of leaving the land better than we found it, has been part of indigenous traditions for thousands of years. So, what can we do to re-center the stories of Black and Native American growers and give credit where credit is due?

Leah Penniman is the Co-Director and Farm Manager at Soul Fire Farm, an Afro-Indigenous-centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. Leah has 20-plus years of experience as a soil steward and food sovereignty activist, and she is the author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation of the Land. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Leah joins Ross and cohost Rebekah Carlson to explain George Washington Carver’s work pioneered modern regenerative agriculture—two decades prior to J.I. Rodale.

Leah describes the work she has done to reclaim a connection with the land (beyond the oppression of slavery and sharecropping) and offers advice on reconnecting with your own indigenous roots. Listen in for Leah’s insight on the shift among Black Americans from rural to urban farming and learn how you can support Soul Fire Farm’s work to promote social and environmental justice.

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Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation of the Land by Leah Penniman

‘Why Farming Is an Act of Defiance for People of Color’ in Healthyish

Owen Taylor on The Table Underground Podcast EP030

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty

The land-healing work of George Washington Carver at Grist

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

The Justice for Black Farmers Act

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Mar 30, 2021
S2E56: Celebrating your very own Climate Passover Seder—w/ Sarah Tuneberg of Geospiza
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The Passover story is one of intense grief and loss as well as redemption and freedom. And while the Jews fled Egypt 3,000 years ago, many aspects of the story seem particularly relevant in a world plagued by extreme climate events and COVID-19. So, how might the events of Passover inform the way we think about climate change? Can we customize our Passover observances in a way that considers our responsibility to solve the climate crisis?

Sarah Tuneberg is the CEO of Geospiza, a software company that helps cities and corporations take action around climate risk, and she spent 2020 leading the State of Colorado’s Coronavirus Innovation Response Team. On this episode of the Reversing Climate Change podcast, Sarah returns to explain the Jewish tradition of the Passover Seder and explore how it might be customized around the theme of climate change.

Sarah walks us through the Seder meal, describing the inclusive nature of the service and the Jewish tradition of questioning that allows for reinterpretation of the Passover story. Listen in to understand how the idea of tikkun olam requires an active pursuit of social justice and learn how to incorporate climate elements in your Seder celebration this year.

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New American Haggadah by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Jonathan Haidt

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Greta Thunberg

An Overview of the Story of Passover

What to Expect at a Passover Seder

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Mar 23, 2021
S2E55: Gather: Reclaiming indigenous foodways—w/ Twila Cassadore, Nephi Craig, & Sammy Gensaw
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There is a growing movement among Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, cultural, and political identities. And restoring indigenous food practices is central to this work. The new documentary Gather follows several indigenous leaders as they work toward food sovereignty, demonstrating the hope and healing power of traditional food.

On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, three of the people featured in the film join Ross to discuss how they got involved in Gather and share their work around reclaiming indigenous foodways with the world. First, traditional food forager and educator Twila Cassadore explains the importance of food sovereignty in the context of her work with the Western Apache Diet Project.

Then, Apache & Navajo restauranteur and executive chef Nephi Craig of Café Gozhóó describes his journey through classical French cuisine back to Native food, exploring the power of indigenous food practices in healing chemical dependency and generational grief. Finally, Yurok fisherman and Ancestral Guard founder Samuel Gensaw III offers insight on the Fish Wars of the 1970s and his ongoing fight to protect future generations through indigenous food. Listen in to understand why he believes indigenous values are key in sustaining life on earth and learn what you can do to support Twila, Nephi, and Sammy’s work.

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Western Apache Diet Project

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Café Gozhóó

White Mountain Apache Tribe

Sunrise Park Resort

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Victorious Gardens Initiative

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Guardians of the River on YouTube

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Mar 16, 2021
S2E54: Survivorman in an age of climate trouble—w/ Les Stroud, survival expert
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Extreme weather can cause desperate situations. So, what can survival experts teach us about navigating wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and severe winter storms? Can we prepare for these natural events without turning into full-fledged preppers or giving into the assumption of doom? How do we adapt to a changing climate?

Les Stroud is a filmmaker, musician, and author best known for Survivorman, the pioneering documentary series that launched Survival Television as a genre. He is also the author of the new children’s book Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman and the creator of the forthcoming PBS special Surviving Disasters with Les Stroud. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Les joins Ross to share his mission around connecting people with nature and using film as an outlet to teach bushcraft and primitive earth skills.

Les explains how his work is ‘changing into the future’ to help people adapt to climate change, stressing the general skills of resilience and ingenuity, and reminding us that the truth of survival is in community. Listen in to understand how Wild Outside encourages kids to have adventures in their own backyard (be it the back forty or an urban park) and learn how to prepare for natural events so that they don’t turn into disasters.

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Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman by Les Stroud

Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere—Alive by Les Stroud with Michael Vlessides

Les Stroud’s Wild Harvest

Surviving Disasters with Les Stroud

The 10 Bushcraft Books by Richard Graves

Primitive Technology on YouTube

Max Brooks

Survivor Man on The Office

Ray Mears

Bush Tucker Man

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Mar 09, 2021
A jaunt to the climate crises of deep time—w/ Peter Brannen, author of The Ends of the World
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A temperature rise of three or four degrees doesn’t seem like a big deal… Until you go back a few million years and start exploring what the world looked like the last time the Earth was that hot and CO2 levels were even higher than they are now.

Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist. His work has appeared in The New York Times, WIRED and The Guardian, among many other national publications. He is also the author of The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Peter joins Ross to discuss his most recent article in The Atlantic, ‘The Terrifying Warning Lurking in the Earth’s Ancient Rock Record.’ 

Peter explains what the planet was like during the Pliocene (the last time CO2 reached 400 PPM), the Miocene (500 PPM) and the Eocene (600-plus PPM), describing how rising levels of carbon dioxide might transform the Earth as we know it. Listen in for Peter’s insight on what an understanding of deep time can teach us about the impact climate change has on the planet and help us appreciate the difference three degrees can make.

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The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brannen

Peter on Reversing Climate Change EP087

David Grinspoon

David Grinspoon on Reversing Climate Change: Geology Cage Match! The Sapiezoic vs. the Anthropocene—w/ Dr. David Grinspoon, astrobiologist

David Grinspoon on Reversing Climate Change S1E47: 47: David Grinspoon, Astrobiologist

The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate by David Archer

Jessica Tierney on Twitter

Ted Scripps Fellowship Program

‘Atmospheric CO2: Principal Control Knob Governing Earth’s Temperature’ in Science

Wallace Broecker

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Mar 05, 2021
S2E53: Paul Kingsnorth on the shared roots of climate crisis, transhumanism, & immortality
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Paul Kingsnorth is tired of talking about the scope of the climate crisis. In his view, we can’t fix climate change. But we can uncover the spiritual root of the problem and explore how we might live through it.

Paul is the founder of The Dark Mountain Project and a prolific writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His latest release, the novel Alexandria, serves as the capstone of the acclaimed Buckmaster Trilogy. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Paul joins Ross to discuss the connection Paul sees between transhumanism and the climate crisis, explaining what’s behind our ideology against limits and why he believes the mind and soul can’t live separate from the body.

Paul shares his take on capitalism versus distributism, describing how systems of radical local democracy would root us in community and prevent the kind of scale that leads to tyranny. Listen in for Paul’s insight on the emptying of the will at the heart of most religious traditions and learn why he believes a connection with something greater than ourselves is key to effective activism.

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Alexandria by Paul Kingsnorth

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays by Paul Kingsnorth

Savage Gods by Paul Kingsnorth

Ronald Wright on The Progress Trap

What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly

The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect by Roger Williams

‘The Immortal’ by Jorge Luis Borges

Gnosticism

Distributism

Catholic Social Teaching

Dorothy Day

Rerum Novarum, papal encyclical by Pope Leo XIII

The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy

Hieromonk Gabriel on Orthodox Christianity and Politics

God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicolson

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Mar 02, 2021
What makes an online climate community work?—w/ Evan Hynes of Climatebase
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In the new community economy, many content creators have moved beyond simply sharing ideas with an audience. For many the goal is to facilitate connection among their followers and foster a sense of belonging. So, how can businesses and organizations in the climate space leverage community to shape the low-carbon future we need?

Evan Hynes is a Cofounder at Climatebase, a platform that makes it easy to discover jobs, people, and organizations working to solve the climate crisis. On this bonus episode of the podcast, Evan joins Ross to discuss how Climatebase has evolved into a professional network for the climate space, sharing his team’s mission to build a one-stop shop for climate opportunities.

Evan explores the sense of belonging that comes from being a part of a few small, unique climate communities and challenges content creators to complement each other rather than compete for attention. Listen in for Evan’s insight on following a healthy ‘information diet’ and learn how you can contribute to the next iteration of the Climatebase community.

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Evan Hynes on Climatebase

Slack

Clubhouse

Paul Gambill on Climatebase

Evan Hynes on Reversing Climate Change in May 2020

My Climate Journey

Air Miners

The Business of Belonging: How to Make Community Your Competitive Advantage by David Spinks

Allbirds

‘Dunder Mifflin Infinity’ on The Office

Chris Sacca on Twitter

Discord

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Feb 26, 2021
S2E52: Using captured carbon to make art—w/ Annalee Levin of Captured Carbon Studio
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When artist Annalee Levin learned about carbon capture on the Reversing Climate Change podcast, the idea captured her imagination. Knowing that the technology exists to capture and store CO2 in concrete, for example, Annalee set out to find a way to make art out of materials containing captured carbon.

Today, Annalee is the textile, hand embroidery, and sculpture artist behind Captured Carbon Studio, a space for exploring captured carbon as an art medium and avenue for educating the public about reversing climate change. She is also a chef-in-training, an experienced beekeeper and the first ever Artist-in-Residence at Carbon Upcycling Technologies. On this episode of the podcast, Annalee joins Ross to discuss her hands-on approach to making art and explain why she is drawn to physical, material crafts as opposed to other art forms.

Annalee describes how she came to make crayons out of recycled CO2 and shares what she is trying to communicate by using captured carbon in her art. Listen in to understand how organic and industrial materials coexist within Annalee’s carbon removal aesthetic and learn how you can support her work or create your own art using tools that reverse climate change.

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Lorraine Smith on Reversing Climate Change EP044

Royal School of Needlework

San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Luis Merchan

SkyBaron

Carbon Upcycling Technologies on Reversing Climate Change EP078

Carbon XPRIZE

Graphitic Nanoplatelets

Annalee’s Carbon Crayons

Annalee’s Carbon Worry Stone

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee

Alton Brown

Jacques Pepin

Maillard Reaction

Samin Nosrat

Nori Book Club

Carbon Upcycling Pen-100 Nurdles & Talc

Carbon Upcycling Enhanced Fly Ash

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Feb 23, 2021
S2E51: Kim Stanley Robinson chats The Ministry for the Future, blockchain, & macroeconomics
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12 years ago, Nori cofounder and CEO Paul Gambill was a College Republican. And while he wasn’t a climate denier, he didn’t think that humanity’s 1% contribution to global CO2 emissions was a big deal. And then he read Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy and began to understand the outsized impact of our actions. Not only did the science fiction novels change Paul’s perspective on climate change, they inspired him to dedicate his life’s work to making it better.

American novelist Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the foremost living writers of science fiction. Many of his books explore how climate change will impact us in the coming decades, including the new release (and self-described mic drop moment) The Ministry for the Future. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Stan joins Ross and Paul to discuss how science fiction can help us make better decisions and share his perspective on the politics of the genre.

Stan explains why central banks play such a prominent role in his most recent work, introducing us to the financial system he imagines in his future history novels and sharing his ‘creeping reformist’ approach to building an economy around carbon removal. Listen in for Stan’s insight on why cryptocurrency is featured in his new book and learn how carbon sequestration might work within the framework of modern monetary theory.

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Stan’s Website

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

J.G. Ballard

Frederic Jameson

Georgy Plekhanov

Raymond Williams

Ernst Bloch

Louis Althusser

Ursula K. Le Guin

Iain Banks’ Culture Series

Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures by Mark Fisher

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute and Peter Nicholls

Delton Chen’s Carbon Coin Plan

Socialist Calculation Debate

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Feb 16, 2021
S2E50: Under a White Sky: Elizabeth Kolbert's new book on humanity's ecological & climate interventions
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There is a new pattern emerging in humanity’s long, complicated relationship with nature. Namely, we’re at a point where the problems we’ve caused by intervening in our environment require interventions of their own. But in a world where we can’t fully anticipate the impact of our actions, should we be optimistic about using new technology to solve crises created by the old?

Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction. Her latest book is called Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Elizabeth joins Ross and Christophe to explain how a reporting trip to see a super coral project inspired Under a White Sky and describe how the book is structured on a continuum—from small, regional interventions to more controversial, global strategies for solving the problems we’ve caused.

Elizabeth walks us through several of the interventions introduced in the book, including an electrified river in Chicago, efforts to gene edit toxic cane toads, and a promising coral sex engineering project. Listen in for Elizabeth’s insight on the ethical concerns associated with interventions like CRISPR technology and solar radiation management and learn how she thinks about doubling down on our efforts to control the natural world.

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert

Josiah Zayner

Dr. Mark Tizard

Dr. Klaus Lackner at the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Steward Brand

Paul Kingsnorth

David Remnick and Harry Finder on Reversing Climate Change S2EP37

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Feb 09, 2021
Grist's intersectional climate fiction contest—w/ Tory Stephens of Fix, the Grist solutions lab
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Making art about climate is useful in that it reaches a part of the brain that science does not. And climate fiction as a genre gives us a way to get the climate conversation started. Better yet, cli-fi that focuses on solutions might actually help us find a way forward.

Tory Stephens is the New England Network Weaver at Fix, the Grist Solutions Lab. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Tory joins Ross and cohost Jess Miles to discuss the launch of his team’s new climate fiction contest, Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors and explain what differentiates his team’s writing contest from others of its kind.

Tory offers insight around climate fiction and the subgenres of solarpunk and hopepunk, challenging writers to create intersectional, solutions-focused work. Listen in for an overview of Imagine 2200’s submission guidelines and learn how fiction might offer a pathway out of the climate crisis.

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Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors

‘We’re Launching a Fiction Contest’ on Grist

Fix Solutions Lab

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

‘Hopepunk, the Latest Storytelling Trend, Is All About Weaponized Optimism’ in Vox

Nnedi Okorafor

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Black Panther

A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

Jess Miles on Reversing Climate Change S2EP12

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Feb 05, 2021
S2E49: At the feet of a modern hermit—w/ Markus Torgeby, author of Under the Open Skies
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In modern society, we’re conditioned to believe that acquiring more stuff makes our lives better. But what if getting back to basics leads to a richer life? What if consuming less and connecting with nature more opens us up to what really matters?

Markus Torgeby is the author of Under the Open Skies: Finding Peace and Health in Nature. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Markus joins Ross to explain how he came to live alone in the forest of Northern Sweden and describe how stripping life down to the basic needs helped him identify what was truly important and heal from trauma.

Markus shares his take on technology, discussing how to gauge how much screen time is right for you (and help your kids do the same). Listen in for insight on living a richer life by consuming less and get Markus’ advice on taking small steps to build your own deep relationship with nature.


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Desert Fathers

Soren Kierkegaard

Ingmar Bergman

Wendell Berry

Dialogues of Plato by Plato

Peter Kalmus

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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Feb 02, 2021
Climate fintech, neobanks, & banking for good—w/ Ravi Mikkelsen, cofounder of ATMOS
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Did you know that Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citi are among the biggest funders of fossil fuel projects in the world? Would you rather leverage your money to fight climate change? What if you could move your money to an entity that builds its lending portfolio around things like clean energy, regenerative agriculture, and direct air capture?

Ravi Mikkelsen is the Cofounder of ATMOS Financial, a digital banking solution dedicated to funding a rapid transition to the clean economy. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Ravi joins Ross to discuss the growing cohort of impact companies at the intersection of climate and FinTech and explain how neobanks like ATMOS fit into the ecosystem.

Ravi shares the market research around why consumers choose a bank, challenging us to consider what kinds of projects our financial institution funds and how big banks might transition their lending portfolios away from fossil fuels. Listen in for insight around the benefits of banking with ATMOS and find out why you don’t have to sacrifice user experience or pay more to do the right thing. George Bailey for the win!


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Arcadia Power

It’s a Wonderful Life

Prisoner’s Dilemma

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Feb 01, 2021
S2E48: Damn the Absolute! On pragmatism and climate change—w/ Jeffrey Howard, Editor-in-Chief of Erraticus
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The climate conversation is riddled with ideological battles. There are those who think climate change is the most pressing issue of our time pitted against those who don’t think it’s a big deal (if it’s even real). There are fights over ecological versus industrial forms of carbon removal. And there are those who believe that climate change can be reversed, while others have little hope that humanity will stick the landing. So, how do we move past these absolutist views and inspire action to solve the problem?

Jeffrey Howard is the Editor-in-Chief at Erraticus and the host of the Damn the Absolute! podcast. Both platforms take a pragmatic approach to ideas, challenging dogma, fundamentalism and ideological hubris. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Jeffrey joins Ross to introduce the principles of pragmatism as a discrete philosophical school of thought, describing the intellectual context from which it emerged and how the philosophy seeks to reconcile the competing camps of Rationalism and Empiricism.

Jeffrey explores how a pragmatic approach might break logjams in the climate conversation, explaining how pragmatists balance building an inclusive community of inquirers with taking action to solve problems in the real world. Listen in to understand how a pragmatist thinks about a climate solution like carbon capture and learn how pragmatism addresses our lived challenges, encouraging us to hold our views with humility as we work to improve life for all people.

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Erraticus

Damn the Absolute! Podcast

Jeffrey Howard on Reversing Climate Change EP107

Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life by John Kaag

Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James

William James

Subsistence Agriculture in the US: Reconnecting to Work, Nature and Community by Ashley Colby

On Richard Rorty on Damn the Absolute! EP001

Toward a Politics of Uncertainty on Damn the Absolute! EP002

David O’Hara on Damn the Absolute! EP007

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Jan 26, 2021
S2E47: Being a "witness" to climate change—w/ Dr. Evan Kuehn of North Park University
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What does it mean to be a witnessing professional in the climate crisis?

What responsibility do scientists, doctors, journalists, lawyers, military officers and public health officials have to speak out and share their message of truth with the world? How does the religious concept of bearing witness translate to this secular context? And what can you and I do to become constructive witnesses for climate change?

Dr. Evan Kuehn is an Assistant Professor of Informational Literacy at North Park University and the author of Troeltsch’s Eschatological Absolute and Theology Compromised: Schleiermacher, Troeltsch, and the Possibility of a Sociological Theology. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Dr. Kuehn joins Ross to discuss the recent Dædalus issue on Witnessing Climate Change, describing what it means to be a witness, how the concept shifts from a sacred to a secular context, and what risks are associated with witnessing in public as a professional.

Dr. Kuehn explores Robert Socolow’s idea of witnessing for the middle to depolarize the climate conversation, explaining what it looks like to engage in situational ethics and sharing how he deals with extreme views and guillotine memes. Listen in for Dr. Kuehn’s insight around the Jewish tradition of preserving social criticism and learn what you can do to be a middle builder and serve as a constructive witness for climate change.

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There are so many things referenced in this episode and not much space to add them all here unfortunately. If Anchor ups their character cap we will add them all back in.

N.B. Ross couldn't remember at the time of recording which scholar provided that insight about Jewish scripture preserving social criticism in this episode, but is pretty sure it came from Amy-Jill Levine, and most likely her Great Courses lecture series on the Old Testament.

Dr. Evan Kuehn on Reversing Climate Change Bonus Episode

We’re Doomed. Now What? Essays on War and Climate Change by Roy Scranton

What Is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell

Proverbs 26:4-5

‘What is the Social Responsibility of Climate Scientists?’ by Naomi Oreskes

‘Witnessing for the Middle to Depolarize the Climate Change Conversation’ by Robert H. Socolow

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Jan 19, 2021
S2E46: Ecosystem restoration on a planetary scale—w/ John D. Liu, scientist & filmmaker
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How do you restore an entire ecosystem at scale? Eroded desertified landscapes: can they be healed?

Journalist, filmmaker, and environmental educator John D. Liu is the Ecosystem Ambassador for the Commonland Foundation and Founder of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Movement. He is best-known for his documentaries on the restoration of the Loess Plateau, like Hope in a Changing Climate and Green Gold. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, John joins Ross to explain how human activity caused the degradation of the Loess Plateau, describing how it went from being one of the most beautiful places on Earth to a barren landscape where the poorest Chinese people lived.

John discusses what made the Loess Plateau restoration so successful, offering insight around how the Chinese government engaged the people there and how the project design balances functional space for agriculture with land dedicated to natural regeneration. Listen in to understand how John thinks about restoring inherently complex ecosystems and learn how you can get involved in John’s work to transform our economy and facilitate ecosystem restoration all over the world.

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Jan 12, 2021
S2E45: Synthetic biology & the holy grail of ag—w/ Mike Miille, CEO of Joyn Bio
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Much of agriculture depends upon synthetic fertilizer. But the production of that fertilizer is responsible for 3% of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why innovators in the emerging field of synthetic biology are attempting to disrupt the status quo in agriculture and engineer new ways for growers to achieve the same yields with less fertilizer—and less environmental impact.

Mike Miille is the CEO of Joyn Bio, a biotech company that is using synthetic biology to try to make agriculture more sustainable. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Mike joins Ross and Rebekah to explain how his team is engineering microbes to address unmet needs in agriculture and what differentiates synthetic biology from classical breeding or GMOs.

Mike introduces us to Joyn Bio’s work in designing nitrogen-fixing corn (the potential holy grail), responding to the argument that our system of monoculture isn’t worth saving and the concerns around scaling innovations in synthetic biology. Listen in to understand how Mike thinks about the unknowns of designing new organisms and learn about the other potentially game-changing advancements in ag that Mike’s team is working on right now.

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Jan 05, 2021
S2E44: Can permaculture scale?—w/ Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture
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We have destroyed or severely disrupted many of the perennial ecosystems that were here in favor of annual crops. Crops that require the use of herbicide and mulch year after year until, eventually, the soil is depleted and we move on. So, how can we use the design principles of permaculture to restore the ecology of the planet, provide ourselves with all the food, fuels and fibers we need, and make money while we’re at it? And at scale no less!

Agroforestry farmer and permaculturist Mark Shepard is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, Founder of Restoration Agriculture Development, and award-winning author of Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Mark joins Ross and Christophe to share his understanding of permaculture, explaining how he applies its principles in a way that allows for scale and designs practical systems around the individual farmer’s machinery.

Mark introduces us to his idea of STUN agriculture (Strategic Total Utter Neglect), describing how nature solves every problem farmers have—at no cost and with very little effort. Listen in for insight on where science falls short in supporting the transition to restoration agriculture and learn how we can leverage permaculture to build economies around ecologically-designed systems.

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Dec 22, 2020
S2E43: Salmon, the Earth, & their common fate—w/ Mark Kurlansky, author
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There are only 1.5M Atlantic salmon left in the world. And despite putting an end to commercial fishing, their numbers continue to dwindle. As a keystone species, the implications of their loss go far beyond not being able to order salmon for dinner. So, why are Atlantic salmon disappearing at such an alarming rate? What does their loss mean for other species? And how does it impact the rivers where they live?

Mark Kurlansky is a New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard award-winning author with a knack for seeing the broader implications of seemingly little things. He has written 33 books in all, including The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World and most recently, Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate. His forthcoming book, The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing is due out in March of 2021.

On this episode of the podcast, Mark joins Ross to share what inspired him to choose salmon as the topic of his most recent book and explain why climate change is catastrophic for the fish. He weighs in on the problems with salmon farming (be it inland or on the water) and discusses why hatcheries are not a viable way to enhance the salmon population. Listen in for Mark’s insight on how the disappearance of Atlantic salmon will impact other species and learn how to be a conscious consumer of the popular fish.

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Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky

The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation by Mark Kurlansky

A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

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Dec 15, 2020
S2E42: The national security implications of climate change—w/ Dr. Rod Schoonover
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We have explored, at length, the basket of biophysical stressors climate change could produce. And we’ve looked at how floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, ocean acidification, coral degradation (and the list goes on and on) might impact our food security and lead to the displacement of a lot of people. But what does the climate crisis mean for national security? How does the intelligence community think about climate change?

Dr. Rod Schoonover is a member of The Center for Climate & Security Advisory Board. He is also the Founder and CEO of the Ecological Futures Group, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served in the US Intelligence Community for ten years as the Director of Environment and Natural Resources at the National Intelligence Council and Senior Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US Department of State.

On this episode, Dr. Schoonover joins Ross to discuss the foreign policy goals of the US and share his concerns around the current administration’s failure to call out anti-democratic values. He explains how the suppression of his written testimony for the House Intelligence Committee regarding the national security implications of climate change led to his resignation from the State Department. Listen in for Dr. Schoonover’s insight on what the US government should do to address the climate crisis and learn what could happen (from a security perspective) if we don’t take action on climate change.

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‘White House Tried to Stop Climate Science Testimony, Documents Show’ in The New York Times

Dr. Schoonover’s June 2019 Statement for the Record on the National Security Implications of Climate Change

Dr. Schoonover’s Op-Ed in The New York Times

Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change EP103

Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change S2 Bonus

Matthew Yglesias on Reversing Climate Change S2EP35

All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change by Michael T. Klare

Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans by Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

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Dec 08, 2020
How do you tell a good story about the climate?—w/ Jess Miles, writer
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The vast majority of environmental nonfiction follows a predictable pattern: The writer goes out in nature and then tells us why it’s important to preserve the thing they experienced. But what if we could reach more people and maybe even change their point of view with a more experimental, more whimsical approach?

Jess Miles is a recent graduate of Chatham University and author of the MFA thesis ‘Midnight Sun,’ a collection of essays about her time on the Arctic island of Svalbard. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Jess joins Ross to explain what inspired her to pursue science communication, sharing what she does to persuade readers and how she approaches environmental writing differently.

Jess opens up about her frustrating experience with canvassing for an environmental organization, describing what she learned about people (and herself!) and how she turned that bad experience into good writing. Listen in to understand why Jess incorporates elements of whimsy in her work and learn how experimental forms of writing can help readers see climate issues in a new light.

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Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher Wieland

‘Hopepunk and Solarpunk: On Climate Narratives That Go Beyond the Apocalypse’ on Lit Hub

Arizona State Center for Science and the Imagination

After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration by Holly Jean Buck

Her

The Road

Jonathan Safran Foer on RCC S2EP29

Books by Gabriel García Márquez

Climate Fiction on Reversing Climate Change S2EP12

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Who’s Saving the Planet? Podcast

Jess’ Blog on VR and Animal Rights

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Dec 04, 2020
S2E41: Climeworks & European carbon removal—w/ Christoph Beuttler, CDR Manager at Climeworks
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For years now, we have debated the potential moral hazard of carbon removal, the fear being that we will abandon emissions reductions for the quick fix of carbon capture. But the science is clear: we simply can’t achieve our climate goals with mitigation alone. So, how do we design policy that works toward net zero using a binding emissions reduction pathway AND a strategy for scaling up carbon removal?

Christoph Beuttler is the CDR Manager at Climeworks, the global leader in direct air capture technology. He also serves as the Deputy CEO of The Risk Dialogue Foundation and Founding Member of the Board for the Negative Emissions Platform. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Christoph joins Ross to discuss Climeworks’ modular approach to direct air capture, describing how they use solid sorbents to capture carbon dioxide and how that CO2 is either stored permanently or used to replace fossil inputs.

Christoph shares his understanding of carbon removal regulations in Europe, explaining how EU businesses interact with policy and why companies are driving voluntary carbon removal markets.  Listen in for insight around the future of the carbon removal sector as a whole and learn how you can help Climeworks realize its audacious goal to achieve gigaton scale in the next two decades!

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California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

45Q Credit for Carbon Oxide Sequestration

Paris Agreement

Microsoft Sustainability 

Shopify Environment

Stripe Climate

‘Europe’s Climate Goal: Revolution’ in Politico

Climeworks’ Orca DAC Plant

Carbon180

Climeworks’ Direct Air Capture Summit 2020

Brian von Herzen on Reversing Climate Change (Bonus)

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Dec 01, 2020
S2E40: Much talk of CO2, but what about methane?!—w/ Olya Irzak of Frost Methane
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Carbon dioxide is not the only greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. In fact, methane emissions are responsible for 16% of the warming we experience today. And because methane is more potent than CO2, we can make a big impact in a short period of time by addressing the concentrated, continuous methane seeps that exist around the world.

Olya Irzak is the Founder and CEO of Frost Methane, a company working to combat climate change through the deployment of remote methane destruction devices. On this episode of the podcast, Olya joins Ross and Christophe to discuss why she chose to focus on methane emissions and explain how her team’s technology works to convert concentrated methane into CO2.

Olya describes Frost Methane’s initial work with Arctic permafrost and introduces their new application of the technology in coal mines, sharing how the business generates revenue through carbon markets like California’s cap-and-trade market.  Listen in for Olya’s insight on the benefits of voluntary markets and learn her approach to prioritizing climate interventions to make the biggest impact.

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Video of Exploding Under-Ice Methane Gas in Siberia

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Pleistocene Park

Pleistocene Park on Reversing Climate Change EP073

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Ice 911

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University of Beijing Research on Calving

Silver Lining

‘Sometimes Success Is Right Under Your Feet, As Tomato Grower Knows’ in AP News

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation

Stripe Climate

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Nov 24, 2020
Brian von Herzen returns to chat marine permaculture & the documentary 2040
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The feature documentary 2040 poses this question: What would the world look like in 2040 if we embraced the best climate solutions already available to us? One such solution involves restoring ocean ecosystems through marine permaculture, a strategy that leverages kelp forests to drawdown CO2.

Dr. Brian von Herzen serves as the Executive Director of the Climate Foundation, the organization using marine permaculture to regenerate life in seas and soils with the goal of reversing climate change in our lifetime. On this bonus episode of the podcast, Brian returns to the show to discuss his appearance in 2040 and explain what the Climate Foundation is working on now as they shift from R&D to building an industry.

Brian introduces us to the fundamentals of marine permaculture, exploring its capacity to regenerate life in the ocean and feed billions of people in the process. Listen in for insight on becoming an ocean entrepreneur and learn about the potential for marine permaculture to drawdown carbon (at a remarkably low cost) and move us from fear to love—one kelp forest at a time.

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Drawdown Seattle

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

Minter Ellison

Books by Bill Mollison

David Holmgren

Permaculture Design Principles

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka

The Intrepid Foundation

The University of Tasmania’s Permaculture Research

C-Combinator

David King’s Piece on Climate Change Intervention in The Washington Post

My Octopus Teacher on Netflix

The Seasteading Institute

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Nov 20, 2020
S2E39: The cost of climate repair vs. COVID-19—w/ Sir David King & Rick Parnell
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Solving the climate crisis is challenging because it requires both dramatic behavioral change and a great deal of capital. And yet, when faced with a global health crisis, governments were willing to enact multitrillion-dollar aid packages and people radically shifted their behavior in a matter of weeks. So, what if we mobilized against climate change similarly to the way we responded to the coronavirus?

Sir David King is the former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of the United Kingdom and Rick Parnell is the CEO of the Foundation for Climate Restoration. Together, they coauthored The Washington Post piece, ‘Stopping Climate Change Could Cost Less Than Fighting COVID-19.’ On this episode of the podcast, Sir David and Rick join Ross to discuss the opportunity governments have to invest in climate repair as we rebuild our economies in the aftermath of the global pandemic.

Sir David and Rick compare the economic impact of reversing climate change with that of COVID, describing the catastrophic consequences of rising sea levels and explaining what Europe, China, and the US are doing to both reduce emissions and scale direct air capture technologies.  Listen in to understand why the countries that took the advice of scientists fared well in the pandemic and how we might learn from their example to respond to the climate crisis.

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Sir David’s 2006 Pandemic Prediction

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Nov 17, 2020
S2E38: Carbon-negative carpet?! How Interface trailblazes—w/ Erin Meezan, VP & Chief Sustainability Officer of Interface, Inc.
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The scale of the climate crisis requires that companies change the way they operate. Yes, it would be easier to simply purchase carbon offsets and continue to do business as usual. But if we are going to succeed in reversing climate change, companies must take the next step and transform their processes from cradle to gate (or even grave if they can!) So, how does a business get started on the path to sustainability?

Erin Meezan is the Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface, Inc., a pioneering modular flooring company with a deep commitment to sustainability. Interface is also the recipient of a 2020 UN Global Climate Action Award and the subject of the new documentary Beyond Zero. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Erin joins Ross to explain what inspired Interface’s commitment to the environment and how the team approached the sustainability conversation with its investors early on.

Erin discusses the company’s recent launch of carbon-negative carpet tiles, walking us through the value associated with doing business more sustainably and the necessity of conducting a full life cycle assessment of a given product.  Listen in to understand how Interface is influencing other businesses to make fundamental change and learn how YOUR company might take its first steps to sustainability!

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Paul Hawken

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CarbonCure on Reversing Climate Change S2EP16

2020 UN Global Climate Action Awards

Beyond Zero

Interface’s Lessons Learned Report

Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose—Doing Business by Respecting the Earth by Ray C. Anderson with Robin White

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Nov 10, 2020
S2E37: The New Yorker's new climate anthology, The Fragile Earth—w/ coeditors David Remnick & Henry Finder
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People resist reading about climate change because it seems less immediate than other pressing issues. Add to that the fact that the climate crisis doesn’t lend itself to narrative. So, then, how do you tell an ‘untellable story’ in a way that draws readers in and effectively reorients the way they see the world?

Henry Finder and David Remnick are the coeditors of The Fragile Earth: Writing from The New Yorker on Climate Change. On this episode of the Reversing Climate Change podcast, Henry and David join Ross to explain what inspired the creation of this new anthology, discussing how they made decisions regarding what pieces to include and what makes writing about climate change such a distinct challenge.

Henry and David weigh in on their work as editorial director and editor at The New Yorker, sharing the process they use to conceive of and manage new projects and describing the magazine’s ongoing commitment to long-form writing.  Listen in to understand how optimistic Henry and David are about our ability to address the climate crisis and learn how The Fragile Earth tells the story of climate change through pieces by Bill McKibben, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Jonathan Franzen, among many others.

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Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick

The New Yorker Radio Hour

The End of Nature by Bill McKibben

Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert at The New Yorker

Bill McKibben on Reversing Climate Change EP095

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

‘Lake Chad: The World’s Most Complex Humanitarian Disaster’ in The New Yorker

Jonathan Franzen’s Piece on Antarctica

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Nov 03, 2020
S2E36: YIMBY for forest fires? Fire tornadoes?!—w/ Daniel Duane, author of November's WIRED cover story
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Prior to 2020, the largest number of acres burned by wildfire in California was 1.3M. Compare that to the 4M acres wiped out by fire this year. What’s more, forest fires are spreading much more quickly and releasing more heat—which leads to last-minute evacuations, a dramatic increase of smoke in the air, and the phenomenon of fire tornados.

Daniel Duane is the surfer, naturalist, and author behind this month’s WIRED cover story, ‘The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works.’ On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Daniel explains why the 2020 fire season is so remarkable and how an accumulating fuel bed on the forest floor contributes to the intensity and severity of the wildfires. He offers insight on indigenous fire management, describing when the anti-burning culture took hold in America and how political pressures make it impossible for our government agencies to manage forests well.

Daniel goes on to introduce us to the terrifying phenomenon of a fire tornado, sharing how forest management practices and climate change are both to blame for the increasingly unpredictable, record-breaking wildfires we experience. Listen in for Daniel’s take on what kind of management practices we need to decrease our risk and find out how a pro-development, YIMBY movement could prevent destructive forest fires in the future.

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US Forest Service

Charles C. Mann on Reversing Climate Change S2EP15

M. Kat Anderson

Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources by M. Kat Anderson

University of California Forestry Department

Brandon Collins

The Sagehen Experimental Forest

CAL FIRE


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Oct 27, 2020
On losing everything to the climate crisis except for hope—w/ Diego Saez-Gil of Pachama
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“Life does not subtract things; it liberates you from them.
It makes you lighter so that you can fly higher and reach the fullness.”

--Facundo Cabral

Losing your home to a forest fire is a lesson in impermanence and nonattachment. And while Diego Saez-Gil is still processing the loss, he is using the experience as a catalyst, reaffirming his commitment to the pursuit of climate solutions.

Diego is the founder and CEO of Pachama, a tech company that leverages AI to drive carbon capture and validate the progress of forest restoration projects for carbon markets, and author of the Medium article, "On Losing Everything to the Climate Crisis, Except for Hope." On this bonus episode of the podcast, Diego joins Ross to discuss how losing his home to a forest fire has given him renewed energy around his work and made him more of a minimalist than ever before.

Diego explains how both climate change and poor forest management practices are to blame for 2020’s devastating forest fires, speaking to the permanence issues surrounding ecological methods of sequestering carbon and how carbon markets can make reforestation for carbon sequestration economically viable. Listen in for insight on the success of Pachama’s recent fundraising efforts and learn how you can help protect our global forests by joining Diego’s team.

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US Bureau of Land Management

US Forest Service

Stripe’s Negative Emissions Commitment

Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Serena Ventures

Scott Belsky

Tobi Lutke

Amazon’s Climate Pledge

Pachama’s Blog Welcoming New Investors

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Oct 23, 2020
S2E35: Matthew Yglesias tells us why climate people should root for One Billion Americans
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Can you advocate for climate solutions and dramatic population growth at the same time? Or are the two ideas mutually exclusive? Matthew Yglesias argues that while electoral politics is a zero-sum game, policy is not. And any two priorities can be reconciled to craft a win-win, provided both sides accept the premise that we need to take action on climate change.

Matthew Yglesias is the cofounder of Vox, host of The Weeds Podcast, journalist and author of the national bestseller, One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Matt joins Ross and Paul to discuss the premise of his book, explaining why it’s crucial for the US to grow its population and commit to keeping our #1 status in the world. He shares his liberal approach to this conservative idea, describing how immigration makes us stronger and what we can do to support families with children.

Matthew goes on to offer insight on the dysfunction of American federalism, discussing how a shared goal would create more constructive politics, and why it’s shortsighted to invoke climate change as an argument against population growth. Listen in for Matthew’s take on why we need right of center solutions to climate change and learn how we can prioritize both population growth and climate solutions in a way that moves America forward.

Nori on Patreon

Vox

Matthew on Vox

The Weeds Podcast

One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger by Matthew Yglesias

The Idea of a European Superstate by Glyn Morgan

Bryan Caplan on Reversing Climate Change S2EP2

Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration by Bryan Caplan

‘Made in Hollywood, Censored by Beijing’ in PEN America

Wendell Berry

Dorothy Day

Brad Plumer at The New York Times

Green New Deal

Matthew on Conversations with Tyler EP104

Getting to Yes: How to Negotiate Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher

The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama

David Roberts on Reversing Climate Change S2EP3

Benji Backer on Reversing Climate Change EP074

Bob Inglis on Reversing Climate Change EP086

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Oct 20, 2020
VERGE 20 is going virtual! See you there!—w/ Jim Giles, Conference Chair of VERGE Food & VERGE Carbon
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In the past, conferences addressing market solutions to the climate crisis were attended by professionals with ‘sustainability’ in their titles. But we’ve begun to realize that sustainability is everyone’s responsibility, and the audience has expanded. In fact, this year’s VERGE 20 (register at this link with Nori's 15% off discount code) is more accessible than ever, welcoming anyone who’s interested to learn more about sustainable food systems and carbon removal.

Jim Giles is the Conference Chair of VERGE Food and VERGE Carbon at GreenBiz. On this bonus episode of the podcast, Jim joins Ross to discuss the upcoming GreenBiz conference, VERGE 20, sharing some of the notable sessions and speakers on topics like purchasing carbon offsets and scaling regenerative agriculture.

Jim explains how VERGE will look different this year, describing how his team has pivoted to a virtual format, and what they are doing to recreate 1:1 connections among the 10K projected attendees! Listen in for insight around the growing interest in sustainability and find out how YOU can be a part of the VERGE 20 online conference.

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Resources

VERGE 20

VERGE 20 Nori Discount Link

GreenBiz Events

Jim Giles on Carbon Removal Newsroom

Jim’s Food Weekly Newsletter

VERGE 20 Accelerate

Solidia

Jonathan Goldberg

Carbon Direct

Anna Escuer

Google Sustainability

Google’s Recent Climate Commitments Announcement

Robyn O’Brien

rePlant Capital

Steele Lorenz

Farmers Business Network

Hopin

Circularity 20

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Oct 15, 2020
S2E34: How Nori works with farmers–w/ Rebekah Carlson, Nori's Agriculture Supply Lead
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One of the beauties of regenerative agriculture is that it revisits traditional land stewardship practices and can leverage innovation to apply those principles on a broader scale. To that end, the team at Nori is scaling its efforts to reward farmers for the carbon they sequester in the process. But we need to expand our team to make it happen!

Rebekah Carlson is the Agriculture Supply Lead here at Nori, where she combines her experience in agronomy, soil science, and crop modeling to effectively enroll farmers into the Nori marketplace. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Rebekah joins Ross to discuss the fundamentals of agronomy, explaining how her experience as a crop consultant informs her work at Nori.

Rebekah describes how Nori leverages feedback from farmers to streamline the enrollment process, adding the Smart Defaults tool and integrating its system with other farm management platforms like Granular. Listen in to understand how Nori is working with farmers—and find out if you are a good fit to join Rebekah’s team as a Supply Enrollment and Account Manager.

Resources:

Nori Application for Supply Enrollment and Account Manager, Agriculture

Forever Green Initiative

Granular

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Oct 13, 2020
Nori is hiring a UX Designer!
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Are you a UX Designer? Love what Nori is doing? Please apply here. In this episode, you'll hear more details about the position from Nori cofounder Alexsandra Guerra, as well as the general philosophy of hiring, application design, etc.

The book Ross mentions is Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug.

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Oct 07, 2020
S2E33: Sailing in the age of climate change—w/ John Kretschmer, author and sailor
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Sailors rely on wind patterns and currents to make decisions about the expeditions they take, tracking weather patterns along the way and adjusting their route as necessary. But climate change has made winds less consistent and weather patterns less predictable. How does that impact sailing?

John Kretschmer is the President of John Kretschmer Sailing and the author of several books about his voyages at sea, including his latest release, Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, John joins Ross to explain how he came to love boats and books, describing how sailing facilitates deep and powerful intellectual discussion.

John weighs in on how climate change has impacted the way he plans and conducts passages, offering insight on how the trade winds and the Gulf Stream have changed in the last 30 years. Listen in to understand how sailors cope with volatile weather and find out how climate change has influenced the expeditions John is planning for 2021 and 2022.

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Resources:

John Kretschmer Sailing

John's books

John’s Celestial Navigation Workshop

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum

Voyage of the Liberdade: A Journey from Brazil to America in a Hand-Built Boat by Joshua Slocum

Books by Wendell Berry

Heraclitus

Odysseus

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

Cornell Sailing Publications

Windy.com

The Terror by Dan Simmons

The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier

Wanderer by Sterling Hayden

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Oct 06, 2020
Nori closes our $4M seed round and a new round of hiring begins
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On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Nori CEO Paul Gambill and Director of Corporate Development Alexsandra Guerra join Ross to talk about the $4M seed round Nori just closed, what that means for the company, and how hiring will proceed. Tune in to learn more about Nori careers and what is happening at the company.

Resources:

Coverage of Nori's round in TechCrunch and GeekWire

The Medium post Paul wrote about Nori's round

The Nori Careers page

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Sep 30, 2020
S2E32: Chasing a Job with Purpose (in carbon removal)—w/ Heidi Lim, Chief of Staff at Opus 12
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How are you spending your time? Is it aligned with what you genuinely care about? In 2018, Heidi Lim quit her role in enterprise software to solve climate change full-time. What steps did she take to identify a new, purpose-driven path and then land a role in carbon removal?

Heidi is the Chief of Staff at Opus 12, a company working to recycle CO2 into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels, and the author of two popular Medium articles, ‘We Need to Talk About Carbon Removal’ and ‘Chasing a Job with Purpose’. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Heidi joins Ross to walk us through her process for finding meaningful work, explaining what inspired her to pursue a role in the carbon removal space.

Heidi shares her strategies for figuring out what kind of purposeful work you want to pursue, challenging us to reach out to people on paths we’re interested in and embed ourselves in communities with likeminded individuals. Listen in for Heidi’s insight on turning content creation into career opportunities and learn how to plant the seeds that will lead to your dream role.

Resources:

‘Chasing a Job with Purpose’ by Heidi Lim

‘We Need to Talk About Carbon Removal’ by Heidi Lim

Heidi on Instagram

Veg T-Rex on Instagram

Heidi on Twitter

AirMiners

Apply to Join AirMiners Slack

Opus 12

My Climate Journey

APIENC

After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration by Holly Jean Buck

Carbon180

Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change EP103

Holly Jean Buck on Reversing Climate Change S2 Bonus Episode

We Are Climate Designers: The Podcast

Climatebase

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Sep 29, 2020
S2E31: Kiss the Ground doc live on Netflix!—w/ Gabe Brown, regenerative farmer and rancher
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Nature is self-organizing, self-regulating, and self-healing. And if we follow her patterns, we can heal our ecosystem, produce better quality food, and more profitable farms and ranches. So, what does it look like when we adopt regenerative agricultural practices that work with nature’s principles? And what can we do to support the farmers and ranchers who understand the relationship between carbon and soil health?

Farmer, rancher and soil health pioneer Gabe Brown is the bestselling author of Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture, and his work is featured in the new Netflix documentary, Kiss the Ground. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Gabe joins Ross and Christophe to explain what inspired his own transition to regenerative agricultural practices and how he works with farmers and ranchers, using the context and tools available to move them down a regenerative path.

Gabe walks us through the six principles of how nature functions, describing how we can work with nature to heal our ecosystem and why we all benefit from a shift from monoculture to polyculture. Listen in for Gabe’s insight on how a farmer or rancher’s profitability depends on carbon and learn how you can vote with your consumer dollars to promote regenerative agricultural practices.

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Sep 22, 2020
The Electric Election 2020 Roadtrip w/ Benji Backer of The Conservation Coalition
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Reversing Climate Change alumnus and founder and president of the American Conservation Coalition, Benji Backer, returns to the show to tell us about The Conservation Coalition's new multimedia project, The Electric Election Roadtrip 2020. Benji and his team are traveling the country in a Tesla X to investigate the multiple overlapping climate solutions being developed. You can follow the show and its video on Facebook, TCC's website, or the podcast via audio in your podcast app of choice.

Resources:

The Electric Election 2020 Roadtrip website

American Conservation Coalition's Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, website

The Conservation Coalition website, and Twitter

Benji Backer's Twitter

The Trump panel with scientists referenced in this episode

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Sep 21, 2020
S2E30: How to "think little"—w/ Mary Berry, Executive Director of The Berry Center
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“We have not settled America. We have colonized America. Now, we’ve got to figure out … how to actually live here. How are we going to move forward? Everybody needs to be an agrarian now.”

— Mary Berry

We live in a culture that pushes us to keep moving. Obsessed with upward mobility, we keep searching for something more. But this ‘problem of mobility’ robs us of the opportunity to belong to a place. To develop deep cultural ties with the land and each other. And Mary Berry contends that this disconnection and lack of community is the source of many of our problems here in the US.

Mary Berry is the Executive Director of The Berry Center, a nonprofit that advocates for farmers, land-conserving communities, and healthy regional economies. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Mary joins Ross to explain how her family’s history as part of the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative inspired her to build The Berry Center and describe how the Burley Tobacco program’s principles are at work in her team’s Our Home Place Meat initiative.

Mary offers insight around the value of belonging to a place we love, discussing what it means to be part of a community and why we need to initiate small solutions locally—rather than waiting for one big policy or program to save us. Listen in to understand Mary’s argument against our current economy and learn how The Berry Center’s work goes beyond agriculture to foster cultural change.


Resources

Nori

The Berry Center

The Berry Center on Facebook

Call (502) 845-9200

Agrarian Culture Center & Bookstore

Our Home Place Meat

Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association

Wendell Berry Farming Program at Sterling College

Wes Jackson

Nick Offerman

Becoming Native to This Place by Wes Jackson

Gary Snyder

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam

Wendell Berry’s Port William Novels

The World-Ending Fire by Wendell Berry

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander

50-Year Farm Bill

Organic Valley Dairy Cooperative

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Sep 15, 2020
S2E29: Jonathan Safran Foer on meat, & his book We Are the Weather
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Regardless of where you stand on the ethics of eating meat, the fact is, it’s a big part of the climate math. It provokes strong feelings all around, some of which may be contradictory within one’s self. And so much of the climate analysis is dependent upon how the animals were raised, marketed, and so on. It’s hard to speak (at least for some) with crisp lines. In this episode we wade into these details.

Jonathan Safran Foer is the bestselling author of Eating Animals, Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. Today, Jonathan joins Ross to describe his relationship with meat, explaining what inspired him to become a vegetarian at the age of nine and why he is willing to admit to moral failure when he grabs a burger at the airport.

Jonathan shares his proposal for reducing our meat consumption as posited in We Are the Weather, weighing in on why it’s dangerous to make our food choices such a big part of our identity. Listen in for Jonathan’s insight on what makes climate change such a difficult story to tell and learn why Jonathan thinks reserving meat for dinner is a productive form of climate activism.

Resources:

We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

‘Options for Keeping the Food System Within Environmental Limits’ in Nature

Bill Niman

Wendell Berry

Kate Knibbs on Reversing Climate Change S2EP12

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene by Roy Scranton

Peter Singer

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Sep 08, 2020
S2E28: How many jobs will a direct air capture industry create?—w/ John Larsen of Rhodium Group
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Direct air capture or DAC is one of the many strategies we need to employ to achieve the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. So, how do we scale up the DAC industry to capture the hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 we need to remove from the atmosphere? And what would that kind of growth mean in terms of business opportunities and job creation?

John Larsen is a Director at Rhodium Group, an independent research firm that analyzes global disruptive trends. He leads the firm’s US power sector and energy systems research, specializing in the analysis of clean energy policy and market trends. Today, John joins Ross, Christophe, and Aldyen to discuss his team’s most recent report and associated webinar, Capturing New Jobs and New Business: Growth Opportunities from Direct Air Capture Scale-Up.

John outlines the policy recommendations he suggests to ramp up the construction of DAC plants, offering insight around potential government subsidies for decarbonization and sharing what policy solutions work (and which ones don’t). Listen in as John explores the clean tech innovations he finds interesting and introduces us to the most promising commercialization pathways for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050!

Resources:

Rhodium Group

John at Rhodium Group

Capturing New Jobs and New Business: Growth Opportunities from Direct Air Capture Scale-Up

Capturing Leadership: Policies for the US to Advance Direct Air Capture Technology

45Q Tax Credit for Carbon Sequestration

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

The DOD’s Plan to Produce Jet Fuel from Seawater on Aircraft Carriers

Klaus Lackner at Arizona State University

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Sep 01, 2020
S2E27: Are grasslands overshadowed by charismatic megaflora?—w/ Chris Kerston of Savory Institute
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Ranching has been vilified as a major contributor to climate change. But what if it’s not the cow but the HOW? The fact is, animals have always lived and grazed on grasslands, and when we leverage regenerative grazing to raise livestock, we can rebuild the soil and sequester carbon in the grass and soil, sourcing materials like leather, fiber, and meat in a more responsible way.

 Chris Kerston is the Chief Commercial Officer of the Land to Market Program at the Savory Institute, a nonprofit working to regenerate the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management. Today, Chris joins Ross to explain how the Savory Institute promotes regenerative grazing and share their vision of a future where farmers and ranchers work together.

Chris walks us through the Land to Market program’s Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) protocol, describing why they measure a breadth of ecosystem services versus sequestered carbon alone. Listen in to understand how Savory is supporting brands like Timberland and learn how the Land to Market Program can help us make more informed choices about what we consume.

Resources:

Nori on Patreon

Savory Institute

Chris at Savory Institute

Savory’s Land to Market Program

Kiss the Ground

Savory’s Partnership with Timberland

Diana Rodgers

Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat: Why Well-Raised Meat is Good for You and Good for the Planet by Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf

Peter Donovan at the Soil Carbon Coalition

The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity by John Mackey, Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman MD

Joel Salatin

Will Harris

Gabe Brown

The Nature Conservancy

Savory’s Land to Market Brand Partners

Leather Working Group

Wendell Berry

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Aug 25, 2020
S2E26: How to Burn a Goat: Farming with the Philosophers—w/ Dr. Scott H. Moore, author
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We live in a point-and-click society where labor is seen as something to overcome. But what if we’ve got it wrong? Philosopher turned farmer Dr. Scott H. Moore contends that entertainment doesn’t have to be passive. In fact, activities like reading Dante, growing tomatoes or fixing our own plumbing can bring us a lot of joy and satisfaction—and maybe even transform the way we see the world.

Dr. Moore is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Great Texts at Baylor University and the author of How to Burn a Goat: Farming with the Philosophers. Today, Dr. Moore joins Ross to discuss the connections among philosophy, the Classics, theology and farming, explaining how Wendell Berry inspired his decision to become a farmer, and exploring how great works like Dante’s Divine Comedy remain relevant in modern life.

Dr. Moore challenges us to rethink our notion of labor, describing the rewards of problem-solving with our hands and engaging in activities like gardening or woodworking—as opposed to just buying the things we want. Listen in for Dr. Moore’s insight on making leisure more intentional and learn how Christian thought and the Classics can help us cultivate a sense of gratitude and initiate meaningful conversations about what really matters.

Resources:

Dr. Moore at Baylor University

How to Burn a Goat: Farming with the Philosophers by Scott H. Moore

Books by Wendell Berry

The Divine Comedy Volume I: Inferno by Dante Alighieri, translated by Mark Musa

The Great Courses: Dante’s Divine Comedy

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Nick Offerman

Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop by Nick Offerman

The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry, narrated by Nick Offerman

Joel Salatin on Reversing Climate Change EP072

Quill Robinson on Reversing Climate Change S2EP18

Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper

Books by Gregory A. Boyd

Books by David Bentley Hart

G.K. Chesterton

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Aug 18, 2020
S2E25: The DAC-up plan for climate change—w/ Dr. Jen Wilcox of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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There is a temptation to believe that science and technology will save us from climate change, while we continue business as usual. But we have already emitted huge levels of CO2 into the atmosphere, and it’s going to take both carbon capture at the source and direct air capture (DAC) from ambient air to make a dent in the record atmospheric concentration of 415ppm we hit in 2019.

Dr. Jennifer Wilcox is the James H. Manning Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the author of the first textbook on carbon capture. Today, Dr. Wilcox joins Ross and Christophe to discuss the distinction between carbon capture in general and direct air capture specifically and explain why we need both strategies to succeed in reversing climate change.

Dr. Wilcox goes on to describe the two leading DAC technologies, solvents and solid sorbents, sharing how we might decide where to build plants and what tech to use in a given situation. Listen in for Dr. Wilcox’s insight on conducting a techno-economic assessment on systems that have yet to be deployed and learn how you can get involved in the ongoing advancement of carbon management.

Resources:

Nori on Patreon

Nori on Twitter

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Nori

Dr. Wilcox on Twitter

Dr. Wilcox on Google Scholar

Dr. Wilcox’s TED Talk

David Biello at TED

‘Cost Analysis of Carbon Capture and Sequestration of Process Emissions from the US Industrial Sector’ in Environmental Science & Technology

‘Cost Analysis of Carbon Capture and Sequestration from US Natural Gas-Fired Power Plants’ in Environmental Science & Technology

‘Cost Analysis of Direct Air Capture and Sequestration Coupled to Low-Carbon Thermal Energy in the United States’ in Environmental Science & Technology

Carbfix

Sherwood’s Rule

Climeworks

Petra Nova

Carbon Engineering

Global Thermostat

American Physical Society 2011 Report

Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy

Books by Wendell Berry

Charles Eisenstein

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Aug 11, 2020
S2E24: Black Americans Care About Climate Change (But It’s Complicated)—w/ Jared DeWese of Third Way
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We know that minority populations bear an unequal burden when it comes to climate change. And yes, Black Americans are concerned about the climate crisis, but they don’t see the environment as a top-tier issue. So, what can advocates and policymakers do to make climate change more relevant to Black communities and ensure their inclusion in a clean energy transition?

Jared DeWese is Senior Communications Advisor for the Climate & Energy Program at Third Way, a center-left federal policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. Jared joins Ross to discuss the organization’s recent report, ‘Black Americans Care About Climate Change (But It’s Complicated),’ sharing the top takeaways from their qualitative research and explaining how advocates can mobilize communities of color around climate change by connecting the issue with their daily lives.

Jared weighs in on how Black Americans are impacted by climate change, introducing us to the idea of environmental racism and exploring what we can do to confront and transform discriminatory systems and policies. Listen in for Jared’s insight on promoting climate policy in a divided Congress and learn why he is optimistic about the potential for real progress at this particular moment in history.


Resources:

Third Way Energy on Twitter

Jared on Twitter

Black Americans Care About Climate Change (But It’s Complicated)

Yale Program on Climate Communication Study on Race & Attitudes Toward Climate Change

The Environmental Kuznets Curve

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequity in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

Joe Biden’s Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice

Otto von Bismarck & the Welfare State

The History of Rome Podcast

Revolutions Podcast

The Life & Legacy of John Lewis on The Daily Podcast

James Baldwin on Being Black in America

Alexander Hamilton on Slavery as Wasted Potential

W.E.B. Du Bois’ Concept of Double Consciousness

The Environmental Defense Fund Poll on African Americans & Clean Energy Resources

Nori

Nori on Twitter

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Aug 04, 2020
How to Decolonize the Atmosphere (with carbon removal)—w/ Dr. Holly Jean Buck
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Many indigenous communities see the climate crisis as another form of colonialism. First World countries have colonized the atmosphere with their greenhouse gas emissions. And there is a risk that carbon removal infrastructure reinforces business-as-usual. So, what is the best approach to decolonizing the atmosphere? How can we tackle climate change in a way that fits with broader progressive goals around equity and social justice?

Dr. Holly Jean Buck is a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA’s Institute on the Environment and Sustainability and the author of After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration. Dr. Buck joins Ross to discuss her recent article in Progressive International, ‘How to Decolonize the Atmosphere.’ She describes how the ideas in The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth informed her thinking and introduces us to the concept of settler colonialism as it relates to climate change.

Dr. Buck walks us through her three progressive goals for carbon removal: 1) link carbon with the managed decline of fossil fuels, 2) ensure public ownership and return on investment, and 3) advocate for a global framework for carbon removal. Listen in for Dr. Buck’s insight on the interconnectedness of the climate crisis with the other major issues we face and find out why she is concerned about the way social media may be influencing scientific research.

Resources

Dr. Buck’s Website

Dr. Buck on Twitter

The Red Deal Part 1: End the Occupation

Beyond Wiindigo Infrastructure by Winona LaDuke, Deborah Cowen

After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration by Holly Jean Buck

Global CCS Institute Report on Climate Change

Rhodium Report on Jobs & Direct Air Capture

Rhodium Report on Policies for the US to Advance Direct Air Capture

Sad by Design: On Platform Nihilism by Geert Lovink

Nexus by Ramez Naam

Daniel Schmachtenberger

‘Climate Change is a Waste Management Problem’ in Issues in Science and Technology

All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change by Michael T. Klare

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Jul 30, 2020
S2E23: Can green sand beaches sequester carbon at scale?—w/ Kelly Erhart & Tom Green of Project Vesta
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Carbon dioxide levels are double what they were prior the Industrial Revolution. And we know that reducing emissions is simply not going to be enough to avoid widespread ecological collapse. We need strategies for removing CO2 from the atmosphere at scale. So, what if green sand beaches could provide a promising solution to climate change that is nature-based, affordable, and can be deployed around the globe?

Kelly Erhart and Tom Green are the Cofounder and Executive Director, respectively, of Project Vesta, an organization dedicated to capturing a trillion tonnes of excess CO2 in rock through coastal enhanced weathering. Kelly and Tom join Ross to explain how they are creating green sand beaches with olivine to remove CO2 from the atmosphere faster and store it in limestone on the sea floor. They discuss the benefits and potential risks of enhanced weathering in an aquatic environment as well as the permanence of Project Vesta’s sequestration process.

Kelly and Tom share the news of how Stripe came to be their first customer, describing how the nonprofit is funded and what’s behind their decision to make the technology open-source. Listen in to understand how the enhanced weathering process might help solve the ocean acidification problem and how Project Vesta sees their solution's scalability and cost-effectiveness.


Resources

Project Vesta

Project Vesta’s Research Page

Project Vesta on Instagram

Project Vesta on Facebook

Project Vesta on Twitter

Eric Matzner on Carbon Removal Newsroom EP018

Climate Change: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide from Climate.gov

‘Exoskeleton Dissolution with Mechanoreceptor Damage in Larval Dungeness Crab Related to Severity of Present-Day Ocean Acidification Vertical Gradients’ in Science of the Total Environment

Stripe’s Negative Emissions Commitment

Stripe’s Partnership with Project Vesta

Air Miners

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Jul 28, 2020
S2E22: The unexpected order in the global "waste" trade—w/ Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet & Secondhand
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Have you ever wondered what happens to your clothes after you drop them off at Goodwill? Or where your electronics go once you’ve left them at the recycling center? Yes, some of our excess is exported to emerging markets around the world and either resold or harvested for parts. Is that cool? And what can we do to shop in a way that reduces our environmental impact?

Adam Minter is a columnist at Bloomberg Opinion and the author of Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade and Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale. Today, Adam joins Ross to explain how being born into a family of junk dealers informed his career as a journalist. He introduces us to what happens when we donate clothing to Goodwill, describing how items are sorted and resold or exported to other markets around the world.

Adam weighs in on why it’s not unethical to send our e-waste to West Africa or resell used car seats in Mexico, challenging us to worry more about the quality of the products we buy and less about where they’re exported when we’re done with them. Listen in for Adam’s insight around the value of mass market collectibles and learn how to shift your consumer thinking from immediate cost to total cost of ownership.

Resources

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Adam at Bloomberg Opinion

Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter

Scrap Magazine

Speed Queen

Unbundled Airlines on Planet Money EP517

Kelley Blue Book

Patagonia Worn Wear

Frugalwoods

Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Willard Thames

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson

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Jul 21, 2020
The promise & peril of blockchain governance—w/ Dr. Nick Cowen, University of Lincoln
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The American Constitution provides the ‘nuts and bolts of liberty,’ putting constraints on the government and promising equality before the law. But the challenge is that it relies on state officials to enforce the law impartially. What if the blockchain could help us avoid these human-level implementation problems and effectively automate some features of our bureaucracy?

Dr. Nick Cowen is a lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln and the author of the paper, ‘Markets for Rules: The Promise and Peril of Blockchain Distributed Governance.’ Today, Nick is back to discuss the potential benefits of blockchain governance structures, including the ability to apply law impartially and reduce censorship. He explores the idea of consent as it applies to the blockchain and explains how the technology prevents the off-diagonals that manifest out of subsidiarity.

Nick weighs in on whether the blockchain will become a competition to be the best or the most permissive and describes how the technology might influence our political systems—and vice versa. Listen in for Nick’s insight around the application of civil versus common law traditions via the blockchain and learn how we can leverage blockchain technology for environmental governance.


Resources

Purchase Nori Carbon Removals

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Carbon Removal Newsroom

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Nick’s Website

Nick on Academia

Nick on SSRN

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‘Markets for Rules: The Promise and Peril of Blockchain Distributed Governance’ by Nick Cowen

Ethereum

John Rawls

John Locke

Quill Robinson on RCC S2EP18

Tax Justice Network

Ozark

James M. Buchanan

Adam Smith

Being Me Being You: Adam Smith and Empathy by Samuel Fleischacker

Alan Partridge

Dr. Anton Howes on Twitter

Ilia Murtazashvili

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Jul 16, 2020
S2E21: Buildings grown by bacteria?! and other frontiers in architecture—w/ Dr. Wil Srubar, CU Boulder
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What's the future got in store for architecture? A return to tried and true organic construction methods like adobe or rammed earth? Buildings that are as alive as human bodies? Something in between? How do we create more beautiful and livable spaces while also making the built environment carbon-negative?

This week's guest is Dr. Wil Srubar, Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, Technical Director of Materials R&D at Katerra, and Cochair of the Carbon Leadership Forum Network and serves as its global hub director.

We talk about trends in architecture and materials science and try to ferret out what might be coming down the pike, particularly in light of the article Wil wrote in The Conversation, "Buildings grown by bacteria—new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials".

A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised): The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture by Virginia Savage McAlester

Wil's CU profile

Akira

Dr. Kate Simonen's RCC episode

Andrew Himes' RCC episode

Chris Magwood and Jacob Deva Racusin's RCC episode

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Jul 14, 2020
S2E20: Beyond markets and states: an intro to Elinor Ostrom—w/ Dr. Nick Cowen, University of Lincoln
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The tragedy of the commons suggests that, left to our own devices, we will overuse and overconsume our shared resources in the name of self-interest. And that either privatization or state control is required to keep us in check. But Elinor Ostrom advanced a third option, a polycentric governance approach in which the people involved solve the problem on their own through a commons solution.

Dr. Nick Cowen is a lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln and the author of the paper, ‘Cost and Choice in the Commons: Ostrom and the Case of British Flood Management’. Today, Nick joins Ross to discuss the differences among state, market, and commons solutions to the environmental problems we face. He explains how Ostrom’s work changed the way we think about the tragedy of the commons and walks us through several examples of communal solutions that preserve shared resources.

Nick goes on to introduce the concepts of residual-claimancy and the transitional gains trap, describing how government intervention in flood management followed by a period of privatization led to the current dilemma in Great Britain. Listen in for insight around how Ostrom’s communal systems might appeal to both conservative and liberal politics and learn how we can apply her interdisciplinary ideas to protect our shared resources.

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‘Cost and Choice in the Commons: Ostrom and the Case of British Flood Management’ by Nick Cowen

Elinor Ostrom

Ostrom’s Workshop Method

Ostrom’s Google Scholar Page

Ostrom’s Nobel Prize Lecture

Books by James C. Scott

Ludwig Von Mises’ Insights on Intervention

‘The Transitional Gains Trap’ by Gordon Tullock

Dr. Bryan Caplan on RCC S2EP2

Karen Bradshaw

Bryan Leonard

Friedrich August Hayek

Ilia Murtazashvili

Kate Raworth

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Jul 07, 2020
S2E19: A current tour of The Future Earth with author Eric Holthaus
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We tend to think of climate change as a problem in and of itself. But what if the climate crisis is a symptom of a bigger issue? What if we can’t solve climate change without social justice?

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus is the climate correspondent for The Correspondent and author of The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What’s Possible in the Age of Warming. Today, Eric joins Ross to explain how climate change is a symptom of broader societal inequalities and discuss the role ownership has played in causing the climate crisis. He shares his vision for a cooperative political and economic system based on distributed production that supports the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.

Eric goes on to explore the complexity of our connections with the each other and advocate for a system of ethics that promotes care work and prevents overconsumption by a privileged few. Listen in for Eric’s insight around what the pandemic has taught us about the potential for a radically different life and learn how actively reducing inequality is the first step in solving climate change—once and for all.

Key Takeaways

[1:16] The themes Eric presents in The Future Earth

  • Combination of urgency + optimism (picture of what fighting FOR)
  • Climate change provides chance to fix other structural problems

[5:20] How quickly ‘radical solutions’ have become mainstream

  • Demonstrated in numbers published by Data for Progress
  • Example—100% renewable energy seemed out of reach

[7:26] The relationship between climate and justice

  • Climate change = symptom of broader inequalities + injustice
  • Perspective lends to expanded list of solutions (e.g.: care work)

[8:08] The role ownership has played in causing climate change

  • Idea of private property consolidated wealth to few
  • Overconsumption by those who control resources
  • Can only survive by caring for each other and our home
  • Must become stewards of objects, own as community

[17:41] Eric’s vision for our future economic and political systems

  • Yet to be invented, drawn out of ecologically focused world
  • Can’t survive in competitive economic system on finite planet
  • Believe life, liberty and pursuit of happiness possible for all

[21:35] The concept of distributed production

  • Democratize everything for broader societal goal of cooperation
  • Example of libraries as community resource anyone can use

[27:58] Eric’s take on toxic masculinity and care work

  • Must understand complexity of relationship to world
  • Develop skills in asking for help, admitting when wrong

[32:08] How Eric thinks about energy efficiency and overconsumption

  • Break addiction to overconsumption with focus on reducing inequality
  • Wealth tax provides universal access to housing, food and water

[37:18] The potential for us to lead radically different lives

  • Demonstrated by Coronavirus pandemic
  • Reframe what is and is not necessary (e.g.: air travel)
  • Rebuild purpose of society in zero carbon context

[40:47] Eric’s insight on travel and the auto industry in the US

  • Bike networks in Amsterdam don’t interface with roads at all
  • Surface areas of cities 30% to 40% car infrastructure
  • Highways built to boost economy but destroy neighborhoods
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Jun 30, 2020
S2E18: The conservative answer to the Green New Deal—w/ Quillan Robinson, American Conservation Coalition
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Young people on BOTH sides of the aisle want to see action on climate change. And Quillan Robinson believes that the will for action is a more powerful force than the disagreements we may have over policy. So, how does a conservative approach like the American Climate Contract differ from the progressive Green New Deal? And how do the principles of conservatism inform right-of-center climate solutions?

Quill is the Vice President of Government Affairs with the American Conservation Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young conservatives to reengage in environmental conversations. Today, Quill joins Ross to explain how his involvement in the I-732 campaign in Washington shaped his thinking and shifted his politics. He introduces us to the conservative thinkers who inspire him, walking us through the best principles of the conservative intellectual tradition and how they apply to climate policy.

Quill goes on to discuss why oikophilia (love of place) is not exclusive to rural contexts and offer his take on Hamiltonian versus Jeffersonian economic models. Listen in for Quill’s insight on the three main approaches to climate policy at work in DC and learn what differentiates ACC’s American Climate Contract from the other federal climate policy solutions.


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Jun 23, 2020
S2E17: How does clean energy policy work?—w/ Dr. Leah Stokes, author of Short Circuiting Policy
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The political process is complex and difficult to follow, no matter how deeply we care about climate policy. And yet, without federal clean electricity standards, energy companies are unlikely to change their behavior. So, what does good environmental policy look like? And what can we do as individuals to advocate for laws that reverse climate change?

Dr. Leah C. Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UC Santa Barbara and the author of Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States. Today, Leah joins Ross to discuss what makes for good environmental policy and why we need federal clean electricity standards. She weighs in on how public utilities abuse the political system, introducing us to the idea of intervener compensation programs as the most promising way to advocate for the public interest.

Leah goes on to share her criticism of Planet of the Humans, describing the film’s failure to address the nuances of life cycle analysis or the fossil fuel industry’s role in the climate crisis and explaining how the film’s thesis is out of alignment with the Michael Moore’s supposed progressive politics. Listen in as Leah shares a case study of climate policy in the state of Ohio and learn what you can do to let lawmakers know that you care about climate change.


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Jun 16, 2020
S2E16: Can we cure concrete's emissions problem?—w/ Rob Niven of CarbonCure
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Concrete is an incredibly useful and highly resilient building material. And with population growth and urbanization, we are on pace to double everything we’ve ever built in the next 40 years. At the same time, concrete production accounts for as much as 8% of global emissions. So, how can we continue to reap the benefits of concrete in a way that complies with our climate goals?

Robert Niven is the Founder and CEO of CarbonCure, a company that recycles waste carbon dioxide to make stronger and greener concrete. They are also one of the four companies chosen by Stripe for its first negative emissions purchases. Today, Rob joins Ross and Christophe to explain how concrete is traditionally produced and what CarbonCure does differently to permanently mineralize carbon in concrete, both improving its quality and reducing its carbon footprint.

Rob weighs in on embodied carbon, sharing the benefits of CarbonCure’s solution in terms of scalability and cost, and discusses the potential for his process to eventually use direct air capture as a source of CO2. Listen in as Rob introduces us to his audacious goal of reducing emissions by 500 megatons per year and learn how we can accelerate the change with procurement policy and carbon offsets.


Resources

CarbonCure

CarbonCure on LinkedIn

CarbonCure on Twitter

Stripe’s Negative Emissions Commitment

Stripe’s First Negative Emissions Purchases

CarbonCure’s Cake Analogy Video

Carbon Leadership Forum

Bill Gates’ Resources on Climate & Energy

CLF’s EC3 Tool Methodology

Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Hawaii’s Concrete Procurement Policy

CarbonCure’s Partnership with HC&D in Honolulu

Elemental Excelerator 

Buy Clean California Act

New York Assembly Bill 8617

Carbon XPRIZE

Emissions Reduction Alberta’s Grand Carbon Challenge

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Jun 09, 2020
BLM, climate justice, and carbon removal—w/ Mellina White
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Emily Atkin's June 1st issue of HEATED caught our attention with the headline "The climate movement's silence" regarding the Black Lives Matter protests taking place all over the United States and the lack of a substantial response from climate organizations. One of the long-running debates that shows up on the podcast is "to what degree should climate change policy be focused exclusively on decarbonization and drawdown vs. a more comprehensive suite of related issues?" On the one hand, ostensibly there is less room for disagreement when policy is unbundled. On the other hand, big change may be possible within moments like this and it seems myopic at best to focus only on the former and ignoring ongoing harms or negligence. What is an organization to do? Here's a beginning to that conversation, with more programming on the topic to come.

Mellina White, who has been moonlighting as a Norinaut, wrote the article, "Attention white people: Your #BLM memes are not enough", that inspired this conversation.

Mellina White's Twitter

The Seattle Conservative

Campaign Zero

The Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko

"U.S. Lawmaker Prepares Bill Aiming to End Court Protection for Police" in The New York Times

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Jun 03, 2020
S2E15: Are you a wizard or a prophet?—w/ Charles C. Mann
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What is the best approach to solving the climate crisis? Should we leverage science and technology to ‘produce’ our way out of the problem? Or aspire to live in Hobbiton and radically reduce our human footprint?

Charles C. Mann is the New York Times bestselling author behind 1491, 1493 and The Wizard and the Prophet and a regular correspondent for The Atlantic, WIRED and Science Magazine. Today, Charles joins Ross to discuss the two major schools of thought he identified in the environmental movement—wizards and prophets—and introduce us to the scientists he uses to represent each camp in his book.

Charles walks us through the fundamental differences between the two groups, describing their values, blind spots and radically different ways of seeing the world. Listen in for Charles’ insight on a third school of thought that dismisses both wizards and prophets and find out where he falls on the wizard-prophet spectrum in light of the current global health crisis.

Connect with Ross

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Resources

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World

Charles on Twitter

Norman Borlaug

Road to Survival by William Vogt

Jared Diamond

Naomi Klein

Paul Ehrlich

Bill McKibben

Ted Nordhaus

Hans Rosling

Jesse Ausubel

Ramez Naam

Emma Marris

Planet of the Humans

Nathaneal Johnson in Grist

‘The Call of Cthulhu’ by H.P. Lovecraft

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Adam Smith’s Parable of the Poor Man’s Son

Lynn Margulis

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Jun 02, 2020
S2E14: Is it time to regulate fashion like oil?—w/ Dr. Elizabeth Segran of Fast Company
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Dr. Elizabeth Segran is a Senior Staff Writer at Fast Company. Today, Liz joins Ross and guest host Lorraine Smith to discuss how fashion works, explaining how the industry has evolved over the last 150 years to a system in which clothes are disposable. She explores the environmental cost of fast fashion, describing the dangers of using synthetic material and the tremendous waste associated with producing inventory well beyond what consumers are likely to buy. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 26, 2020
Do you want to work in climatetech?—w/ Evan Hynes of Climate.Careers
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Evan Hynes is the founder of Climate.Careers, a job site dedicated to helping talented jobseekers find high-impact, high-paying jobs at organizations working to address climate change. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Evan joins Ross to discuss why he built the Climate.Careers platform, explain what qualifies a job to be listed on the site, and how a listener might be able to land a job in climatetech. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 22, 2020
S2E13: How Koen van Seijen invests in regenerative agriculture
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Koen van Seijen is the host of the Investing in Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, where he talks to pioneers in the regenerative food and agriculture space about putting money to work to regenerate the soil. Today, Koen joins Ross and Christophe to discuss the many different flavors of financing for regenerative agriculture and explain the distinction between investing in regenerative agriculture and what is sometimes called "regenerative financing" which innovates in terms of deal structure and beyond. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 19, 2020
S2E12: The Hottest New Literary Genre Is ‘Doomer Lit’—w/ Kate Knibbs, Senior Writer at Wired
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Kate Knibbs is a Senior Writer at WIRED covering culture, and is the author of ‘The Hottest New Literary Genre is Doomer Lit.’ Today, Kate joins Ross to explain what inspired her conception of the new (sub)genre, discussing what differentiates doomer lit from cli-fi and how Jenny Offill’s new novel Weather functions as a mood piece on climate change. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 12, 2020
Making fabric from bamboo?!—w/ Phoebe Yu & Kat Dey of ettitude
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Phoebe Yu and Kat Dey are the cofounders of ettitude, a sustainable lifestyle brand that uses CleanBamboo fabric to produce bedding, bath, and sleepwear. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, they join Ross to walk us through the process ettitude uses to turn bamboo into fabric, sharing the benefits of using bamboo as a raw material in terms of carbon capture and storage. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 08, 2020
S2E11: Can capitalism be regenerative?—w/ John Elkington, author of Green Swans
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John Elkington is an internationally recognized authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development, bestselling author, and serial entrepreneur. He currently serves as Chief Pollinator at Volans, a future-focused business working at the intersection of the sustainability, entrepreneurship, and innovation movements. Today, John joins Ross and Paul to discuss his most recent book, Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 05, 2020
Geology Cage Match! The Sapiezoic vs. the Anthropocene—w/ Dr. David Grinspoon, astrobiologist
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Dr. David Grinspoon is the author of Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future. He is also part of the team working with NASA on a proposed mission to Venus! On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, David is back on the show with Ross to discuss the basic units of the geological time scale and explain why he proposes calling this new time marked by human impact and self-awareness the Sapiezoic Eon rather than the Anthropocene Epoch. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 01, 2020
S2E10: Getting transpartisan with the hosts of Political Climate, Julia Pyper & Shane Skelton
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Julia Pyper and Shane Skelton are two of the three cohosts of Political Climate, a bipartisan podcast on energy and environmental politics in America. Today, Julia and Shane join Ross to discuss how their show is working to normalize the conversation on climate change (on both sides of the aisle) and explore what’s behind the increasing polarization in DC and what role the media plays in perpetuating our political divisions. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 28, 2020
Nori and Joro's Earth Day pilot announcement!
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Sanchali Pal is the Founder and CEO of Joro, an app designed to mobilize climate action. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Sanchali joins Ross and Alexsandra to explain how Joro allows users to track their carbon footprint (by way of credit card data) and take collective action to reduce emissions through behavior change, and how Nori and Joro are working together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 22, 2020
S2E9: Travel writing a disappearing Oceania—w/ J. Maarten Troost
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J. Maarten Troost is the travel writer behind such titles as The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Getting Stoned with Savages and Headhunters on My Doorstep. He spent multiple years in Kiribati in the Equatorial Pacific as well as Fiji and Vanuatu. On this episode of the Reversing Climate Change, Maarten joins Ross to explain how he came to spend time in the region of Oceania and offer insight around the provocative titles for his books and the egalitarian nature of island culture. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 21, 2020
Regenerative farming & (re)discovering your heritage—w/ Ethan Soloviev of High Falls Farm
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Ethan Soloviev is the coauthor of Regenerative Enterprise and Levels of Regenerative Agriculture and co-owner of High Falls Farm,  a multi-enterprise farm in the Hudson Valley of New York that aims toward regenerative principles and practices. On this bonus episode, Ethan joins Ross to introduce us to the Jewish idea of shmita, as well as his attempts to learn from Irish/Celtic and indigenous North American agricultural traditions as well. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 17, 2020
S2E8: Commoditizing Forest Carbon and Its Discontents—w/ Dr. Lauren Gifford
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Dr. Lauren Gifford is a critical geographer exploring the intersections of global climate policy, conservation, markets, and justice. She is also the host of Carbon Social Club and the author of a recent paper entitled “‘You Can’t Value What You Can’t Measure’: A Critical Look at Forest Carbon Accounting.” On this episode, we dig into avoided deforestation credits, REDD/REDD+, and the dynamics at play when carbon is commoditized in forestry and in general. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 14, 2020
The latest on managed mine tailings & enhanced weathering—w/ Dr. Greg Dipple of UBC
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Dr. Greg Dipple is a Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia—Vancouver,and a podcast alumnus! On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Greg joins Ross to give us an update on his research around carbon mineralization in mine tailings, reminding us how the process works and explaining why it’s not already common practice. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 13, 2020
S2E7: Why is soil carbon measurement so tricky?—w/ Dr. Jane Zelikova of Carbon180
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Dr. Jane Zelikova is the Chief Scientist at Carbon180, a carbon removal think tank on a mission to fundamentally rethink carbon, and cofounder of 500 Women Scientists, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the leadership, diversity, and public engagement in science.  On this episode of the Reversing Climate Change, Jane joins Ross and Christophe to discuss the challenges of measuring the carbon content of soil and the projections around how much CO2 we can sequester with improved management practices. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 07, 2020
Wired releases its climate solutions issue!—w/ Maria Streshinsky, Wired's Executive Editor
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Maria Streshinsky is the Executive Editor of Wired, a science and technology magazine devoted to exploring technology’s potential to shape the world for the better. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Maria joins Ross to discuss the forthcoming issue of Wired, walking us through its sections on carbon capture, food and land, transportation and renewable energy. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 01, 2020
S2E6: California's big negative emissions opportunity—w/ Dr. Roger Aines of Lawrence Livermore Nat'l Lab
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Dr. Roger Aines is the Chief Scientist of the Energy Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and coauthor of the LLNL report Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California. On this episode of the Reversing Climate Change, Roger joins Ross and Christophe to discuss how the California study came about and walk us through the three carbon removal strategies outlined in the report—natural solutions, waste biomass and direct air capture. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 31, 2020
S2E5: Ayahuasca, shamanism, & the climate crisis—w/ Sophia Rokhlin, author of When Plants Dream
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Sophia Rokhlin is the coauthor of When Plants Dream: Ayahuasca, Amazonian Shamanism and the Global Psychedelic Renaissance. She also serves as the director of the sustainable ayahuasca cultivation program at the Temple of the Way of Light, a traditional plant medicine retreat center in the Peruvian Amazon. This episode Sophia joins Ross and Alexsandra to introduce us to the traditions of shamanism and discuss the fundamentals of ayahuasca, and how ayahuasca tourism impacts indigenous communities. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 24, 2020
S2E4: A climate change prequel—w/ Nathaniel Rich, author of Losing Earth: A Recent History
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Nathaniel Rich is a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine and the author of three novels. His nonfiction book, Losing Earth: A Recent History, is an account of the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989 when we ‘almost stopped climate change.’ On this episode of the podcast, Nathaniel joins Ross to give us an overview of the story behind the book, explaining how climate change was a bipartisan issue at the time and what eventually moved Republicans into a much more hostile posture. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 17, 2020
S2E3: We ask Vox's David Roberts if we're naive about conservatives and climate
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David Roberts is a staff writer for Vox, and his work focuses on energy, politics and climate change. On this episode of the podcast, David joins Ross and Aldyen to share his take on the disappearance of the center-right as a faction of the Republican Party and discuss the role social trust plays in the health of a society. Aldyen introduces the idea of a common goal as key to the survival of an empire, and David explains why climate change is unlikely to serve as our national purpose here in the US. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 10, 2020
Citizens' Climate Lobby's carbon fee and dividend bill—w/ Conservative Outreach Fellow Daniel Palken
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Daniel Palken is a Conservative Outreach Fellow for Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), an organization working to build support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change.  On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Daniel joins Ross to explain what drew him to work with the organization and discuss their recent Conservative Climate Lobby Day for climate advocates right of center. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 06, 2020
S2E2: Open Borders: immigration, climate change, & economic growth—w/ Dr. Bryan Caplan
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Dr. Bryan Caplan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and New York Times Bestselling author. His most recent release is a collaboration with Zach Weinersmith called Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Bryan joins Ross and Paul to discuss the thesis of his new nonfiction graphic novel and explain his view that open borders would ultimately double the productivity of humankind. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 03, 2020
Shipped is better than perfect—an update from the Nori Product Team (bonus)
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Michael Leggett is Nori’s Director of Product, Jacob Farny is the team’s Principal Product Designer, Jaycen Horton serves as the Principal Blockchain Architect, and Software Developer Richie “never writes code with bugs" Farman. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, the Nori product team joins Ross for a product update, walking us through what they’ve been working on and how their priorities have shifted since last summer. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 28, 2020
S2E1: What can carbon removal learn from cleantech?—w/ Jigar Shah of Generate Capital
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Jigar Shah is the Cofounder and President of Generate Capital, a financial services firm dedicated to building the infrastructure necessary to deliver affordable and reliable resource solutions. A luminary in the realm of financing renewable energy, Jigar is also the author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Jigar joins Ross and Christophe to discuss his mission to help entrepreneurs and companies scale up proven climate solutions. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 25, 2020
Have humans earned the Anthropocene?—with Peter Brannen
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Peter Brannen is the award-winning science journalist and deep time aficionado behind the book, The Ends of the World. On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, he comes back on the show to discuss his recently published articles in The Atlantic, ‘The Anthropocene is a Joke’ and ‘What Made Me Reconsider the Anthropocene.’ We discuss why deep time is such a foreign concept to the general public and Peter explains how the term Anthropocene has evolved to encompass all human activity. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 04, 2020
CarbonWA's pivot from a carbon tax or fee to regenerative agriculture
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CarbonWA's Kyle Murphy and Greg Rock have both previously been on the show to talk about Washington state's carbon policy and their legislative attempts. Now, CarbonWA is focusing on a new approach to incentivize regenerative agriculture called the Sustainable Farms and Fields Bill, which is Senate Bill 5947. In this Reversing Climate Change bonus episode, CarbonWA's Sustainable Farms Campaign Manager, Noa Kay, joins the show to give us an update on their efforts and change of approach. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 28, 2020
Is the Climate Crisis a Secular Eschatology?—with Dr. Evan Kuehn
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Dr. Evan Kuehn is a theologian and academic librarian at North Park University, conducting research around modern religious thought. His forthcoming book is called Troeltsch’s Eschatological Absolute.  On this bonus episode of Reversing Climate Change, Evan joins Ross to discuss his recently published article, "Is the Climate Crisis a Secular Eschatology?", introducing us to eschatology as an account of how our world ends and explaining how climate change qualifies as a secular eschatology. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 21, 2020
Jimmy Jia's new book, "The Corporate Energy Strategist's Handbook"
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Jimmy Jia is an author and professor at Presidio Graduate School. Jimmy was on the show over a year ago talking about his work in cleantech, and applying the insights of thermodynamics to business and beyond. We welcome Jimmy back to the Reversing Climate Change podcast for a short bonus episode on his new book, The Corporate Energy Strategist's Handbook: Frameworks to Achieve Environmental Sustainability and Competitive Advantage. You can preorder the book on Amazon. It comes out March 11th, 2020. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 14, 2020
107: A dedicated introduction to communitarianism—w/ Jeffrey Howard of Erraticus
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Jeffrey Howard is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Erraticus, an online publication focused on human flourishing.  On this episode, Jeffrey joins Alexsandra and Ross to discuss the ideas in Deneen’s book and compare how communitarians and liberals see the world. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Dec 31, 2019
106: Maritime trade with wooden ships?!—w/ Danielle Doggett of SAILCARGO
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Danielle Doggett is the Executive Director of SAILCARGO, a carbon-neutral shipping company in the process of building the world’s largest emission-free cargo ship, Ceiba. The team uses high-quality wood and old-world shipbuilding techniques with the goal of transporting artisanal products from Central America to the US and Canada. In this episode, Danielle joins Alexsandra and Ross to discuss how Ceiba will be powered by wind energy and explain how it compares to traditional ships. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Dec 24, 2019
105: Should you have children in light of climate change?—w/ Darrell Bricker of Empty Planet
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Darrell Bricker is the coauthor of Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline, a book exploring how a shrinking population might reshape the social, political, environmental and economic landscape.  On this episode of the Reversing Climate Change, Darrell joins Alexsandra and Ross to discuss how his understanding of population trends differs from conventional wisdom and explain why the UN numbers around global fertility rates are wrong. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Dec 17, 2019
104: How tech can help save the Amazon—w/ Diego Saez Gil of Pachama
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Diego Saez Gil is the Cofounder and CEO of Pachama, a startup developing the technologies to bring trust, transparency and efficiency to the forest carbon market. His team leverages machine learning to accelerate the validation of carbon captured in reforestation and forest conservation projects.  On this episode of the podcast, Diego joins Alexsandra, Ross and Christophe to explain how LiDAR technology works and discuss how Pachama is using it to measure carbon capture with stunning accuracy. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Dec 10, 2019
103: The critical left & carbon removal—with Dr. Holly Jean Buck of UCLA
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Dr. Holly Jean Buck is a postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the author of After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair and Restoration. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Dr. Buck joins Ross to discuss how her take on climate solutions differs from traditional left-leaning views, explaining the aspects of geoengineering that should be in the hands of the people and the risks associated with Nori’s premise of treating carbon as a commodit --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Dec 03, 2019
102: Techstars, The Nature Conservancy, & Nori's sustainability startup accelerator experience
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Zach Nies is the Managing Director of the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, August Ritter serves as Program Director of The Nature Conservancy’s partnership with Techstars, and Hannah Davis is the Program Director of the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator. How does the program work and what did Nori get out of it? Listen in and see if it's a good fit for your startup. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Nov 26, 2019
101: If California were engulfed in flames—w/ Allison Wolff of Vibrant Planet
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Allison Wolff is the Founder and CEO of Vibrant Planet, a firm that leverages the power of narrative to mobilize positive social change. She has 25 years of experience in the space, and her impressive client roster includes Google, eBay, Facebook and Netflix. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Allison joins Ross and Christophe to discuss what sparked her interest in the megafire issue and explain why the California forests are burning—and what we can do about it. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Nov 19, 2019
100: An Ecomodernist Podcast-o—with Ted Nordhaus of The Breakthrough Institute
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Ted Nordhaus is the Founder and Executive Director of The Breakthrough Institute, the world’s first ecomodernist think tank promoting technological solutions to environmental problems. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Ted joins Ross and Christophe to discuss the fundamentals of ecomodernism, explaining the movement’s idea of decoupling and offering his response to the degrowther argument against it. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Nov 12, 2019
99: Nuclear, GMOs, & the importance of being rigorous—with Nathanael Johnson of Grist
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Nathanael Johnson is a Senior Writer at Grist and the author of All Natural: A Skeptic’s Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier and Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Nathanael joins Ross and Christophe to discuss how his writing challenges the status quo, asking the questions that inspire real results --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Nov 05, 2019
98: Getting your feet wet in water markets—with Richael Young of Mammoth Water
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Richael Young is the Cofounder and CEO of Mammoth Water, the smart market platform that delivers a smarter, simpler way to track and trade water. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Richael joins Alexsandra and Christophe to discuss the ins and outs of water markets and explain why strong governance is crucial to their success. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 29, 2019
Schwarzenegger Institute negates their office's emissions with carbon removals (lightning bonus episode #5)
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At the University of Southern California, the Schwarzenegger Institute works to find common ground and post-partisan solutions to pressing problems, not least of which is climate change. They participated in the Nori Lightning Sale. Find out why carbon removals is important to their work and why they support Nori in today's bonus episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 23, 2019
97: Where reforestation & carbon markets meet—w/ Mike Smith & John Cleland of RenewWest
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Mike Smith and John Cleland are the managing partners of RenewWest, an environmental services company committed to replanting forests in areas burned by wildfire in the American West and financializing the practice through carbon offset markets. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Mike and John join Ross and Christophe to share the team’s three-phase process and explain why reforestation projects are typically disfavored in traditional carbon markets. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 22, 2019
96: Poetry + Science = Conservation—with Hannah Birge & Nelson Winkel of The Nature Conservancy
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Hannah Birge is the Director of Water and Agriculture and Nelson Winkel is the Platte River Prairies Assistant Preserve Manager and Soil Health Specialist with The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Hannah and Nelson join Ryan and Christophe to discuss the conservation practices farmers are adopting in the Great Plains and explain how The Nature Conservancy supports them with funding, technical support and labor. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 15, 2019
Why Volans supports Nori (lightning bonus episode #4)
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Nori has been in touch with the good folks at Volans since our early days. They've offered a lot of help as fellow travelers, not least of which was buying in the Nori Lightning Sale. Learn why they support Nori in this episode with Volans' Executive Director, Louise Kjellerup Roper. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 11, 2019
95: Bill McKibben on the once and future climate movement
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Bill McKibben is the author and environmentalist credited with penning the first book on climate change written for a general audience, The End of Nature. He is also a founder of 350.org, the first global, grassroots climate change movement. Bill was awarded the 2014 Right Livelihood Prize, the 2013 Gandhi Prize and the 2013 Thomas Merton Prize, and he was named to Foreign Policy magazine’s inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 08, 2019
BootsnAll & AirTreks is the first Nori Lightning Sale buyer (lightning bonus episode #3)
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Sean Keener, cofounder of BootsnAll and chairman of AirTreks, is the first buyer in the Nori Lightning Sale. In this bonus episode, Sean tells us why he chose to support Nori and purchase Carbon Removal Certificates for his businesses. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 04, 2019
Regenerative farmer Trey Hill explains his efforts in the Nori Lightning Sale (lightning bonus episode #2)
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Trey Hill of Harborview Farms has been participating in the Nori pilot for cropping soils via regenerative agriculture. The Carbon Removal Certificates now available for purchase in the Nori Lightning Sale have been generated by Trey. Catch up more with Trey on Reversing Climate Change episode #59. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 03, 2019
The Nori Lightning Sale is now live! (lightning bonus episode #1)
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People can now buy Carbon Removal Certificates from the Nori marketplace. This is the first time this has happened and is the first step in Nori launching its full platform. Nori CEO Paul Gambill is on the show to share the news about the Nori Lightning Sale. This episode is posted on Reversing Climate Change and Carbon Removal Newsroom. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 02, 2019
94: Who's Afraid of Water Management?—with Chris Peacock of AQUAOSO
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Chris Peacock is the CEO of AQUAOSO, A Public Benefit Corporation dedicated to building a water resilient future. Chris and his team use data science and machine learning to offer meaningful insight into water data and provide advanced water risk management and mitigation tools for the agricultural economy. Farmers, brokers, appraisers, lenders and water managers use AQUAOSO tools to identify, understand, monitor and mitigate water-related risks. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 01, 2019
93: Finding Wonder in Waste—with Tony Bova & Jeff Beegle of Mobius
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Tony Bova and Jeff Beegle are the CEO and CSO of Mobius, a mission-driven chemical company focused on eliminating waste by leveraging industrial organic waste streams to create new materials and chemicals. Today, Tony and Jeff join Alexsandra and Christophe to discuss the idea behind Mobius and explain how they are using the lignin stripped from trees by paper companies to make biodegradable plastics for agriculture. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Sep 24, 2019
92: How prices and data can communicate climate risk—Sarah Tuneberg of Geospiza
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Sarah is the Cofounder and CEO of Geospiza, a software company that helps corporations visualize, understand and take action around climate risks. Sarah has 10-plus years of experience in emergency management and public health, and she is committed to developing data-driven, evidence-based solutions to reduce risk and enhance resilience, especially for the most vulnerable. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Georgia and her Master’s in Public Health from Tulane. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Sep 17, 2019
91: Love, Capital, & Regenerative Ag—with Dr. Philip Taylor of Mad Agriculture
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Dr. Phil Taylor is the Cofounder and Executive Director of Mad Agriculture, a venture that aims to restore our relationship with Earth through the story, community and the practice of good agriculture. Mad Ag works on-the-ground with producers to design Regenerative Farm Plans, heal mismanaged landscapes, and help farmers and ranchers thrive—ecologically and economically. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Sep 10, 2019
90: Restoring Community & Climate Through Place-Based Economics—with Eric Kornacki
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Eric Kornacki is the President and CEO of THRIVE Partners, an organization created to provide communities with the tools to establish healthy, resilient, inclusive and vibrant economies. He is also the former Executive Director of Re:Vision, a venture that transformed one of Denver’s most marginalized neighborhoods by cultivating community food systems and developing a place-based economy. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Sep 03, 2019
89: Bioreactors, deploy! Turning nutrient runoff into fish food—with microTERRA
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Marissa, Mariana, and Paola explain how the microTERRA bioreactors turn the excess nitrogen and phosphorus in our waterways into fish food. They also describe their experiences in launching the microTERRA pilot in Mexico, discussing what they learned about leveraging every voice on the team to create a community of creative problem-solving. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Aug 27, 2019
88: How Slow Money Works...and when not to say "fiduciary"—Woody Tasch
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Woody Tasch is the founder of the Slow Money Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to catalyzing the flow of capital to local food systems, connecting investors to the places where they live. Today, Woody joins Ross and Christophe to discuss how he developed the idea of Slow Money and explore the reasons why we can’t seem to get our money out of the markets and do something radically different with it—especially foundations whose investments are out of alignment with their missions. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Aug 20, 2019
87: The Ends of the World—with Peter Brannen
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Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist with expertise in ocean science, deep time, astrobiology, and the carbon cycle. Peter walks Ross and Christophe through the five major mass extinctions in Earth’s history, discussing what events triggered each extinction and how plant and animal life changed each time. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Aug 13, 2019
86: For what shall it profit a congressman to act on climate but lose his seat?—Bob Inglis of republicEn
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Bob Inglis is a former Republican congressman representing South Carolina and the current Executive Director of republicEN, an EcoRight organization that supports a free market approach to climate change. Today, Bob joins Ross and Christophe to share the three-step metamorphosis that inspired his belief in climate change. He defines conservatism, discussing the link between Christianity and climate action and explaining why current conservative politics don’t reflect Christian values. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Aug 06, 2019
85: The Gang Learns about Permaculture—with Blacksheep's Joshua Hughes, Sara Czarniecki, & Amanda Wilson
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Joshua Hughes, Sara Czarniecki and Amanda Wilson are the CEO, COO and CMO of Blacksheep, a regenerative resource management cooperative taking direct action against landbase destruction by investing in natural capital. Today, Joshua, Sarah and Amanda join Ross and Christophe to define permaculture and explain how Blacksheep began with the intention to recover that 20 acres of eroded land—and how the business has grown since then. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jul 30, 2019
84: Good Biomass, Bad Biomass: Giant Reed Edition—Wendy Owens of Hexas Biomass
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Wendy Owens is the founder and CEO of Hexas Biomass, a producer and distributor of sustainable biomass that can supplement or replace wood in multiple applications. Wendy’s team is dedicated to using sun, water and land to benefit people and the planet through renewable resources. Today, she joins Ross to discuss the process of growing giant reed for use in products or to produce energy. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jul 23, 2019
83: Thaddeus Russell vs. environmentalism
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Thaddeus Russell joins Ross, Christophe and Paul to explain why he takes issue with the environmental movement. He challenges the moralist approach to political problems, describing how environmentalists leverage guilt and shame individual choices—while ignoring big emitters like the US military. Thaddeus also offers an overview of the Progressive Era, discussing the historical efforts to eliminate cultural diversity in the US and sharing his take on the parallels between progressives and environmentalist --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jul 16, 2019
82: Better Farming Through Data—with Dr. Emma Fuller of Granular
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Dr. Emma Fuller is a Lead Data Scientist with Granular, a farm management software company working to apply data science to the agriculture industry. In her role, Emma tracks consumer trends in sustainability and works with NGOs and startups to identify opportunities for Granular growers to get rewarded for their stewardship. Today, Emma joins Christophe and Michael Leggett, Director of Product at Nori, to discuss the partnership between Granular and Nori and share their pilot program’s progress to date. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jul 09, 2019
81: The Business of "Waste"—with Lindsey Engh
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While a plastic straw ban might make us feel better, does it actually reduce consumption in the long-term? Does recycling really make a difference? As we think about waste management solutions, what questions should we be asking in terms of sustainability? What can we do to be more thoughtful about our waste and consider where our trash goes when we throw it AWAY? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jul 02, 2019
80: 2020 Presidential candidates and their climate plans—with Zoya Teirstein
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Zoya Teirstein is a climate reporter for Grist, an environment and climate change media platform based in Seattle. She walks us through several of the presidential candidates’ climate plans, covering Biden’s shifting approach, Inslee’s comprehensive policy, and Warren’s initiative to green the military. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jun 25, 2019
79: Biochar or: Using Fire to Cool the Earth—with Albert Bates
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Today, Albert Bates joins Christophe and Alexsandra to share his unique path from the courtroom to the ecovillage, describing how he came to study terra preta soils and get involved in the biochar movement. Listen in for Albert’s insight around the waste streams that could serve as biochar source material and learn about the ecovillages and cities that serve as proof of concept for using biochar to draw carbon out of our atmosphere and oceans! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jun 18, 2019
78: Turning CO2 waste into a profitable commodity—with Apoorv Sinha of CUT
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Apoorv Sinha is the Founder and CEO of Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT), a Canadian cleantech startup that is turning CO2 waste into a profitable commodity. CUT’s proprietary technology manufactures CO2-enriched nanomaterials, improving the performance and value of concrete, polymers and adhesives, and energy storage products. CUT is a finalist for the Carbon XPRIZE, and Apoorv has been honored as a Clean 50 Emerging Leader. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jun 11, 2019
77: Using Drones to Fast-Track Reforestation—with DroneSeed
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In the past 10 years, forest fires ravaged an average of 7M acres annually in the US. (This is up from 2.6M acres per year in the 10-year period from 1982 to 1992.) The current method of reforestation involves people with shovels, carrying 50-pound bags of one- to two-year-old trees up 60° slopes. But what if we didn’t have to wait for greenhouses to grow seedlings? What if we could plant the right biological mix of seeds as soon as the fire cools? And what if we could do it all with drones? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jun 04, 2019
76: Innovations in Carbon Beneficial Building Materials—with Chris Magwood & Jacob Deva Racusin
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Buckminster Fuller famously said that “waste materials are simply resources we haven’t found a use for.” So, what if we could use agricultural waste products like corn husks or coconut coir as building materials? The truth is that we can, and a number of innovative sustainable builders are working to not just reduce the carbon emissions associated with construction but turn homes and commercial buildings into carbon storage units. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 28, 2019
75: A Chicago Lullaby (All About the Green New Deal)—with Rhiana Gunn-Wright
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If you’re asked to picture an environmentalist or climate activist, what do you see? Is it a white guy with a beard who wears a Patagonia fleece and rides his bike to work? Whether you agree with the policy or not, one of the benefits of the Green New Deal lies in the fact that it ‘builds a bigger tent.’ By addressing the twin pressures of climate change and income inequality, the proposed legislation opens the conversation about climate to a wider audience. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 21, 2019
74: A Conservative Approach to Climate Solutions—with Benji Backer
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In our polarized political climate, we are led to believe that ALL conservatives are irrational climate deniers, and ALL liberals are dead set on a large-scale policy solution that will shut down the American economy. But if you turn off the TV and close your social media tabs, you might discover that Democrats and Republicans actually agree on a lot more than we think. So, how do we get both parties to the table to talk about climate solutions? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 14, 2019
73: Using De-extinct DNA to Restore Grasslands in Pleistocene Park—with Nikita Zimov & George Church
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A significant amount of carbon has been stored in Arctic permafrost for tens of thousands of years. And unless we take radical steps to restore the ecosystem that we destroyed there, the permafrost will melt and release 1400 GT of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. This dwarfs the amount humans generate annually and would accelerate climate change on an exponential scale. So, what can we do to reestablish the grasslands and reintroduce the animals that used to dominate the region? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 07, 2019
72: Biomimicry, Politics, and Lunatic Farming—with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms
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Today, Joel joins Ross and Christophe to share his practice of duplicating nature’s patterns on the farmscape. He offers his take on the flaws in the environmentalist approach to climate change and where the Christian faith community, libertarians, and economists fall short. Joel also describes how the regulatory environment is prejudiced against small-scale operations, exploring the way oversight stifles innovation. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 30, 2019
71: Creating Carbon Beneficial Fashion Through Fibersheds—with Becky Porlier of the Upper Canada Fibreshed
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Mass-produced clothing generates 37 tons of CO2 for every ton of fast fashion, making it the second dirtiest industry in the world. But there is a better way. A way to produce clothes locally with natural fibers grown in regenerative ways. A way that is at least carbon neutral, if not carbon beneficial. And that method of hyperlocal textile manufacturing is facilitated by fibersheds. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 23, 2019
70: The Nori Marketplace Pilot Program—with Michael Leggett and Ryan Anderson from Nori
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You’ve got to crawl before you walk. The Nori team aims to have their carbon removal marketplace up and running this year, and to that end, they are currently running a pilot program with a handful of farmers and ranchers in the US. So, what does the process look like? What is their progress on the software product to date? What milestones has the team reached—and what are their next steps? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 19, 2019
69: Fighting US Energy Policy with the Youth Climate Lawsuit—with Andrea Rogers of Our Children’s Trust
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Today, Andrea joins Ross and Christophe to explain why Juliana v. US qualifies as a constitutional law case, sharing the progress of the case to date and discussing how it provides a framework for decarbonization. She describes the nuances of the government’s duty to protect its citizens and counters the argument that the government didn’t know its energy policy contributed to climate change. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 16, 2019
68: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Biofuel—with Stephen Johnson of Illinois Clean Fuels & Mark Fitz of Star Oilco
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The US is the Saudi Arabia of garbage. And Illinois Clean Fuels is working to use our surplus of municipal waste as its primary input, turning trash into biofuel. This solves two problems at once, providing a sustainable source of energy through a process that captures and stores CO2 underground. So, how does it work? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 09, 2019
67: Advancing the Campaign for a Climate Nobel Prize—with Helene & Raoul Costa de Beauregard
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Helene and Raoul Costa de Beauregard are the leaders of the campaign for the creation of a Climate Nobel Prize. They believe that climate actions should be ‘supported and rewarded with the highest distinction.’ Helene served in the Ministry of Ecology for the French government from 2009 to 2013 before Raoul’s role with Amazon brought the couple to Seattle six years ago. She is also the founder of GarageHop, an app designed to reduce the emissions generated looking for parking. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 02, 2019
66: Building a Business Around Cleantech Innovation—with Tom Ranken of the CleanTech Alliance
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The Pacific Northwest boasts several world-class research institutions, making the region a hub for cleantech R&D. But how do you move from the lab to the marketplace, building a business around your new innovation? What government programs are available to help your startup gain traction early on? And what industry associations offer programs for entrepreneurs and advocate for cleantech companies large and small? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 26, 2019
65: Translating Climate Data into Art—with University of Washington Doctoral Candidate Judy Twedt
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Climate data is overwhelming. And being inundated with numbers can make you feel disconnected or even hopeless, especially if you’re not a mathematician or a scientist. So, how can we help people connect with important data sets like the Keeling Curve or the satellite record of Arctic Sea ice? Is there a way to transform the data into art, giving people a new way to talk about climate change? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 19, 2019
64: Restoring Soil Health for Resilient Farms—with Louise Edmonds of Intuit Earth
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“We’ve got to nurture the land, nurture ourselves and nurture each other. That’s really what being human is about, and if we can get into that essence then we might have a future on the planet.” Healthy soil is key in restoring biodiversity, protecting against pests and disease, and improving water use and photosynthetic efficiency. Healthy soil supports healthy animals and healthy humans. And healthy soil sequesters carbon from the atmosphere, effectively reversing climate change. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 12, 2019
63: Reading Nutrient Density to Improve the Quality of Our Food—with Dan Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association
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Our current agricultural systems produce food with little nutritional value. And even the products labeled organic are not necessarily more nutrient dense. We assume that every carrot is as healthy as the next, but in truth, there is enormous variation and our existing standards assess process—not quality. So, is there a reliable way to determine the nutritional value of a particular food? To compare one carrot with another and make an informed decision on what to buy? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 05, 2019
62: The Shift to Perennialization in Agriculture & the Broader Culture—with Fred Iutzi & Tim Crews of The Land Institute
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To maintain annual agriculture, we wipe out perennial vegetation and effectively destroy everything on the landscape in order to plant crops every year. The negative consequences of this ecological disaster include soil erosion, loss of organic matter, and loss of nutrients. What if we shifted to a perennial crop system that regrows from year to year without having to be reseeded? And what impact would perennialization have on reversing climate change? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 26, 2019
61: Leveraging the Life Cycle Assessment for Useful Carbon Accounting with Professor Kate Simonen
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The processes of building material extraction, manufacturing, transportation and construction are ALL responsible for carbon emissions. So, how do you compare these embodied costs to make the best choices around which materials to use? How do you know whether it’s better for the environment to retrofit an existing building or build a new, passive one? How do you determine whether a building truly qualifies as zero-carbon? The primary tool we use to measure environmental impact is the life cycle assessment --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 19, 2019
60: Connor Birkeland, Renewable Energy Research Fellow
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The need for energy innovation has never been more urgent. To effectively reduce climate change, we need to implement new technologies at scale quickly. Yet, the politics and regulations that dictate the energy industry make it incredibly difficult to put new ideas into practice. Despite the challenges around change, the use of solar energy continues to grow as production becomes more and more affordable. So, how do we navigate public policy while brilliant ideas can take a decade to adopt on a large scale? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 12, 2019
59: Trey Hill of Harborview Farms
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No-till agriculture promotes soil health and sequesters carbon, so why isn’t everybody doing it? The practical reality is that farmers are limited by their infrastructure and financial obligations. Making a change is not always profitable and often means fighting against a father who’s mastered the conventional system. To facilitate large-scale change, we need a market that allows farmers to get paid for growing crops unconventionally. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 05, 2019
58: Ryan Anderson of Delta Institute
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We typically think of value and ROI in monetary terms, but what about the social value of an investment? Or its environmental return? The field of ecological economics is built around the idea that the health of our land serves as the foundation of our economy, and we know that assigning a monetary value to ecosystem services helps us to be better stewards to these resources. So, how do we put carbon sequestration on the balance sheet? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 29, 2019
57: Clean Tech Entrepreneur Jimmy Jia
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Sustainable energy is a wicked problem. As we solve one aspect of the challenge, others arise—and the very definition of the problem evolves over time. Yet admitting uncertainty is unpopular. No one is holding a picket sign that reads, “It depends on a number of factors that are mutually interdependent.” So, what should we be thinking about as we work toward a sustainable energy future? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 22, 2019
56: Kyle Murphy, Executive Director of CarbonWA
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About 65% of Washington voters support action on climate change. But after six years of working to pass legislation for a carbon tax, the state has yet to put a price on emissions. How do political divisions make the mission so challenging? What alternative solutions are advocates exploring? And how might the Nori marketplace fit into a broader policy framework? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 15, 2019
55: Jaycen Horton, Nori's Principal Blockchain Architect
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To make Nori work, the data of carbon removal must be somehow transferred from a model like COMET-Farm to the blockchain—and that is precisely the infrastructure that Jaycen Horton is building at Nori. So, how does communication between the software work, exactly? Why did Nori choose to build on the Ethereum blockchain? And what is the benefit of building in an open-source community? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 08, 2019
54: Gillian Muessig of Sybilla Masters Fund
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Nori has ambitious plans to reverse climate change by using the blockchain to pay the people who draw down CO2 from the atmosphere. And the team is in the process of building the infrastructure necessary to make that happen. But how do they go about talking farmers, for example, into using the platform? How do they convince companies to buy CRCs? How do they make the business case for carbon removal? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 02, 2019
53: Dr. Charles Massy, Farmer and Author
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With the Industrial Revolution and the development of a mechanistic mindset, we have come to view ourselves as entities separate from the earth. This attitude has led to industrial farming practices that destroy the land and an industrial food complex that strips the nutrients from the foods we consume. What if we adopted—on a large scale—the regenerative agricultural practices that produce nutrient-rich foods, restore the soil, and remove carbon from the atmosphere? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Dec 26, 2018
52: Todd Myers, Environmental Director at Washington Policy Center
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“The man who says it can’t be done should get out of the way of the woman who’s doing it. We focus all the time on politicians and what they’re going to do. Meanwhile, we’re becoming more energy efficient every day. We’re using fewer resources every day. We’re finding a way to do more with less, quietly, every day. But [the free market is] where the solutions are coming from.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Dec 18, 2018
51: Joseph Majkut, Director of Climate Policy at Niskanen Center
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How do you talk to leaders in Washington DC about the climate challenge? Is there a way to frame the risk that will inspire policymakers on both sides of the aisle to take action? How might a carbon tax work—and would that be preferable to a regulatory approach? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Dec 11, 2018
50: Jimmy Daukas of American Farmland Trust
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America’s farms are disappearing at an unsustainable rate of 1.5 million acres per year. Yes, this has implications in terms of food production, but it also impacts our ability to deal with climate change. Through conservation practices and regenerative innovation, agricultural lands have the potential to sequester a great deal of carbon in the soil—and that can’t happen if development continues to erase our farms and ranches. So, how do we promote agriculture as a natural climate solution? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Dec 04, 2018
49: Ethan Steinberg, Harry Greene, & Jeremy Kaufman of Propagate Ventures
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The business of the future is a good cooperator, working with other players in a particular space to drive progress. Collaboration is a core part of the ethos at Propagate Ventures as their team looks to leverage agroforestry to contribute to the growing pool of climate solutions and help build a world where people live in a symbiotic relationship with the ecosystem. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Nov 27, 2018
48: Risalat Khan, Climate Activist
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Stories connect. And if we want to motivate people to engage in climate advocacy, authentic communication is key. Risalat Khan believes in the power of people to inspire each other, realize the urgency and join the global civic movement to reverse climate change. But for climate activism to facilitate real transformation, we must reach more and more people in a story-driven way and leverage public momentum to influence policy. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Nov 20, 2018
47: David Grinspoon, Astrobiologist
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Like it or not, humans have become the dominant agent of change on the planet, and as we proceed further into the Anthropocene period, we have a responsibility to accept responsibility and find a way to gracefully integrate our presence. But what if we are not the only ones who have experienced this phenomenon? What if the process of inadvertent planetary change is universal? What if the climate challenges we face are a natural part of planetary evolution? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Nov 13, 2018
46: Hunter Lovins, Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions
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Historically, civilizations collapse when there are high levels of inequality and depleted resources. Hunter Lovins argues that we either solve the climate crisis now, or we lose everything we care about. But the good news is, we CAN build an economy in service to life, one that reverses climate change—at a profit. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Nov 06, 2018
45: Paul Polizzotto, Founder of EcoMedia & GiveWith
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Corporations are not obligated to contribute to nonprofit organizations. But what if serving the underserved would drive sales? What if addressing the most pressing social issues would improve profits? What if making the world a better place would increase share price? Paul Polizzotto has demonstrated that social impact does, indeed, drive business value, and he is on a mission to transform commerce and afford resources to our most urgent social issues. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 30, 2018
44: Lorraine Smith, Sustainability Consultant
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We can learn a lot if we listen to the trees—and pay attention to the party going on underneath! Nature has much to say about how to realign our industrial value chains, embrace biodiversity, and maintain soil microbiology. The question is, are we smart enough to listen and move toward a regenerative economy? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 23, 2018
43: Anne Biklé, Biologist and Environmental Planner
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When Anne Biklé started rehabilitating her Seattle backyard to plant a garden, she didn’t anticipate the return of carbon to the soil. She invited a soil scientist from UW to compare samples from the original dirt with samples from the Eco-Lawn, perennial beds, and vegetable bed. The Eco-Lawn had 5% more carbon than the baseline, the perennial beds had 8% more, and the vegetable bed had 12% more carbon. What if farmers applied these ideas at scale? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 16, 2018
42: The Designer’s Role in Reversing Climate Change with Michael Leggett & Jacob Farny of Nori
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If you’re a technologist or designer who happens to be passionate about reversing climate change, what do you do? Join an advocacy group? Donate to a nonprofit organization? Write your congressperson? What if you could leverage your skill set and play an active role in reducing the amount of CO2in the atmosphere? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 09, 2018
41: Gaya Roshan, CEO of Dashboard Earth
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To date, the environmental movement has relied on fear and shame to persuade people to change their behavior. The problem is, guilt is not a lasting motivator. What if we used a different approach and incentivized positive action instead? What if people were rewarded for pursuits that benefit the climate AND humanity? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Oct 02, 2018
40: Jon Connors, Community Development at Starfish Mission
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Today, Jon sits down with Ross, Christophe, and Paul to share the idea behind Starfish Mission and explain his interest in both blockchain technology and ecological projects. He discusses his vision for a regenerative economy that functions appropriately rather than dumping an expense (e.g. nuclear waste disposal) on the rest of us. Jon offers insight around the potential to regenerate and flip land, the restrictions on silvopasture in the US, and the need for inclusion in the blockchain/ecology movement. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Sep 25, 2018
39: Peter Fiekowsky, Founder of Healthy Climate Alliance
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Today, Peter joins Ross, Christophe and Paul to share his goal to reduce carbon in the atmosphere to 300 parts per million by 2050. Peter discusses his favorite methods of CO2 removal, permanent sequestration in limestone and ocean fertilization. He also shares the cutting-edge techniques for restoring the Arctic and the relative cost of those tactics. Listen in to understand the moral imperative around reversing climate change and get Peter’s take on overcoming the partisan divide around the issue. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Sep 18, 2018
38: Nori’s Token Economics with CEO Paul Gambill
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We know that Nori is on a mission to reverse climate change by building a platform that pays people to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But how exactly will the token economics of that platform work? Why is Nori creating its own cryptocurrency separate from its carbon removal certificates? And how can we get involved and invest in Nori? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Sep 11, 2018
37: Ben Kessler, Holistic Grazing Specialist
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What if we could have our meat and eat it too? The current system of meat production in feed lots is devastating for the environment, but there is a better way. A way that would restore our grasslands and reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. This method is known as holistic grazing. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Aug 28, 2018
36: Greg Rock of Carbon Washington
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When presented with solutions to a problem that conflict with our ideology, it is human nature to deny the existence of the problem. Thus, climate change solutions that involve regulation or ‘big government’ result in climate denial from right-leaning groups. How can we create solutions that provide conservatives with an economic win? How can we change the psyche of red districts by rewarding them for behavior that reverses climate change? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Aug 21, 2018
35: Ramez Naam—Author, Futurist, and Nori Advisor
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Knowledge is the only truly infinite resource, and its value multiplies by the number of people who put it to work. How can we put what we know about climate change to work and develop sustainable innovations that either reduce emissions or capture carbon from the atmosphere? And what role might Nori play in accelerating that innovation? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Aug 14, 2018
34: Brian Von Herzen, Founder of Climate Foundation
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Marsupials in Tasmania can get everything they need from the rainforest without destroying it. So, why can’t humans do the same? Brian Von Herzen wants to apply this idea to the ocean and restore the sea life wiped out by climate change via marine permaculture. The way he sees it, if we take care of nature, nature will take care of us. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Aug 07, 2018
33: Roderick Jones, Co-Founder of Rubica
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A big part of public interest in the blockchain can be attributed to a desire to reclaim our digital identities and reintroduce privacy to our online lives. But cryptocurrency remains vulnerable to hackers and cyberattacks. What can we do at the consumer level to protect ourselves from scams and keep our digital assets safe? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jul 31, 2018
32: Joseph Williams & Brian Young of the WA Department of Commerce
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The State of Washington is a clear leader in technology innovation and carbon-free energy, so it is fitting the Nori chose Seattle for its headquarters. To learn more about the state’s leadership in the climate change space and cryptocurrency regulations, we are speaking with Joseph Williams and Brian Young with the Washington State Department of Commerce. Joseph serves as Governor Inslee’s ICT Industry Sector Lead, while Brian works as the Sector Lead on clean energy technology. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jul 24, 2018
31: Aldyen Donnelly on Why Carbon Pricing Hasn't Worked So Far
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If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Yet when it comes to reducing carbon in the atmosphere, the current solutions fail to recognize what has worked in the past. So, what can we learn from the pollution reduction success stories in our history? What can those successes tell us about the shortcomings of existing strategies like cap-and-trade and carbon taxes? Why do our current methods of carbon pricing fail so spectacularly? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jul 17, 2018
30: Alex Ortiz, Chief Blockchain Evangelist at lifeID
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Alex Ortiz believes that technology should be used as a tool to teach, to heal, and to create personal freedom—in short, it should be used for good to make the world a better place. He has spent the last 11 months doing a deep dive into the blockchain space, working to build a community that can learn together and develop use cases for the technology that will improve our lives. So, what exactly is the blockchain? And how might it be used to incentivize positive behavior change? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jul 10, 2018
29: Nori Methodologies for Rewarding Regenerative Agriculture with Alexsandra Guerra
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The team at Nori has spent the last several months traveling the world, attending conferences around regenerative farming, agricultural technology, and the soil health movement. And the overarching theme among stakeholders has been the need for a price on carbon. How is Nori working to deliver just that? What methodologies is the platform using to measure and verify carbon removal in soil? And how does the system work to pay farmers for regenerative practices? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jul 03, 2018
28: John Elkington, Chairman & Chief Pollinator of Volans
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John Elkington is most comfortable when he is least comfortable, most engaged when he is making it up as he goes along. A pioneer in working with businesses toward sustainable development, John has been a proponent of the triple bottom line for 40-plus years, making both his corporate clients and other environmentalists uncomfortable and earning a reputation as the ‘grit in the corporate oyster.’ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jun 19, 2018
27: Mark Stevenson, Author and Futurist
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Mark Stevenson is a self-proclaimed ‘reluctant futurist’ and author of the bestsellers An Optimist’s Tour of the Future and We Do Things Differently. One of the world’s most respected thinkers, Mark supports a diverse mix of clients including government agencies, NGOs, corporations and arts organizations in becoming future literate and adapting their cultures and strategy to face questions around climate change and gender inequality, among other issues. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jun 12, 2018
26: Gregory Landua, CEO of Regen Network
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What if we could develop a currency backed by the living health of ecosystems? A sort of ‘life currency’ with a robust verification system that would incentivize practices that promote ecological health? What if we could use technology to regain the capacity to understand the consequences of our day-to-day decisions and act for the health of planet Earth? And what would it take to build this infrastructure—a kind of Subway to Regeneration? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 29, 2018
25: Dr. Keith Paustian, Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University
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Today, Keith sits down with Ross and Christophe to share his path to the study of soil carbon sequestration. Keith explains what happens when we convert land for agriculture and what we can do to recover the lost carbon inventory. He offers insight into COMET-Farm, discussing how the tool’s models quantify changes in soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 22, 2018
24: Alexsandra Guerra, Director of Strategic Planning for Nori
1997
One of the tenets at Nori is Find, Don’t Whine. Rather than complaining about the complexity of reversing climate change, the startup believes in actively seeking out solutions. At the end of April, we took steps to engage a diverse group of stakeholders through the Reversapalooza Summit, inviting academics, influencers, policy-makers, potential carbon removal certificate suppliers and buyers to come together and initiate a conversation around incentivizing carbon removal by way of the blockchain. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 15, 2018
23: Dr. Klaus Lackner of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
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Today, Klaus joins Ross, Christophe and Paul to offer his feedback on the Nori whitepaper. Klaus explains why he likes the idea of breaking the carbon offset model and offering compensation based on actual carbon removed. He also shares his concerns around Nori’s customers, the verification challenges they face, and the issue of permanency. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 08, 2018
22: Stacy Smedley, Director of Sustainability at Skanska USA
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The construction industry will never reach carbon zero. And while we have made great strides in the way of operational emissions, we have only begun to think about reducing the embodied carbon emissions associated with the manufacturing, transport and construction of the necessary building materials. In most cases, it takes 250 years of operation to match the emissions related to the building process itself. So how do we reduce embodied carbon emissions as much as possible—and responsibly offset the rest? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
May 01, 2018
21: Joe Quirk, Managing Director of Blue Frontiers
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Today, Joe sits down with Ross, Christophe and Paul to explain how seasteading facilitates innovation and Blue Frontiers’ role in establishing such floating islands. Joe discusses the benefits of seasteading for coastal and island nations impacted by climate change and Buckminster Fuller’s concept of pollution as ‘resources we’re not using.’ They talk about what’s next for Blue Frontiers, including its upcoming token ICO and the SeaZones project. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 24, 2018
20: David Hodgson, Addressing barriers to large-scale ecological restoration
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Initiatives designed to reverse climate change generally lack funding. Yet there are investors with large pools of money who are increasingly interested in the space. How do we bridge that gap and promote impact investing? How do we support regenerative agriculture projects that will restore the soil and reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 17, 2018
19: Amanda Ravenhill, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute
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Today, Amanda sits down with Ross and Christophe to share the vision of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and its namesake’s legacy as an early environmentalist, humanitarian, and techno-optimist with a global vision of the future. They discuss how Nori fits into that vision as part of the ‘design science revolution’ and how the transparency of the blockchain aligns with Fuller’s ideas. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 10, 2018
18: Chad Frischmann of Project Drawdown
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Reversing climate change goes beyond the math and science of reducing the greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. It’s also about economic justice, social equity, and increasing the standard of living for all people across the planet. That’s the beauty of the approach presented in Drawdown. Not only does the suite of solutions tackle climate change, its co-benefits uncover a path forward that addresses human rights and ‘raises the boat’ for all people. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Apr 03, 2018
17: Noah Deich and Giana Amador of the Center for Carbon Removal
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Carbon is not bad, in and of itself. The problem is that it’s currently in the wrong place. The Center for Carbon Removal (CCR) is on a mission to accelerate the development of scalable, sustainable, economically-viable carbon removal solutions that capture excess carbon from the atmosphere and put it back where it belongs—in soil, building materials and underground geologic formations. The Center is founded on the belief that we can enjoy a prosperous economy AND a safe environment at the same time. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 27, 2018
16: Dr. Julio Friedmann, CEO of Carbon Wrangler
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Dr. Friedmann joins Ross and Christophe to define his role as a carbon wrangler and why it’s important, walking us through the current climate math and sharing his insight on reframing carbon in the atmosphere as a resource to be mined. They discuss the best approach to inspiring progress around climate change, the fundamentals of carbon capture and storage, and the differences among offsets, onsets and insets. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 20, 2018
15: Sean Hernandez, Energy Economist
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Economics isn’t all about money. It’s about human action, decisions and choices. In fact, economists and environmentalists could be natural allies in solving climate change. Unfortunately, a good number of environmentalists take a hardline stance on geoengineering, arguing that any further human manipulation of the environment is a bad idea. But with CO2 levels reaching more than 400 PPM, mitigation alone will not solve our problem. So how would an economist approach climate change? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 13, 2018
14: Mark Herrema, CEO of Newlight Technologies
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Mark Herrema is the Co-Founder and CEO of Newlight Technologies, an advanced biotechnology company using carbon capture to produce high-performance polymers that replace oil-based materials. Newlight was founded on the idea that carbon could be used as a resource, and today it operates the world’s first commercial-scale greenhouse gas-to-AirCarbon manufacturing facilities, producing bioplastics used in furniture, electronics, packaging and a range of other products. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Mar 06, 2018
13: The Norigin Story with Ross, Christophe, and Paul
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In the beginning… Paul and Christophe realized that the blockchain provides an ideal platform for a carbon marketplace where people can get paid to remove CO2 from the atmosphere—and ultimately succeed in reversing climate change. It took more than six days, but they eventually put together a team, developed a business plan, and Nori was born. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 27, 2018
12: Dr. David Montgomery, Geomorphologist at UW
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Today David joins Ross and Christophe to explain why civilizations that degrade their soil don’t last. We discuss the troubling numbers around soil degradation and loss and the three simple farming practices that would restore our soil. David walks us through the residual benefits of regenerative farming and the factors that inhibit widespread adoption. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 20, 2018
11: Andrew Himes of Carbon Innovations
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Andrew Himes is a partner at Carbon Innovations, currently working with the University of Washington’s Carbon Smart Building Initiative. The project seeks to transform the built environment from an existential threat to a net carbon sink that absorbs more than a billion tons of CO2 each year by converting captured carbon into useful building products and creating market demand for carbon capture. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 13, 2018
10: Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at UBC
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Professor Dowlatabadi joins Ross and Christophe to share his frustration with the lack of evidence-based policy employed by governments as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change temperature targets. He offers his insight on geoengineering, explaining why he is so confident in its inevitability. We debate the ‘unobtainable goals’ of Elon Musk and compare Nori with Professor Dowlatabadi’s 2005 Offsetters program. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Feb 06, 2018
9: Dr. Greg Dipple, University of British Columbia
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When it comes to climate change, the mining industry is typically seen as a ‘bad guy,’ depleting the Earth’s natural resources and emitting CO2 in the process. So you might be astounded to learn that carbon can actually be captured and stored using the waste produced in the mining process. Indeed the potential exists for scaling up this carbon capture process to remove billions of tons of CO2 per year—simply by recycling mining waste. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 30, 2018
8: Aldyen Donnelly, Director of Carbon Economics for Nori
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Why don’t voluntary or compliance carbon offset markets work? The numbers simply don’t add up. A lack of connection between the certificates and the physical inventory means that both parties—the seller and buyer—take credit for a reduction in emissions. And this double counting (issuing two certificates for a single credit) leads to a surplus of certificates under which the associated markets crash and burn. The good news is, the blockchain will allow us to start over and do the math correctly. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 23, 2018
7: Dr. Klaus Lackner of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
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Ross and Christophe are joined by Dr. Klaus Lackner, the director of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE) and professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering. The CNCE is known for advancing carbon management technologies to capture carbon dioxide directly from the air in an outdoor operating environment. Today Klaus explains how he conceived of the windmill-sized structures that could scrub CO2 from the air and how these towers prove to be a more efficient solution than planting trees. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 16, 2018
6: Michael Denby, Arizona Public Service
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Today Ross and Christophe are speaking with corporate environmental attorney and blockchain enthusiast Mike Denby of Arizona Public Service, the largest power company in Arizona. APS is a vertically-integrated utility, both generating and selling power to its customers. They discuss how blockchain technology might be utilized in the energy sector and how the conservative business culture of the utility industry is likely to impact its interest in cryptocurrency. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 09, 2018
5: Jane Flegal of UC Berkeley, and Dr. Andrew Maynard of Arizona State University
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In a world where ideology informs decision-making and policy-makers have little understanding of what is plausible when it comes to negative emissions technology, challenging doesn’t even begin to describe the task of reversing climate change. In this top-down approach, a small number of academics, activists and politicians are making the decisions for 7.5 billion people—and spending a lot of time arguing hypotheticals rather than taking action. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Jan 02, 2018
4: Dr. David Goldberg, Lamont Research Professor at Columbia University
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Carbon sequestration is an integral part of reversing climate change. The question becomes, where can we permanently store all of that CO2? One possibility lies in the basalt rock under the ocean floor. In fact, Earth science researchers at Columbia University have a project in the works that could scale up to capture millions of tons of carbon dioxide annually. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support
Dec 19, 2017
3: Jeremy Kaufman and Ethan Steinberg of Propagate Ventures
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