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⚡ Carbon & Energy
[4:09] MK: "[Cemvita Factory is] a platform company. [...] At a high level, we're deploying nature inspired solutions from [the] biotech industry, using principles of biomimicry [...] to basically empower the energy transition. [...] It's not just about [the] carbon footprint, it's also about the environmental footprint, and we're helping reduce both through this set of solutions from biotechnology."
[53:11] JP: "One of the challenges with scaling charging deployment today is the construction and trenching required, the soft costs, to get these units up. So by doing this as a retrofit [of lampposts], the core piece of this is that we can cut that almost to zero. [...] And essentially, we can reduce what was a few weeks of work down to a few hours for that install. [...] We've done certain analyses where it can be over 10 times cheaper [...] dependent on the environment."
[42:08] RJ: "Per square meter per year [algae] can sequester 30 times as much CO2 than a forest does."
Podcast: "What Can We Learn from Fixing the Ozone Hole?" | The Climate Question
Guests: Jonathan Shanklin | Meteorologist | British Antarctic Survey,
Dr. Paul Newman | Chief Scientist for Atmospheres | NASA,
Tina Birmpili | Former Executive Secretary | Ozone Secretariat,
Dr. Anita Ganesan | Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry | University of Bristol
Time Saved: 25 Minutes
[12:04] TB: "I think [the Montreal Protocol ] is one of the most successful environmental treaties that we have, possibly not only [...] in the environment sphere, but in other spheres as well. [...] It has universal ratification, so all countries are parties to this treaty. It has a very strong science and also funding mechanism that tries to reconcile the different needs that [...] the developing and the developed parties [have]."
[22:44] BP: "It's going to cost roughly $2 trillion to upgrade America's transmission system. And that's just the transmission system, those big steel towers from the industrial revolution, not the distribution system, which has all the power lines. [...] America is not gonna be able to afford $2 trillion dollars worth of grid modernization efforts in the next few years, so that the grid can handle both the electric revolution and EVs. So [...] distributed generation microgrids and off grid is not just an idea, but an absolute essential."
Podcast: "Can Fashion Weeks Ever Be Sustainable?" | Hot Buttons
Time Saved: 34 Minutes
[21:34] RK: "It's estimated that all fashion weeks combined, their carbon impact is equal to lighting up Time Square for 58 years each year. So that would include traveling, accommodation, transportation. [...] All Fashion Week's combined is about 51,000 cars on the road. So it's not an insignificant amount of climate impact."
💧 Food & Water
Podcast: "Bug Protein, Farmed Fish, Oysters & More" | Climavores
Time Saved: 50 Minutes
[44:25] TH: "Soy [...] is the most efficient way to grow plant protein. Corn and soy have gotten such a bad rap, because of the way that we grow them in the United States in a monoculture or usually in rotation. And because we put them in cars and pigs and Twinkies, we don't eat tortillas and edamame. But there's a reason that soy and corn came to dominate the landscape and it's not because of subsidies. [...] Calories per acre is this way that we can compare any crop to any other crop. And soy compared to other crops that grow protein is three times better. Here in the United States, we can grow about 6 million calories per acre [of soy]. And that's less than half of what corn can do."
[36:23] MS: "A third of all food that's made is thrown out every year. [...] Food waste is a $1.6 trillion a year problem. [...] Storage and handling is one of [the reasons]. So we're trying to reduce food waste, especially down at the fork, when you've already put all this energy and effort into making product and getting it all the way to the restaurant. The amount of resources that have gone into that steak or that piece of sushi or whatever's in that fridge or freezer to then throw that out because of equipment issues or human error or grid failures, that's just avoidable and has a huge climate footprint."