Casey Handmer – Mining the Air

Multiverses | 11 May 2023 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Casey Handmer about his firm Terraform Industries and its work pioneering air-to-fuel technology to synthesise methane and hydrocarbons from the air aiming to displace the transport of carbon from the crust to the atmosphere.

Check out Casey Handmer’s blog.

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Can Solar Power and Battery Tech Save the World from Climate Change?

Plain English with Derek Thompson | 9 February 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nat Bullard about his presentation Decarbonization: Stocks and flows, abundance and scarcity, net zero. Discusses the twin pillars of the global clean energy revolution (solar and storage), how these two technologies have consistently beat expert predictions, how they’re reshaping energy generation around the world, and what stands in the way of a clean energy future based around sunshine and batteries.

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Hannah Ritchie: Not the End of the World, Sustainability, Climate, Progress

Ben Yeoh Chats | 26 January 2024 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hannah Ritchie about her book Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet. Challenges the pervasive idea that human society is doomed due to environmental degradation. Explores climate change and plastic pollution emphasizing the potential for progress in tackling these critical issues. Discusses the essential role of technology and outlines the importance of lifting people out of poverty as a measure against climate change. Argues for balancing environmental change and human impact in achieving a sustainable planet. Offers advice on dealing with climate anxiety, career progression, and essential work ethics.

See also the 80,000 Hours interview, Our World in Data, and Ritchie’s Substack Sustainability by Numbers.

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Managing Climate Risk feat. Bob Litterman

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 2 January 2024 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bob Litterman discussing the dawn of quantitative finance and the integration of academic theory into Wall Street trading; asset allocation conundrums, correlated assets, and financial forecasts; the potential of carbon pricing, the inertia in climate policy, and the financial sector’s role in a sustainable future. Draws from his book Modern Investment Management: An Equilibrium Approach.

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Hannah Ritchie on Why it Makes Sense to be Optimistic About the Environment

80,000 Hours Podcast | 14 August 2023 | 2h 36m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hannah Ritchie about her book Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet. Discusses the case for environmental optimism, the importance of agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa, air pollution, biodiversity, solutions that address multiple environmental issues at once, how the world addressed the hole in the ozone layer, surprises from her research at Our World in Data, and the psychological challenges along the way.

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What Does the Science Say? | Dr. Richard Lindzen

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast | 5 January 2023 | 1h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Richard Lindzen discussing the facts of climate change, the models used to predict it, the dismal state of academia, and the politicized world of “professional” science.

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The Economics of Carbon Removal with Nan Ransohoff

a16z | 30 November 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nan Ransohoff about using a nearly $1B advanced market commitment fund to try to jumpstart the market for carbon removal. Discusses the multivariate carbon equation, why emission reductions are not enough, the difference between offsets and permanent removal, who’s paying for tons today, moving down the cost curve, where policy fits in, and ultimately what success might look like in this nascent industry. Part 1 of a 3-part series on carbon removal.

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The Heat Is On: Bjorn Lomborg on the Summer’s Record Heat

Uncommon Knowledge | 22 September 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bjorn Lomborg discussing recent record temperatures recorded all over the world. Argues that climate change is real and that humans are largely responsible for it – but that it is survivable and manageable – and not the extinction-level event it is often characterized as. Discusses practical ways to lower our carbon footprint and emissions, pointing out why “carbon-free by 2050” probably isn’t achievable and why we should make no massive changes to our economies or lifestyles to achieve it. Draws from his book False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.

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