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Climate Now is a podcast, video, and events platform dedicated to exploring climate change mitigation, adaptation, and the energy transition.
Roads to Removal Event Series
Billion-tonne scale carbon dioxide removal in the US
Climate Now presents a series of events exploring a first-of-its-kind analysis of pathways for removing CO2 from the air at the scale of gigatonnes per year and storing it through ecological or geological means.
Voluntary carbon offset markets
A genuine path for hard-to-decarbonize sectors to reach net-zero emissions, or a license to continue to pollute? Climate Now examines the voluntary carbon offset market in this three-part series with the people and companies on the front lines.
Climate and energy experts debate
Climate Now has brought together global experts to debate controversial climate and energy topics including nuclear power, solar radiation management, and carbon capture and storage.
New to the climate conversation?
Check out these explainer videos that provide everything you need to quickly get up to speed on some of the foundational topics in climate and energy.
Recent Climate Now Episodes
Climate Now: Feb 20, 2024
Charging Electric Fleets (1/3)
In the United States, nearly one quarter of national greenhouse gas emissions come from the 280 million vehicles that drive on the nations roads each year. And while fleet vehicles – including the ~5 million buses, garbage trucks, law enforcement vehicles an
Climate Now: Feb 13, 2024
Living outside our comfort zone
In the late 1970’s, English chemist Dr. James Lovelock and American biologist Dr. Lynn Margulis published a research paper hypothesizing that living organisms – without intention or agency – could have a regulatory effect on their environment that help
Climate Now: Jan 30, 2024
The emerging market that is unlocking renewable projects
Passage of the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022 was a game changer in the United States’ effort to address climate change. The hundreds of billions of dollars the IRA has made available for clean energy and climate mitigation projects will likely
Recent Climate News Weekly Episodes
Climate News Weekly: Feb 19, 2024
IEA’s birthday, Siemens’ new plant, and more
On today’s episode of Climate News Weekly, James Lawler and Julio Friedmann discuss the IEA’s 50th anniversary, Siemens’ plans to open a US-based transformer plant, Ireland’s energy woes, and more.
Climate News Weekly: Feb 13, 2024
California flooding, heat pumps in the news, and more
In this episode of Climate News Weekly, James Lawler sits down with Julio Friedmann and Darren Hau to discuss potential responses to California’s most recent torrential rains, how both California and the UK are responding to heat pumps, the EU’s ne
Climate News Weekly: Jan 29, 2024
Delayed LNG terminal, Europe’s energy mix, and more
On this week’s episode of Climate News Weekly, James Lawler and Julio Friedmann discuss the consequences of the Biden administration’s decision to delay the approval of a LNG export plant in Louisiana, some European countries’ plans to transition away
Popular Podcast Episodes
Climate Now: Apr 25, 2023
The debate about nuclear’s role in the clean energy transition
Every approach to decarbonizing the energy sector comes with its share of costs and benefits: renewables are cheap and clean, but require enormous amounts of land and are not always available when power is needed. Batteries provide useful back up power, but ad
Climate Now: Sep 26, 2023
Two views on the future of the US electricity grid
The United States’ aging electricity grid is a problem. Over 70% of the major transmission networks – which transfer electricity from power generation centers to endpoint users in homes and buildings, sometimes in other states – are at least 25 years old
Climate Now: Sep 11, 2023
The IRA Progress Report
When the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law in August 2022, policy analysts predicted that the incentives it provided for renewable energy deployment, home electrification and EV adoption would put the U.S. on track to reach at least two third
Technologies Ep 9
Oceans for CO2 removal & storage: What, why and how?
Using carbon dioxide removal (CDR) strategies to mitigate climate change is a land-intensive endeavor. To capture one gigatonne of CO2 through direct air capture requires a facility & energy production footprint of at least hundreds, but potentially tens o
Mini Explainer Series Ep 01
Scope 1, 2, and 3 Emissions
Companies assessing their greenhouse gas emissions will need to analyze their Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions. This Climate Now mini provides a brief explanation of what that means.
A Climate Change Primer Ep 6
Biofuels: An overview
Biomass – such as corn or switchgrass – can be converted into liquid transportation fuels, or biofuels. Biofuels are attractive because they result in significantly fewer emissions than fossil fuels, but they come with their own set of challenges,
Research Ep 1
Net-Zero by 2050
Pledges to achieve “net-zero” emissions are proliferating from companies and countries alike. However sincere these commitments may be, they rarely include specific plans to achieve that ambition. The Net-Zero America Report from Princeton Universi