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James Lawler

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Climate Now: Jun 18, 2024

Clearing the air: How the DOE is tackling carbon dioxide removal

The US Department of Energy (DOE) was established in 1977 with two key missions: to carry out defense responsibilities relating to nuclear weapons, and to bring together under one department the “loosely knit amalgamation” of various energy projec

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Climate News Weekly: Jun 18, 2024

Climate News Weekly: Europe’s elections, climate impacts around the world, NYC congestion pricing, and more

On this week’s Climate News Weekly, James Lawler and Julio Friedmann discuss the latest in global climate news. Up first, James and Julio cover the latest developments in Europe; namely, green parties suffering losses in the latest elections as EU st

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Climate News Weekly: May 21, 2024

Climate News Weekly: Record CO2 accumulation, US-China climate collaboration, Climeworks opens DAC plant, and more

Climate Now is back to tackle six of the biggest stories in recent climate news. James Lawler, Julio Friedmann, Dina Cappiello, and Darren Hau discuss recent developments in the U.S., from electric grid planning and finance to the Department of Energy’

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Climate Now: May 15, 2024

Climate Change Bites: The Proliferation of Vector-Borne Diseases

According to the CDC, the spread of vector-borne diseases (those spread by blood-feeding bugs like mosquitos, ticks, and fleas) is linked to climate change. Rising temperatures and humidity influence breeding rates and can extend the range of disease-spreading

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Climate News Weekly: May 6, 2024

Climate News Weekly: Tesla Layoffs, World Bank Investment, G7 Coal Phaseout

Julio Friedmann and Darren Hau join James Lawler to discuss the latest climate news: Tesla lays off its supercharger team, historic flooding and heat in Asia, $11 Billion committed to the World Bank, G7 agree to phase out coal by 2035, and several new rules from the CEQ and EPA to advance permitting reform and expand solar in the United States.

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Climate Now: Apr 30, 2024

Are cleaner hydrocarbons possible?

Just over 70% of humanity’s energy consumption comes from hydrocarbons like coal, oil, and natural gas. The world is dependent on hydrocarbons, not just for energy but also for plastics, contact lenses, and computers, and so many other things. Using hyd

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Climate News Weekly: Apr 23, 2024

Coal and wind on the rise; advances in home insulation; a climate reality check, and more

This week, Julio Friedmann and Darren Hau join James Lawler to talk about the latest climate news. The news of the week covers Executive Director of the International Energy Agency Fatih Birol’s latest comments on Europe’s energy plans, a new inn

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Climate News Weekly: Apr 15, 2024

SEJ, green banks, solar sheep, and more

This week on Climate News Weekly, James Lawler is joined by Dina Cappiello. They discuss the latest on green banks, the recent turmoil at the SBTI, the power of solar sheep, and more.

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Climate News Weekly: Apr 8, 2024

Richard Benedick, geoengineering, and more

This week on Climate News Weekly, James Lawler sits down with Julio Friedmann and Darren Hau. They discuss the passing of climate leader Richard Benedict, a new geoengineering experiment, new California rules for energy distribution and use, and the emergence

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Climate News Weekly: Apr 1, 2024

Coal plants closing, AI for climate, and more

This week on Climate News Weekly, James Lawler and Julio Friedmann discuss coal-fired power plant closures in New England, how the DOE is spending billions to spur innovation in technologies to decarbonize top-emitting industries, the role that AI can play in

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Climate Now: Mar 26, 2024

How climate changes where people live

In the U.S. alone, 162 million people will experience a worse quality of life due to the changing climate within the next 30 years. Rising sea levels stand to displace 13 million Americans in the long run while wildfires and other risks are likely to disp

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Climate News Weekly: Mar 25, 2024

Energy demand up, new battery storage, and more

This week on Climate News Weekly, James Lawler is joined by Julio Friedmann and Canary Media Reporter Julian Spector. Julio reports on his experience at CERAWeek, and discusses rising energy demand. Julian shares his thoughts on new battery construction projec

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Climate Now: Mar 21, 2024

Charging Electric Fleets (3/3)

In 2023, electric vehicle drivers reported that, when pulling up to one of the more than 140,000 EV public charging stations across the United States, something went wrong about 21% of the time, leaving them unable to charge their vehicles. Such unreliabili

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Climate News Weekly: Mar 20, 2024

SBTI, CERAWeek, and more

This week on Climate News Weekly, James Lawler is joined by GreenBiz Editor at Large Heather Clancy, as well as regular contributors Dina Cappiello and Julio Friedmann. They discuss the latest updates to the Science Based Targets Initiative dashboard and what

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Climate News Weekly: Mar 11, 2024

MethaneSAT and the SEC

This week we’re joined by Dina Cappiello and Julio Friedmann to talk about the latest climate news. The IEA released its global warming emissions report for 2023, and emissions continue to rise, but at a slower rate than in previous years. Meanwhile, to

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Climate Now: Feb 27, 2024

Charging Electric Fleets (2/3)

Today, given route lengths and cargo capacity, it is possible to electrify 65% of medium-duty and 49% of heavy-duty trucks. Commercial fleets’ are responding to this promise, with announced commitments to electrification surpassing 140,000 vehicles in 2022 i

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Climate News Weekly: Feb 26, 2024

Natural gas prices, EV leasing, and more

In this week’s episode of Climate News Weekly, James Lawler, Julio Friedmann, and Darren Hau discuss falling natural gas prices and the impact of that on the energy transition, how leasing companies are responding to the EV industry, the need for more su

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Climate Now: Jan 16, 2024

Virtual power plants and next-gen batteries

Since 2019, the cost of wind and solar electricity production has been lower than that from fossil fuels, and costs are projected to continue falling well into the next decade. But for renewable energy to truly dominate the electricity market, it needs to be c

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Climate Now: Jan 1, 2024

The Voluntary Carbon Offset Market (3/3)

In January of 2023, a headline from Boston Consulting Group read: The voluntary carbon market [VCM] is thriving. Their evidence? A 4-fold increase in the value of the market in the course of a year, to a valuation over $2 billion USD and growing. Nine months l