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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

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Climate Now: Dec 25, 2023

The Voluntary Carbon Offset Market (2/3)

Join us for the second of our three-part series on voluntary carbon offset markets, where we take a look at three companies that have very different strategies for removing carbon from the atmosphere. Vesta aims to increase the amount of atmospheric carbon tha

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Climate Now: Nov 28, 2023

When insurers can no longer afford the risk

In 2023, two major insurers joined a growing list of companies that will no longer offer new home insurance policies in California. In Florida, the situation is worse, with more than a dozen large home insurance companies retreating from the state. Both states

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Climate News Weekly: Nov 20, 2023

US-China Climate Statement, More Lithium, Fifth National Climate Assessment, Taylor Swift, and more

On this week’s episode of Climate News Weekly, James Lawler is joined by Julio Friedmann and Darren Hau as they discuss the latest US-China climate statement ahead of COP28, new developments in the EV space, the US’s Fifth National Climate Assessment,

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Climate News Weekly: Nov 13, 2023

2023 Elections Recap, EV adoptions, new DAC facility breaks ground, and more

In this week’s episode of Climate News Weekly, James Lawler and Ben Hone, Climate Now’s Marketing Manager sit down with Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project, to go over last week’s US elections and what

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Climate Now: Nov 7, 2023

Climate Now Debates: Solar Radiation Management (SRM)

“Geoengineering” refers to the intentional intervention in Earth processes for the purpose of mitigating climate change. A controversial topic, geoengineering is typically divided into two categories: carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management.

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Climate News Weekly: Nov 6, 2023

Remembering Saleemul Huq, Panama Canal Troubles, US Offshore Wind Power Saga Continues

On today’s Climate News Weekly episode, James Lawler is joined by Julio Friedmann. They pay tribute to Saleemul Huq, leading climate action advocate from Bangladesh who passed away on October 28, discuss issues facing the Panama Canal and how they impacts

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Climate News Weekly: Oct 30, 2023

Chevron acquires Hess, what happens to captured CO2 today, Hurricane Otis, and more

On today’s Climate News Weekly episode, James Lawler is joined by Dina Cappiello to discuss Chevron’s latest acquisition of Hess, what really happens when CO2 is captured in the US, the severe impacts of Hurricane Otis and what they mean, and more.

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Climate Now: Oct 24, 2023

Pope Francis’ Laudate Deum: uniting faith and science in a call to climate action

In 2015, Pope Francis – head of the Catholic Church – published Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home, a “papal cyclical,” or open letter, to the world’s more than 1.3 billion Catholics  about the ethical imperative of addressing climate change, a

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Climate News Weekly: Oct 23, 2023

Grid Upgrades, Species Extinction, New European Reporting Rules, and more

On today’s Climate News Weekly episode, James Lawler, Julio Friedmann, and Dina Cappiello discuss the need to invest in our grids to ensure a reliable energy transition, in the US and abroad, the sobering reality that climate change is speeding up speci

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Climate News Weekly: Oct 16, 2023

Tesla Price Drop, Exxon Buys Pioneer, New Hydrogen Hubs, and more

On today’s Climate News Weekly episode, James Lawler, Julio Friedmann, and Dina Cappiello discuss Tesla’s new prices for their electric vehicles, Exxon’s massive purchase of rival Pioneer Natural Resources for $60 billion, the announcement of

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Climate Now: Oct 10, 2023

Energy Superhighways: Bridging the Gap for Clean Energy

The US’s energy system is at a crossroads. As more and more renewable energy projects come online and demand for electricity keeps rising, many utilities and developers are being asked to build more transmission infrastructure to bring all this power to

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Climate News Weekly: Oct 9, 2023

Paying Firefighters, Oil Conference, Pope’s Message on Climate Action, and more

On today’s Climate News Weekly episode, James Lawler and Julio Friedmann discuss how a US government shut down could impact firefighter pay, the oil and gas industry Adipec conference and what it means ahead of COP28, the latest EV sale numbers, and how

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Climate News Weekly: Oct 2, 2023

Climate Week NYC recap, IEA’s new 1.5°C scenario, new geothermal plant, and more

On today’s Climate News Weekly episode, Dina Cappiello recaps her Climate Week NYC experience. We discuss the International Energy Agency’s updated 1.5°C scenario, including an in-depth explanation of what a “scenario” is, China’s strong stance ag

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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

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Climate News Weekly: Sep 25, 2023

Decarbonizing Heavy Industry, Europe’s Deadly Air Quality, Insurance at Risk, and more

From a new White House climate jobs training program that echoes the Civilian Conservation Corp of the FDR era, to UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak rolling back carbon reduction targets, global leaders are taking a stance after the UN’s Climate Week in New

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Climate News Weekly: Sep 18, 2023

Apple’s Green Ad, Peak Fossil Fuels, G20, and more

This has been a big week for nations and companies ‘talking the talk’ about reducing their emissions footprints, from updated commitments at the G20 summit, to a carbon-neutral product launch by Apple, and the family that owns the Mærsk shipping company c

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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