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Podcast .167

Sustainable Aviation Fuel – Episode 2

Sustainable aviation fuel can use a variety of feedstocks, from used cooking oils to oily seeds. When those feedstocks are heated under high pressure with a catalyst, the process...

James Lawler
Podcast .166

Climate News Weekly: The end of Chevron deference, special report on solar, anti-greenwashing lawsuits, and more

In the latest installment of Climate News Weekly, James Lawler and Dina Cappiello (RMI) discuss a variety of stories on climate, sustainability, and technology. Dina and James cove...

James Lawler Dina Cappiello
Podcast .165

Sustainable Aviation Fuel – Episode 1

Aviation accounts for 12% of CO2 emissions from transportation and 2% of all CO2 emissions globally. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is fuel made not from petroleum hydrocarbons, ...

James Lawler
Podcast .164

Climate News Weekly: Hajj aftermath, European climate law, changing benchmarks, and more…

Climate News Weekly is back to cover the week’s biggest stories in climate news. Host James Lawler, joined by Julio Friedmann (Carbon Direct), begins this episode with follow-up ...

James Lawler Julio Friedmann
Podcast .163

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...

James Lawler
Podcast .162

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 Eu...

James Lawler Julio Friedmann
Podcast .161

Climate News Weekly: Kenya’s president visits US, DOE announcements, Microsoft’s AI emissions, and more

Climate News Weekly is back to cover the week’s biggest stories in climate news. Emma Crow-Willard and co-hosts Julio Friedmann (Carbon Direct) and Heather Clancy (GreenBiz) begi...

Emma Crow-Willard Julio Friedmann Heather Clancy
Podcast .160

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....

Dina Cappiello James Lawler Julio Friedmann Darren Hau
Podcast .159

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...

James Lawler
Podcast .158

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.

Darren Hau Julio Friedmann James Lawler
Podcast .157

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...

James Lawler
Podcast .156

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...

James Lawler Julio Friedmann Darren Hau
Podcast .155

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 mo...

James Lawler Dina Cappiello
Podcast .154

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 exp...

James Lawler Julio Friedmann Darren Hau
Podcast .153

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 t...

James Lawler Julio Friedmann
Podcast .152

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 millio...

James Lawler
Podcast .151

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 ris...

James Lawler Julio Friedmann
Podcast .150

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...

James Lawler Darren Hau
Podcast .149

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 discus...

James Lawler Julio Friedmann Dina Cappiello
Podcast .148

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 emissio...

Dina Cappiello Julio Friedmann James Lawler
Podcast .147

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, wit...

James Lawler Darren Hau
Podcast .146

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 transitio...

James Lawler Darren Hau Julio Friedmann
Podcast .145

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...

James Lawler Darren Hau
Podcast .144

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 plan...

James Lawler Julio Friedmann
Podcast .142

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...

James Lawler Darren Hau Julio Friedmann
Podcast .141

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...

James Lawler
Podcast .140

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 ...

Podcast .139

Cold EVs, Hawaii’s virtual power plant, and more

This week on Climate News Weekly, host James Lawler is joined by Julio Friedmann, Darren Hau, and Canary Media Reporter Julian Spector. They discuss the various issues facing EV u...

Podcast .138

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...

James Lawler
Podcast .137

Auxin solar case, Utah climate senate race, and more

Julio Friedmann, Dina Cappiello, Darren Hau and Eric Wesoff  join James Lawler to discuss this week’s climate news. Why is the Auxin solar tariff case still a thing? How did we ...

Podcast .136

Green hydrogen tax credit rules, Chinese EVs dominate, Louisiana LNG exports, and more

In this week’s episode of Climate News Weekly, Julio Friedman, Dina Cappiello, and Darren Hau join James Lawler to discuss the US Treasury’s new guidance for what can qualify ...

Video 6.6

Direct Air Capture (DAC)

Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through direct air capture (DAC) has the potential to eliminate billions of tonnes of CO2, but this process requires an increase in rene...

Video 6.5

Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage (BiCRS)

Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage, or BiCRS, is a technique used to capture and store carbon dioxide by utilizing plants to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon is stored by ...

Video 6.4

Geologic Storage and Transportation

Geologic storage plays a crucial role in removing carbon from the atmosphere, offering a means of long-term storage for CO2. Building on existing comprehensive research on this top...

Video 6.3

Cropland Soils

Increasing organic carbon stocks in cropland soils is a key strategy for soil-based carbon dioxide removal in the U.S. Croplands are already managed and cover a large area of land....

Video 6.2

Forests

Forests are important for climate mitigation, acting as living “direct air capture machines” that absorb carbon dioxide, and can also transport and store that CO2 in plant tiss...

Video 6.1

Overview

There is an urgent need to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere to ensure climate security and resilience. In 2022, the United States set a goal of developing carbon dio...

Podcast .135

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...

James Lawler
Podcast .134

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 ...

James Lawler
Podcast .133

The Voluntary Carbon Offset Market (1/3)

The voluntary carbon offset market (VCM) – in which customers can pay for third-parties to avoid emitting CO2 or remove it from the atmosphere on their behalf – has existed for...

Podcast .132

Top Stories of 2023, including COP28 deal, methane tracking, climate risks, and more

For our last episode of Climate News Weekly this year, we’re reviewing the top climate space stories of 2023 according to our series regulars Julio Friedmann, Dina Cappiello, and...

Podcast .131

Roads to CO2 Removal

How much CO2 is it possible to remove in the United States and at what cost? Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and researchers from more than a dozen institutions h...

Podcast .130

COP28 coverage, including global health, carbon capture, and “phase out vs phase down”

Today in Climate News Weekly, we continue our coverage of COP28 with three people who each covered a different aspect of the conference. First, we speak with Julian Moore of Climat...

Podcast .129

Roads to Removal Report preview and live from COP28

On this week’s episode of Climate News Weekly, host James Lawler sits down with Dr. Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Senior Staff Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, to discuss an ...

Podcast .128

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 th...

James Lawler
Podcast .127

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, n...

James Lawler Darren Hau Julio Friedmann
Podcast .126

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 ...

James Lawler Darren Hau Julio Friedmann
Podcast .125

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 divi...

James Lawler
Podcast .124

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 a...

James Lawler Julio Friedmann
Podcast .122

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 ...

James Lawler
Podcast .121

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...

James Lawler Dina Cappiello Julio Friedmann
Podcast .120

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 pu...

James Lawler Dina Cappiello Julio Friedmann
Podcast .119

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 b...

James Lawler
Podcast .118

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 con...

James Lawler Julio Friedmann
Podcast .117

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 ...

James Lawler Dina Cappiello Julio Friedmann
Podcast .116

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...

James Lawler Emma Crow-Willard
Podcast .115

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 t...

James Lawler Emma Crow-Willard
Podcast .114

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...

James Lawler Dina Cappiello Julio Friedmann
Podcast .113

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 electrif...

James Lawler
Podcast .112

Hurricane Idalia, Insurance Companies Leaving FL and CA, Ecuador’s Big Climate Win, and more

This week, listen to our news segment with Dina Cappiello, in which we cover the drivers of hurricane Idalia’s destructive impact on Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, fu...

James Lawler Dina Cappiello
Podcast .111

Made in America: The next generation of solar

You may recall an Auxin Solar tariff case in which a small domestic solar PV manufacturer, Auxin Solar, alleged that solar cells produced in Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietn...

James Lawler
Podcast .110

Building Solar Neighborhoods

There are over 8 billion square meters of rooftops in the US that are viable for solar energy generation, and could produce as much as 40% of national energy needs. And yet, only...

James Lawler
Podcast .109

Climate Now Debates: Carbon Capture and Storage

One of the most controversial parts of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act – the most ambitious climate spending bill in history – was the large pot of federal dollars tha...

James Lawler
Podcast .108

Revolutionizing ammonia production

The Nobel-prize winning discovery of how to create synthetic ammonia has been called the “most momentous technical advance in history,” and for good reason. Today about half of...

James Lawler
Podcast .107

What happens after forests burn?

2020 was a record breaking season for forest fires in California. Over 4 million acres burned, releasing enough CO2 into the atmosphere to wipe out the prior 18 years of emissions ...

James Lawler
Podcast .106

Tracking Methane Leaks for Planet and Profit

In September 2022, two pipelines carrying natural gas from Russia across the floor of the North Sea were sabotaged, rupturing and emitting an estimated 500,000 tons of the potent g...

James Lawler
Podcast .105

Getting on track with home decarbonization

The Biden Administration in the U.S. has set a goal of achieving a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, which among other things means that U.S. households, and the appliances and m...

James Lawler
Podcast .104

In the Navy! There is a climate action plan

In 2003, the U.S. Department of Defense released a report entitled, “An abrupt climate change scenario and its implications for United States national security,” which “imagi...

James Lawler
Podcast .103

Less waste, more energy

Landfills emit about 2% of the world’s greenhouse gases, but in terms of lowering global emissions, they represent some of the lowest hanging fruit. When organic waste – li...

James Lawler
Podcast .102

This Week in Climate News: Fires, national EV charging standards, and the global stocktake

This Week in Climate News: One of the greatest difficulties in addressing climate change has been how invisible the crisis was. You cannot see the 40 billion metric tons of CO2 b...

James Lawler Darren Hau Julio Friedmann
Podcast .101

What could climate instability mean to you?

Since humans began settling down and building civilizations 10,000 years ago, the Earth’s climate has been relatively stable. But before that, the climate was more unstable &...

James Lawler
Podcast .100

Episode 100: How to talk about climate change

A 2022 study by Yale University found that two thirds of Americans (67%) rarely or never talk about climate change, and rarely or never hear people they know talking about it eit...

James Lawler Darren Hau Julio Friedmann
Podcast .99

The evidence for peak fossil electricity

In 1909, headlines declared the U.S. would run out of petroleum by 1940. In 1945, the estimate was that the U.S. had 13 more years of petroleum reserves left. In 1966, we only had...

James Lawler
Podcast .98

Fixing the problems with ESG investing

According to a 2022 poll from the Associated Press, although 93% of Americans acknowledge that human activity impacts climate, nearly half of Americans (47%) feel that their action...

James Lawler
Podcast .96

LEED certifying buildings and cities, and why it matters

The built environment represents one of society’s largest environmental impacts – contributing nearly one fifth of global GHG emissions, not to mention impacts on natural...

James Lawler
Podcast .95

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 alway...

Podcast .94

What is the future of agriculture in California?

On March 30, 2023, in partnership with the Livermore Lab Foundation and The Maddy Institute, Climate Now hosted a one day summit in Fresno, CA, examining the intersection of climat...

James Lawler
Podcast .93

Making hydrogen and carbon black out of renewable natural gas

Renewable natural gas (RNG), made from the decomposition of organic waste like livestock manure, is not necessarily net-zero if it’s burned to run a turbine or drive a car....

James Lawler
Podcast .92

Minerals discovery and mining for the energy transition

As we transition to a clean energy economy, demand for minerals like copper, cobalt, nickel, and lithium is projected to skyrocket. According to a 2022 report from the Internation...

James Lawler
Podcast .91

Decarbonizing a city with heat pumps and thermal energy networks

For a building owner, building decarbonization has myriad benefits: lower utility bills, lower maintenance, healthier and more comfortable living. But the barriers to reaching thos...

James Lawler
Podcast .90

Net-zero cities: Making decarbonization work for everyone

Reducing average global temperatures. Preserving biodiversity. Decreasing the risk of droughts, floods and hurricanes. Reducing air pollution. Reducing utility bills. Creating new ...

James Lawler
Podcast .89

Low carbon fuel standards: what, why, and how?

On February 15, 2023, the U.S. Senate held a hearing considering a national clean fuels program, modeled after California’s state-wide Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The LCFS s...

James Lawler
Podcast .88

The road to decarbonized trucking

2022 potentially marked a turning point for the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) market, with new EV car sales increasing by 65% over 2021 sales, and now accounting for nearly 6% of all ...

James Lawler
Podcast .86

Decarbonizing diesel: cleaner fuels and engines

Electrification is going a long way in decarbonizing small vehicles (like passenger cars) in the global transportation sector, which produces about 16% of global emissions. But for...

James Lawler
Podcast .85

How to decarbonize a city

In November 2021, the City of Ithaca announced the approval of a plan to decarbonize all of its buildings by 2030. In this first-of-its-kind decarbonization plan, Ithaca outlined a...

James Lawler
Podcast .84

Bill McKibben’s take on building a successful climate movement

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across the U.S. marched, attended speeches and sat in teach-ins, marking the first Earth Day, and spurring on the enactment of the Clean Air Ac...

James Lawler
Podcast .83

How to fix the clean energy bottleneck

In 2021, U.S. President Biden signed an executive order with the directive to achieve 100% carbon-pollution free electricity in the United States by 2030. The goal is certainly ach...

James Lawler Monica Varman
Podcast .82

Farm to stable CO2 storage

The agricultural sector produces about a tenth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and while most of that comes from livestock (about 2/3), emissions from crop production st...

James Lawler
Podcast .81

Inside the DOE: Understanding the role of the US Department of Energy in the energy transition

“We’ve built an entire industrial economy around a set of energy sources, and we’re now thinking about diversifying way beyond that. And that’s a big set of cha...

James Lawler
Podcast .80

Breaking the link between how much we consume and economic growth

The carbon footprint of stuff For the last two centuries, continuous economic growth (the increase in the quantity and quality of the economic goods and services that a society p...

James Lawler
Podcast .79

A star in the west was brightly shining…

Last week, LLNL’s National Ignition Facility successfully ‘ignited’ a nuclear fusion reaction equivalent to what takes place in the sun: the conversion of hydro...

James Lawler Darren Hau Julio Friedmann
Podcast .78

What lies beneath? Efficient heating and cooling.

Can Earth’s geothermal heat warm – and cool – your home? The hottest day ever recorded on Earth was on July 10, 1913. Thermometers in California’s Death Valley meas...

Podcast .77

The role of microgrids in the energy transition

A micro-grid is a local grid. That means that energy generation occurs locally (no giant transmission lines) to support local energy demand, and it has the option to operate indepe...

James Lawler
Podcast .76

Battery power: the future of grid-scale energy storage

Renewable energy sources – wind and solar – have become the cheapest and fastest growing form of electricity generation. But the industry has not yet escaped the perenn...

James Lawler
Podcast .75

What is the future of carbon capture technology?

Since its founding in 1952, the mission of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been to meet urgent national security needs through scientific and technological innova...

James Lawler
Podcast .74

The financial value of healthy ecosystems

How many crises can we address at once? In October of this year, headlines broke that the global animal population in 2018 is 69% smaller than it was a half century ago, in 1970....

James Lawler
Podcast .73

Making buildings smarter, greener and healthier

The side benefit of reducing building emissions? Increasing quality of life. Building operations (heating, cooling and electrification) account for 27% of global CO2 emissions, bu...

James Lawler
Podcast .72

Making waves with marine carbon capture

The global shipping industry emits ~1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, about as much as the sixth highest emitting nation in the world. In hopes of changing course, the I...

James Lawler Darren Hau
Podcast .71

An electrifying look at the future of steel

For some sectors of our economy, electrification as a decarbonization strategy is a whole lot easier said than done. Take the steel industry – which is responsible for 11% o...

Video 5.5

CO2-equivalent explained

In this mini explainer video, we break down the term CO2-equivalent, and how it is used to compare different greenhouse gases that have different warming potentials and remain in the atmosphere for vastly different periods of time.

Ozak Esu
Podcast .70

The solarcoaster: adoption curves and business models

Mitigating climate change is a race against time, requiring “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” according to the IPCC, who says we need t...

James Lawler
Podcast .68

What’s in the Inflation Reduction Act for climate?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), signed into U.S. law by President Joe Biden on August 16th, might be the biggest climate investment in history, but it does not look much like th...

James Lawler
Podcast .67

Can oceans save us? Part III: The laws of the sea

International waters don’t belong to anybody, but everybody is connected to them. Like the global burden created by greenhouse gas emissions from any one country, company or indi...

James Lawler Wil Burns
Podcast .66

Can oceans save us? Part II: The tricky science of ocean carbon capture

Did you know plastic bags were originally intended to be an environmental solution? The idea was to replace paper bags in an effort to reduce deforestation. In 1935, cane toads wer...

James Lawler Wil Burns
Podcast .65

Can oceans save us? Part I: Using oceans to pull more CO2 from the air

More than 4 billion years ago, when Earth was still in its infancy, the atmosphere held more than 100,000 times the amount of CO2 it does today. Ever so slowly, that CO2 was absorb...

James Lawler Wil Burns
Podcast .64

Understanding EPA v. West Virginia: How will the Supreme Court’s ruling impact GHG regulation?

On June 30, 2022, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision on the case “EPA v. West Virginia,” ruling in a 6-3 vote that the EPA exceeded its statutory authority ...

James Lawler
Podcast .63

Do we need nuclear power to solve climate change? Amory Lovins says no

In 2017, the V.C. Summer Nuclear Plant expansion – meant to hail the renaissance of nuclear power in the US – came screeching to a halt. The project, to build two new r...

James Lawler
Podcast .62

How can you save money while decarbonizing your building?

Heating, cooling and electrifying buildings produces nearly one fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, but by employing existing energy efficient technologies and switching to r...

James Lawler
Video 2.9

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 facilit...

James Lawler
Podcast .61

Is there a profitable approach to carbon capture and storage?

In the international carbon offset market, the average price of removing one tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere is still below $15 USD, nowhere near enough to cover the costs of carb...

James Lawler
Podcast .60

Concrete, steel and plastics: Paths to a greener industrial sector

Each year, we produce about 30 billion tonnes of concrete globally. That’s nearly 10,000 pounds, or more than 2 entire cars-worth of concrete, per person, per year.  We produce ...

James Lawler
Article .3

Decarbonizing through efficiency

Can smarter design and improved energy efficiency get the world to its net-zero goals?

Podcast .59

Are we undervaluing energy efficiency as a decarbonization strategy?

Are we underestimating the potential of increased efficiency? It wouldn’t be the first time. In 2021, the International Energy Agency and the U.S. Energy Information Administrati...

James Lawler
Video 5.4

Three energy transition scenarios with Doyne Farmer

Dr. Doyne Farmer, Director of the Complexity Economics program at the Oxford Martin School, and co-author of the recent working paper, Empirically grounded technology forecasts and...

Podcast .57

How to meet electricity demand while greening the grid

Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Princeton University, and the IPCC have all published proposed climate mitigation pathways: strategies for economically reaching net-zero emissions...

James Lawler
Podcast .56

Will the clean energy transition be cheaper than we thought?

The recent working paper by Rupert Way, Matthew Ives, Penny Mealy, and Doyne Farmer, Empirically grounded technology forecasts and the energy transition, suggests that the high est...

James Lawler
Article .2

Negative Emissions Technologies: A Solution or a Distraction?

Let's examine the arguments for, and pitfalls of, natural and man-made carbon sequestration solutions.

Podcast .55

Diluting dependence on Russian oil: How renewable energy can defund a war

Among the top importers of Russian oil are the EU, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and France. The EU accounted for 71% of oil imports from Russia 2 months after the war in Ukrain...

James Lawler
Video 5.3

Global shipping industry emissions

How big of a climate problem is the shipping industry? If the international shipping sector were a country, it would be the sixth largest emitting nation in the world. Every year, ...

Podcast .54

The bottom line on sustainable shipping: Can the shipping industry reach zero emissions?

If the international shipping sector were a country, it would be the sixth largest CO2 emitting nation in the world. Every year, 11 billion tons of goods – about 80% of all t...

James Lawler
Video 5.2

How much carbon do soils hold?

Soil holds 2x more carbon than vegetation and the atmosphere combined, according to Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry and Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences ...

Podcast .53

Buried treasure: Unearthing the power of the soil carbon bank

Soil – that mixture of degraded bedrock, decomposing organic matter, and microorganisms that nourishes the root systems of plants and trees – already holds twice as muc...

James Lawler
Podcast .52

How can water reuse help solve the global water crisis?

Today, 26% of the global population – about 2 billion people – live without reliable access to safe drinking water.  And, as climate change worsens, the availability o...

James Lawler
Video 5.00

Climate Now Trailer

Who is Climate Now? Climate Now is an educational multimedia platform that produces expert-led, accessible, in-depth podcast and video episodes addressing the climate crisis and it...

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Video 5.01

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 th...

James Lawler
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Decarbonizing Road Transportation: Past the Tipping Point

Take a look at some of our key takeaways from our recent podcast and video series on decarbonizing road transport.

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Can ammonia or wind propel carbon-free shipping?

In the race for decarbonization, the shipping industry faces major challenges. Fuel is cheap, almost half the price of gasoline. And, most ships last between 20-25 years, meaning t...

James Lawler Darren Hau
Podcast .49

How the electricity grid works

One of the most efficient ways to get to a net-zero economy is to generate electricity from renewable sources, and then make as many things run on electricity as possible.  But, a...

James Lawler
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A venture capitalist’s perspective on the evolution of green transportation

In 2021 alone, more than $32 billion dollars were invested in green-technology startups, a four-fold increase from five years earlier.  But how far will those dollars go?  Onl...

James Lawler Darren Hau
Video 4.1

Green Transportation: The Power of Electric Vehicles

Adopting green transportation and transitioning to a 100% electric fleet requires a momentous cultural, technological, and infrastructure overhaul of the entire global automotive i...

James Lawler
Climate Now Art
Podcast .47

Can We Achieve 100% Electric Car Sales by 2030?

What will it take to get 100% of new car sales to be electric by 2030? Is it consumer demand?  Is it political pressure? How about we just increase both?  The Zero Emission Trans...

James Lawler Darren Hau
Podcast .46

How to Scale Up Carbon Capture and Storage

From 2015 to 2020, the installed capacity of renewable electricity increased 50%, reaching nearly 12% of global electricity consumption. The number of electric vehicles sold in 202...

James Lawler
Podcast .45

Is micromobility the future of urban transportation?

How can we better design our cities and suburbs so that they are centered around humans, not cars? Cars do not need to be the primary method of urban transportation, and alternativ...

James Lawler Darren Hau
Podcast .44

An insider’s perspective on advancing US climate policy

Climate policy at the federal level is integral to mitigating the climate crisis. Unfortunately, the United States has had a hard time so far passing ambitious climate legislation....

James Lawler
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Wind Energy

In order to reach global net-zero emissions by the middle of the century, modeled pathways project that wind energy will need to be a primary source of electricity, accounting for ...

Ozak Esu
Climate Now Art
Podcast .43

Re-imagining Heavy-Duty Trucking with Hydrogen and Carbon Capture

Heavy-duty, long-haul trucks – known as Class 8 trucks – account for more than 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide each year. Electrification, while a...

James Lawler Darren Hau
Podcast .42

The trucking industry needs to go green. Are electric trucks the answer?

In 2019, medium- and heavy-duty trucks accounted for about a quarter of U.S. transportation emissions while representing less than 4% of vehicles on the road, according to the U.S....

James Lawler Darren Hau
Podcast .41

Why all ride-sharing should go electric. And autonomous, with Dave Rubin

Ride-sharing services currently result in 69% more emissions, on average, than the trips they displace, according to a recent study by the Union of Concerned Scientists. But, if th...

James Lawler Darren Hau
Podcast .40

The sustainability conundrum of electric vehicles: Making and recycling EV batteries, with Andy Stevenson

Climate Now is kicking off our Decarbonizing Transportation series by addressing a question that looms over the electric vehicle market: how can we sustainably manufacture and recy...

James Lawler Darren Hau
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Carbon Dioxide Removal: Mineralization

There are several methods of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – both natural and technological – and each method has its tradeoffs. Carbon mineralization is ...

James Lawler
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Green banks: How they unlock funding for climate solutions, with Bryan Garcia

The Connecticut Green Bank, the first green bank in the US, has unlocked over $2 billion in capital toward clean energy projects and other climate solutions since it was establishe...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .38

Ocean-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal and Geoengineering with Wil Burns

Earth’s oceans play a key role in slowing climate change, absorbing nearly a third of anthropogenic CO2 emissions. And they could, potentially, absorb more. In this episode,...

James Lawler
Podcast .37

Unpacking COP 26: Are we on track to solve the climate crisis, with Megan Darby

In November 2021, representatives from around the world gathered to update their climate commitments at the 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conf...

James Lawler
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Scaling wind energy: What it will take to reach global net-zero, with Simon Watson

Wind energy is one of the cheapest sources of energy today, but it accounts for only ~6% of global electricity generation. To limit global warming to 2 degrees C or less, wind en...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
CO2 pipeline
Video 2.6

Carbon Dioxide Removal: Carbon Capture and Storage, Part II

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has the potential to remove billions of tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually, which we will likely need to reach global climate targets. In ...

Ozak Esu
Podcast .35

Adaptation in North America: What’s happening and what needs to happen, with Beth Gibbons

Much of the focus surrounding climate action is on mitigation: how do we reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and avoid catastrophic climate change in th...

James Lawler
Climate Now Art
Podcast .34

How to Ensure Climate Impact Investing Actually Has an Impact with Amit Bouri

“The [investment market] we have in place now is not working for people, it’s not working for the planet, and it’s actually not working for most investors.”...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
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Water Strategy and Climate-Induced Drought: How to mitigate and prepare with Will Sarni

A growing population, groundwater depletion, poor water infrastructure, overuse and water waste threaten our global freshwater supply. Throw climate change into the mix, and the ...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
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Carbon Dioxide Removal: Carbon Capture and Storage, Part I

What if we could remove the carbon we have emitted into the atmosphere? Can we capture our CO2 emissions before they are even released? In Part I of our two-part Carbon Capture and...

Ozak Esu
Podcast .32

Improving Climate Models with Machine Learning

Most climate models in use today are based upon large-scale, well-understood physical relationships that drive global temperature and precipitation trends. But the effects of compl...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .31

Trash to treasure: One man’s journey to make CO2 waste a useful product

What does it take to turn an idea that could help fight climate change into a self-sustaining business? We often hear the glamorous stories of startups that have made it, but littl...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .30

Pricing carbon around the globe: Why it’s so difficult

How do we finance the cost of mitigating climate change, while discouraging continued use of fossil fuels? The largest public statement of economists in history argues for a carbon...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .29

Do you get what you pay for? Monetizing Forests via Carbon Credits

A rapidly expanding list of companies have announced plans to go “carbon neutral” or “net zero”. Often, these plans include at least some offsetting of gree...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
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Carbon Dioxide Removal: Forests

Planting trees has become a bit of a cliché in the fight against climate change, with ubiquitous photos of presidents and CEOs planting a tree to show they’re serious about ...

James Lawler
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Measuring CO2 from space: the science of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory missions

In the first episode of our two-part series, we learned how NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory made it to space despite overwhelming odds from David Crisp, the mission’...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
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Measuring CO2 from space: a journey of perseverance, heartbreak, and scientific breakthrough with David Crisp

On the 24th of February, 2009, David Crisp was in the control center at Vandenberg Air Force base counting down the seconds for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory to launch. It was a ...

James Lawler
Climate Now Art
Podcast .25

Saving two birds with one stone: tackling biodiversity and climate together with Pete Smith

Many climate change mitigation proposals are land-use intensive. Are these proposals feasible without negatively impacting biodiversity? Can we develop solutions for both the clima...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .23

Building stars on Earth: the potential of nuclear fusion

Is there such a thing as “perfect” energy? With nuclear fusion, the answer is maybe. Fusion energy would be safe to human health, environmentally clean, and essentially...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Video 2.3

Building stars on Earth: the potential of nuclear fusion

Energy from nuclear fusion has the potential to cleanly and safely power the world. But, when do fusion experts expect this to happen? What technical challenges must be overcom...

Ozak Esu
Podcast .22

Nuclear Energy: What are the real risks? with David Keith

Despite being a reliable, zero-emissions alternative to energy derived from fossil fuels, nuclear energy remains mired in controversy. Opponents often cite four reasons not to incl...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .21

Investing in the Energy Transition with Salim Samaha

Transitioning to a sustainable energy economy will require significant input of investment capital. But how do investors decide which companies and technologies to back as society ...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .20

Optimizing Reforestation to Mitigate Climate Change with Susan Cook-Patton

Trees are an incredible resource for mitigating climate change, with myriad environmental benefits – not least their ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and ...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .19

Will China reach net-zero emissions by 2060?

China currently produces more greenhouse gas emissions than the next three biggest emitters – the United States, European Union, and India – combined, making a commitme...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
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Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)

In order to reach global net-zero emissions by 2050, we must remove CO2 from the atmosphere as well as prevent further emissions. Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) can be accomplished n...

James Lawler
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Carbon Dioxide Removal with Roger Aines

How do we reach global net-zero emissions by 2050, when there is almost no chance of completely ending our dependence on fossil fuels by that time? The solution will require Carbon...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .17

Carbon Sequestration with Julio Friedmann

In order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we must (in addition to reducing emissions) capture carbon and permanently store it where it cannot be released, a process ...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Video 2.2

Clean Fuel: Jet Fuel

Aviation is responsible for 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, though this figure is expected to grow as developing parts of the world become wealthier and increase demand fo...

Ozak Esu
Climate Now Art
Podcast .16

Clean Aviation Fuel with Steve Csonka

What incentives are needed for airlines to adopt sustainable aviation fuel (#SAF) and decarbonize air travel? How does SAF get tested and approved for use in commercial aviation? W...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .15

What’s Wrong with Carbon Offsets? with Mark Trexler and Derik Broekhoff

As the climate crisis worsens, more and more companies are committing to go “net-zero”. Most of these commitments include the purchase of carbon offsets or investment i...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .14

Hydrogen Electrolysis with Ben Wiley

Declining renewable energy costs have sparked a renewed interest in green hydrogen, which has the potential to decarbonize sectors in which electricity cannot. Because hydrogen doe...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Video 2.1

Clean Fuel: Hydrogen Fuel

Hydrogen is uniquely qualified as a storage of clean energy because it is abundant – the most abundant element in the universe – and it can be produced using renewab...

Ozak Esu
Video 1.6

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 few...

James Lawler
Podcast .13

Bioenergy Conversion with Jerry Tuskan

How exactly are plants converted into liquid transportation fuel? And what obstacles does bioenergy need to overcome in order to displace fossil fuels in the US energy economy and ...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .12

Biomass Availability with Matthew Langholtz

Bioenergy is a renewable energy for its carbon neutrality – plants absorb CO2 during photosynthesis and emit the same amount when combusted for energy. But to significantly r...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .11

Climate Modeling with Joeri Rogelj

Climate impact assessment models carry significant weight when developing mitigation and adaptation strategies. So, what climate models exist, and what factors do they include? Wha...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Video 3.1

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 pla...

James Lawler
Podcast .9

Net-Zero by 2050 with Eric Larson

What are the possible paths and necessary steps to achieve net-zero emissions in the United States by 2050? Which energy sources could sufficiently decrease our reliance on natural...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .8

Carbon Capture 101 with Howard Herzog

According to the IPCC’s 2018 report, carbon capture and storage – in addition to a significant reduction in emissions – will be necessary in order to limit global...

Katherine Gorman James Lawler
Podcast .8

Carbon Capture 101 with Howard Herzog

According to the IPCC’s 2018 report, carbon capture and storage – in addition to a significant reduction in emissions – will be necessary in order to limit global...

Katherine Gorman James Lawler
Climate Now Art
Podcast .7

Housing Market Climate Risk with Amine Ouazad

Sea levels are rising, storms are worsening, and flooding is consistently exceeding FEMA’s 100-year floodplain maps. Yet, an increasing percentage of new mortgages are used t...

Katherine Gorman James Lawler
Podcast .6

Climate Projections with Sergey Paltsev

Dr. Sergey Paltsev, Deputy Director of MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, spoke with Climate Now hosts James Lawler and Katherine Gorman about cl...

James Lawler Katherine Gorman
Podcast .4

Government’s Role in Climate Action with Caroline Spears

Hosts Katherine Gorman and James Lawler interview Caroline Spears, founder and executive director of Climate Cabinet, a nonprofit that helps local, state, and federal candidates ru...

Katherine Gorman James Lawler
Video 1.2

How dirty are we?

Global greenhouse gas emissions reached a staggering 52 gigatons of CO2-warming equivalent in 2020. Our episode puts this number into historical context, parses our global emissions by country and economic sector, and delves into the key economic and demographic drivers of emissions worldwide.

Ozak Esu James Lawler
Video 1.1

How we know it’s happening

How do we know the climate is changing? How do we know that change is being caused by human activities? Climate Now video hosts Ozak Esu and James Lawler delve into the science that answers these questions with MIT climate scientist Kerry Emanuel.

Ozak Esu James Lawler
Video 1.0

Welcome to Climate Now

Climate Now is a multimedia platform distilling the key science, technologies, and policies relevant to the climate crisis.

James Lawler
Podcast .1

Climate 101 with Kerry Emanuel

Dr. Kerry Emanuel, professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT and co-founder of the MIT Lorenz Center discusses how we can solve climate change.

Katherine Gorman James Lawler
Podcast .0

Climate Now Introduction

Welcome to the Climate Now podcast, hosted by Katherine Gorman and James Lawler. Climate Now is a multi-platform resource on the science of climate change, covering the key scienti...

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