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Prescribed Burns with Bill Tripp

Prescribed burns, like what Native Tribes conducted until colonial powers stopped them, are key to making communities more resilient to wildfires, which are increasing in severity with climate change. This week on Climate Break, we are joined by Bill Tripp, the Director of Natural Resources and Environment Policy for the Karuk Tribe, to talk about prescribed burns.

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Rooftop Solar with Bernadette Del Chiaro

We have built 1.2 million rooftop solar systems in the state of California.Bernadette Del Chiaro, the Executive Director of the California Solar and Storage Association, discusses the importance of net-metering, an electric utility billing program that credits solar energy owners for the surplus electricity they add to the grid.

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Zero Emission Aviation with Val Miftakhov

Air travel contributes 2.5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions and is often the biggest contributor to an individual’s carbon footprint. To eliminate aviation emissions, Val Miftakhov started ZeroAvia, a company committed to building the world’s first zero-emission 100-person jet that can fly across the Atlantic Ocean by 2030. His planes will run on fuel cells powered by hydrogen.

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Electric Vehicles with Scott Moura

Electric vehicles (EVs) are more than just a means of transportation: they’re mobile batteries that store large amounts of power on the road. Because EV batteries are often underutilized by drivers, some of the energy stored in these batteries can be pushed back into the electrical grid through a process known as vehicle-to-grid integration. Vehicle-to-grid integration involves creating EV batteries that are capable of bidirectional charging, meaning they can both receive electricity from and return electricity to the power grid. If electric vehicles were to be adopted on a large scale, they could help supply renewable energy to buildings and homes.



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Plant-Based Meat with Ricardo San Martin

Ever wanted a juicy hamburger, but without the actual beef? A potential alternative is plant-based meat. Plant-based meats are — as the name implies — made from plants. It’s the restructuring and manufacturing of plants to feel and taste like an animal product. As more research and innovation emerges, plant-based meats may become both more popular and bio-friendly.

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Educating Future Environmental Justice Leaders with Candice Youngblood

Environmental racism typically isn’t taught in high school science classes, and often the socio-political aspects of the climate crisis are left out of environmental science education altogether. One effort to fill this gap is Youth on Root, which supplements existing STEM education with a curriculum kit on environmental justice, a youth-directed conference program that brings California kids together, and an animated explanatory video series.

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