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How Seaweed Helps Scientists Reduce Methane Emissions

Livestock produce significant amounts of methane as part of their normal digestive processes. It’s about the same from oil and gas. Scientists are now tackling methane emissions with seaweed feed. This week, listen to Ermias Kebreab, Associate Dean and Professor of Animal Science at UC Davis, to learn about how seaweed diets can help cows produce less methane.

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Corporate Climate Policy Advocacy with Bill Weihl

Public policy is an essential element of climate change response. However, to date, big tech has only devoted about 4% of their federal lobbying activity in the US to climate-related policies. Bill Weihl, Executive Director of ClimateVoice, is calling on the big US tech companies to make climate one of their top advocacy priorities and devote one in five of their lobbying dollars to policies that will keep warming below 1.5 degrees.

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Large-scale Solar with Shannon Eddy

In 2018, former California governor Jerry Brown set a goal to completely decarbonize the electricity grid by 2045. Solar will be the backbone of the grid. The state will need probably 70,000 megawatts of utility scale solar online in the next 25 years. This week, listen to the conversation between Climate Break and Large-scale Solar Association, to see how it supports market penetration of utility-scale solar technologies through appropriate policy mechanisms.

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Regenerating Food Systems with Grizzly Corps

The agricultural sector, in combination with forestry, contributes to almost 25% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. A healthy food system can bring positive impact on climate through different aspects, including transportation, infrastructure, water use, or urban planning, etc. This week, we will explore how Grizzly Corps, a National Service Fellowship program through AmeriCorps administered at UC Berkeley Law, regenerate California agriculture food systems.

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Nature-Based Solutions with Dr. Deborah Brosnan

Coral reefs have 25% of Marine biodiversity. And about a billion people around the world, depending on coral reefs every day, either directly or indirectly. Dr. Deborah Brosnan, marine biologist and founder of Deborah Brosnan and Associates, is working on Ocean Shot, a project that integrates nature-based solutions to help restore coral reefs.

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To Keep the Warming Limited with Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan – California China Climate Institute

How can we keep global warming to under three degrees Fahrenheit by 2040? To find out, former California Governor Jerry Brown spoke with Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, climate scientist and professor at UC San Diego, during a California China Climate Institute discussion.

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Cap-and-Trade Market for Carbon Credits with Mary Nichols – California China Climate Institute

How does a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions work? To find out, former California Governor Jerry Brown spoke with Mary Nichols, the former Chair of the California Air Resources Board, during a California China Climate Institute discussion about the state’s pioneering program.

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Shifting to Renewable Energy with Hal Harvey – California China Climate Institute

What are the top ways that California can shift to renewable energy more quickly and reach zero emissions by 2050? Former California Governor Jerry Brown spoke with Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation, for a California China Climate Institute discussion.

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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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