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Month: September 2023

Lithium mining in Southern California’s Salton Sea geothermal system, with Dr. Pat Dobson

Traditional hard rock lithium mining is energy- and resource-intense. But lithium is a key component of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, like those used in electric vehicles. We spoke with Dr. Pat Dobson of the Geothermal Systems Program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory about his work with alternative mining techniques used in the Salton Sea, in Southern California.

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Corporate Lobbying as an Ally in the Fight Against Climate Change

Corporate lobbying, sometimes viewed skeptically, is increasingly being considered as a useful tool for advancing science-based climate policies. The effectiveness of this strategy hinges on overcoming several challenges, including workforce mobilization and the powerful corporate interests that lobby against environmental action.

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The “30 by 30” Conservation Movement, with Jennifer Norris

The “30 by 30” conservation movement aims to conserve 30 percent of the Earth’s land by 2030. California is among the first jurisdictions to implement a comprehensive 30 by 30 strategy and has invested $11 billion towards the effort. The movement focuses on protecting biodiversity, engaging local communities, and building resilient ecosystems, while also navigating challenges like land use conflicts and climate change adaptation.

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