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Category: Climate and Society

Why does Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Matter for Energy Policy

Russia is a major oil producer, responsible for 11 percent of the world’s total oil supply in 2020. Its invasion of Ukraine has roiled the markets and geopolitics of energy, driving oil and gas prices to their highest levels in nearly a decade and forcing many countries to reconsider their energy supplies. This week, listen to Steve Cohen, professor of international affairs and sustainability management at Columbia University, talking about the impact Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is having on energy policy.

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What U.S.-China diplomacy relationship means for fighting climate change with Kevin Rudd – California China Climate Institute

Diplomacy may actually produce some real results on climate change. Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia says addressing climate change requires the U S and China to put aside differences and collaborate on climate policy in a California China Climate Institute discussion.

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The Importance of Merging Humans and Nature with Dr. Liz Hadly – California China Climate Institute

Dr. Liz Hadly is a biologist studying how human activity and human caused climate change affect global biodiversity and ecosystem function. One policy Dr. Hadly’s research supports is the so-called 30×30 pledge to conserve 30 percent of both land and oceans by 2030, which California and United States made the promise to meet the target. At a recent California China Climate Institute discussion, she discussed preserving native biodiversity as a way of building climate resilience, with former California Governor Jerry Brown.

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Climate Disaster Mitigation Through Political Action with Dr. Michael Mann – California China Climate Institute

Combating the effects of climate change requires effective policy solutions, and in democratic societies, one of the most effective climate actions citizens can take is voting for candidates that support sustainable climate solutions. Thus, climate change must be viewed as a voting issue to build public and political demand for climate solutions. This week, listen to the climate scientist Michael Mann in this California China Climate Institute discussion.

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How Policy Change Boosts Electric Vehicle Transformation in Europe with Laurence Tubiana – California China Climate Institute

The European Union has recently seen a significant transformation in the market for electric vehicles. Nearly 1,325,000 electric car registrations in 2020 has been reported which is an 11% increase in registration from 2019. Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation, indicated that there are still hurdles for people who looks for switching to electric cars in a California China Climate Institute discussion. This week, listen to Tubiana about policies to boost this transformation.

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International Climate Finance with Mary Robinson – California China Climate Institute

To keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, countries with more financial resources need to indicate an awareness to contribute more by distributing funds for developing countries with less resources. Mary Robinson, the former and first female President of Ireland, talked about efforts to boost international climate finance, for a recent California China Climate Institute discussion.

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How Environmental Voters Can Influence Climate Policy with Dr. Martin Rees – California China Climate Institute

Environmental Voter Project identified over 11 million potential environmentalists in Fall of 2020 who were “unlikely to vote in the presidential election.” Increasing environmental voter turnout could make a significant impact on climate policy through legislative action and budget provisions. This week, listen to what Dr. Martin Rees said in a California China Climate Institute discussion.

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What You Need to Know About COP26

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference was taken place in November 2021 in Glasgow. After 13 days of intense negotiations, 200 countries reached an agreement on the Glasgow Climate Pact, which will accelerate climate action this decade and completed the Paris Rulebook. This week, listen to Ethan Elkind and Ken Alex, the Executive Producers of Climate Break, about the major outcomes of the conference.

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President Biden has Signed the Infrastructure Bill. What Will Happen Next?

In November of 2021, President Biden signed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that will have significant impacts on how we address the United States’ current and future infrastructure. California is probably going to get about $375 million electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This week, listen to Ken Alex, Executive Producer of Climate Break, about what this bill is and how it will impact the climate.

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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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