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Why Smart Land Use Can Reduce the Need to Drive with Dr. Steve Cliff


Before California can reduce its vehicle miles traveled (VMT) — which measures total amount of driving occurring in the state — we need to start thinking differently about how we use space. Hear from Dr. Steve Cliff, Executive Officer of the California Air and Resource Board (CARB), on how he’s thinking about the role for land use and planning in decarbonizing transportation and reducing VMT.

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How to Think About the Transition to Zero Emission Commercial Vehicles with CALSTART’s Cristiano Facanha


As global climate summit COP27 meets this week, Climate Break has partnered with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on a series of episode about CARB’s approach to climate policy and its work with international stakeholders advancing ambitious transportation decarbonisation goals. Today, hear from Cristiano Facanha, who leads the Drive to Zero program at CARB partner CalSTART, describe the transition strategy CARB and CalSTART developed for California’s commercial vehicles and how they’re bringing it to the world’s stage via the Drive to Zero initiative.

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Designing Cities for a Car Optional Future with Mobycon’s Lennart Nout


In the first episode of our series highlighting the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) work with international partners on sustainable mobility, we’re talking to Lennart Nout, an urban mobility specialist at the Dutch sustainability mobility firm Mobycon, about why inaccessible training keeps cities from designing biking and walking friendly cities — and how the Transportation Decarbonisation Alliance, a coalition including CARB and Mobycon — hopes to change that with the Call to Action they’ve brought to COP27.

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What Can California’s Experience Tackling Climate Change Teach the Federal Government? With Richard Corey


In recognition of COP-27, Climate Break is partnering with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to talk about what what policymakers can learn from California’s experience with designing environmental regulations and incentives. First, listen to former CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey reflect on his experience and what’s to come for the future of environmental policy, in conversation with Ken Alex.

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Building Tribal Communities’ Energy Independence with Indigenized Energy Initiative

Native communities have disproportionately low access to and pay higher rates for utilities, particularly electricity, which has a significant impact on access and opportunities for remote work, education, and other activities. The Indigenized Energy Initiative works to increase indigenous energy ownership and access in order to address the social, economic, and environmental injustices that native communities face. This week, Chéri Smith, founder and CEO of IEI, discusses their strategy for assisting indigenous communities and eliminating energy poverty.

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Adapting Ocean Governance for a World of Rising Seas with Dr. Nilufer Oral

The law of the sea convention adopted by the UN in 1982 defines the economic and political sea boundaries critical to small island states, but the rights it guarantees are threatened by rising sea levels. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Nilufar Oral, Director of the Center for International Law at the National University of Singapore and Co-Chair of the UN’s sea level rise study group, on how vulnerable states are advocating for updated protections.

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How to Protect Water Supply from Agricultural Pollutants with Des Moines Water Works

Throughout the US, agricultural and livestock runoff are some of the largest contributors to drinking water pollution, especially in heavily farmed states like California and Iowa. Pesticides and fertilizers which, without strategies like cover cropping, can enter the water stream, leading to elevated levels of dissolved nitrates and phosphorus and causing toxic algal blooms. Listen to Jennifer Terry, external affairs manager for Des Moines Water Works, Iowa’s largest water treatment utility, about their solutions for reducing agricultural pollutants in water stream.

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How do Oyster Reefs Protect Shorelines with Claire Arre

Oysters can be a valuable environmental solution for shoreline restoration. Oyster reefs can support hundreds of marine species, improve water quality and protect against erosion and storm surges. Oysters also helps stabliize sediments and wave energy, which aids in the reduction of coastal erosion and the effects of sea-level rise. This week, listen to Claire Arre, Marine Restoration Director at Orange County Coastkeepers about how to use native oysters and eelgrass to bolster shorelines from the impacts of climate change.

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Carbon Farming with Ian Howell

Studies show that using cover crops in combination with other soil management practices can really increase the soil biomass and soil carbon. It’s good for the crop system, farm operation, carbon sequestration and management. Ian Howell, a resource conservationist with the Alameda County Resource Conservation District will explain why the techniques can reduce and remove the carbon emissions associated with agriculture.

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Wildfire Resilience in California with Chuck Bonham

As climate change increases wildfire severity, adequate funding to maintain and restore natural and working lands as a buffer against climate impacts is key. This week, join our conversation with Chuck Bonham, the Director of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife about how California offers an example through the one million acres his department manages.

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