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California’s Plan to Decarbonize Trucks with Dr. Steve Cliff


In the fourth episode of our series highlighting the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) and its global partners’ leadership in transportation decarbonization, Climate Break spoke with CARB’s Executive Officer Dr. Steve Cliff about the importance of reducing emissions from trucks and heavy duty vehicles — and how Advanced Clean Trucks can help phase in a zero-emission trucking future.

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Using Concrete for Carbon Removal with Dr. Erica Dodds

Dr. Erica Dodds heads the Foundation for Carbon Restoration, which advocates for using carbon removal – in addition to emissions reductions – to restore atmospheric carbon dioxide to pre-industrial revolution levels. One method of removal she says is promising? Storing carbon in concrete.

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Using Cryptocurrency to Reward Sustainable Transportation with Paulo Humanes

What if there was an app on your phone that paid you in cryptocurrency every time you chose a lower-emissions mode of transportation? We sat down with Paulo Humanes, a Director at Portuguese Mobility Technology Development Center CEiiA, where they’re developing exactly that under the name AYR.

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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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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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Environmental Racism with Dr. Robert Bullard

The environmental justice movement began in the 1980s which address the unfair exposure of poor and marginalized communities to harms associated with resource extraction, hazardous waste, and other land uses. It’s often closely tied with environmental racism. Dr. Robert Bullard first defined environmental racism in his 1990 book Dumping in Dixie, and is now serving on the White House Environmental Justice Council to develop a screening tool to determine which communities get priority for new climate investments.

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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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Electric Vehicle-Grid Integration with Dr. Carla Peterman – California China Climate Institute

The growth of electric vehicles has increased the demands on the electric grid, which can be a particular problem if EV owners charge their cars at the same time that other electricity demand is at its peak. However, EVs may be part of the solution to some of the grid’s operational challenges.  Dr. Carla Peterman, chief sustainability officer at electric utility Pacific Gas and Electric and a former California energy official, spoke about the possibility of electric vehicles providing grid services.

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