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Peter Eisenberger on The Promise of Direct Air Capture
In this episode we speak to Peter Eisenberger the co-founder of Global Thermostat - one of the leading direct air capture companies in the world.
In the interview we talk about how we could create what Peter calls the renewable energy and materials related economy, how the current Coronavirus pandemic influenced his thinking on climate change, and why he is convinced that all organizations within the direct air capture sector need to cooperate to help accelerate the technology as quickly as possible.
Global Thermostat Website: https://globalthermostat.com/
You can find our original series on direct air capture here: https://bit.ly/directairpod
'Scales of Change' - Technosalvation
Today we're featuring an episode from one of our favourite podcasts Future Ecologies, and their new mini-series "Scales of Change."
In the series, hosts Mendel and Adam take a deep dive into the various "Dragons of Climate Inaction," the psychological barriers which prevent us from collectively responding to climate change with the appropriate urgency.
Listen to this episode on "Technosalvation" and subscribe to their series by searching for Future Ecologies, wherever you listen to podcasts.
Inside the Plastisphere
It’s the recommendation show! With all the new time many of us have on our hands, we wanted to tip our hat to some of our favourite things we think you should know about. In this episode we speak with Anja Krieger, the journalist behind one of our favourite environmental podcasts called The Plastisphere. In it she investigates the complex nature and hard to solve challenges caused by that most wondrous and durable of materials: plastic. And later on, we feature an episode of the Plastisphere called: “Confused About Bioplastics?”
The Plastisphere’s Website: www.plastisphere.earth
The Plastisphere on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2LpqhWz
The Plastisphere on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/plastisphere-podcast
Foreign Policy’s Heat of the Moment Podcast: https://foreignpolicy.com/podcasts/heat-of-the-moment-climate-change/
Music in this episode by Podington Bear and Blue Note Sessions
The "100% Solution" to Climate Change
Solomon Goldstein-Rose is a climate activist and former Massachusetts state representative. In his new book, "The 100% Solution" he breaks down what it will take in his view for society to come up with a complete systemic solution to climate change, and achieve net negative emissions by 2050.
Updates: Exciting News in Direct Air Capture
Since we first started looking at the science of CO2 removal with our podcast series on direct air capture, a huge amount has happened. So In this episode, we take you inside all the exciting news and developments that have been announced recently, which are pushing the goal of taking large amounts of CO2 back out of the atmosphere closer to reality.
Iceland and the Surprising Science of Turning CO2 into Rock
Imagine we overcame the many obstacles and successfully built the giant infrastructure that would be needed to directly capture billions of tons of CO2 back out of the air each year. You might reasonably think that we would have then completely solved the problem. But there’s one big question mark that would still be lingering in the air:
Where exactly are we going to safely store all of this carbon dioxide?
After all, it’s a gas! if you put it in the ground, it’s going to want to come back up.
That’s where an ingenious experiment underway in Iceland called Carbfix comes into play. Nestled among volcanic mountains, a team of scientists are hard at work experimenting with turning large amounts of CO2 into rock.
Is this the new alchemy? Or a genuine solution that could end up helping us solve climate change?
Listen to this, our final episode in our series on negative emissions, to find out!