52 episodes

The Earthlings Podcast takes a look at the big issues facing humanity in the early 21st century and our relationship to our environment, technology, and each other. Each episode, award-winning journalist, and former NPR reporter Lisa Ann Pinkerton hosts experts, scientists, and leaders working to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Together, they cover wide-ranging topics including environmental solutions, emerging technologies, what the future might look like, and more.

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Earthlings 2.0 Podcast Lisa Ann Pinkerton

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    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

The Earthlings Podcast takes a look at the big issues facing humanity in the early 21st century and our relationship to our environment, technology, and each other. Each episode, award-winning journalist, and former NPR reporter Lisa Ann Pinkerton hosts experts, scientists, and leaders working to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Together, they cover wide-ranging topics including environmental solutions, emerging technologies, what the future might look like, and more.

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    S4E15: Zeroing in on Hydrogen for Marine Transportation

    S4E15: Zeroing in on Hydrogen for Marine Transportation

    Hello Earthlings! In this week’s episode of "Earthlings 2.0," Lisa Ann talks to guest Joseph Pratt, CEO and CTO of Zero Emission Industries, on the potential of hydrogen fuel cells in decarbonizing the maritime industry. The episode delves into the groundbreaking work of Zero Emissions Industries and the positive findings that herald the viability of hydrogen as a sustainable power source for commercial vessels. Pratt shares insights into the challenges and opportunities of implementing hydrogen technology in the maritime sector, including the importance of infrastructure development and regulatory considerations. We also explore broader implications for the hydrogen industry, touching on ZeroEI’s innovative fueling system and its potential to address current infrastructure bottlenecks.
    Join us as we navigate the potential of hydrogen to revolutionize marine transport, from the science behind fuel cells to the launch of the groundbreaking Sea Change ferry.
    Restoring Our Faith in Humanity this week is Brent Hughes, a marine ecologist from Sonoma State University, Christine Angelini, a coastal ecologist from the University of Florida, and their team's significant research. Their work reveals how reintroducing sea otters to the California coast catalyzed the revival of dwindling coastal marshes, offering a hopeful narrative of ecological recovery. For a dose of cuteness and inspiration, don't miss the episode's video on YouTube, featuring delightful sea otter footage.
    Key Topics: 
    The Potential of Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Maritime Decarbonization: An exploration into how hydrogen fuel cells work and their application in decarbonizing the maritime industry, highlighting the environmental benefits and the technological breakthroughs that make this green alternative viable for commercial vessels.The Journey of the Sea Change Ferry: The story behind the world's first hydrogen-powered commercial vessel, the Sea Change ferry, including the challenges, innovations, and collaborative efforts that contributed to its development and the implications for the future of marine transport.Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Systems: Zero Emissions Industries’ innovative hydrogen fueling system that addresses the current infrastructure bottlenecks, showcasing its broader applicability beyond maritime uses to other industries like trucking and aviation.
    Voices on The Show: Joseph Pratt, CEO and CTO of Zero Emission IndustriesLinkedin: Joseph Pratt 
    Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: Lisa Ann PinkertonX - Lisa Ann Pinkerton Instagram - @LisiAnniTechnica Communications Women in Cleantech and Sustainability
    Web Resources:ZeroEI Linkedina...

    • 42 min
    S4E14: The Grass is Greener with Carbon-Negative Building Products

    S4E14: The Grass is Greener with Carbon-Negative Building Products

    Hello Earthlings! In this episode of Earthlings 2.0, Lisa Ann Pinkerton delves into an innovative solution addressing the global housing crisis without exacerbating our climate emergency with Plantd. With the collective future of 3 billion Earthlings at stake by 2030, the episode navigates the pressing need for sustainable construction methods that align with our carbon budget.
    In an era where traditional building materials contribute significantly to carbon emissions, this episode spotlights Plantd - a North Carolina-based startup led by Haude Tan and Nathan Silvernail, former NASA and SpaceX engineers. They've reimagined construction by creating carbon-negative structural boards from perennial grass, challenging the status quo of the timber industry and paving the way for environmentally sustainable building materials.
    Discover how Plantd's revolutionary non-tree based wood is not just an eco-friendly alternative but a practical solution offering the same, if not better, quality and convenience without altering traditional building practices. From their futuristic manufacturing processes that resemble a space station to their collaboration with local farmers, Plantd's journey represents a beacon of hope for a greener future in construction.
    Restoring Our Faith in Humanity this week are the extraordinary efforts of Erica Hart. Inspired by her father's suggestion, Erica used her drone to locate a missing local dog. Since then, she has harnessed the power of thermal imaging technology to reunite over 330 dogs with their guardians across the UK and Scotland. Erica's story is a testament to the impact one person can have, turning a simple act of kindness into a life-changing mission for hundreds of families and their beloved pets.
    Key Topics: 
    Sustainable Construction Solutions: Exploring innovative building methods to address the housing needs of a growing population without compromising environmental sustainability. The focus is on reducing the climate impact through eco-friendly materials and practices.Carbon-Negative Materials by Plantd: Highlighting Plantd’s breakthrough in creating structural boards from perennial grass, offering a carbon-negative alternative to conventional building materials. This approach could significantly reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint.Environmental Impact of Traditional Building: Discussing the considerable carbon emissions from traditional construction materials like concrete and steel, and the need for sustainable alternatives.
    Voices on The Show: Huade Tan, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Plantd Linkedin: Huade TanNathan Silvernail, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Plantd Linkedin: Nathan SilvernailLisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: Lisa Ann PinkertonX - Lisa Ann Pinkerton Instagram - @LisiAnniTechnica Communications a href="https://www.womenincleantechsustainability.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 36 min
    S4E13: The Real Future of Virtual Power Plants

    S4E13: The Real Future of Virtual Power Plants

    Hello Earthlings! In this electrifying episode of Earthlings 2.0, host Lisa Ann Pinkerton and expert guest, Sarah Minczeski Delisle, VP of Government Affairs and Communications at Swell Energy, dives deep into how Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) are becoming the unsung heroes in the transition to renewable energy.  These systems are not only changing the way we think about energy generation and distribution but are also empowering communities worldwide to contribute to a more reliable and environmentally friendly electric grid.
    Sarah explains how VPPs harness solar, battery storage, and other distributed energy resources to provide a cleaner, more resilient power supply and potentially reduce the need for traditional fossil fuel plants. By aggregating the energy from individual homes, VPPs offer a unique solution to the challenges of modern electricity demands and climate change, all while providing economic benefits to the participants.
    From discussing the 140-year-old electrical grid's evolution to exploring the potential of VPPs in the US and beyond, this episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the future of energy and environmental sustainability. Join us as we explore how leveraging technology and community can lead to innovative solutions that combat climate change, one virtual power plant at a time.
    Restoring Our Faith in Humanity this week is the inspiring story of 14-year-old Davis Marthin Damaledo from Indonesia, who discovered a new species of giant stick insect while taking a walk with his father. Thanks Davis for reminding us of the endless wonders our planet holds! 
    Key Topics: 
    Virtual Power Plants (VPPs): VPPs combine solar panels and battery storage from multiple locations via a central system, offering a greener, more efficient alternative to traditional energy generation, reducing fossil fuel dependence and emissions.Benefits for All: VPPs offer dual advantages; consumers enjoy lower bills and rewards for energy contributions, while utilities gain a more stable, greener grid that integrates renewables more effectively without expensive, polluting peaker plants.Addressing Energy Challenges: VPPs address the intermittency of renewable energy and rising demand by ensuring consistent power supply, thereby boosting grid reliability and efficiency.
    Voices on The Show: 
    Sarah Minczeski Delisle, VP of Government Affairs and Communications at Swell EnergyLinkedin: Sarah Minczeski DelisleLisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: Lisa Ann PinkertonX - Lisa Ann Pinkerton Instagram - @LisiAnniTechnica Communications Women in Cleantech and Sustainability
    Web Resources 
    Swell Energya href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/swell-energy/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 32 min
    S4E12: Green Hydrogen’s Unsung Hero

    S4E12: Green Hydrogen’s Unsung Hero

    Hello Earthlings! In this week’s episode, our host Lisa Ann Pinkerton (CEO of Technica Communications),, delves into the indispensable yet underappreciated role of rectifiers in the green hydrogen economy with guest Bryan Allen, Director of Hydrogen and Energy Storage at DynaPower. Together they explore how rectifiers, devices converting AC to DC, are pivotal in hydrogen production systems, particularly in green applications involving renewable energy sources like solar.
    Allen, with over two decades in the electrical power space, explains the role of rectifiers in connecting the AC and DC worlds, thus facilitating the operation of hydrogen electrolyzers. This episode not only demystifies the technical aspects of green hydrogen production but also celebrates rectifiers as the unsung heroes in this crucial sustainable energy process. Additionally, Allen highlights DynaPower's contribution to the Advanced Clean Energy Storage Hub in Delta, Utah, underscoring the project's significance in the US hydrogen economy landscape.
    Restoring Our Faith in Humanity this week are recent marine biology discoveries off Costa Rica's Pacific coast by the Schmidt Ocean Institute's Falkor research vessel, spotlighting the discovery of new octopus species and emphasizing the importance of preserving deep-sea biodiversity.
    Key  Topics: 
    The Role of Rectifiers in the Green Hydrogen Economy: Exploring how rectifiers, devices that convert alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC), are fundamental in enabling the production of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources.Insights from Bryan Allen: Featuring insights from Bryan Allen of DynaPower, discussing his experiences in the electrical power space, the importance of rectifiers in hydrogen production systems, and DynaPower's involvement in the Advanced Clean Energy Storage Hub project in Delta, Utah.Historical AC/DC Debate: A brief exploration of the historical debate between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla over AC and DC power, providing context on how this debate impacts current energy infrastructure and technology choices in renewable energy production. 
    Voices on The Show: 
    Bryan Allen, Director of Hydrogen and Energy Storage at DynaPower LinkedIn
    Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: Lisa Ann PinkertonX: Lisa Ann Pinkerton Instagram: @LisiAnniTechnica Communications Women in Cleantech and...

    • 22 min
    S4E11: Talking Circular Economy with the Trash Magic! Podcast

    S4E11: Talking Circular Economy with the Trash Magic! Podcast

    Hello Earthlings! In this week’s episode, we dive deep into the enchanting world of waste with our host, Lisa Ann and the dynamic duo behind the Trash Magic! Podcast, Oakley Jennings-Fast and Sara Eve Fuentes. Sara and Oakley share the origins of the Trash Magic! Podcast, unravel the complex relationship we have with trash, and challenge the prevailing norms around waste disposal and recycling. Our conversation takes a deep dive into the vital topic of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), unraveling how it compels manufacturers to account for the life cycle of their products, thereby reducing waste and fostering a more sustainable approach to production and consumption. 
    In a world where disposable culture has become the norm, Sara and Oakley illuminate the art of repair — a powerful practice that not only conserves resources but also enriches our connection to the objects we own. Enjoy this fun conversation between three friends about their shared passion for sustainability, science communication, and the circular economy. 
    Restoring Our Faith in Humanity this week is the inspiring story of Nik Robinson and his sons, Harry and Archie, who, motivated by a conversation about plastic pollution, launched a sustainable sunglass line made from recycled plastic bottles called Good Citizens. We salute their initiative exemplifying  the power of creative solutions in addressing environmental challenges! 
    Key Topics: 
    Circular Economy and Its Impact: We need to switch from a linear economy to a circular economy, where waste is minimized and resources are reused or recycled to create a sustainable loop, ASAP. This shift is crucial for reducing environmental impact and fostering innovation in product design and waste management.Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): Producers should be held accountable for the entire lifecycle of their products, including post-consumer waste. EPR aims to encourage manufacturers to design products that are easier to reuse, recycle, or dispose of responsibly, thus reducing waste and environmental harm.The Power of Repair and Reuse:  Repairing and reusing items is a key aspect of the circular economy- these practices can reduce waste, save money, and support local economies. It challenges the disposable culture and promotes a shift in consumer behavior towards valuing and sustaining the lifespan of products.Community Engagement and Education: The biggest impact comes from community involvement and education in promoting sustainable practices! Sara and Oakley describe how by engaging with the community through cleanups and other activities, they were able to provide accessible information on waste management and sustainability with communities.
    Voices on The Show: 
    Oakley Jennings-Fast, Trash Magic Co-host, Founder of Level Up Planet 
    LinkedinLevel Up Planet
    Sara Eve Fuentes, Trash Magic Co-host, CEO of SmartWaste USA
    Linkedin SmartWaste USA
    Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability 
    LinkedIn: a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisaannpinkerton/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 39 min
    S4E10: Hydrogen Horizons: Unveiling the Power of Fuel Cells

    S4E10: Hydrogen Horizons: Unveiling the Power of Fuel Cells

    Hello Earthlings! In this enlightening episode, we sit down with Philipp Ruez, Head of Sales for Industrial Applications at EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, and our host, Lisa Ann Pinkerton, to delve into the transformative world of hydrogen fuel cells. They discuss the basic principles of how fuel cells generate power to their significant impact on decarbonizing heavy industries, Phillip shares his insights on the technology that might just be our planet's green savior.
    Discover why fuel cells, producing only water and electricity, are considered a pivotal eco-friendly energy solution, especially for heavy-duty applications where lithium-ion batteries fall short. Learn about the intricate process that turns hydrogen into energy, the unique advantages of Philipp's company's fuel cell designs, including their unparalleled power density and efficiency, and how these innovations are paving the way for a cleaner, sustainable future.
    Lisa Ann and Philipp talk about the diverse applications of fuel cells across various sectors, including marine transport, heavy machinery, and even the potential in the steel production industry. With special attention to the role of hydrogen in hard-to-electrify sectors, they discuss the blend of technologies, including the complementary use of batteries and fuel cells, to achieve optimal energy solutions.
    Restoring our Faith in Humanity this week is David Milarch, founder of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive in California. The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive focuses on cloning the world's oldest trees to combat climate change. Their aim is to reforest the Earth with trees that are resistant to warming temperatures and wildfire. The 130 species Milarch has cloned include sequoias, redwoods, and thousand year old oaks from Ireland. From his point of view, he says that these ancient trees have the capacity to sequester ten times more CO2 than an average tree. Thanks for all your wonderful work David! 
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    Tune in to “Hydrogen Horizons: Unveiling the Power of Fuel Cells” for a deep dive into the challenges, innovations, and potential of hydrogen fuel cells in driving the global energy transition towards a sustainable and eco-friendly future.
    Key Topics: 
    Hydrogen Fuel Cell Basics: Understanding how fuel cells work and their environmental benefits.Sector Applications: The role of fuel cells in decarbonizing heavy-duty and hard-to-electrify sectors.Technology Innovations: Advancements in fuel cell design, efficiency, and capacity.Hydrogen Economy Outlook: Developments in hydrogen production, infrastructure, and the push towards a sustainable future.
    Voices on The Show: 
    Philipp Ruez, Head of Sales for Industrial Applications, EKPO Fuel Cell TechnologiesLinkedIn Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Earthlings 2.0 Host, CEO of Technica Communications, and Founder of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability LinkedIn: Lisa Ann PinkertonX - Lisa Ann Pinkerton Instagram - @LisiAnniTechnica Communications a href="https://www.womenincleantechsustainability.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 29 min

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