Why Baltimore Is Suing Big Oil Over Climate Change
In January, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by the city of Baltimore against more than a dozen major oil and gas companies including BP, ExxonMobil and Shell. The city government argued that the fossil fuel giants must pay for the costs of climate change because they knew that their products cause potentially catastrophic global warming.
Columbia Energy Exchange
Diversity in Energy Finance
The importance of diversity in energy finance is gaining attention as more investors look closer at how companies are stacking up when it comes to the representation of women and minorities on their boards of directors and in their management ranks. And it is not just the energy sector discovering this trend. It is taking place across corporations in the U.S. and around the world, a point illustrated in a new commentary from the Center on Global Energy Policy. In this episode of Columbia Energy Exchange, host Bill Loveless joins two of the authors of that commentary, Maria Jelescu, the CEO of Ardinall Investment Management, and Jully Meriño Carela, the director of the Women in Energy (WIE) initiative at CGEP.
ESG and Sustainable Finance
Mark Lewis, Global Head of Sustainability Research, BNP Paribas Asset Management examines how ESG and Sustainability are redefining finance, analyzing the evolution of Green Finance under various angles: the Blackrock’s letter, the famous rant of Jim Cramer on CNBC, the consequences of COVID-19, Mark Carney’s TCFD, Shareholder’s Activism, Environmental Ratings, ESG ETF, Sustainability and Impact Investing.
The Dark Side of Conservation
A deeper look at how biodiversity conservation intersect with security, the impacts of different anti-poaching approaches for protecting the rhino, the growing trend of military involvement and techniques in conservation, whether or not the ivory trade funds terrorism and the challenges of a community-based ranger programme in Mozambique.
The Godfather of Biodiversity, Professor Thomas Lovejoy
Thomas Lovejoy is a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation, an expert on climate and biological dynamics in the Amazon, he was previously the biodiversity advisor to the World Bank, and is known for being the first person to coin the word ‘biodiversity’. In this episode, he discusses using high mist nets to catch spine-tailed swifts in the Amazon rainforest, the tipping points caused by fragmentation that could lead to irreversible dieback, and how he keeps his energy levels up and achieves an emotional or professional reset at the start of each day.
Climate Health, Your Health: Prevention Is Protection
Climate disruption is harmful to your health. Dr. Linda Rudolph and Dr. Barbara Sattler are showing how our success or failure as a civilization may well hinge on how ingenious, nimble and socially just our public health systems can become in restoring the ecosystem health on which all health depends. And doing the right thing is good for our health.
Lease Sale in the Refuge: An Analysis
After four decades of fighting, the lease sale for drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was held on January 6, 2021. Amy sat down with David Aaronovitch of The Times of London to talk about what happened at the lease sale, what the outcome means for the future of the refuge, and also some of the central questions: Why drill in the refuge? Who stands to gain—or lose—the most from drilling? And how does the legacy of colonization come into play here?
The Energy Gang
Watt It Takes: The Founder-Engineer Turning CO2 into Usable Stuff
Emily Kirsch sits down with Dr. Etosha Cave, the co-founder and chief science officer of Opus 12. Opus 12 is working on a technology that converts CO2 into usable products and a metal catalyst that can turn CO2 into synthetic gas for fuels and ethylene for plastics.
Co-Op Energy Talk
Planning For A Pandemic
Needless to say, there is a lot of talk surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) these days. How do those providing critical services like Cherryland Electric Cooperative prepare for such a pandemic? Listen in as they discuss the measures they've taken to safeguard co-op employees and to continue to provide reliable service to their members.
Mineral Rights Podcast
Mineral Rights News April 2020
In this month’s Mineral Rights Podcast, Matt Sands and Justin Williams provide the individual mineral owner perspective and discuss their respective takes on the huge losses facing the oil and gas industry.
MIT Energy Initiative
The Future of Nuclear Energy
Jacopo Buongiorno, John Parsons, and Karen Dawson of MIT discuss the new Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World study, released in September. They talk about nuclear energy’s potential in the future low-carbon energy landscape, and review strategies for navigating barriers in construction costs, government policy, and community outreach. They also touch upon new technologies and innovations that are poised to impact the nuclear energy field.
Leadership In Energy
Ever wonder what it’s like to be the CEO of a huge energy company? In today’s episode, get to know Hydro Ottawa's CEO, Bryce Conrad, as he shares his story, including his career, what it’s like to be a leader, and the positive and challenging sides of being a CEO. Tune in to hear his perspective on how Hydro Ottawa has overcome crisis situations, what is being done to constantly improve, and his vision for the company.
My Climate Journey
Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator
Elemental Excelerator is a clean tech accelerator program incubating the next generation of companies tackling various environmental and climate-related issues. In operation as a nonprofit for nearly a decade, the program invests across several key sectors: mobility, food & agriculture, water, circular economy and energy. Each year it backs 15 to 20 companies up to 1 million each to improve systems that impact the planet and people's lives.
Cleantech's Top Venture Capitalist, Nancy Pfund
Nancy Pfund is perhaps the most recognizable venture capitalist in the clean energy space. Before she raised multi-hundred-million-dollar funds at her firm DBL Partners and made early investments in the likes of Tesla, SolarCity, Off Grid Electric, PowerLight, NEXTracker and Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Pfund had to start somewhere.
The Energy Gang
Watt It Takes: The Origin Story of Sunrun
Sunrun was a pioneer in residential solar services. Unlike some of its fallen brethren pushing the national model, Sunrun grew at a much more sustainable clip. Today, the company is at the top of its game. Sunrun installed 100 megawatts of residential solar last quarter. It will likely install 5,000 residential batteries. It’s now partnering with utilities on using those batteries and rooftop systems as a virtual power plant. CEO Lynn Jurich talks about how she went from begging homeowners at county fairs to signing hundreds of thousands of customers.