New Reasons for Hope! Introducing Knowcast (Nov 9 2022)
Recent highlights from climate change podcasts using Knowcast, our new audio note-taking app
You’ve not heard from me for a very long time! That’s because I’ve been focused on my new venture:
Knowcast is a new way to learn from audio while on the go. Take notes from podcasts and other audio, completely hands-free, using just your voice.
This newsletter shares highlights my team have made from top climate change podcasts using an early release of the Knowcast mobile app. We’d love to get your feedback on how we can improve it.
To read or listen to all the highlights, use the Knowcast Web Player:
Nov 9 2022
This issue includes highlights from top climate change podcasts: Hot Take, Drilled, Babbage on The Economist, and Reversing Climate Change.
What does carbon sequestration have to do with bbq sauce?
What are top universities doing about funding from fossil fuel companies?
And what’s a fair way to fund countries that are suffering the fasted from climate change, even if they were oil producing countries in the past?
Election Spooktacular (Hot Take 28 Oct 22)
“Voting for candidates who represent less fossil fuel development is the best way to avoid many negative consequences.”
“This is also interesting in the context of Latin America because Brazil is a giant question mark while most other countries are swinging left.”
“And the big thing on everybody's mind this year is something called loss and damages, which I would just explain as reparations.”
Universities Are Starting To Say No to Fossil Fuel Funding (Drilled, 18 Oct 22)
“Our universities are, are fundamentally embarrassed actually about a lot of the money that they’re getting and the fact that it’s going to initiatives that shape climate policy”
“Fossil fuel companies like Schlumberger, which are responsible for, just absolute environmental catastrophes and injustices are seeking here when they look to universities for partnerships - it’s social licence.”
“They’re doing everything in their power to sustain a core business model that is completely at odds with the demands of leading climate science and climate justice.”
Turning Biomass into "BBQ Sauce" for Carbon Removal—w/ Peter Reinhardt of Charm Industrial (Reversing Climate Change, 27 Oct 22)
“In terms of permanent carbon removal, like very, very little actually has been, has been removed”
“Like learning happens by starting by doing. And so we have tried to find ways to just very, very quickly get out into the field and start getting carbon underground.”
“So like, it’s very doable. Like we could just produce all of our iron domestically with, with cornstalks.”
“When in fact they’re doing everything in their power to sustain a core business model that is completely at odds with the demands of leading climate science and climate justice.”
COP27: Part one - the new climate realism (Babbage from The Economist, 1 Nov 22)
“These are technologies or, or even just nature enhancing schemes to suck CO2 of the atmosphere in volumes that didn’t exist at the time. That still don’t exist today.”
“For example, to try to direct much needed capital to the emerging world to invest in things like renewable energy and other forms of adaptation, resilience that might actually lead to some meaningful progress”
“Other European countries, and the whole of the African continent is only responsible for less than 4%. These numbers are very well known and they show just who caused the problem historically.”
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