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Climate & Capital
Climate & Capital Media
Exploring the business side of climate change and the new climate economy
Apr 9, 2021
How did Norway get so green? (With Kristian Bye of Innovation Norway)
With more EVs per capita than any other country, Norway is the world's sustainability superstar. Kristian Bye of development bank Innovation Norway explains his country's secret and how Norway has become a "testination" for the latest sustainable innovations. Also: Climate change made Japan's cherry blossoms bloom early, and Jared gives a crash course on "green hydrogen."
Mar 18, 2021
The Swedish secret to sustainable leadership (with Henrik Henriksson and Elaine Weidman Grunewald)
You want your company to be more sustainable, but where to start? And how can a giant like BlackRock build a sustainable foundation? Henrik Henriksson, CEO of Scania and Elaine Weidman Grunewald, Co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center, talk about a step-by-step method they have outlined in their new book "Sustainability Leadership: A Swedish Approach to Transforming Your Company, Your Industry and the World." Also: Pandemic emissions are back on the rise, and why the Greenpeace-affiliated energy company sells a lot of natural gas.
Feb 26, 2021
The most important climate event since Paris (with WRI's Helen Mountford)
The 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference — a.k.a. COP26 — is coming up, and it's a big deal. Countries have the chance to renegotiate and revise their commitments five years after the Paris Agreement. Helen Mountford, vice president of climate and economics at WRI, explains what COP26 is and what to expect. Plus: Jared discusses how the uncertain link between climate change and winter cold reveals biases on both sides of the issue.
Feb 4, 2021
America's power grids are no match for climate change
America's power grids are outdated and dominated by monopolistic private utilities. We could see more blackouts — and huge economic damage — as the weather gets hotter and storms get worse, argues our reporter Milo McBride. Also: Paris falls short of its namesake agreement, and the coup in Myanmar has surprising significance to the climate economy.
Dec 23, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Huntley: Don't bring up climate at Christmas dinner
Dr. Rebecca Huntley, author of "How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference," says stick to sports and movies when talking to your right-wing in-laws and save the climate conversations for the people and venues that really matter. Also: Jared gives (satirical) tips for a greener holiday, and new research suggests human made stuff will soon outweigh all living matter on Earth.
Dec 16, 2020
Former governor Phil Bredesen brings solar power to the little guy
The Honorable Phil Bredesen went from Tennessee governor to Southern solar tycoon. Now his new startup Clearloop is helping smaller business sponsor solar to offset their carbon emissions. Also: Host Jared Downing, a southerner himself, explores the geography of America's solar power and discovers that the South is not doing so poorly. (Interview at minute 1:50. Commentary at 20:20.)
Nov 19, 2020
Bill Sisson's $8.5 trillion sustainability dream team
Mr. Bill Sisson is executive director, North America, for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a 25-year-old alliance of more than 200 companies with $8.5 trillion of combined revenue who are committed to sustainable business. He explains how the principle of pre-competitive collaboration is helping companies not only protect the environment, but weather global crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nov 7, 2020
A President Biden climate prognosis from author Jonathan Alter
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the election, but what now? Will they be able to enact climate policy with a Republican Senate? Award-wining author, historian and Biden expert Jonathan Alter discusses the opportunities and challenges of the next four years. Also: Jared argues that the death of American political decency may actually indicate the healing of America itself.
Oct 24, 2020
Dr. Michael Mann explains the schemes of the 'inactivists'
Dr. Michael Mann helped create the famous "hockey stick" graph in 1999, and it has earned him and his research two decades of vicious attacks from the right. He meets with host Jared Downing to discuss their tactics and how they can be stopped. Also: Climate Justice editor Howard Manly discusses the debate, and Jared waxes philosophical about the apocalypse. (Interview begins at minute 5:27. Jared's commentary at 28:50.)
Oct 1, 2020
Author Jonathan Alter argues Biden should learn from Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter turns 96 this week, and journalist and historian Jonathan Alter is celebrating his birthday with Carter's first ever full length biography. Alter argues that Carter was misunderstood but ahead of his time and how Biden could learn from his legacy — and his mistakes. Also: Zombie fires lurk in the Arctic, and why climate question was Joe Biden's best moment in the first presidential debate.
Sep 22, 2020
Valerie Rockefeller is re-investing her grandfather's fossil fuel fortune
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has been divesting its $860 million fossil fuel portfolio. Fund board chair Valerie Rockefeller and fund president Stephen Heintz join us to discuss the legacy of John D. Rockefeller and the art of modern-day impact investing.
Sep 10, 2020
Columbia University's 3D-printed food
Columbia engineer Jonathan Blutinger discusses his research into 3D printed meals and how the iPod-ification of cooking could protect the environment. Also, wildfires are getting worse, and climate change is to blame. After you listen, head to climateandcapitalmedia.com for our feature on a tech startup 3D-printing steaks and an Indian venture capital company connecting rural farmers with investors.
Aug 28, 2020
Fracking is a bad bet
COVID-19 has slammed shale oil and gas, and the "fracking" industry has turned to the Federal Reserve to stay afloat. But was fracking a bad investment from the start? Also in this episode: Alaskan salmon are getting smaller, and Biden's selection of Kamala Harris is a bold move against climate change.
Aug 5, 2020
How useful is ESG? With Harvard Business Review editor Adi Ignatius.
Harvard Business Review editor-in-chief Adi Ignatius discusses Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria, or "ESG." It's the new wave in responsible investing. But it's also subjective and oddly non-transparent. Could ESG be just another tool for empty corporate spin?
Jul 28, 2020
Peter McKillop discusses the "climate economy"
It's our pilot episode, and an introduction is in order. Climate & Capital Media founder Peter McKillop explains who we are, what drives us, and the "new climate economy"—a $26 trillion business landscape that could help save our planet.