Reversing Climate Change



A podcast about the different people, technologies, and organizations that are coming together to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reverse climate change. We also talk about blockchains.

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37: Ben Kessler, Holistic Grazing Specialist

32:15 | Aug 28th, 2018

What if we could have our meat and eat it too? The current system of meat production in feed lots is devastating for the environment, but there is a better way. A way that would restore our grasslands and reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere...Show More

36: Greg Rock of Carbon Washington

23:01 | Aug 21st, 2018

When presented with solutions to a problem that conflict with our ideology, it is human nature to deny the existence of the problem. Thus, climate change solutions that involve regulation or ‘big government’ result in climate denial from right-leanin...Show More

35: Ramez Naam—Author, Futurist, and Nori Advisor

40:32 | Aug 14th, 2018

Knowledge is the only truly infinite resource, and its value multiplies by the number of people who put it to work. How can we put what we know about climate change to work and develop sustainable innovations that either reduce emissions or capture c...Show More

34: Brian Von Herzen, Founder of Climate Foundation

47:02 | Aug 7th, 2018

Marsupials in Tasmania can get everything they need from the rainforest without destroying it. So, why can’t humans do the same? Brian Von Herzen wants to apply this idea to the ocean and restore the sea life wiped out by climate change via marine pe...Show More

33: Roderick Jones, Co-Founder of Rubica

42:09 | Jul 31st, 2018

A big part of public interest in the blockchain can be attributed to a desire to reclaim our digital identities and reintroduce privacy to our online lives. But cryptocurrency remains vulnerable to hackers and cyberattacks. What can we do at the cons...Show More

32: Joseph Williams & Brian Young of the WA Department of Commerce

49:06 | Jul 24th, 2018

The State of Washington is a clear leader in technology innovation and carbon-free energy, so it is fitting the Nori chose Seattle for its headquarters. To learn more about the state’s leadership in the climate change space and cryptocurrency regulat...Show More

31: Aldyen Donnelly on Why Carbon Pricing Hasn't Worked So Far

46:56 | Jul 17th, 2018

If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Yet when it comes to reducing carbon in the atmosphere, the current solutions fail to recognize what has worked in the past. So, what can we learn from the pollution reduction success storie...Show More

30: Alex Ortiz, Chief Blockchain Evangelist at lifeID

37:48 | Jul 10th, 2018

Alex Ortiz believes that technology should be used as a tool to teach, to heal, and to create personal freedom—in short, it should be used for good to make the world a better place. He has spent the last 11 months doing a deep dive into the blockchai...Show More

29: Nori Methodologies for Rewarding Regenerative Agriculture with Alexsandra Guerra

26:49 | Jul 3rd, 2018

The team at Nori has spent the last several months traveling the world, attending conferences around regenerative farming, agricultural technology, and the soil health movement. And the overarching theme among stakeholders has been the need for a pri...Show More

28: John Elkington, Chairman & Chief Pollinator of Volans

42:54 | Jun 19th, 2018

John Elkington is most comfortable when he is least comfortable, most engaged when he is making it up as he goes along. A pioneer in working with businesses toward sustainable development, John has been a proponent of the triple bottom line for 40-pl...Show More

27: Mark Stevenson, Author and Futurist

52:53 | Jun 12th, 2018

Mark Stevenson is a self-proclaimed ‘reluctant futurist’ and author of the bestsellers An Optimist’s Tour of the Future and We Do Things Differently. One of the world’s most respected thinkers, Mark supports a diverse mix of clients including governm...Show More

26: Gregory Landua, CEO of Regen Network

48:40 | May 29th, 2018

What if we could develop a currency backed by the living health of ecosystems? A sort of ‘life currency’ with a robust verification system that would incentivize practices that promote ecological health? What if we could use technology to regain the ...Show More

25: Dr. Keith Paustian, Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University

28:08 | May 22nd, 2018

Today, Keith sits down with Ross and Christophe to share his path to the study of soil carbon sequestration. Keith explains what happens when we convert land for agriculture and what we can do to recover the lost carbon inventory. He offers insight i...Show More

24: Alexsandra Guerra, Director of Strategic Planning for Nori

32:34 | May 15th, 2018

One of the tenets at Nori is Find, Don’t Whine. Rather than complaining about the complexity of reversing climate change, the startup believes in actively seeking out solutions. At the end of April, we took steps to engage a diverse group of stakehol...Show More

23: Dr. Klaus Lackner of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions

38:42 | May 8th, 2018

Today, Klaus joins Ross, Christophe and Paul to offer his feedback on the Nori whitepaper. Klaus explains why he likes the idea of breaking the carbon offset model and offering compensation based on actual carbon removed. He also shares his concerns ...Show More

22: Stacy Smedley, Director of Sustainability at Skanska USA

38:03 | May 1st, 2018

The construction industry will never reach carbon zero. And while we have made great strides in the way of operational emissions, we have only begun to think about reducing the embodied carbon emissions associated with the manufacturing, transport an...Show More

21: Joe Quirk, Managing Director of Blue Frontiers

45:42 | Apr 24th, 2018

Today, Joe sits down with Ross, Christophe and Paul to explain how seasteading facilitates innovation and Blue Frontiers’ role in establishing such floating islands. Joe discusses the benefits of seasteading for coastal and island nations impacted by...Show More

20: David Hodgson, Addressing barriers to large-scale ecological restoration

42:02 | Apr 17th, 2018

Initiatives designed to reverse climate change generally lack funding. Yet there are investors with large pools of money who are increasingly interested in the space. How do we bridge that gap and promote impact investing? How do we support regenerat...Show More

19: Amanda Ravenhill, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute

38:45 | Apr 10th, 2018

Today, Amanda sits down with Ross and Christophe to share the vision of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and its namesake’s legacy as an early environmentalist, humanitarian, and techno-optimist with a global vision of the future. They discuss how No...Show More

18: Chad Frischmann of Project Drawdown

34:11 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Reversing climate change goes beyond the math and science of reducing the greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. It’s also about economic justice, social equity, and increasing the standard of living for all people across the planet. That’s the beauty ...Show More

17: Noah Deich and Giana Amador of the Center for Carbon Removal

43:04 | Mar 27th, 2018

Carbon is not bad, in and of itself. The problem is that it’s currently in the wrong place. The Center for Carbon Removal (CCR) is on a mission to accelerate the development of scalable, sustainable, economically-viable carbon removal solutions that ...Show More

16: Dr. Julio Friedmann, CEO of Carbon Wrangler

36:09 | Mar 20th, 2018

Dr. Friedmann joins Ross and Christophe to define his role as a carbon wrangler and why it’s important, walking us through the current climate math and sharing his insight on reframing carbon in the atmosphere as a resource to be mined. They discuss ...Show More

15: Sean Hernandez, Energy Economist

43:47 | Mar 13th, 2018

Economics isn’t all about money. It’s about human action, decisions and choices. In fact, economists and environmentalists could be natural allies in solving climate change. Unfortunately, a good number of environmentalists take a hardline stance on ...Show More

14: Mark Herrema, CEO of Newlight Technologies

43:30 | Mar 6th, 2018

Mark Herrema is the Co-Founder and CEO of Newlight Technologies, an advanced biotechnology company using carbon capture to produce high-performance polymers that replace oil-based materials. Newlight was founded on the idea that carbon could be used ...Show More

13: The Norigin Story with Ross, Christophe, and Paul

29:58 | Feb 27th, 2018

In the beginning… Paul and Christophe realized that the blockchain provides an ideal platform for a carbon marketplace where people can get paid to remove CO2 from the atmosphere—and ultimately succeed in reversing climate change. It took more than s...Show More

12: Dr. David Montgomery, Geomorphologist at UW

44:20 | Feb 20th, 2018

Today David joins Ross and Christophe to explain why civilizations that degrade their soil don’t last. We discuss the troubling numbers around soil degradation and loss and the three simple farming practices that would restore our soil. David walks u...Show More

11: Andrew Himes of Carbon Innovations

48:08 | Feb 13th, 2018

Andrew Himes is a partner at Carbon Innovations, currently working with the University of Washington’s Carbon Smart Building Initiative. The project seeks to transform the built environment from an existential threat to a net carbon sink that absorbs...Show More

10: Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at UBC

46:25 | Feb 6th, 2018

Professor Dowlatabadi joins Ross and Christophe to share his frustration with the lack of evidence-based policy employed by governments as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change temperature targets. He offers his insight on geoengineer...Show More

9: Dr. Greg Dipple, University of British Columbia

41:24 | Jan 30th, 2018

When it comes to climate change, the mining industry is typically seen as a ‘bad guy,’ depleting the Earth’s natural resources and emitting CO2 in the process. So you might be astounded to learn that carbon can actually be captured and stored using t...Show More

8: Aldyen Donnelly, Director of Carbon Economics for Nori

45:58 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Why don’t voluntary or compliance carbon offset markets work? The numbers simply don’t add up. A lack of connection between the certificates and the physical inventory means that both parties—the seller and buyer—take credit for a reduction in emissi...Show More

7: Dr. Klaus Lackner of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions

53:53 | Jan 16th, 2018

Ross and Christophe are joined by Dr. Klaus Lackner, the director of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE) and professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering. The CNCE is known for advancing carbon management technologies to capture c...Show More

6: Michael Denby, Arizona Public Service

53:31 | Jan 9th, 2018

Today Ross and Christophe are speaking with corporate environmental attorney and blockchain enthusiast Mike Denby of Arizona Public Service, the largest power company in Arizona. APS is a vertically-integrated utility, both generating and selling pow...Show More

5: Jane Flegal of UC Berkeley, and Dr. Andrew Maynard of Arizona State University

48:17 | Jan 2nd, 2018

In a world where ideology informs decision-making and policy-makers have little understanding of what is plausible when it comes to negative emissions technology, challenging doesn’t even begin to describe the task of reversing climate change. In thi...Show More

4: Dr. David Goldberg, Lamont Research Professor at Columbia University

40:29 | Dec 19th, 2017

Carbon sequestration is an integral part of reversing climate change. The question becomes, where can we permanently store all of that CO2? One possibility lies in the basalt rock under the ocean floor. In fact, Earth science researchers at Columbia ...Show More

3: Jeremy Kaufman and Ethan Steinberg of Propagate Ventures

54:19 | Dec 12th, 2017

Today Ross and Christophe are joined by Propagate Co-Founders Jeremy Kaufman and Ethan Steinberg to discuss the fundamentals of agroforestry and how the Propagate model works to provide farmers with capital for planting trees. They walk us through th...Show More

2: Sophia Mendelsohn, Head of Sustainability at JetBlue Airways

40:35 | Dec 6th, 2017

Today, Ross and Christophe are joined by Sophia Mendelsohn, Head of Sustainability at JetBlue to discuss the incentive to offset carbon emissions at the personal, company, and global levels. They speak to how the industry is addressing climate change...Show More

1: Paul Gambill, CEO of Nori

46:45 | Dec 6th, 2017

On the inaugural podcast, Ross and Christophe are joined by Nori CEO Paul Gambill to discuss the concept of carbon removal and the scope of the problem presented by climate change. Paul addresses Nori's approach to reversing climate change, explainin...Show More