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Welcome to issue 123 of the climateAction.tech (CAT) Newsletter, a weekly summary of what’s happening inside the CAT community, and in the wider world of climate and tech.
CAT Community News * New to climateAction.tech? Have a quick skim of our community guidelines (https://climate-tech.getoutline.com/share/43230e9e-d9b7-4d38-8e72-7f5df46e5fc1) to get the most out of your experience here. * Weâre looking for an organizer to join our organizing team. Find out more with our role description here (https://climate-tech.getoutline.com/share/34101a7e-775e-45ed-819e-f57de042e25e) . * We had a few technical issues with the Outline Wiki (https://climate-tech.getoutline.com/home) (we should have write-access back early next week) and the newsletter last week (https://mailchi.mp/climateaction.tech/climate-action-tech-15443690?e=%5BUNIQID%5D) (we accidentally sent three older newsletter joined together). Sorry about that!
CALL FOR SPEAKERS * We are looking for speakers for the next CAT Salon event series starting in June! See Heatherâs post in #2-lobby (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/C01A0THTQRW) and reach out either in the thread of the post (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/C01A0THTQRW/p1644597781194209) or in a DM. Keep 7th June free!
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** ð¬ CAT Events
If you’re looking at organising event in your part of the world, you can ask for help in #events. (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/CDH9TKPMM) There’s a CAT event support kit, sample deck and so on to help.
:doughnut: CAT Roulette - 30mins - whenever you find a time
We’re continuing our programme of letting members connect to 1 other CAT member every second week for a nice beverage and chat about climate and tech. It’s a nice way to get to know other CATs, and you can start and stop at any time. Joining the #cat-roulette (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/C0202J3UYG7) channel to learn more.
âï¸ CAT Coffee (western friendly)- 19th May - PT 10am | ET 1pm | GMT 6pm | CET 7pm | IST 10:30pm Join for a facilitated conversation, a special #greener-webdev (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/CQW898TDZ) pop-up (where you can chat about software engineering, careers, struggles and delights).
Sign up via Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/cat-global/events/rstqssydchbzb/) | Join Via Wonder (https://www.wonder.me/r?id=cdde4ad0-4d3a-4a4d-851d-b58846a95767)
ð¬ CAT Submitted Events Want an event listed here? Use this event listing form to submit the details so we can add it in the newsletter. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCcJz0jkn8huv1yLkuAlyDviccOwVSejwDwcLDDVKmwYPcQQ/viewform) May 9th - UK - (https://carbonthirteen.com/female-founders-build-climate-startups/) How female founders build climate startups with Carbon13 (virtual) (https://carbonthirteen.com/female-founders-build-climate-startups/) A panel of female founders will share their experiences of starting climatetech startups. Aditi, Vanessa and Susan will share their climate entrepreneurship journey, including what led them to make the leap into starting their own companies.
Check #events in the CAT slack (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/CDH9TKPMM) for more.
ð¤ Podcasts The latest climate-related podcast episodes. Don’t forget, if you’re looking around, there’s a list of podcasts maintained by CATs (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dCxRnSdgJYehTkPlMA9lNVfw7C9m-mTb2FtIxnbH6AI/edit#gid=0) . Catalyst with Shayle Khan - Growing the carbon dioxide removal market (https://www.canarymedia.com/podcasts/catalyst-with-shayle-kann/growing-the-carbon-dioxide-removal-cdr-market) Indepth interview with Lowercarbon Capitalâs Ryan Orbuch on avoiding the carbon-removal pitfalls of the past. The carbon copy - How bitcoin is keeping zombie power plants alive (https://www.canarymedia.com/podcasts/the-carbon-copy/how-bitcoin-is-keeping-zombie-power-plants-alive) Cryptocurrency is an economic lifeline for dirty, aging coal and gas plants. This week, weâll take you to Seneca Lake in upstate New York, where a group of unlikely activists is fighting back against a ââzombieâ power plant that is now fueling a bitcoin mine. 151. What on Earth is Happening in the US with NRDCâs Manish Bapna (https://outrageandoptimism.libsyn.com/151-optimists-win-more-often-with-nrdcs-manish-bapna) This week, a look at US federal climate policy ahead of the US midterm elections. We explore the scarily-small-and-measured-in-weeks amount of time we have to pass meaningful climate legislation before the US midterm elections, and where the optimism is in Senate blocked legislation, a Conservative leaning Supreme Court, and a Presidential Administration dealing with fossil fuel addiction issues - Russiaâs invasion of Ukraine, and high prices at the pump. Atypical Ep 4: Washing Laundry in Cold Water with Todd Cline (Tide) (https://sustainabilitydefined.com/) We often get asked, âWhat are simple things I can do to act on climate change?â and after hearing this episode we think youâll agree that one simple thing you can do is use cold water when doing laundry. Are you a Definer who uses hot water when doing laundry? Well, if you use cold water instead, you can reduce your energy use from doing your laundry by 90 percent! The sponsor of this bonus episode, Tide, is leading a behavior change movement to get consumers to switch to energy-saving cold water, while saving money in the process. In fact, Tide has a goal for three out of four loads of laundry in the United States and Canada to be washed in cold instead of hot by 2030. DISMANTLING WHITE SUPREMACY TO ADDRESS THE CLIMATE CRISIS (https://www.climateone.org/audio/dismantling-white-supremacy-address-climate-crisis) We know that the climate crisis doesnât affect everyone equally. A fundamental injustice of the climate crisis is that those who have contributed to it least are being impacted the most. This inequality will only be exacerbated as humanity continues to cause global temperatures to rise.
ð° News Highlights
VW sells out of electric cars in Europe and US (https://arstechnica.com/cars/2022/05/vw-sells-out-of-electric-cars-in-us-and-europe/) Worldâs second-largest electric vehicle manufacturer hit by supply chain bottlenecks, Analysis: What do Chinaâs gigantic wind and solar bases mean for its climate goals? (https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-what-do-chinas-gigantic-wind-and-solar-bases-mean-for-its-climate-goals) China plans to add 570 GW of wind and solar in the next 5 years - 5x Germany has installed since the 1990s, and 2x what the US has achieved to date. Detailed analyis on the implications, the how and the why. Funding your climate journey with grants: key strategies for holistic fundraising (https://enduringplanet.com/insights/funding-your-climate-journey-with-grants-key-strategies-for-holistic-fundraising) Joel Armin Hoiland of Climate Finance Solutions shares some tricks on holistic fundraising and accessing grant capital for climate tech. Right to repair: MEPs want more durable and more easily repairable products | News | European Parliament (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20220401IPR26537/right-to-repair-meps-want-more-durable-and-more-easily-repairable-products) A new âright to repairâ must cover designing long-lasting products that can be fixed, as well as more informative labelling and extended guarantee rights. From seawater to drinking water, with the push of a button (https://news.mit.edu/2022/portable-desalination-drinking-water-0428) MIT researchers created a portable desalination unit that can remove particles and salts simultaneously to generate drinking water. The user-friendly unit, which weighs less than 10 kilograms and does not require filters, can be powered by a small, portable solar panel. Apple just launched its first self-repair program. Other tech companies are about to follow. (https://grist.org/technology/apple-just-launched-its-first-self-repair-program-other-tech-companies-are-about-to-follow/) Companies are changing their tune on repair because restricting it is increasingly at odds with their climate and sustainability goals, something shareholders have been keen to point out. New EV vs. old beater: Which is better for the environment? (https://arstechnica.com/cars/2022/04/new-ev-vs-old-beater-which-is-better-for-the-environment/) EVs require more energy to build, but they are far more efficient to operate. Smoke and Mirrors: The Legal Risks of Fossil Fuel Advertising New study from @cleancreatives (https://twitter.com/cleancreatives) outlines how agencies that work with fossil fuel companies put themselves at risk. (thanks @tim Frick! (https://twitter.com/timfrick/status/1521225077962022912) ) SEC Rules Against Amazon, Allows Shareholder Vote on 401(k) Plan Invested in Big Oil and Companies Burning Down the Amazon (https://www.asyousow.org/press-releases/2022/4/11/sec-rules-against-amazon-shareholder-vote-401k-plan) The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Friday ruled (https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59a706d4f5e2319b70240ef9/t/62545ebbe47ff33a19722786/1649696443953/22.AMZN.2+Amazon+Invest+-+SEC+No+Action+Decision_yay_20220408.pdf) against Amazon.comâs âno-actionâ motion to exclude the As You Sow shareholder resolution (https://www.asyousow.org/resolutions/2021/12/10-amazon-report-on-aligning-retirement-plan-options-with-company-climate-goals) asking the company to prepare a report on why the company operates under one set of climate policies for its operations and the opposite in its employee retirement investments. Fairphones 4’s Lifecycle analysis report (https://www.fairphone.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Fairphone-4-Life-Cycle-Assessment.pdf) One for the hardware nerds - Fairphone has always shown exemplary transparency when it comes to talking about the environmental impact their hardware, and their new report is no exception. Why can’t all hardware do this?
ð¬ CAT videos ð¬ CAT videos, geddit? 10-15 minute videos providing accessible explainers to topics related to climate.
Why our buildings suck, and how to change them (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fJ04AfajWA) Constructing buildings is awful for the environment, but with 60% of the world population set to live in cities by 2030, how can we make buildingsâ¦not suck?
ð¼ Jobs & Opportunities
Also! Don’t forget the super handy “climate careers page” on outline (https://climate-tech.getoutline.com/doc/climate-careers-O56ZGk7fKt) listing a bunch of useful resources and sites to check.
Remember only jobs listing salary ranges are listed here - to get your job listed, you need to list a salary range. Folks can still look in the #jobs channel. Open Apparel Registry -http://https://info.openapparel.org/work-with-us/data-architectData Architect -120,000-150,000 USD, annually (https://info.openapparel.org/work-with-us/data-architect) The OAR Data Architect will be our first data team leader, tasked with developing an expanded data model, implementing a data and analytics infrastructure, managing data engineering tasks, and leading the data and ID schema strategy.
Open Apparel Registry - DevOps Engineer - 110,000-130,000 USD, annually (https://info.openapparel.org/work-with-us/devops-engineer) The OARâs DevOps Engineer will oversee and be accountable for development of the OARâs web application, mapping tool, and underlying database.
Therma - Recruiter - $100,000-$120,000 USD â¢ 0.15% - 0.25% equity (https://www.hellotherma.com/) Therma reduces food and energy waste using IoT-powered monitoring and analytics in the food and healthcare industries. This is an amazing opportunity to join an impact-driven startup with big plans for expansion.
ScholarTribe- Growth Manager - Â£30-50k (https://airtable.com/shreeGKBaWBul2ip8) Therma reduces food and energy waste using IoT-powered monitoring and analytics in the food and healthcare industries. This is an amazing opportunity to join an impact-driven startup with big plans for expansion.
Overstory- Freelance Graphic Designer - 45-47 euros an hour, negotiable (https://boards.eu.greenhouse.io/overstorytalent/jobs/4039498101) Overstoryâs mission is to help solve our climate crisis by providing real-time intelligence about the planetâs vegetation. In our first step toward this mission, we are applying machine learning to satellite imagery to track forests and vegetation, helping to reduce the risk of wildfires and power outages.
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