Welcome to issue 154 of the climateAction.tech (CAT) Newsletter - your weekly summary of what's happening inside the CAT community, and in the wider world of climate and tech. New to CAT or looking to re-discover the community? Try out our onboarding checklist.
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Volunteers Gaël and Poppe will be your hosts to discuss Bigger, More, Better, Faster: The ecological paradox of digital economies and hope to see many CATs join the session this Thursday, Jan 26
#cycling: Łukasz discovered our small cycling channel and asked about cycling as a community — join the chat
#greener-design: Carlota shared a Webinar Discussion with Don Norman. Has anyone paid for this one yet and seen it? What are your thoughts? Share them in the chat.
#news: @Hector shared a video (The Time America Almost Stopped Climate Change) and said “It was hilarious. It made me angry and gave some helpful ideas for what we could do.” Give it a watch and share your thoughts in the thread.
✨ New channel: Christopher started a #local-san-francisco-bay-area channel! Join if you’re based there or interested in the area.
#️⃣ Channel host • 20min / week
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☕️ CAT Coffee volunteer • 2hrs / month
Help brainstorm on how to improve our #cat-coffee events and/or help facilitate conversations during the event.
👋 Onboarding helper • 1hr / week
Help us implement some ideas on how new members can have a positive experience during their first few months in CAT.
Check out our Trello board for more open roles and if you’ve got any ideas for projects, or feedback on existing projects, please let us know in our #community-feedback channel!
If you're looking at organising event in your part of the world, you can ask for help in #events. There's a CAT event support kit, sample deck and so on to help.
📚 Branch Magazine Reading Group
Thu, Jan 26 • PT 9am | ET 12pm | GMT 5pm | CET 6pm | IST 9:30pm
We’ll discuss the article Bigger, More, Better, Faster
🍩 CAT Roulette - 30mins - whenever you find a time
Join the #cat-roulette channel, pick your region and get matched with other CATs every other week! It's a nice way to get to know other CATs, and you can start and stop at any time.
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The next Working in Sustainable Technology online meetup is all about Agri-Tech - the use of technology for farming to improve efficiency, sustainability and profitability. The CEOs of Agreed Earth and Intelligent Growth Solutions will share their companies' journeys
The Digital Collage is a playful and collaborative workshop with a pedagogy similar to that of the Climate Collage. The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness and train participants on the environmental issues of digital technologies.
The UK’s first conference on Open tech. We have over 100 confirmed speaker, including Jimmy Wales the cofounder of Wikipedia and Thomas Dohmke the CEO of GitHub. All tracks feature content on sustainability, we also have an unconference and a sub conference with sustain oss!
Dive into the green jobs landscape by meeting companies working byte by byte and acre by acre on the climate crisis.
Join us for this partner Job Fair and meet rising portfolio companies working on groundbreaking solutions.
Learn about companies who will propel the transition to a sustainable future of plant-centric food systems.
Check #events in the CAT slack for more.
Catalyst with Shayle Khan - This episode is trash
In the U.S. alone, food waste is responsible for the equivalent emissions from 42 coal power plants. Globally, it accounts for 10% of greenhouse gases, more than heavy industries such as the manufacturing of cement and steel. In this epsisode we explore how the food we waste heats up the planet, and how we can fix it.
An energy provider attempts to achieve 24/7 clean energy
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), a Bay Area community energy company in California that serves all 20 of the cities and towns in San Mateo County, as well as the City of Los Banos, is on track to hit 100% 24/7 clean energy by 2025, and in 2023, is already at 99%. David Roberts talks to Jan Pepper, CEO of Peninsula and lead author on the latest white paper, explaining how they are doing, it, and about the open source clean energy buying model they created to help others do the same.
A Matter of Degrees - The Case of the Killer Heat
In this episode, we explore the growing impact of heat on people and the planet. We talk to scientists and “climate detectives” trying to hold the perpetrators of this unprecedented global temperature increase accountable. Leah and Katharine speak with Neza Xiuhtecutli, executive director of the Farmworker Association of Florida; Kate Marvel, climate science writer and physicist at Columbia University and NASA; and Richard Heede, co-founder and director of the Climate Accountability Institute.
The latest climate-related podcast episodes. Don't forget, if you're looking around, there's a list of podcasts maintained by CATs
Join our reporter as she tags along with a truck driver dumpster-diving for used cooking oil — all in the name of curbing aircraft emissions.
An Iowa startup is transforming decommissioned wind turbine blades into reusable materials for the concrete and mortar industries.
The Patagonia and Samsung collaboration will see select machines using a new filter system and cycle, with both companies look at reducing micro plastics by up to 54 percent. The washing machines are expected to be available later this year.
The president and vice chair of Microsoft talked to Protocol in a wide-ranging interview about going carbon-negative as well as why the company continues to work with the fossil fuel industry.
Investigation into Verra carbon standard finds most are ‘phantom credits’ and may worsen global heating. The forest carbon offsets approved by the world’s leading provider and used by Disney, Shell, Gucci and other big corporations are largely worthless and could make global heating worse, according to a new investigation.
The longform partner piece to accompany the article above. Companies around the world rely on credits to offset their CO₂ emissions. They have relied for years on carbon credits that prevent far fewer emissions than promised. The story of a global scandal.
Peninsula Clean Energy says it can deliver affordable clean energy to its Bay Area territory nearly every hour of the year by 2025. Here’s the data to prove it. (editor note: Google and Microsoft have publicly commited to this target for 2030 by comparison)
Much rides on which approach dominates India’s energy future. In the three decades since reducing emissions became a discussion point on the global stage, analysts have portrayed the U.S., China, and Europe as the most critical targets for cutting pollution. But as the curve finally begins to bend in those places, it’s become clear that India will soon be the most important country in the climate change effort.
Brazilian environmental agents cut through the rainforest with machetes on Thursday in search of criminals in the first anti-deforestation raids under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has pledged to end surging destruction inherited from his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro.
CAT videos, geddit? 10-15 minute videos providing accessible explainers to topics related to climate.
In a field long plagued by hype and high costs, carbon removal startups are showing real promise. The question is whether they can scale up in time.
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.
The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for promoting, and expanding engagement with, Climate Interactive’s tools and events. This position would be a good fit for someone highly motivated to use their diverse communications and marketing capabilities to make a difference worldwide on climate change. email@example.com Remote. Outside of the U.S. possible, with the need to coordinate work hours to the East Coast US time zone.
As data scientists at BlueConduit, we use machine learning models, working with geospatial data from a variety of data sources, to predict health hazards in infrastructure. Our founding team members were first to build models to predict whether water pipes were made of lead in Flint. And we’ve expanded that to serve cities throughout North America, on both a for-profit and charitable basis. We are passionate about using data science for social good and improving equity. - Data Scientist - firstname.lastname@example.org USA
Creative Commons is looking for an enthusiastic, well-organized and hardworking Open Climate Data Manager to facilitate the creation of a community-supported, long-term solution for the better sharing of large, distributed open climate datasets.