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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Episode 136: VC hype vs. Wall Street

Oct 22, 2019

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A new jet fuel offers the prospect of no-carbon, “guilt-free” flying

by Stephen Beard Oct 10, 2019
A pilot project in Rotterdam is testing the viability of a fuel made out of air that would cut an aircraft’s emissions to zero.
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As climate change looms, a booming market for carbon offsets

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Some utility companies are racing to be carbon neutral

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British business seeks to cash in on carbon

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British entrepreneurs scramble to make money from carbon emissions without causing further climate change.
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Church of England crusades against climate change

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The church is flexing its financial muscle in a bid to curb carbon emissions.
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One Texas non-profit's idea to help curb climate change

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Landowners would pay to “store” carbon.
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Are Republicans softening on carbon taxes?

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Why is this group updating the "social cost of carbon"?

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President Trump has effectively weakened the government's calculation of the costs of carbon emissions. Others are working to make it much stronger.
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U.S. officials tout cleaner fossil fuels, nuclear power at international talks

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At the United Nations climate talks in Germany, White House officials are talking about plans to make fossil fuels cleaner or more efficient, and to expand nuclear power, as approaches to reducing emissions. While the rest of the world may…