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The Latitude
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Dispatches from the new frontiers of climate technology. The Latitude features coverage of the business and tech trends that are reshaping energy... more

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Episodes

Australian outages show the value of solar and batteries

In Australia, one in three homes hosts a rooftop solar system. And 20% of those systems are attached to batteries.... more

12 Apr 2024 · 11 minutes
Can NVIDIA become an AI power broker on the grid?

There are two critical ingredients fueling the AI boom: energy and chips.  And NVIDIA, one of the most important companies in... more

22 Mar 2024 · 15 minutes
Will government rules hinder green hydrogen?

The US green hydrogen industry is at a critical juncture.  After months of input and debate, the government put out draft... more

21 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
Data center experts on AI energy demand

Data center energy use is spiking around the world. The International Energy Agency says that demand could double in the... more

28 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
A US city tries a novel approach to microgrids

As cities around the U.S. ramp up their renewable energy goals, they’re sometimes at odds with the utilities that serve... more

26 Feb 2024 · 8 minutes
Under the hood of a novel virtual power plant

We have 60 gigawatts of virtual power plant capacity in the US. But that needs to triple in the next... more

20 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
Bigger, faster, cheaper: tech innovations in renewables

Wind and solar projects are relatively simple to build compared with thermal power plants. But there’s a lot of technological... more

26 Jan 2024 · 9 minutes
Will the geologist shortage impact US critical minerals?

The world needs a lot of critical minerals. By the middle of the century, we could be looking at a... more

25 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
Can AI alleviate the critical minerals crunch?

Elon Musk has called lithium “the new oil.” Demand for critical minerals is booming alongside the surge in global battery... more

02 Jan 2024 · 8 minutes
Cleantech’s weird year in the public markets

It’s been another tumultuous year for the clean energy sector in the stock market.  Even with strong tailwinds from the Inflation... more

21 Dec 2023 · 8 minutes
A visit to America’s first direct-air carbon capture plant

America’s first commercial plant for capturing CO2 directly from the air is online.  It marks the start of an industrial race... more

15 Dec 2023 · 10 minutes
Can concentrated solar power be reborn?

The concentrating solar power industry – also known as solar thermal – has been defined by bankruptcies, failed projects, and... more

13 Dec 2023 · 7 minutes
Building novel storage projects on brownfields

Transmission backlogs. Land constraints. Local pushback. They’re all causing headaches for developers of wind, solar, and battery projects. And that’s making... more

15 Nov 2023 · 11 minutes
Carbon removal's awkward phase

The market for engineered carbon removal is starting to resemble, well, a real market.  Tax credits. Billions in government support. Corporate... more

08 Nov 2023 · 10 minutes
Green hydrogen makers are caught in limbo

Green hydrogen is a critical resource for cleaning up industry and heavy trucking.  With tens of billions of government and corporate... more

01 Nov 2023 · 11 minutes
The AI wild card for data centers: ‘Oh sh*t, this is for real’

Top tech companies are on a quest to run their massive data centers around the clock with clean power. It’s not... more

25 Oct 2023 · 10 minutes
How AI is changing weather forecasts for solar and wind

Electric grids are increasingly being saturated with weather-dependent renewables. At the same time, power systems are also getting challenged by... more

18 Oct 2023 · 8 minutes
What to do with all this excess renewable energy?

Renewables are now super cheap and abundant. We could install nearly a half terawatt of new wind and solar capacity... more

16 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
Introducing: The Latitude

Hi Climavores listeners: we're announcing a change to this feed. Going forward, this show will be called The Latitude. Solar, wind,... more

29 Sep 2023 · 2 minutes
Climavores: We can feed the world without frying it. But will we?

In this last episode of the season, Tamar and Mike discuss what they’ve learned over the past six months and... more

07 Feb 2023 · 40 minutes
Climavores: Is Kernza the climate-friendly answer to wheat?

Wheat feeds billions but it has some big climate problems. Wheat production degrades the soil, which releases carbon. It also... more

24 Jan 2023 · 42 minutes
Climavores: Rowan Jacobsen on Wild Chocolate and the Climate cost of Cacao

It’s no secret that chocolate is a sweet loved by pretty much everyone (well, everyone except Tamar). Here in the... more

17 Jan 2023 · 53 minutes
Climavores: New Year’s Mailbag! Plastics, precision agriculture, grains, and more

It’s a new year, and that means a new stream of voicemails filling up our listener hotline. This week Mike... more

10 Jan 2023 · 54 minutes
Climavores: YouTube's Hank Green is ready for lab-grown nuggets

This week on the show, internet sensation Hank Green talks with Mike and Tamar about the future of cell-based meat.... more

20 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Climavores: Never heard of first-hand food? Ask Tamar

Mike and Tamar talk a lot about eating better for our bodies and our planet. They’ve tackled meat versus plants,... more

13 Dec 2022 · 46 minutes
Climavores Live: Can we eat right and still save the planet?

We want your feedback! Fill out our listener survey for a chance to win a $100 Patagonia gift card. In this... more

07 Dec 2022 · 49 minutes
Climavores: How climate-friendly is your Thanksgiving dinner?

Join us on November 30 for a live, virtual episode of Climavores with guest Marion Nestle. Come ask a question... more

22 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
Climavores: Important Not Important: Starting a food company in the climate era

We want your feedback! Fill out our listener survey for a chance to win a $100 Patagonia gift card. Join us... more

15 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Climavores: Is industry-funded research a problem?

Last week, The New York Times weighed in on food and climate change in a big way. They devoted an... more

08 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
Climavores: Throwing soup to fight climate change

In recent weeks, climate activists in London, Paris and Germany have taken center stage for throwing food at famous works... more

01 Nov 2022 · 52 minutes
Climavores: Are GMOs the worst? Or the best?

In the food world, conversations around GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) have been polarized and vitriolic for decades. Fights over the... more

26 Oct 2022 · 53 minutes
Climavores: The magic of trees

The vast majority of habitable land on our planet is either agriculture or forests. So when cropland and grazing land... more

18 Oct 2022 · 52 minutes
Climavores: Keeping climate change anxiety from crippling the next generation

Last month, The Washington Post ran a story about college campuses offering therapy for climate change anxiety. The American Psychological... more

11 Oct 2022 · 48 minutes
Climavores: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on 'climate-smart commodities'

Don’t miss our live episode of Climavores in New York City on October 20! Sign up here for a night... more

04 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Climavores: Are processed foods evil?

Don’t miss our live episode of Climavores in New York City on October 20! Sign up here for a night... more

27 Sep 2022 · 49 minutes
Climavores: The protein we love to hate

Don’t miss our live episode of Climavores in New York City on October 20! Sign up here for a night... more

13 Sep 2022 · 46 minutes
Climavores: Mailbag episode! Bug protein, farmed fish, oysters, and more

Every episode of Climavores starts with a listener voicemail. In past episodes, Mike and Tamar have answered your questions about... more

07 Sep 2022 · 52 minutes
Climavores: Don’t tread on my pork!

Earlier this month, Cracker Barrel announced the addition of plant-based sausage to its breakfast menu. It was a move largely... more

30 Aug 2022 · 44 minutes
Climavores: Where food and agriculture fit into America’s big climate bill

Last week, Barack Obama called President Biden’s signing of the Inflation Reduction Act a “BFD” on Twitter. With about $370... more

24 Aug 2022 · 51 minutes
Climavores: The intersection of animal welfare and climate

Prioritizing efficiency in the U.S. chicken industry has made chicken cheap. And that’s led, in part, to Americans eating way... more

16 Aug 2022 · 46 minutes
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Every episode of Climavores starts with a listener voicemail. In past episodes, Mike and Tamar have answered your questions about vertical farms... more