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Climate One

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Climate One at The Commonwealth Club is a thriving leadership dialogue on energy, the environment and the economy. It brings together top thinkers and doers from business, government, academia and advocacy groups to advance the discussion about a clean future. Here are some topics recently covered by Climate One:

Building & Land Use:
 According to the famous McKinsey carbon abatement curves, transportation and commercial and residential buildings offer some of the greatest opportunities for lifecycle cost savings and carbon reductions.

Food & Agriculture:
 Agriculture’s sensitivity to dramatic changes in weather puts our food production in grave danger. With Silicon Valley nearby, California's Central Valley provides not only sustainable food and agriculture, but also sustainable innovation.

EVs & Transportation: 
With rising oil prices and President Obama instating a vehicle fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, car companies will need to invest heavily in change to keep up with green demand. What changes are needed for car companies to develop sexy electric vehicles and reach the new CAFÉ standard?



Caption: Author Jane Mayer
Who are the people bankrolling our political system? New Yorker writer Jane Mayer takes us behind the scenes and exposes the powerful group of indi...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Dr. Jane Goodall
For much of her nearly six-decade-long career, Dr. Jane Goodall has worked to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet. The Ja...

Bought by MPR News Stations

  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lowell Bergman, Investigative Journalist
How closely does the story of climate denial mirror the story of tobacco denial? For decades, cigarette makers downplayed the dangers of smoking wi...

Bought by KZYX, KCMJ Community Radio, and KRZA

  • Added: Apr 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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The "Internet of things" promises a world with smart connected devices such as refrigerators that automatically order food and robots that anticipa...

Bought by WCQS

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: James Coleman, Fellow, Alliance for Climate Education, Credit: Ed Ritger
As Buffalo Springfield sang in 1967, “There’s something happening here…” But today’s youth revolution is happening far beyond the Sunset Strip. The...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Greg Dalton
Today’s teenagers now have a new moniker: Greenagers. That’s because they are coming of age in an era plagued by the effects of climate change. Sev...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Environmental Network, Credit: Ed Ritger
The environmental movement has convinced us that everyone has a right to clean air. But will the emerging green economy will be more equitable and ...

Bought by KRZA, KCMJ Community Radio, KMUD, and KZYX

  • Added: Mar 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley, Credit: Ed Ritger
An information war is raging in our country, in both mainstream news and on social media. The news media has been struggling with how to handle the...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Oliver Morton, The Economist, Credit: Ed Ritger
In an emergency, we’re told to “break the glass” and reach for the fire extinguisher. Some would argue we’re in the midst of a climate emergency –...

Bought by KRZA, KZYX, and KMUD

  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Fran Spivy-Weber, Vice Chair, CA State Water Resources Control Board
The story of the American West is deeply rooted in the Colorado River, which delivers fresh water to seven thirsty states before crossing the borde...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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The Trump administration has moved quickly to reverse some of the previous administration’s energy and climate policies. But not all Republicans ar...

Bought by WCPN and WHYY

  • Added: Feb 25, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Helene York, Simran Sethi
Getting people to connect the dots between food and the environment may be one way to engage them in the climate change fight, suggests author and ...

Bought by KUNM and KMUD

  • Added: Feb 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Holmes Hummel, Founder, Clean Energy Works, Credit: Ed Ritger
With stock market values at near-record highs, how is the clean tech sector doing? What technologies are most promising for making money and getti...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Bob Inglis, Former Republican U.S. Representative, South Carolina, Credit: Ed Ritger
Much has been made of the partisan divide when it comes to climate change. But are there Republicans out there who accept the science and believe ...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: From L to R: Adrianna Quintero, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council; Orson Aguilar, Executive Director, The Greenlining Institute; Catherine Sandoval, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission; Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One, Credit: Rikki Ward
Latinos make up the largest ethnic group in California. What environmental concerns do they have for their communities and their families? How can ...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
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In 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger launched California's attack on climate change by signing a pioneering law to reduce carbon poll...

Bought by WCPN, WCQS, and KCPW

  • Added: Jan 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Josh Freedman, George Lakoff, Daniel Goleman, Greg Dalton, Credit: Ed Ritger
Evolution designed our brains to protect us from immediate, day-to-day threats to our survival. But environmental change is a less than clear, less...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Larry Goulder, Tony Juniper, Greg Dalton, Credit: Sonya Abrams
It’s hard to put a price on something that’s always been free, but if Mother Nature were a corporation, she’d be a large-cap stock. Think about it ...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Tom Toles, Editorial Cartoonist, The Washington Post, Credit: Ed Ritger
The scientific consensus is that human activity is cooking the planet. Does President-elect Trump calling it a hoax embolden others in denial? Many...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: The Stephen Schneider Award, Credit: Ed Ritger
Science historian Naomi Oreskes, author of “Merchants of Doubt,” has had her share of hate mail from climate deniers. But she insists that “we can'...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2017
  • Length: 59:00