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The great tragedy of climate finance is that those who understand it most have their noses to the grindstone, while those who understand it least have their mouths to the megaphone. Bionic Planet aims to end information asymmetry and fix the public discourse by mainstreaming the REAL debates over Natural Climate (and Biodvesi) Solutions.
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SmarterMarkets™ brings you the entrepreneurs, icons, and executives of commodities, capital markets, and technology to rant on the inadequacies of our systems and riff on ideas for how to improve them. Our weekly episodes explore how technology can be leveraged to redesign and improve markets to meet society’s biggest challenges, including climate change and the energy transition.
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This week on The Future of Energy, we welcome Samantha Dart, Head of Natural Gas Research at Goldman Sachs, back into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. David Greely sits down with Samantha to discuss the outlook for LNG and the global natural gas market, and their role in the future of energy.By Abaxx Technologies Inc.
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We continue The Future of Energy this week by welcoming Pulitzer Prize winning author Daniel Yergin back into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Daniel is Vice Chairman of S&P Global and author of the bestselling book The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations, as well as the Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Mone…
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In episode 104 of Bionic Planet, I delve into the intricacies of carbon finance with my guest, David Antonioli. We explore the concept of transformational finance, where carbon payments are used to catalyze sustainable practices that can eventually stand on their own. We discuss the limitations of the current additionality tool, which focuses on in…
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On our second installment of The Future of Energy, we welcome Eirik Wærness, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist at Equinor, into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. David Greely sits down with Eirik to discuss Equinor’s recently published Energy Perspectives 2024 – and how whether we build walls or bridges will decide our energy future.…
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In Episode 103 of Bionic Planet, titled "Purists, Pragmatists, and the Science-Based Targets Initiative," we delve into the complex world of emission reduction targets and the challenges companies face to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The episode explores the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI), a program designed to assist companies in set…
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This week, we kick off our new series, The Future of Energy, with Tom L. Ward. Tom is CEO of Mach Natural Resources. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Tom to discuss his work at Chesapeake in pioneering the US shale boom and oil and gas renaissance – and how his work laid the foundation for the future of energy.…
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We close out our Carbon Frontiers 2024 series this week with Leslie Durschinger, Founder, CEO, & CIO at Terra Global Capital. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Leslie to discuss her views on what the media is getting wrong in its criticism of nature-based carbon projects, as well as what project financiers and developers should be do…
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In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Gilmore Pontius, Jr., a geography professor at Clark University specializing in geographic information science. Dr. Pontius shared his expertise in computer simulation models of deforestation and the impact of land change on humans. Dr. Pontius discussed his journey into the field of geogra…
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This week on Carbon Frontiers 2024, we welcome Steve Zwick into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Steve is Host and Producer of Bionic Planet, which focuses on navigating the new reality of life on a managed planet. David Greely sits down with Steve to put some of today’s controversies in the voluntary carbon markets into their historical context. David …
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Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/bionicplanet Two weeks ago, climate pioneer Interface Inc announced they would become carbon-negative across all their operations by 2040, enabling them to move beyond the use of carbon credits. Some people heralded this as a sign that the days of offsetting emissions are over, but that’s not exactly true –…
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On this week’s installment of Carbon Frontiers 2024, we welcome Alasdair Were, Head of Environmental Markets at Abaxx Exchange and Clearinghouse, back into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. David Greely sits down with Alasdair to discuss the new futures contracts and technologies that the carbon markets need in order to develop faster, become more liquid…
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Become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/bionicplanet In Episode 100 of Bionic Planet, part of the Tribes of the Climate Realm vertical, we delve into the origins of the voluntary carbon market -- a story that has never been told before. Today's show is the first of many offering a truer, completer, and more accurate glimpse into the origins of t…
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This week on Carbon Frontiers 2024, we welcome Alexia Kelly into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Alexia is Managing Director of Carbon Policy and Markets Initiative at the High Tide Foundation. David Greely sits down with Alexia to discuss how we can bridge the divide on ideas for what is the right theory of change that too often turns the carbon marke…
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We present a special mid-week episode of SmarterMarkets™, bringing you exclusive interviews from the FT Commodities Global Summit 2024. SmarterMarkets™ was back at the annual Financial Times Commodities Global Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland this April, where the conversation focused on how the commodities traders and markets are navigating the new…
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Support Bionic Planet at patreon.com/bionicplanet In Episode 99 of Bionic Planet, recorded in Mombasa, Kenya, the focus is on the efforts to revive the coastal mangrove forests that protect the seaside city and support its fishing sector. The episode features guests from the community-based organization, Big Ship, who have been working on mangrove …
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On this week’s installment of Carbon Frontiers 2024, we welcome Tim McDonnell, Climate & Energy Editor at Semafor, into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. David Greely sits down with Tim to discuss some of the big stories he’s following in 2024 – and how media can better influence and cover how companies and governments are moving forward toward net-zero.…
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Today we’re going to try and help you understand one of the most vexing components of the climate challenge — namely, the overlapping, interlinking, and contradictory land titles that determine control of so many tropical forests — in this case, the Amazon, the lungs of the planet. With no clarity over control and no realistic way of enforcing it, …
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We continue Carbon Frontiers 2024 this week with Matt Atwood, Co-Founder & CEO at Aircapture. David Greely sits down with Matt to discuss how they’re developing their air capture technology into an effective and scalable solution by commercializing atmospheric CO2.By Abaxx Technologies Inc.
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Photo courtesey of HH58 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70303656 This episode of Bionic Planet is entitled "The Mosaic, the Minefield, and a Manifesto." The "Mosaic" reminds us that there is no single solution to the climate challenge. Instead, we have a mosaic of interlocking solutions that fit together li…
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This week on Carbon Frontiers 2024, we welcome Talal Debs, Founder & CEO of Zefiro Methane Corp., into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Host David Greely sits down with Talal to discuss Zefiro’s work to stop methane emissions by plugging orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells in the U.S. – and how they use carbon markets to finance it.…
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We present a special mid-week episode of SmarterMarkets™, bringing you exclusive interviews from FIA Boca 2024. During this March’s FIA Boca conference in Boca Raton, Florida, we partnered with the FIA to interview a wide-range of futures industry participants. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sat down with these guests to ask them how they see th…
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On our third installment of Carbon Frontiers 2024, we welcome Enric Arderiu, Global Head of Environmental Products at Mercuria, into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Host David Greely sits down with Enric to discuss the range of ways in which market participants – in both the voluntary and compliance markets – are learning from past mistakes and adaptin…
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We continue Carbon Frontiers 2024 this week with Charlie Pool, Head of Carbon Insurance at Howden. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Charlie to discuss insurance and risk management at the intersection of finance, carbon, and technology.By Abaxx Technologies Inc.
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This week, we kick off our new series, Carbon Frontiers 2024. Throughout this series, we’ll be talking with the market practitioners who’ve kept the carbon markets and decarbonization efforts moving forward to better understand how they’re learning from the mistakes of the past, adapting to the realities of the present, and developing the markets, …
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We close out our Setting Course series this week with Carrie Jaquith, Global Head of Digital Product at Abaxx Technologies. David Greely sits down with Carrie to discuss the course we’ll likely take in integrating AI and large language models into our daily lives – and the gaps that will need to be bridged between us humans and our new technology.…
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This week on Setting Course, we welcome back into the SmarterMarkets™ studio Oystein Kalleklev, CEO of Flex LNG & Avance Gas. David Greely sits down with Oystein to discuss how the LNG and shipping industry is navigating the post-European energy crisis world and the new crisis in the Red Sea.By Abaxx Technologies Inc.
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Tim Mohin wrote “Changing Business from the Inside Out: A Tree-Hugger’s Guide to Working in Corporations” back in 2012, after three decades in sustainability — first in government, with the US Environmental Protection Agency, and then at companies like Intel, where he served as director of sustainable development. He went on to head the Global Repo…
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On this week’s installment of Setting Course, we welcome Former Senior CIA Official Rob Dannenberg back into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. David Greely sits down with Rob to discuss the state of play in the geopolitical environment, the increasing role being played by disruptors, and what it means in a year of big elections around the world.…
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We continue our Setting Course series this week with Peter Fusaro, Founder of the Wall Street Green Summit and Managing Director of ClimateTech at Weild & Co. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely welcomes Peter back into the studio to discuss what’s been happening in ESG investing and carbon markets – and looking forward to the conversations happening…
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This week on Setting Course, we welcome Nat Bullard back into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Nat is an Analyst, Speaker, and Advisor on Decarbonization. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Nat to discuss the state of decarbonization, as revealed in his recent update to his annual 200-page presentation deck.…
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Remembering the Surui Forest Carbon Project, which was the first indigenous-led REDD project, plus: A conversation with Geoffry Mwangi Wambungu, Chief Research Scientist at the Kasigau REDD Project in Kenya. He explains what social scientists mean by “theory of change,” and tells us why he believes the term “co-benefits” is a misnomer in natural cl…
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On this week’s installment of our Setting Course series, we welcome Andrea Hotter, Special Correspondent at Fastmarkets, into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Host David Greely sits down with Andrea to discuss what’s been happening in the metals markets that are critical to the energy transition including the nickel, copper, and lithium markets – as wel…
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This week on Setting Course, we welcome Bob Elliott, CEO & CIO at Unlimited, into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Host David Greely sits down with Bob to discuss the macro outlook for the economy and markets – and making institutional investment strategies accessible to the individual investor.By Abaxx Technologies Inc.
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For the second installment of our Setting Course series, we welcome Dan Basse, Founder and President of AgResource Company, into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Host David Greely sits down with Dan to discuss what’s happening in the agricultural and grains markets – and to what extent climate change and decarbonization are creating an agricultural tran…
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Dr. Zorodzai Maroveke -- AKA "Dr. Zoey" -- heads the Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust, which is promoting the uptake of industrial hemp as a climate smart alternative to wood, cotton, and plastic. Hemp, she explains, replenishes faster than wood, uses far less water than cotton, and has almost no waste. Its ecological benefits are clear, and she hope…
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We kick off the new year with our new series, Setting Course, in which our guests will help orient us on what they see coming – and where we’ll be going in the new year. For the first installment of Setting Course, we welcome back into the SmarterMarkets™ studio Jeff Currie, Partner Alumnus, Goldman Sachs. Host David Greely sits down with Jeff to d…
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We close out the year with part two of our two-part Holiday Special. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely continues his conversation with Josh Crumb, Founder & CEO of Abaxx Technologies, along with colleagues Dan McElduff, Joe Raia, and Ian Forester. Together, they discuss where they are now – and what’s next – on their mission to create the market in…
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This week, we present part one of our two-part Holiday Special. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely is joined by Josh Crumb, Founder & CEO of Abaxx Technologies, along with colleagues Dan McElduff, Joe Raia, and Ian Forester. Together, they discuss where they are now – and what’s next – on their mission to create the market infrastructure and financi…
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Zimbabwean entrepreneur Chiyedza Heri runs the Ubuntu Alliance, a company that's helping farmers leverage carbon finance to shift to more sustainable forms of agriculture. She's one of more than a dozen young Africans I met at year-end climate talks in Dubai (COP 28) -- a new breed of entrepreneur that the late Ghanian economist George Ayittey call…
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We wrap up our Commodities in Asia series this week with Svenja Telle, Director of Origination at Base Carbon. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Svenja to discuss her recent experiences visiting an agroforestry project in India and COP28 in Dubai, as well as the contributions of local communities, carbon markets, and global policy ma…
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This week on our Commodities in Asia series, we welcome Ken Newcombe, Chairman & CEO at C-Quest Capital, into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Host David Greely sits down with Ken to discuss the energy transition as lifestyle transformation, as well as the catalytic and transformative role of carbon finance in the developing countries of Asia, Africa, a…
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We continue our Commodities in Asia series this week with Clara Ferreira Marques. Clara is Managing Editor for Commodities and Energy in Asia at Bloomberg News in Singapore. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Clara to discuss how China and the West are approaching the energy transition in Asia – and what’s at stake for Asian commodity…
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Our Commodities in Asia series rolls on this week with Peter Zaman. Peter is a Partner at HFW in Singapore and has been practicing law in climate finance and the environmental markets since 2004. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Peter to discuss what’s been happening in the carbon markets this year, how it’s been affecting countries…
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We continue exploring Commodities in Asia this week with He Yiyong, Founder & CEO of LNG Easy. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely welcomes He Yiyong into the studio to discuss the growing retail LNG markets of Asia – and how they differ from the natural gas markets of the U.S. and Europe.By Abaxx Technologies Inc.
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