If we don't want our planet to go up in flames, we need to cut our carbon emissions by 2050.
What does it mean?
1. It's a colossal challenge.
2. It's a colossal business opportunity.
3. It's a colossal quest to participate in.
Getting started in climate ain't easy 🤷♂️
Here are some helpful resources that have helped me on my journey 🌳
ps: I have a similar collection for energy ⚡️
First Things First
- A mental model for combating climate change (Nan Ransohoff) → Great lens on the problem scape of climate.
- CDR Primer: Concepts (CDR.fyi) → Useful overview of foundational concepts.
- Why did renewables become so cheap so fast? (Our World in Data) → Primer on learning curves for renewables.
- The House of Day Zero (Art Lapinsch) → Understand the scope of the problem.
- Summary for Policymakers (IPCC) → Condensed version of the IPCC climate report. It's the golden standard for climate research.
- Interview: Ramez Naam, futurist, author, and investor (Noah Smith) → Understand where climate technology is at today.
How to Transition Into Climate Tech?
- Leveling Up for the Planet (Art Lapinsch) → My detailed account how I went from business generalist to climate professional in three steps.
- Finding a job in climate (Nan Ransohoff) → Great primer to see different routes into climate.
- Back to School: Why I Decided to Get a Law Degree at this Point in My Career (Art Lapinsch) → The thinking process and documentation of my personal climate journey.
- Guide to Software in Climate Tech (Climate Papa) → Comprehensive resource for software engineers looking to transition into climate.
📊 Business & Research
- Pale Blue Dot → Research memos in various areas of climate tech.
- Tracking Clean Energy Progress → IEA's technology tracker.
- Speed & Scale Tracker → Progress tracker across six decarbonization areas.
- Climate Investment Manifesto → Shanu's framework for evaluating climate investment opportunities.
- Carbon Removal Technologies → Sci-fi-esque ideas of how to fix the climate crisis.
- Solutions Library → Project Drawdown's overview of climate positive solution spaces.
💨 Carbon Removal & Other Greenhouse Gases
- CDR Primer → A curated primer from a dozen of experts on carbon dioxide removal (CDR). Particularly the "concepts" section is great.
- Energy Fundamentals of Carbon Removal (Ben James) → A critical look at the physics & costs of carbon removal technology.
- We Need To Take CO2 Out Of The Sky (Ryan Orbuch) → If you're interested in carbon removal, read this post first.
- Scaling Carbon Removal (Neil Hacker) → Technical primer to carbon removal.
- The $40T Market Hiding in Plain Sight (Christoph Bernkopf) → Technical and commercial analysis of other greenhouses gases (methane & nitrous oxide).
- Why Near-Term Warming Matters (Spark Climate) → A good intro into near-term warming and associated risks/challenges.
- Three Inputs Are Responsible for all Decarbonization Tech (Ben James) → Ben at it again. Primer on clean electricity, biomass, and carbon capture/removal.
- How can we repurpose the stranded assets? (Staffan Qvist) → Repurposing/decarbonizing coal plants via (1) nuclear or (2) geothermal.
- The Big Guide to Batteries (Ben James) → Thorough 17-minute read about battery technology.
- The Cheesy Energy of Lithium (Juan David Campolargo) → A very thorough post/book about lithium's power in batteries, medicine, and nuclear physics.
- Heat Pumps, More Than You Wanted to Know (Calvin French-Owen) - Great primer on heat pumps.
💪 Personal Climate Action
- A Data-Driven Guide to Effective Personal Climate Action (Erika Reinhardt) → Erika wrote the seminal deep-dive on potential impacts of personal climate action.
- Catalyst w/ Shayle Kann → Each podcast focuses on a single topic.
- Climate One → Deep-dives on technical topics.
- My Climate Journey → Interviews with entrepreneurs and scientists working in climate. MCJ also offers a curated Slack community, which is great to get started.
My Appearances on Climate-related Podcasts
- Climate Needs a "F1 Drive to Survive" Moment (Climate Insiders) - Conversation about the lack of story telling in the climate space.
- Art Lapinsch's journey from tech founder to energy market obsessive (Another ClimateTech Podcast) - Main focus on policy, national security, and energy storage.
✍️ Great Writing
- Nicholas Yiu → Best writer on battery technologies.
- Noah Smith → Economist turned Substack writer, with ocassional posts about climate tech and energy.
- Pauliina Meskanen → My favorite writer for technical breakdowns/intro pieces.
- Tsung Xu → Most knowledgeable writer about the fuzzy front-end of material science. His Guide to the energy transition is an all-time favorite. Long read!
- Climate Tech VC → Best starting point for market breakdowns.
- CarbonBrief → Data-driven news about climate.
VCs & Capital
- Lowercarbon Capital → Probably the #1 firm in the game.
- Pale Blue Dot → European boutique VC focused on climate.
- 2150.vc → Climate tech for urban environments.
🤷♂️ Other Resources
- Climate Buddies → My collection of Twitter accounts to follow.
- Resources for the Future → Tutorials and intro reading about climate-related topics.
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Also, let me know which other resources I should add to this list.