S2E70: What scares a wizard?—w/ Teresa Carey, journalist at Freethink

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Should we genetically engineer carbon-hungry trees? Can metal-eating trees clean up abandoned mines? Does seaweed have the potential to save the planet? While these ideas might seem outlandish, they are all examples of actual solutions to our environmental issues people are working on right now.

Teresa Carey is a senior staff writer at Freethink, a platform that features the passionate innovators working to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. Prior to becoming a journalist, Teresa was a professional mariner and USCG licensed captain. On this episode of the Reversing Climate Change podcast, Teresa joins Ross to discuss the outside-the-box solutions to climate change she has written about, sharing her particular interest in covering the environment, genetics, climate technology, and carbon removal.

She explains how innovators are genetically engineering trees to suck more CO2 out of the atmosphere, offering her take on the debate around GMOs and the impact hybrid breeding might have on local ecosystems. Listen in for Teresa’s insight on the potential dangers of consumer genetic tests and find out what she learned about the process of sequestering carbon in seaweed to generate carbon offsets.

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Resources

Teresa on Freethink

John Kretschmer on Reversing Climate Change S2EP33

‘Metal Eating Trees Could Clean Up Abandoned Mines’ in Freethink

‘A Seaweed Diet Could Eliminate Most of Cows’ Greenhouse Emissions’ in Freethink

‘Can Seaweed Save the Planet?’ in Freethink

‘Autonomous Trash-Eating Boats Clean Up Water Pollution’ in Freethink

Project Vesta on Reversing Climate Change S2EP23

Dr. Greg Dipple on Reversing Climate Change EP009

‘Should We Genetically Engineer Carbon-Hungry Trees?’ in Freethink

Paul Greenberg on Reversing Climate Change S2EP61

The Salk Institute’s Harnessing Plants Initiative

‘First Study of All Amazon Greenhouse Gases Suggests the Damaged Forest Is Now Worsening Climate Change’ in National Geographic

‘This Spit Test Will Help Couples Know Their Baby’s Risk of Genetic Disease’ in Freethink

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