It is my great pleasure to announce that I have joined the advisory board of Albo Systems, a TechStars-incubated, Tel Aviv-based start-up that uses high-resolution satellite imagery and cutting-edge AI technology to help human civilization meet the challenge of climate change.

Albo leverages Israeli prowess in AI to rapidly assess the carbon sequestration capacity of a broad range of ecosystems — everything from forests to grasslands to wetlands to oceanic kelp farms — and to identify methane leaks from pipelines and processing facilities.

Albo’s technology can assess carbon sequestration capacity from both terrestrial and oceanic ecosystems.

With burgeoning corporate demand for carbon credits based on Nature-Based Solutions (e.g., forestry, land-use, and habitat preservation…


Three companies, Sonnen, Swell Energy, and OhmConnect all stand on the leading edge of a new, promising trend in electrical power grids: VPPs.

This article is one in a series investigating the importance of modernizing and decarbonizing the electric grid.

If you want to understand the issue in context, see the article Grid Modernization; for cutting-edge experts’ take on the topic, see the article Here Is How To Create A Clean, Resilient Electrical Grid. In the latter article, I touch on the topic of the present article, Virtual Power Plants (VPPs).

For a look at an innovative company spun out of Stanford University’s labs that have developed a battery with tremendous potential for providing grid storage, see the article, Enervenue: The Batteries We…


This listed company is developing products to transition our present grid to a more resilient paradigm

The present grid paradigm has reached its sundown — it’s time to start transitioning to a new, more efficient paradigm. Source: Alexander Popov via Unsplash

This article is one in a series investigating the importance of modernizing and decarbonizing the electric grid. The company we feature in this article — American Superconductor AMSC — is working on improving current grid infrastructure as part of a multi-decade transition upon which we are just embarking.

If you want to understand the issue in context, see the article Grid Modernization; for cutting edge experts’ take on the topic, see the article Here Is How To Create A Clean, Resilient Electrical Grid. …


Exciting news from the ARM world — climate change Adaptation, climate Restoration, and climate change Mitigation

The Earth as seen from the Apollo spacecraft. Source: NASA

In ClimateTech Update articles, I pass along the latest news about companies and topics I have featured in previous columns.

Spring is here and the ClimateTech world is springing to life! This month’s update covers announcements from:

  • Bluesource
  • Pachama
  • Storegga
  • Idealab
  • Abundance Investment
  • Carbon Engineering & 1PointFive
  • Xpansiv

In addition, I also update readers about my article related to Bill Nordhaus’s DICE model

Bluesource

The good folks at Bluesource, North America’s largest carbon credit developer and retailer, were a terrific resource for me when I wrote my series about carbon credits (Article 1, Article 2, Article 3).

There is a lot…


An independent report commissioned by the UK’s Treasury details groundbreaking research into the economics of biodiversity loss

The Earth as seen from the Apollo capsule. Source: NASA

This article is an installment of my column’s Climate Catalysts feature. Climate Catalyst articles highlight cutting edge research into climate science and its implication on economics and investing.

This month, rather than covering a climate science paper, I feature an economics paper that quantifies the value of our ecosystem and of the losses our civilization accrues through the same kinds of poorly planned, executed, and subsidized activities that have led to climate change.

Executive Summary

  • The Economics of Diversity: The Dasgupta Review, an independent report commissioned by the British government in 2019 was published by its lead author, Sir Partha Dasgupta, a…


Small-scale, distributed generation resources must take the place of our Industrial Revolution-era grid

A long line to enter a pharmacy in Austin, Texas during the Great Texas Faceplant of 2021. Source: Wikipedia

This article is one in a series investigating the importance of modernizing and decarbonizing the electric grid. If you want to understand the issue in context, see our article, Grid Modernization. For a look at an innovative company spun out of Stanford University’s labs that have developed a battery with tremendous potential for providing grid storage, please see our article, Enervenue: The Batteries We Need for Grid-Scale Storage. For a big picture view of why grid evolution is such an important topic, please see my article Texas Energy Failure: A Prelude Of What’s To Come.

Executive Summary

  • Renewable energy represents one major…


Climate change is a force multiplier. The Great Texas Faceplant of 2021 provides a prelude to what we can expect through the rest of this century.

A flooded street in Austin after frozen water mains burst in the recent winter storms. Source: Wikipedia

My home state of Texas experienced a massive failure in public energy infrastructure during last week’s historic cold snap. This failure represents a prelude in two ways — one trivial, one profound.

First for the trivial…

The misery Texans are experiencing now at the hands of their aging electrical system serves as the perfect prelude to a deeply researched series of articles regarding Grid Evolution I have been working for the last few months.

(If you haven’t yet, read my backgrounder article about our past-paradigm grid.)

Speaking with global experts on grid modernization has convinced me that events such as…


A start-up is using emerging research into microscopic oxygen bubble-infused water to help crops improve resistance to climate change.

Moleaer is working with NASA to test nanobubble irrigation in microgravity environments. Source: NASA

You can listen to this article on my SoundCloud station:

Capitalism vs. Climate Change: Moleaer’s Nanobubbles by Climate Solutions with Erik | Free Listening on SoundCloud

The Capitalism vs. Climate Change articles in this column focus on companies innovating in businesses providing solutions related to climate change Adaptation and Mitigation and climate Restoration initiatives. I am most interested in ARM investments in three broad areas:

  • Post-Carbon Industry
  • Grid Evolution and Efficiency
  • Agricultural Technology (AgTech)

(Read more about what I mean about these focus areas here.)

Moleaer (/Mo-Lee-Air/) is a wonderfully innovative company commercializing emerging scientific discoveries related to microscopic oxygen…


News about some of the most exciting ventures in the world: Xpansiv, PrairieFood, Carbon Engineering, and 1PointFive

Humanity’s beautiful lifeboat. Source: NASA

This article is the first installment of my column’s new feature, ClimateTech Updates. In ClimateTech Update articles, I pass along the latest news about companies I have featured in previous columns.

The inaugural update covers:

Xpansiv

I wrote about this amazing company last August in the article Using Big Data And The Power Of Markets To Solve Climate Change.

Xpansiv gathers traceable production data to differentiate clean commodities from dirty ones, hereby empowering the free markets to decide what a low carbon footprint is worth. …


New research showing how plants react to increasing temperatures and CO2 levels suggests catalysts for climate change adaptation and mitigation businesses

Fried flour tortillas may be worth more their weight in gold soon. Source: Wikipedia.org

You can listen to this article at my SoundCloud station:

Climate Catalysts: The Pairs Trade of the Century (2/9/2021) by Climate Solutions with Erik | Free Listening on SoundCloud

This article is the first installment of my column’s new feature, Climate Catalysts. Climate Catalyst articles highlight cutting edge research into climate science and its implication on economics and investing.

This month, we look at what I’m calling The Pairs Trade of the Century: Long flour tortillas / Short corn tortillas.

Executive Summary

  • Academics at Northern Arizona University and the Woodwell Climate Research Center released sobering research detailing their findings about the effects…

Erik Kobayashi-Solomon

Passionate about harnessing the power of the free market to solve humanity’s biggest adaptation challenge.

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