The Market for Climate Resilience: Hidden in Plain Sight?

The Market for Climate Resilience: Hidden in Plain Sight?

Households, businesses, and communities everywhere are vulnerable to a growing array of risks related to climate change. These risks arise as a result of climate variability, caused primarily by the long-term emission of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide. Climate risks are manifold: floods, drought, extreme winds, heat waves, sea level rise, invasive pests, and wildfires, […]

Are Stars Aligning for Clean-Energy Financing?

Are Stars Aligning for Clean-Energy Financing?

photo: Maryland GovPics How sovereign and hybrid funds may help address climate change  One of the biggest bangs at the opening day of the Paris COP21 climate summit was without doubt the dual financing announcements by the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, led by Bill Gates and other high-net worth individuals, and the Mission Innovation, whose signatory governments have […]

Is a Massive Earthquake Inevitable in Oklahoma?

Is a Massive Earthquake Inevitable in Oklahoma?

photo: Simon Fraser University When Americans speak of “the big one,” they’re talking about the potential for a super-massive earthquake that could essentially destroy most of quake-prone California. Now some scientists believe something similar could happen in the once geologically placid Oklahoma. Oklahoma was shaken late Wednesday night by two of the strongest earthquakes to hit […]

Why and How Progressives Should Talk with Conservatives about Climate Change

Why and How Progressives Should Talk with Conservatives about Climate Change

photo: Lisa Murray Can liberals and progressives talk to conservatives about climate change? Some on the left say, “No.” They have the idea that it is a waste of time to bring conservatives into the discussion—conservatives have nothing to contribute, and they are all deniers anyway. I disagree. Here is why I think discussion of the […]

How Is Inequality Linked to Climate Change, and What to Do About It?

How Is Inequality Linked to Climate Change, and What to Do About It?

photo: Bill Dickinson Progressives see climate change and economic inequality as two of the big problems of our time. As the global aid organization Oxfam points out in a recent media briefing paper, “Extreme Carbon Inequality,” the two are “inextricably linked.” But just what is the nature of the linkage? Does inequality cause climate change? Does climate change […]

How Is Inequality Linked to Climate Change, and What to Do About It?

Progressives see climate change and economic inequality as two of the big problems of our time. As the global aid organization Oxfam points out in a recent media briefing paper, “Extreme Carbon Inequality,” the two are “inextricably linked.” But just what is the nature of the linkage? Does inequality cause climate change? Does climate change […]

Systematic Sustainability Is the Goal of New Fair-Trade Initiative

Systematic Sustainability Is the Goal of New Fair-Trade Initiative

It used to be that coffee and bananas were among the few products that carried a fair trade label, and made people feel good about their purchases during trips to the local supermarket. Nowadays, there are a vast number of products with some kind of standard or certification that guarantees a fair price, ensures that […]

Seven Questions About Climate Change

Seven Questions About Climate Change

Climate change is at the top of the agenda of policymakers as they gather in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21. Climate change is a threat to the very survival of humanity. Notwithstanding the severity of the threat, actions to halt climate change have been scant and uneven across countries. This Q&A […]

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