In the spirit of Paris - COP21

The Art of the Possible: Paris Agreement Comes Into Force

The mood in Paris last December was unmistakable, the optimism palpable. After decades of gridlock and disappointment, the negotiation at the COP21 climate conference held to its promise of progress. As Andrew Deutz, Director of International Government Relations for the Nature Conservancy told me, what was different about COP21 from past negotiations was this time “there were no villains.” From…

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Trump, the U.S. elections, and climate change. A pivotal moment

U.S. Elections are a Pivotal Moment for Climate Change Policy

Dean Scott, the senior climate change reporter for Bloomberg, moderated a panel discussion this weekend at the 2016 conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The topic at hand was the upcoming U.S. elections and what it means for climate change policy, particularly if Donald Trump wins the presidency. You might think that his position on climate change is “typical”…

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Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - home of the 2016 summer olympics

Glory Eclipsed by Shame at the Rio Summer Games: A Social and Environmental Review of Brazil in 2016

Rio Olympic Games Special Feature : Brazil, the good, the bad, and ugly  Brazil is a complex amalgam of sustainability successes alongside epic social and environmental fails. The interplay of heroes and villains in Brazilian society sometimes makes it hard to differentiate one from the other. Brazil is a study in contrasts as illustrated by the incongruous site of lavish…

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We have in our power to create a future nightmare or pull back from the brink. That is the climate change truth

The Terrifying Truth About Climate Change

An apocalyptic future is materializing that threatens human civilization and all life on the planet. The truth about climate change is more terrifying than our worst nightmares. We are teetering on the brink of a world that is the stuff of nightmares. This includes starvation, riots, disease, violence, and war. Climate change augurs a wide range of adverse impacts. These…

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The world needs more corporate transparency

Why the World Needs More Corporate Transparency

There are powerful social, environmental and economic implications associated with transparency. Corporations are not the only ones that should be concerned about transparency; governments, employees, consumers and the whole of civil society all have a stake. Transparency is about open access to an organization’s activities and this has implications for everything from climate change to the bottom line. Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz effectively communicated the…

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Mainstream media's epic fail puts our future on earth at risk

Citizen Journalism and Popular Media’s Climate Fail

The popular media has failed to communicate the science behind climate change. The public does not understand the science of anthropogenic global warming and the urgent need for climate action. We cannot expect people to support mitigation and adaptation efforts if they do not have access to accurate information. Shoddy climate reporting has been an issue for a number of years. As reported…

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Taking steps toward a global transformation

World Bank Group Climate Action Plan: Helping Set the Path Toward Transformation

Arguably one of the most important things to come out of the COP21 climate talks in Paris last December, aside from the Paris Agreement itself, is the signal sent solidifying the growing shift in the global consciousness. We seek a transformative path forward into the new century. But any desired transformational change requires both the vision for a long term outcome and a…

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