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Challenging Sustainability Greenwishing With . . . More Greenwishing?

When it comes to investment manager Duncan Austin’s new paper “Greenwish: The Wishful Thinking Undermining the Ambition of Sustainable Business,” I first want to congratulate him on inventing (as far as I can tell) the term “Greenwish.” It is a great term that offers flexibility in characterizing the wide divergence between corporate good intentions and […]

Who Would You Invite to a Serious “Save the Climate”​ Strategy Session?

There have been hundreds of climate change conferences over the years, most with no ambition to come up with a strategy for “saving the climate.” Plenty of “calls to action,” and plenty of statements of what “needs to happen,” but coming up with a plausibly workable strategy is much harder than reiterating yet again what […]

The Five Truths of Climate Change

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Climate change is a wicked problem, making it really hard to tackle. The Earth is committed to about as much warming as a million species (and a few billion humans) can handle without dangerous disruption. A low-carbon transition is currently underway, and will dramatically reduce the warming impact of human activities. There are virtually no […]

The Fourth National Climate Assessment: Catastrophic Messaging?

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The recently released Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) has received a great deal of attention due to the severity of climate change impacts the report portrays. The NCA and the IPCC’s recently released 1.5 Degrees Special Report together have been widely characterized as portraying a climate change state of emergency. Some observers have gone […]

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