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 […]

Playing Climate Chess Against the Ultimate Wicked Problem

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Google “climate change” and you’ll get almost 500 million hits in less than a second. Indeed, almost any climate-relevant search term will generate millions of hits. That’s an overwhelming amount of information. Is it any surprise that most people interested in climate change have given up trying to track and understand more than the narrowest […]

If Only We Knew What We Know About Climate Change in Oregon

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When it comes to climate change, Carla Odell’s “if only we knew what we know,” is an apt metaphor, particularly given Woodrow Wilson’s point that “there is not an idea in our heads that has not been worn shiny by someone else’s brains.” Imagine what we could accomplish on climate change in Oregon if everyone […]

Are Blockchain and Bitcoin Relevant to Climate Change?

If you’re interested in climate change you’ve probably seen references to how blockchain and cryptocurrencies (like bitcoin) will help solve climate change.  We’ve recently comprehensively incorporated this topic into the Climate Web. A good starting point is the Blockchain Index Entry into the Climate Web, and yesterday I used the Climate Web to deliver an […]

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