climate change

18 articles

Will Some Countries Be Completely Renewable By 2030?

We have ample scientific evidence that we are hitting the ceiling of our planet’s capacity to support world development.

This is part of a series on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Size now matters: In a single human lifetime, we have become a big world on a small planet. This simple fact is as profound as Copernicus’s conclusion that the Earth revolves around the sun or Darwin’s […]

The Changing Climate on Climate Change

A growing realization that rising global temperatures are not simply an environmental concern provides reason to hope that world leaders are finally ready to address the problem in an effective way.

In the early 1990s, when I was Prime Minister of Norway, I once found myself debating sustainable development with an opposition leader who insisted that I tell him the government’s single most important priority in that field. Frustrated, I replied that what he was asking was impossible to answer. I concluded our exchange by explaining […]

Fighting Climate Change Region by Region

Three regions on opposite sides of the globe outline their plans to address climate change.

A new global agreement to address climate change is taking shape, with the United States joining the European Union in formally submitting its plan to cut greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The US has sent a strong signal by being one of the first to offer this […]

Steering Toward Sustainability

How commercial trucking can improve fuel sustainability

Earlier this year, scientists reported that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history, underscoring the urgency of action to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. To do its part, transport sector, which contributes about a quarter of global energy-related emissions, would need to expand low-carbon fuels from 3 percent of the share today […]

Financing Climate Safety

Creating a global financial system that contributes to a sustainable future.

The purpose of the global financial system is to allocate the world’s savings to their most productive uses. When the system works properly, these savings are channeled into investments that raise living standards; when it malfunctions, as in recent years, savings are channeled into real-estate bubbles and environmentally harmful projects, including those that exacerbate human-induced […]