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Financial Institutions Must Account for the Value of Natural Capital

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.17.2019


Degradation of natural capital through human activity has brought us to a tipping point. The risks are multiple and varied, from precipitous declines in economic growth to the uncertain future of our species. All sectors of society are being called on to go ‘beyond carbon’ and reduce their negative impact on the natural environment, finding […]


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Tesla Files Patents for Million Mile Battery

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.10.2019


Editor’s Note: In “Moving to a Finite Earth Economy” we discuss a broad spectrum of technologies (existing and in development) that will be necessary to reduce and eliminate (and drawdown) GHG emissions. Energy storage is one of the most important, so this announcement by Tesla is a major breakthrough… a game changer.   Tesla has […]


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Agriculture + Tech = Carbon Sequestration Solution

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.03.2019


Editor’s Note: This is exactly the kind of industrial evolution we describe in “Moving to a Finite Earth Economy”. In this instance, it’s the agriculture industry. This tech firm not only provides the technology to quickly and efficiently transform today’s factory farms from CO2 emitters to CO2 absorbers, they provide a way for farmers to easily […]


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Money Fuels Our Climate Crisis

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 09.26.2019


Editor’s Note: Bill McKibben, climatologist and environmental activist, writes that recycling is good, but if we really want to address the climate emergency soon enough to avoid disaster, banks, insurance companies, pension funds, etc. should divest from fossil fuel companies.   Climate change is a timed test, one of the first that our civilization has […]


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A New Era for Climate Reporting

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 09.19.2019


Editor’s Note: Part of the problem with climate denial has been that the crisis has been under-reported in the mass media. Another byproduct of our economic system – news outlets learned that climate reporting was bad for ratings, and low ratings mean low profits. Finally, the tide is turning as people see the effects of […]


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Bill McDonough Says CEOs Need to Lead on Climate

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 09.12.2019


Editor’s Note: The following article is an interview by Fortune magazine with Bill McDonough. In Moving to a Finite Earth Economy, we discuss and embrace McDonough’s Cradle to Cradle design principles. A Finite Earth Economy, as described in our book, automatically programs corporations to make decisions that prioritize the environment. Here’s an excerpt:   “Mother […]


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Planting Trees (LOTS of Trees) for Carbon Sequestration and Shade

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 09.05.2019


Editor’s Note: Planting trees is one of many solutions to global warming… and we are going to need to use them all. As reported in this article, to plant a sufficient number of trees to make a difference, governments (at all levels) must take an active role.   “A full Carbon Capture Crew, similar to […]


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Choosing Our Words Carefully When Communicating About Climate

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 08.29.2019


Editor’s Note: Words matter. All of us crew members, who are working hard to avert a catastrophe, should examine what we say and write. Choosing the right language, while keeping our audience in mind, can make a huge difference in how our messages are received. Below are some tips from a master. The WaPo article […]


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Governor of the Bank of England Issues Climate Change Warning

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.24.2019


The global financial system faces an existential threat from climate change and must take urgent steps to reform, the governors of the Bank of England and France’s central bank warned. Mark Carney, the Bank’s governor, and François Villeroy de Galhau, the governor of the Banque de France, said financial regulators, banks and insurers around the world had to […]


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Norway Refuses to Drill for Billions of Barrels in Arctic

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.22.2019


The largest party in Norway’s parliament has delivered a significant blow to the country’s huge oil industry after withdrawing support for exploratory drilling off the Lofoten islands in the Arctic, which are considered a natural wonder.   Read the entire article at The Independent.    The move, by the opposition Labour party, creates a large parliamentary […]


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