March 2009

Green growth is essential to any stimulus March 5, 2009 : 4:28 PM

I recently published an op-ed with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in the Financial Times about how stimulus packages in the US and around the world must invest in the green economy.

You can read the article by clicking here.


Green Recovery March 12, 2009 : 6:11 PM

Economists Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern published an excellent article last week in the Financial Times I wanted to share with you.

In the piece they make the extremely poignant observation that,

"We will eventually emerge from the financial crisis, although mistakes in management can affect its depth and duration. However, mistakes in managing the risks of the climate crisis may be irreversible."


Our Choice March 24, 2009 : 1:07 PM

From the Press Release:

Today Vice President Gore announced that his next book, Our Choice, will be published by Rodale in the US and by other publishers internationally on November 3, 2009. Picking up where An Inconvenient Truth left off, Our Choice utilizes Mr. Gore’s forty years of experience as a student, policymaker, author, filmmaker, entrepreneur and activist to comprehensively describe the real solutions to global warming. A co-recipient of the Nobel Peace prize in 2007 for his environmental work, Mr. Gore continues to make sense of the pressing issues we face and Our Choice will unquestionably inspire and rally those ready to fight for solutions that were deemed impossible only a short time ago.

Said Vice President Gore, “An Inconvenient Truth reached millions of people with the message that the climate crisis is threatening the future of human civilization and that it must and can be solved. Now that the need for urgent action is even clearer with the alarming new findings of the last three years, it is time for a comprehensive global plan that actually solves the climate crisis. Our Choice will answer that call.”

Since the publication of the New York Times bestseller An Inconvenient Truth and the release of the Academy Award® winning film of the same title, Mr. Gore has led more than thirty “Solutions Summits” with top scientists, engineers and policy experts to examine every solution to the climate crisis in depth and detail. Our Choice draws on conclusions developed through those summits as well as on extensive independent research, describing how the bold choices necessary to save the earth’s climate should also be the foundations of policies worldwide to create new jobs and stimulate sustainable economic progress.

As they did with An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Gore and Mrs. Tipper Gore will donate 100% of the proceeds of the book to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a non-profit, non-partisan group dedicated to spreading awareness about the climate crisis and how to solve it.

Our Choice will feature 100% recycled paper, locally produced and sourced editions, low VOC inks, and will be carbon neutral.

“Rodale is honored to continue our relationship with Vice President Al Gore,” said Rodale Inc. President and CEO Steven Pleshette Murphy. “We were proud to publish An Inconvenient Truth and very much look forward to bringing Our Choice to the growing audience of committed citizens who are seeking solutions to the climate change crisis. In the spirit of our longtime mission, we are dedicated to creating the greatest possible platform for Vice President Gore's work and message.”

Simon & Schuster Audio, who published the Grammy Award winning audio version of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, will publish the audio edition of the book on CD and digital download simultaneous with the hardcover publication.


Congratulations March 25, 2009 : 4:08 PM

I want to congratulate my friends, John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco, who were confirmed by the Senate last week to serve as Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy and Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration respectively.

These two are exactly the type of leaders we need in government if we are going to take the steps necessary to solve the climate crisis. Along with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner, President Obama has assembled an amazing team.


Watching the Climate Crisis Unfold March 26, 2009 : 5:52 PM

In 2006, James Balog and National Geographic, attempted to photograph the effects of global warming as they unfolded. The result is the "Extreme Ice Survey."

26 solar-powered cameras capture time-lapse images of glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, the Alps, and the Rocky Mountains. Over the next two years the project will take more than 300,000 pictures. You can view these spectacular images by clicking here.


Climate Risk March 30, 2009 : 11:40 AM

Two weeks ago the National Association of Insurance Commissioners ruled insurance companies must now submit annual "climate-risk" reports.

"The officials acted after concluding that climate change threatens insurers in two ways. It increases the risk of extreme weather events such as floods and wildfires, which would boost claims. And it is prompting governments to cap industrial carbon emissions that contribute to global warming -- a move threatens the profits of companies such as coal-fired utilities in which insurers commonly invest."

This is just more evidence of the immediate need to solve the climate crisis, not only because of its effect on the planet, but on business as well.