2020 Vision: Deciding to Be Free

How much do we value human freedom? For thousands of years people of all variety of experience and influence have debated whether free will exists and which universe would be more full of virtue and good fortune—one that is fated or one that is free. Today, technology is flooding our experience with hard-to-trace information and options, conditioning the choices we make. Powerful interests are pushing … Continue reading 2020 Vision: Deciding to Be Free

Funding Commitments for Climate Action Jump 54% in One Year

Writing for Bloomberg News, Naureen Malik has cited Resilience Intel’s climate-smart finance aggregation work, noting: The money being committed to address climate change has jumped 54% this year in response to efforts to check global warming, according to a study. The Resilience Intel working paper underlying these numbers outlines 5 verticals where overall commitments are being tracked: Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs): $2.66 Trillion (48.5% of … Continue reading Funding Commitments for Climate Action Jump 54% in One Year

Demand Rising for Climate-Resilience Ratings

In July, The New York Times reported: The rating agency [Moody’s] bought a majority share in Four Twenty Seven, a California-based company that measures a range of hazards, including extreme rainfall, hurricanes, heat stress and sea level rise, and tracks their impact on 2,000 companies and 196 countries. In the United States, the data covers 761 cities and more than 3,000 counties. Three weeks before … Continue reading Demand Rising for Climate-Resilience Ratings

The Future is Regenerative Prosperity

Freedom means living without the state-of-nature fear that powerful predators (of whatever kind) will impose harm with impunity. Any economic sense of human freedom, from any angle, requires an economy in which no market actor is predatory and no person, regardless of wealth or status, is significantly limited in their freedom to choose better, healthier options. That means polluters will have little room to run, … Continue reading The Future is Regenerative Prosperity

Adaptation Affects the Value of Everything

REPORT FROM THE 2019 V20 MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE ON ADAPTATION Vulnerabilities driven by climate change are affecting people across our global community, in diverse ways, but increasingly as part of their everyday experience. The V20 Ministerial Dialogue on Adaptation, held at World Bank Headquarters earlier this month, addressed the need to accelerate adaptation, reduce vulnerability, and establish ongoing means of support for financial and institutional resilience, … Continue reading Adaptation Affects the Value of Everything

Interactive Risk Tracking to Finance Resilience Prosperity

TRACKING OF INTERACTING COMPOUNDING RISKS SHOWS HIGHER VALUE OF FINANCING EXTERNAL RETURNS Resilience is the ability to weather and emerge from shock events. Resilience intelligence is the complex work of understanding whether we are positioned to do so. Structured, evolving guidance, rooted in Earth systems science, is critical for achieving reliable ongoing operational resilience. The Resilience Intel initiative is a coalition effort to aggregate climate-smart … Continue reading Interactive Risk Tracking to Finance Resilience Prosperity

Highest Value Climate Action is Economy-wide

The global crisis in climate disruption is deepening. Droughts, floods, storms, and wildfires are taking an increasing toll on human beings, straining vital ecosystems, and putting food and water supplies at risk. The Paris Agreement outlines a global collaborative “race to the top”, where nations support each other’s success and innovate as rapidly as possible to achieve climate-smart standards in all sectors. The mechanism for … Continue reading Highest Value Climate Action is Economy-wide