More Homework, Less Coughing (and Less Climate Change): The Power of Solar Energy in Remote Villages

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Energy from the sun, distributed via micro-grids, saves money and improves health and education while reducing fossil fuel reliance and greenhouse gas emissions. An innovative project is providing clean electricity to households and small factories in remote communities in Tanzania that lack access to the traditional electricity grid. Solar panels feed batteries that deliver clean […]

Fight Climate Change, Ill-Health and Inequity with the Same Dollar

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There’s a big systems win to be found at the intersection of public health and urban design. There’s an even bigger win to be had by adding climate change and social justice to the picture. Doctors and public health officials are beginning to talk about urban design as determinant of health, and this way of […]

Why the Latest Energy Breakthrough Won’t Help the Climate Much

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Cross-posted from Grist.org   We all just love a story where the suspense builds and builds, the whole tale teeters on the brink of disaster — but then, just in time, the hero or heroine saves the day. And it’s no different with climate change. As we watch this slow-motion catastrophe unfurl, we hold out […]

Dymphna van der Lans: How Systems Thinking Can Impact Climate Change

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“Climate change may well be the most complex systems problem that we have ever faced.” Our colleague and CEO of the Clinton Climate Initiative, Dymphna van der Lans, wrote a meaningful piece on what systems thinking means to her and to climate change. In the post below, she mentions her beginnings as a systems thinker […]

Gaps in Thinking About CO2 Removals

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Today’s guest post by Tom Fiddaman of our Climate Interactive team was prompted by the Virgin Earth Challenge for greenhouse gas removal. Along with commentary from MIT’s Dr. John Sterman, he discusses the gaps in systemic thinking about CO2 removal efforts, especially when they undermine mitigation efforts and don’t accompany changes in behavior, such as […]

How to Solve More Problems Than Climate and Include More People Than Environmentalists

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The core drivers of climate change cause other problems too. The good news is, for every problem there’s a group of people who would benefit from solving it. From the first exploratory survey for fossil fuels until the end of the century when today’s greenhouse gas emissions will still be influencing our planet, the fossil-fuel […]

Building on the People’s Climate March – Four Suggestions From Systems Thinking

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Systems thinking points to ways to build on the momentum created by last Sunday’s People’s Climate March. For the global climate movement as a whole and certainly for the five Climate Interactive team members who were able to march in New York City on Sunday, the People’s Climate March was an exhilarating moment. We saw […]

Pastoralist Simulator Helps Global Conversation on Drought-Induced Displacement

Graphs of historical and simulated displacement in HOA. The Pastoralist Simulator reproduces real-world behavior in several important ways.

Climate Interactive was proud to participate in an important global meeting in Nairobi recently. The Nansen Initiative is an on-going international conversation on the situation of ‘cross-border displaced persons.’ The meeting in Nairobi was one of six government consultations in different regions of the world, culminating in recommendations for governments to better coordinate around the […]

John Sterman on the Power of Simulations

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At a recent MIT conference, Climate Interactive member Prof. John Sterman provided an inspiring analysis of the relationship between big data, climate models and climate change action. As we see data and models become more advanced and more available, we’re only really reaching the first step toward solving the problem of climate change.  The real […]