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

Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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


“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


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

CI team at the peoples climate march

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 […]

Climate Interactive’s Travis Franck talks insights at UMass Lowell

As part of its ongoing interview series, the Climate Change Initiative at University of Massachussetts Lowell talked recently with Climate Interactive’s Travis Franck about some of our simulators and the insights they’re providing on climate change. As Franck explains, Climate Interactive’s emphasis on an analytical approach called systems thinking gives its models a uniquely comprehensive […]

Honoring James Hansen: Supplying the Spine

“To save the spineless world from itself, supplying the truth isn’t enough. You need to supply the spine, too.” – Joe Romm When NASA climate scientist James Hansen testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in 1988, it marked a watershed moment in history. Not only did it bring global warming into the […]