Salon Series: Tackling the Climate Crisis

The IPS Salon Series proudly presents Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad with special guests Daphne Wysham and Janet Redman. Daphne Wysham, Director and Janet Redman, Researcher, are part of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN), a project at...

World Bank: Climate Profiteer

After years of waning global influence, the World Bank has attached itself to the climate crisis like a patient on life support. Facing a crisis of legitimacy over its failed economic policy proscriptions and long track record of boondoggle projects, the aging...

The World Banks Carbon Deals

It was the first day in a long week of the consultations, PowerPoint presentations and high-level cocktail parties that accompany the World Bank’s Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. Already tensions were running high in a tightly-packed conference room downtown. Bank...
Can Capitalism Survive Climate Change?

Can Capitalism Survive Climate Change?

This whole week, beginning March 31, the United Nations Ad Hoc Working Groups on climate change are meeting in Bangkok in the critical first round of negotiations to follow up on the resolutions of the climate talks in Bali in December. There is now a solid consensus...

Players and Plays at Bali

With less than 48 hours to go before the Bali climate conference comes to a close, it is now universally expected that the 13th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 13) will produce a watered-down “Bali Roadmap.” Once again, countries will be bending...

Green Market Hustlers

On the opening panel of the Arctic Science Summit Week, Jeff Miotke announced, “Climate change policy must be based on sound silence.” It was a poignant and telling slip of the tongue. Miotke, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary of...

Culture of Evil

Enemies don’t have cultures. They have leaders, usually tyrants. They have armies, usually large and menacing. They have propaganda, usually dull and artless. Enemies are not civilized enough to have culture. Culture humanizes, and humanity is the last thing you...

Global Warming: The Quick Fix Is In

Hopes for the Kyoto Protocol are fading, and carbon trading is a farce. To arrest climate change, industrialized states can either “bite the bullet” and adopt socially responsible policies to dramatically cut fossil fuel use and useless consumption. Or...

A Planet for Some Carbon?

Last week in Montreal, climate negotiators met to determine how the majority of the world’s countries will move forward when the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. While melting ice caps and alarming shifts in ocean currents flashed across the headlines, little...

The Climate Crisis and Carbon Trading

Key Points The global climate is changing more rapidly and earth’s systems are proving more sensitive to warming than scientists thought a few years ago. To keep earth hospitable to civilization requires 70% cuts in the world’s consumption of coal and oil...

Wrong Turn from Rio

SEEN’s researchers conduct their most comprehensive review to date of the role of the World Bank in sabotaging every attempt over more than a decade by actors inside and outside the Bank to address its disproportionate impact on the global climate.