A Brief Introduction to the Critical, Complex World of Climate Finance

It’s About More than the Much Discussed $100 Billion “Promise”

Photo credit: Tima Miroshnichen (Pixel)

One of the most discussed issues at the UN climate meetings in Glasgow, COP26, will be the vague unfulfilled reference in the 2015 Paris Agreement of $100 billion per…

Lessons From the World’s Most Successful Climate Change Agreement

Heads of delegations at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), which led to the signing of the Paris Agreement (photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/presidenciamx/23430273715/)

Facing what many climate scientists warn is a “code red for humanity,” government officials from around the world will gather for two weeks beginning October 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Glasgow meeting, formally known as the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, attracts thousands of climate activists and…

What has the world learned from recent extreme weather events that can limit damage and human suffering?

Damage sustained by the South Ferry station on the New York City Subway flooded during Hurricane Sandy, November 7, 2012. Credit: New York City Transit, David Henly; source Wiki Commons

Every new extreme weather event brings new lessons about climate change, be it to better understand the science behind it or equally important how to respond effectively. …

Saving the planet from climate change is increasingly dependent on cooperation among countries with contentious relations

US climate envoy John Kerry and India Union Minister Prakash Javadekar exchange greetings during a meeting at Prayvaran Bhawan, in New Delhi, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Credit: Tribune India, April 6, 2021, https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/climate-talks-us-special-envoy-john-kerry-meets-sitharaman-javadekar-235479

As President Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry has been visiting foreign nations at a furious pace, most recently China. His mission: to save the planet from increasingly imminent climate disaster through coordinated global action on a massive scale. US climate policy to date has been limited and…

If some of the fittest humans on earth can’t handle the heat, what does that mean for the rest of us?

Start of the women’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics in Sapporo, Japan, August 7, 2021 (Reuters)

The Tokyo Olympic Games were memorable for numerous reasons, many having nothing to do with athletics. In addition to the year-long delay and ban on spectators due to the pandemic, much of the media coverage had to do with the extreme heat. A Spanish tennis player collapsed during her match…

A visit to Alaska triggers different perspectives on a subject I’ve researched for decades

Picture of South Sawyer Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska taken by the author, July 21, 2021

Every week brings news of some new climate disaster. Recent extreme events have included record heat in the Pacific Northwest, wildfires across the west, and deadly floods in China and Germany. Reporting on each includes dramatic pictures and mortality data. Human nature being what it is, perhaps growing public awareness…

What we don’t know about climate change can hurt us

Images from the Miami Herald

The dramatic collapse of the Champlain Tower in Surfside, Florida along the coast north of Miami Beach led to questions about the possible contributing role of climate change. Understanding why it happened is a pressing question, not only because of the more than 140 persons missing or dead attributable to…

Alan S. Miller

Alan S. Miller has worked to protect the ozone layer and address climate change for over 40 years and has taught at 9 universities in four disciplines

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