Lord Nicholas Stern, a professor at the London School of Economics and former World Bank Chief Economist, was presented with the $10,000 Climate One award for 2013. Few people have impacted the discussion of carbon pollution economics more than Stern, who authored the highly influential 2006 “Stern Review." He has more recently emphasized opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy and now leads a think tank at Imperial College London created by Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of one of the largest money managers in the world, GMO.
Nicholas Stern Receives 2013 Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication
Climate One Wins Best of the Bay 2013: Best Guide for a Challenging Future
San Francisco Bay Guardian editors voted Climate One as the winner of the 2013 award for “Best Guide for a Challenging Future.” The award gives special recognition to organizations that brighten the Bay Area experience. For the award's announcement, SFBG editors wrote, the “Climate One series deserves a shout-out for bringing the most pressing environmental issues of our time to the fore.” See the official announcement here.
Gov. Jerry Brown Attends Climate One Program
California Governor Jerry Brown made a surprise visit to a December 2012 Climate One program to congratulate Dr. James Hansen, the 2012 Stephen Schneider Award recipient.
James Hansen Receives 2012 Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication
James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was awarded the 2012 Climate One award. An adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute and author of Storms of My Grandchildren, Hansen has grown increasingly concerned about the risks of climatic tipping points that could bring catastrophic consequences. His recent research identifies human fingerprints on specific instances of extreme weather, putting him out in front of many of his peers.
GM Discontinues Heartland Institute Funding
General Motors discontinued funding of the Heartland Institute, an organization that downplays the risks of climate disruption, three weeks after GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson was asked about it during Climate One radio interview. His response to a question about human-caused climate change made it clear Akerson accepts the scientific consensus that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and other pollutants are increasing the Earth’s average temperatures. The move to defund the Chicago-based group that advocates free market ideas is significant for a large corporation, representing a move toward taking social responsibility for human-cause climate disruption.
Richard Alley Receives First Annual Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication
Dr. Arichard Alley was presented with the first $10,000 Climate One award in honor of the late Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider. Dr. Alley, a professor of Geosciences at Penn State and host of the PBS documentary "Earth: The Operators Manual," once testified before Congress using his bald head to illustrate ice age cycles and recorded a video explaining geoscience while strumming guitar to a Johnny Cash song. An outstanding scientist and public educator, Dr. Alley knows how to reach people through their heads and their hearts.
Google and Microsoft
In their first public appearance together, arch rivals Microsoft and Google found common cause at Climate One on Friday, March 11 promoting the energy efficiency of the cloud. Efficiency alone won’t solve the climate crisis, Rob Bernard of Microsoft and Google’s William Weihl said, but smart IT can reduce emissions, help green the grid, and save companies and consumers money. Watch the videos here.
Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton at Climate One
In her third U.S. city appearance as Secretary of State, Hillary R. Clinton discussed multiple international concerns including international affairs in the Middle East and American innovation as an aid to further public diplomacy with over 1,500 Commonwealth Club audience members on October 21, 2010. The Secretary also discussed the Alberta Pipeline, stating that the United States would likely grant the pipeline a permit to transfer crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands to the US. She stated that the US would be dependent on either dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada “until we can get our act together as a country and figure out that clean, renewable energy is in both our economic interests and the interests of our planet.” Watch the videos here.
Chevron and the Sierra Club
After more than a year’s negotiation by Climate One, Chevron CEO Dave O’Reilly and Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope met for the first time ever at a June 2009 Climate One public conversation. There, O’Reilly made his most direct public statement to date on the validity of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) science and agreed with Pope on the need (if not on the pace and timing) to transition away from fossil fuels. Pope and O’Reilly also agreed to go to Washington D.C. together to lobby against coal handouts in the Waxman-Markey bill. Watch the video here.
Major EPA Announcement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced plans to reform major environmental legislation in a Climate One public presentation in September 2009. The announcement was reported on page one of The San Francisco Chronicle and covered on Fox News affiliate KTVU 2. Watch the video here.