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March 12th, 2015
If you’ve got fossil fuel stocks in your retirement account – and most of us do, whether we know it or not – you could be in for a bumpy ride.  England’s Central Bank has...
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May 27th, 2015
When Dr. Sylvia Earle, dubbed “Her Deepness” by the New York Times, began her undersea career in the 1960’s, female scientists were regarded as a novelty.  In 1970 she joined...
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March 24th, 2015
You might not expect a billionaire to pick up hitchhikers on his plane, but T. Boone Pickens is no ordinary billionaire. The CEO of BP Capital, who made his first billion in...
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May 8th, 2015
Imagine Superman flying through the clouds, spraying a mist that reflects the sun’s rays and cools the earth.  Sounds like science fiction – but scientists are indeed...
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April 22nd, 2015
Since the late 18th century, when it emerged as a source of heating and, later, steam power, coal has brought untold benefits to mankind. Even today, coal generates almost 45...
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April 28th, 2015
Hank Paulson believes that climate change is the biggest risk we face, and not just because of the environment.  “It’s the biggest economic risk we face,” says the former...
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May 12th, 2015
A sociologist, a linguist and an economist walked into the Commonwealth Club, and…it sounds like the first line of a joke, but it was actually the start of a wide-ranging...
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April 15th, 2015
Conservation begins at home – literally.  And the ultimate in energy conservation, of course, is a home that produces as much energy as it uses. Net Zero homes are designed...
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May 13th, 2015
When U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy sat down with Greg Dalton at The Commonwealth Club, the first point she wanted to stress is that the...
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July 16th, 2015
Industrialize now, clean up later – that’s long been the philosophy behind Asia’s booming economies. Dirty air, foul water, and hellishly overcrowded cities have threatened...
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June 30th, 2015
“Droughts come and go,” began Greg Dalton at a recent Climate One discussion on California’s water wars. “Is this one different, or do we ride it out and then go on with our...
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June 16th, 2015
Paris is called the “City of Light,” a nickname that many assume refers to its nearly 300 illuminated sites. But the name actually came about during the Age of Enlightenment...
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June 22nd, 2015
It might be a stretch to imagine most Americans giving up their beloved Malibus, Mustangs and Broncos. But for those who would just as soon leave the car at home, there are...
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July 21st, 2015
The drought in the American west is making people painfully aware of the food-water-energy nexus. Will this crisis finally drive fundamental change in the understanding and...
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September 10th, 2015
Even non-Catholics can’t help being captivated by the current pope, who took his name from St. Francis of Assisi. His recent encyclical highlights the concept of “integral...
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October 15th, 2015
California creates more wealth per puff of carbon pollution than anywhere else on the planet, and its largest electric utility, PG&E, has become one of the cleanest power...
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September 22nd, 2015
The Arctic – it’s a place few of us will ever visit and most of us know very little about. So why should we care what goes on so many latitudes above our heads?  As it turns...
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December 15th, 2015
When Dr. Chris Field came to speak at the Commonwealth Club in mid-December, the world was still basking in the success of COP21, the UN Climate Summit in Paris. After two...
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October 5th, 2015
A year ago, “Stormageddon” hammered Northern California, causing power outages, flooding and millions in property damage. The 2013 Rim Fire, the third largest wildfire in...
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October 13th, 2015
The hunt for “black gold” has been going strong for decades, and oil companies have invested billions in extracting fossil fuels from every nook and cranny of the globe. Many...

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