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Amy Larkin

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The New Warrior's Cry: Veni, Vidi, Vigilo I Came, I Saw, I Protect

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 5:46 PM

Since Julius Caesar pronounced his famous words, "Veni, Vidi, Vici" -- "I came, I saw, I conquered" -- it has been the mantra for financial progress, military victory, and sexual success.

But a few months ago, Pope Francis eloquently and convincingly called for a different relationship to...

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Togetherness Interruptus: Civil Society in the Age of the Smartphone

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 5:41 PM

Every business and government speaks of "civil society" on a regular basis. It is the euphemism for engaging with the nonprofit world. But there is another meaning for the phrase "civil society." It means being civil to one's neighbors and strangers on the street, and nurturing a social environment --...

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Feelings, Not Facts: Negotiating for a New Business Paradigm

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 2:18 PM

When I first started working with corporations on transformative green technologies, I would discuss my excitement to other environmentalists, and they would retort: "But they're only doing that because they're greedy... not because it's the right thing." I would reply, "Who are we, the morality police? They're taking a great...

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Mutually Assured Survival

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Co-authored by Siddartha Velandy

melting ice caps

It's official. Climate change has opened a new frontier. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced the Pentagon's first ever "Arctic Strategy," which is designed to protect American security interests as rising global temperatures melt...

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The Carbon Diaries

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 10:40 AM

I just finished reading a fantastic novel, The Carbon Diaries, by Saci Lloyd (2010). It has tons of music and sex, so of course it's riveting, but its main theme is climate change. It is the imagined diary of a 16-year-old London girl living through the carbon rationing...

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While the Hills Are Still Alive

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 2:52 PM


Sorry if I put this ear-tickling Rogers and Hammerstein song into your head today, but as you're now stuck singing it all day, you might as well listen to the lyrics. The alpine mountains that go so well with the song's swelling orchestrations are...

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Countries and Companies Can Agree: Something's Gotta Give

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 5:25 PM

China admits to having a big problem. This admission alone is big news. China's own Ministry of Environmental Protection now estimates the costs of this degradation at $230 billion for 2010, or about 3.5 percent of its Gross Domestic Product. (This estimate came before Beijing's recent air quality...

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Let's Talk About Environmental Debt

(20) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 11:41 AM

As the country begins to feel the consequences of the new federal budget cuts, we must realize that all money is not created equal. The sad state of affairs is that neither the Obama administration nor the Congress seems willing to actually tell the truth about our federal budget. Today,...

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New Business Alternatives for Obama's Climate Change Program

(8) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 12:17 PM

President Obama's emphatic stances on climate change during his inaugural address were indeed welcome words. Most analysts are focusing on the administration's ability to use new regulatory powers, largely through the EPA. But there are two other options that are currently underused and under-imagined.

First, patent pooling has been...

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