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Daphne Wysham
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Daphne Wysham is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., where she is the founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network www.ips-dc.org/seen. She has worked at the intersection of climate change, human rights, international finance, and carbon trading since 1996. Daphne also hosts Earthbeat Radio: the Climate Crisis Broadcast www.earthbeatradio.org , which airs in the U.S. and Canada. Daphne has appeared on the BBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, NPR, CBC, The Real News, Al Jazeera, and Democracy Now and her work has been covered by Bloomberg Markets, AP, New York Times, Reuters, McClatchy, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

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Climate Risk Bonds: How to Finance Climate Disaster Response and Adaptation

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:01 PM

On a recent visit to California where drought has reached historic proportions, President Barack Obama announced a new initiative he intends to submit to Congress: a climate resilience fund. The fund, he said, would help communities address the increasingly costly consequences of climate change, including forest fires, drought,...

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Why the World Bank Must Divest From Fossil Fuels

(6) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 11:05 AM

The World Bank's latest report on climate change, "Turn Down the Heat," reviews what a planetary rise in temperature of four degrees Celsius by 2100 would look like. Like many scientists, the Bank fears that such an increase would be incompatible with civilization as we know it. At...

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How Sandy Reveals the GDP's Twisted Logic

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 10:04 AM

As he waded knee-deep in an Atlantic City street, pummeled by Superstorm Sandy's winds, CNN's chief business correspondent Ali Velshi declared that it was too early to tell whether Sandy would be a plus or a minus for the U.S. economy.

The authorities are starting to tabulate the stupendous toll...

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On Not Scaring Ourselves to Death: Moving Beyond the Adrenaline Rush of Frankenstorm to Real Energy Independence

(10) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 11:20 PM

There's nothing quite like the adrenaline high of a good storm. It's like a horror film we can't stop watching: And this "Frankenstorm," coming right on Halloween, is giving us the best of the worst of storms. As the waters rise, the weathercasters feed our high, red circles and arrows...

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The Six Stages of Climate Grief

(22) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 3:04 PM

Now that the hottest summer on record is drawing to a close, are we any closer to admitting that climate change is upon us? If not, why not?

It might have something to do with the five stages of grief. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross identified these stages as denial, then anger, followed...

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One Reason Behind India's Blackout: World Bank Policies and Neoliberalism

(24) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 6:06 PM

Half of India's population -- one-tenth of the planet's people -- lost power completely this week, with a blackout covering most of north India's highly populated states. What was the reason for the blackout?

While pundits and politicians postulate on the reasons for the power failure, one answer is clear:...

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Coal Smoke and Planetary Fever: As the Climate Changes, a Deadly Disease Is on the Rise

(4) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 6:30 PM

I recently returned to my childhood home in India with my siblings for a final walk down memory lane with my elderly mother. As expected, it was a powerfully emotional experience. But in ways unexpected, it brought home to me how our planetary fever -- climate change -- is inflicting...

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A Mother's Plea for Sasha and Malia: No Tar Sands Pipeline!

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 12:14 PM

As a single mother whose life's work has largely focused on solving the climate crisis, I'm often in a quandary: how much do I share of the work I do on this issue -- which overwhelms those rare adults who immerse themselves in the details with grief -- with my...

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Obama's Dirty Energy Fixation

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 7:14 PM

Just days after a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami unleashed a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, President Barack Obama signed a nuclear power cooperation agreement with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. Like Japan, Chile is seismically active. It suffered the sixth-most powerful earthquake -- 8.8 -- ever recorded on a seismograph...

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SOTU: Parsing Obama's 'Clean Energy' Promises

(7) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 12:30 PM

The sound of the president's silence on climate change and the BP oil disaster was deafening.

Tellingly, President Barack Obama didn't utter the two words "climate change" once in his State of the Union speech. He did, however, mention "clean energy" several times.

Read these sentences carefully:

So tonight,...
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Coming Face to Face with Obama and the Vanishing American Dream

(12) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 6:00 PM

It arrived in my inbox -- an invitation to participate in a Town Hall forum with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. I excitedly sent in the requisite information for the security clearance, together with my question. A few days later, I was informed that I was to show up...

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Averting The Next Mortgage Meltdown While Cooling The Planet

(7) Comments | Posted September 2, 2010 | 2:12 PM

The economy is in the tank, and, unless we do something about it, it's about to get worse. It turns out the mortgage meltdown we've been suffering through is only the first wave. Wave No. 2 may be more like a tsunami: Between now and 2014, $1.4 trillion in commercial...

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Moving Our Nation Beyond Petroleum

(61) Comments | Posted May 15, 2010 | 1:38 PM

A golden opportunity is bubbling up beneath that undersea volcano of oil spewing thousands of gallons per day into the Gulf of Mexico. We have a chance to truly move our country, as BP says in its ad campaigns, "beyond petroleum." Despite the spill's devastation, President Barack Obama continues to...

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Kerry, Lieberman Promote Offshore Oil, Coal, Nukes, Offsets in New "Climate" Bill

(20) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 11:29 AM

In introducing the "American Power Act" on May 12, 2010, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) seemed oblivious to the various public relations disasters the industries favored in their bill had suffered in recent weeks. In short order, we have witnessed: an explosion at a Massey coal mine...

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Crime Pays for BP

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 4:46 PM

It turns out crime pays. Big time. BP, the oil company responsible for what may become the largest oil spill of all time in the United States has been breaking the law, again and again. And each time, the company formerly known as British Petroleum has learned its lesson: Keep...

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Cap And Trade Should Go The Way Of The DoDo Before We Do

(29) Comments | Posted December 1, 2009 | 8:04 AM

President Barack Obama's announcement that the U.S. will offer an unprecedented pledge to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 at the Copenhagen climate talks in December may seem impressive at first blush. But look closely, and you'll see the "cuts" he has offered are, at least...

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