In the transition to a low-carbon economy, a global registry of national targets for renewable energy and efficiency could lead to a "race to the top" -- a race that Denmark could win just as easily as its bigger neighbors.
Now is the time to invest in women in vulnerable communities so they can fight climate change and feed their families. After all, empty promises don't protect from dangerous storm surges or help alleviate the impacts of drought.
A little guidance wouldn't hurt the growing portion of US voters who confuse the weather with the climate. A cold snap inevitably brings out the global warming deniers, and this should give us all the shivers.
Given how deeply felt the convictions are on every side -- and the fact that they're all based in reality and truth -- hoping for the business world to lap the policy world may be the only reasonable hope we have.
The latest UN global climate summit is underway in Cancun with little progress in store, despite 2010 turning out to be perhaps the hottest year on record. That makes the moves underway in California even more significant.
Rather than bemoan our human frailty, let us resolve to make what progress we can on climate change, when we can. Its rising impacts -- on our poorest neighbors today and on our children tomorrow -- demand no less.
All eyes will be focused on the U.S. in Cancun. But unlike in Copenhagen, where participants were optimistic that a newly elected, "environmentally friendly" president would ensure success, no such expectations will abound this year.