If both sides in this culture clash focus less on people who drive them nuts, and more on goals we share, we could probably make progress more quickly.
Ideally, the world's collective response to global warming would be as rapid and muscular as the threat of growing climate disruption requires. With each year that passes without such a response, we are learning the hard way that what we once considered an ideal international response is now merely pragmatic.
February 14th is the day when Americans celebrate love with cards, flowers and chocolate. At my house, the kids are busy making paper hearts and cranking out scores of cards for their friends. Their handiwork inspired me to create a valentine for members of Congress who need to have "the talk."
We cannot let up until Keystone North is vanquished, but all signs continue to point to the president nixing TransCanada's cross-border permit. The latest flashing sign is a White House promise to veto a Keystone pipeline bill just passed by Congress.
There are many parameters that have to be clearly defined, such as what should be sustained, for how long it should be sustained, specific goals of CO2 emission levels and a framework that would explain how those goals are going to be achieved.
Eleventh time's the charm: House GOP passes the Keystone XL bill -- again; Apple Computers invests big in big solar; and record snow in Boston with more on the way.
Flux and change will define the coming decades. We better get used to it and learn to innovate and adapt - something we expect the companies we invest in to do as well.
So many people working to battle climate change in every corner of modern life, but still, is it enough? We're long past the carbon limit over which humans cannot survive long term, and we're nowhere near burning all the fossil fuels we'll need to support our energy needs.
With both global Earth surface and global sea surface temperatures reaching record levels in 2014, pressure to reach a final climate accord is intense.
We've got the bad guys on the run. It's as if this week's been scripted as a buildup to the worldwide weekend of divestment festivities. And divestment is on a roll: Last week the New School, in the center of New York, and the oldest university in Australia joined the long and growing list.
Don't think for a minute that this president isn't proud of his climate-changing energy program. But when the president and his national security officials really walk the walk and talk the talk, that's not what they're focused on.
John Boehner must deal with tea partiers who voted against his reelection as Speaker of the House. Secretary of State John Kerry has to be jet-lagged and sleep-deprived as he commutes from one intractable world crisis to another. At the moment, however, no job in government is more challenging than the one that belongs to Todd Stern, America's chief climate negotiator.
Did you know that your investments cause just as many emissions as your daily activities do?
When it comes to climate action, it's a good thing that smart people keep building scenarios for cleaning up global energy production. Those visions of the future are necessary -- but they tend to lack an essential ingredient.
Did you know that up to 30 percent of all wood traded globally has been obtained illegally? Around the world, illegal logging remains a serious problem, threatening communities, funding organized crime, and undercutting American jobs.
Perhaps its time for a psychological intervention, a coming out of the shadows for all of us. Perhaps we could all hold up placards that read "Je suis Brian Williams--I am Brian Williams." Now that would turn our world upside down; that would be a revolution I could sign up for.