With the dramatic launch of the American-led air war in Syria, and the escalation of Middle Eastern hostilities against ISIL, the critically important UN Climate Summit in New York has had to compete on mainstream media with the far more dramatic war coverage.
The planet is not ours; we have borrowed it from the next generation. And we disproportionately suffer the consequences of fossil fuel pollution and the damage it inflicts on the world's climate.
Business understands that the climate is changing, that humans are causing this, and most importantly what we can do to reverse the trend.
The science of climate change is robust enough to inform the world that the safe and stable planet, on which humanity has thrived for millennia, may be approaching the end of a very benign chapter in its history.
A current, notable example of the power of memes, are those continually repeated in defense of massive, worldwide, liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposals.
Henrik O. Madsen joined Norway's DNV, the world's leading ship and offshore classification company in 1982. Thirty-two years later, as Group CEO of the recently merged DNV GL, now a Euro 2.5 billion global enterprise, Henrik made a speech few CEOs will ever have the opportunity to attempt.
Scientists are concerned that climate stresses are likely to cause massive losses in tropical fisheries and threaten livestock that sustain the world's poorest people.
The average American is responsible for about 21 tons of carbon emissions annually, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. If every American cut those emissions by 20 percent over the next year, it would be the equivalent of shutting down a third of the nation's 600 coal-fired power plants.
The focus of protest has been on energy, and strategically this makes sense. But at some point, we're going to have to rethink the much more fundamental structures that have been with us long before we discovered fossil fuels or even harnessed the power of the wind and the water. We desperately need to rethink agriculture.
I couldn't have been prouder to march on Sunday -- along with my family, friends, colleagues and hundreds of thousands of others -- demanding solutions to avert a climate catastrophe that would make devastating storms like Sandy the norm, and wash away much of my childhood home.
Among the blizzard of announcements made as part of the UN Climate Summit over the past few days, one that should not be lost in the storm is the pledge made by French President Francois Hollande to contribute $1 billion to the new Green Climate Fund.
Before the entire world, the president of the United States has committed his country to a complex and challenging task that will take years. Whatever the obstacles and costs, there can be no turning back.
Climate change is much more than an environmental issue. It will affect our economy, our community life, and our national security. To move forward, we need a force bigger than the environmental movement.
The climate movement must stand up to the free trade rules and ideology that helped get us into this climate mess and that will thwart our ability to solve it and say, "enough is enough."
My people, the Gurung tribe, are used to our remoteness. Heavy monsoon rains, flash floods and frequent landslides make it impossible to build roads or power grids. But we refuse to live in the dark. So we have learned to make the most of what we have: water and gravity.