April 1, 2014
ASG Senior Counselor Carol Browner on NPR's The Takeaway: "Climate Change Means Profits for Some, Meaningful Action for Few"
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the impacts of a changing environment are here to stay.
“One of the most important findings is that we're not in an era where climate change is some kind of future hypothetical," said Dr. Chris Field, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at the Carnegie Institution of Science, before a United Nations panel of scientists on Monday. "We live in a world where impacts of climate changes that have already occurred are widespread and consequential."
The panel concluded that global warming is real, it's affecting every continent, and time is of the essence.
But, despite this report, and dozens of other calls to action in Washington, it seems there is simply no political will to change business-as-usual policies or make any headway in combating global warming.
Joining The Takeaway is Carol Browner. Carol served as director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy from 2009 to 2011. She is currently a senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group.
And as odd as this sounds, some companies and a few small countries have actually found ways to benefit from climate change. Melting ice caps have brought new shipping routes to Iceland and Greenland, while companies like Monsanto have found new profits in drought-resistant crops…