Good Law | Bad Law Podcast

Good Law | Bad Law #112 - Lawmakers May Not Hold the Key to Climate Change Aaron J. Freiwald, host of the weekly Good Law | Bad Law podcast and managing partner of Freiwald Law, interviewed Mike Vandenbergh and me about our book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change. Listen Listen at Good Law | Bad Law Description How can private industry make the quickest impact on climate change?

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Beyond Politics Webinar at the Environmental Law Institute

Mike Vandenbergh and I participated in a webinar hosted by the Environmental Law Institute on our book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change. You can watch the webinar on YouTube and download the transcript Panelists Cassie Phillips, Director, Private Environmental Governance Initiative, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator Jonathan Gilligan, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University and Co-Author, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change Stephen Harper, Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation Jackie Roberts, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Carlyle Group Michael P.

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My book reviewed in Nature Climate Change

Time to Re-Think Solutions

For people working to address climate change, there is certainly no viable alternative to reading this book. Beyond Politics presses readers to think beyond their current conception of climate change solutions and, while laying out a reasoned private governance response accompanied by a realistic assessment of its limitations, provides the groundwork for future research and initiatives to reduce emissions.

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Dangerous Assumptions Revisited

Comparisons of observed trends of energy and carbon intensity in the global economy to trends implied by emissions scenarios used in policy analysis suggested that those scenarios were severely over-optimistic about the rate at which the world would spontaneously decarbonize its economy. I update these analysis, using global emissions since 2005, and find that observed rates of decarbonization are not far behind those implied by the RCP 4.5 policy scenario. This suggests that the policy challenge may not be as difficult as previous work has reported.

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