This article was first published by World Economic Forum.

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With the US administration turning its back on the Paris Climate Agreement, demands for corporate climate leadership are mounting. At a time when executives should be filling the leadership gap, too many CEOs continue to be trapped by short-term, profit-only thinking.

Positive return on investment (ROI) is one sign of a healthy business. …

By Fred Krupp and Ernest J. Moniz, the 13th Secretary of Energy (2013 to 2017) and founder and CEO of the Energy Futures Initiative. Originally published in The Hill.

It has been almost four years since the Paris climate agreement was signed. But as leaders gather in New York this week for the United Nations Climate Change Summit, the world remains far off track from meeting the Paris objective of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius — and pursuing efforts at 1.5 degrees.

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To meet that target, the world must achieve a 100 percent clean economy — one that produces net zero emissions, or no more climate pollution than can be removed from the atmosphere — soon after mid-century, with the United States and other advanced economies reaching that milestone no later than 2050. …

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Tower Bridge on the River Thames, London

We do not all breathe the same air.

In fact, varying levels of pollution mean the quality of the air we breathe differs sharply from country to country, from state to state — even street to street. In West Oakland, California, for example, researchers have shown that air pollution levels can vary by up to eight-fold within a single city block. Those differences in air quality have enormous public health impacts. Globally, air pollution is responsible for some 7 million premature deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization — more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

Since the most pervasive air pollutants are invisible to the eye, the risk (and the inequity) are invisible. But now, a new initiative is making these invisible threats visible, and setting an example for cities around the globe. …


Fred Krupp

Environmental Defense Fund president, avid rower, alpine and Nordic skier

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