Climate Change: Is It Too Late?

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Editor’s note: Dr. Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Gothenburg and Visiting Chief Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, also co-authored the op-ed “Rio Isn’t All Lost” on June 18 in The New York Times, focusing on the “seeds of an energy revolution” that may help us solve the climate crisis.


Even before the Rio+20 Earth Summit ended on Friday, critics had deemed it a failure, calling it “too little, too late.” But a New York Times op-ed coauthored by top environmental leaders offers a different perspective:

Rio+20 is a catalyst. It is the starting point for change, not the finish line. It is a call to action for all of us who now realize that we can’t just rely on government negotiators or verbose and hyper-compromised documents to save our planet.

Today, we present a selection of articles offering good reasons to answer that call, along with strategies for moving forward in the race against climate change.

Mark C. J. Stoddart of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, D. B. Tindall of the University of British Columbia, and Kelly L. Greenfield of the Memorial University of Newfoundland published “‘Governments Have the Power’? Interpretations of Climate Change Responsibility and Solutions Among Canadian Environmentalists” in the March 2012 issue of Organization & Environment.

Cynthia E. Clark and Elise Perrault Crawford, both of Bentley University, published “Influencing Climate Change Policy: The Effect of Shareholder Pressure and Firm Environmental Performance” in the March 2012 issue of Business & Society.

Thomas Sterner of the University of Gothenburg, Maria Damon of New York University, Gunnar Köhlin of the University of Gothenburg, and Martine Visser of the University of Cape Town published “Capacity Building to Deal With Climate Challenges Today and in the Future” in the March 2012 issue of The Journal of Environment & Development.

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