California Governor Jerry Brown made a surprise visit to a December 2012 Climate One program to congratulate Dr. James Hansen, the 2012 Stephen Schneider Award recipient.
Gov. Jerry Brown Attends Climate One Program
James Hansen Receives the 2012 Stephen Schneider Climate Science Communication Award
James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was awarded the 2012 Stephen Schneider Award for Climate Science Communication. An adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute and author of Storms of My Grandchildren, Hansen has grown increasingly concerned about the risks of climatic tipping points that could bring catastrophic consequences. His recent research identifies human fingerprints on specific instances of extreme weather, putting him out in front of many of his peers.
GM Discontinues Heartland Institute Funding
General Motors discontinued funding of the Heartland Institute, an organization that downplays the risks of climate disruption, three weeks after GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson was asked about it during Climate One radio interview. His response to a question about human-caused climate change made it clear Akerson accepts the scientific consensus that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and other pollutants are increasing the Earth’s average temperatures. The move to defund the Chicago-based group that advocates free market ideas is significant for a large corporation, representing a move toward taking social responsibility for human-cause climate disruption.
Richard Alley Receives First Annual Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication
Dr. Arichard Alley was presented with the first $10,000 Climate One award in honor of the late Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider. Dr. Alley, a professor of Geosciences at Penn State and host of the PBS documentary "Earth: The Operators Manual," once testified before Congress using his bald head to illustrate ice age cycles and recorded a video explaining geoscience while strumming guitar to a Johnny Cash song. An outstanding scientist and public educator, Dr. Alley knows how to reach people through their heads and their hearts.
Google and Microsoft
In their first public appearance together, arch rivals Microsoft and Google found common cause at Climate One on Friday, March 11 promoting the energy efficiency of the cloud. Efficiency alone won’t solve the climate crisis, Rob Bernard of Microsoft and Google’s William Weihl said, but smart IT can reduce emissions, help green the grid, and save companies and consumers money. Watch the videos here.
Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton at Climate One
In her third U.S. city appearance as Secretary of State, Hillary R. Clinton discussed multiple international concerns including international affairs in the Middle East and American innovation as an aid to further public diplomacy with over 1,500 Commonwealth Club audience members on October 21, 2010. The Secretary also discussed the Alberta Pipeline, stating that the United States would likely grant the pipeline a permit to transfer crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands to the US. She stated that the US would be dependent on either dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada “until we can get our act together as a country and figure out that clean, renewable energy is in both our economic interests and the interests of our planet.” Watch the videos here.
Chevron and the Sierra Club
After more than a year’s negotiation by Climate One, Chevron CEO Dave O’Reilly and Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope met for the first time ever at a June 2009 Climate One public conversation. There, O’Reilly made his most direct public statement to date on the validity of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) science and agreed with Pope on the need (if not on the pace and timing) to transition away from fossil fuels. Pope and O’Reilly also agreed to go to Washington D.C. together to lobby against coal handouts in the Waxman-Markey bill. Watch the video here.
Major EPA Announcement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced plans to reform major environmental legislation in a Climate One public presentation in September 2009. The announcement was reported on page one of The San Francisco Chronicle and covered on Fox News affiliate KTVU 2. Watch the video here.
Google 2030 Energy Plan
Google CEO Eric Schmidt unveiled the plan at a 2008 Climate One public discussion, saying the United States could invest $4 trillion in energy technology and infrastructure over the next 20 years and realize $5 trillion in revenue, for a net gain of $1 trillion. The plan received broad news coverage in The New York Times and other mainstream media. Watch the video here.
Inaugural Program with United Nations
At the first Climate One program, on November 27, 2007, a panel discussed the simultaneous release of 2008 Human Development Report (released in Rio De Janeiro by President Luiz Ignacio Lula De Silva and in San Francisco by U.N. Undersecretary General Ad Melkert) and a comprehensive report by the United Nations Development Programme on how climate change will hurt the world’s poorest people. Undersecretary General Melkert himself served as one of the panelists, as did Nancy Pfund, Managing Director of JPMorgan; Andrea Gardner, Sustainable Solutions Manager of CH2M Hill; and Larry Brilliant, Executive Director of Google.org, whose comments about Google’s investments in wind and geothermal energy generated news coverage in The San Francisco Chronicle. Watch the video here.