May 12, 2021

In a recent Clubhouse session on carbon offsets, an audience member asked the panel about the “single most important thing” that could help increase confidence in the whole idea of carbon offsets. My “single most important thing” was to recognize that testing carbon offsets for environmental integrity involves the same kind of hypothesis testing challenges

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May 4, 2021

A few days ago I heard an ad on my local NPR station that one of our local supermarkets now carries carbon neutral milk. I was intrigued. I emailed the supermarket. The same day (WOW!) I received a lengthy email back from Ann Radil, Head of Carbon Reduction at a company called “Neutral” at eatneutral.com. Despite the

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April 28, 2021

You’ve probably seen a recent and powerful Bloomberg video criticizing a particular Nature Conservancy carbon offset project. I’m extensively interviewed, albeit not about that specific project.  The video has gotten more than 200,000 views, and my LinkedIn post to the video has received much more than the “typical” LinkedIn reaction, including a comment from carbon

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April 26, 2021

There is so much arguing going on these days about carbon offsets that I thought it would be useful to explain via a simple story why carbon offsets have been so challenging to successfully implement. It comes down to the fact that you can never actually go back and find out whether a particular project

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May 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates how vulnerable companies are to systemic risk events — and how limited our normal business risk management approaches are in these situations. In January 2019, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Harvard Global Health Institute published a white paper about how businesses should prepare for a pandemic. It recommended steps

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