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Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres

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3 videos & podcasts

Christiana Figueres is a former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, where she oversaw the landmark Paris agreement on climate change.

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  1. Flipping the Environmental Narrative
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    Flipping the Environmental Narrative

    Mar 13, 2023 Christiana Figueres explains the importance of bringing the right perspective to bear on recent progress and outstanding challenges.

  2. Rays of Hope in the Climate Struggle
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    Rays of Hope in the Climate Struggle

    Aug 29, 2022 Christiana Figueres & May Boeve think that the new US Inflation Reduction Act will accelerate international efforts to tackle global warming.

  3. The Food Revolution Is Up to Us
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    The Food Revolution Is Up to Us

    Sep 24, 2021 Christiana Figueres shows why a transformation of the global food system is just as important as the clean-energy transition.

  4. Norway's Sovereign Duty
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    Norway's Sovereign Duty

    Sep 17, 2021 Christiana Figueres, et al. explain how the country's massive wealth fund can be used as a powerful tool to combat climate change.

  5. The Promise of Decarbonization
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    The Promise of Decarbonization

    Oct 5, 2020 Christiana Figueres advocates policies to direct global economic recovery toward a more sustainable and resilient system.

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    Putin and Kim’s Cartoon Summit

    Nina L. Khrushcheva thinks that Russia's recent meeting with North Korea was intended primarily as a warning to the South.
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    Saudi Arabia’s New Nationalism

    Bernard Haykel explains the reasoning behind the Kingdom's ongoing domestic- and foreign-policy transformation.
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    The Green Growth Mindset

    Gernot Wagner sees doctrinaire debates about capitalism as irrelevant or even deleterious to the decarbonization effort.
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    Africa Is the Future of Multilateralism

    Mark Malloch-Brown explains why the continent should be at the forefront of efforts to bring about international reforms.
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    A Chinese Bubble Long in the Making

    Yi Fuxian

    The Chinese government is very good at covering up small problems, but these often pile up into much bigger ones that can no longer be ignored. The current real-estate bubble is a case in point, casting serious doubts not just on the wisdom of past policies but also on China's long-term economic future.

    traces the long roots of the country's mounting economic and financial problems.
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    Industrial Policy Is Back

    From semiconductors to electric vehicles, governments are identifying the strategic industries of the future and intervening to support them – abandoning decades of neoliberal orthodoxy in the process. Are industrial policies the key to tackling twenty-first-century economic challenges or a recipe for market distortions and lower efficiency?

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    Is AI a Master or Slave?

    Joschka Fischer wonders whether humanity can even hope to maintain control in an era of “mega-crisis.”
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    Laying Chicago Economics to Rest

    Antara Haldar

    From breakthroughs in behavioral economics to mounting evidence in the real world, there is good reason to think that the economic orthodoxy of the past 50 years now has one foot in the grave. The question is whether the mainstream economics profession has gotten the memo.

    looks back on 50 years of neoclassical economic orthodoxy and the damage it has wrought.
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    America’s Broken Civic Bargain

    J. Bradford DeLong worries that Republicans have abandoned one of the core principles that sustains a democracy over time.

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