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Climate Capitalism is a must-read for entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts, and corporations interested in capitalizing on the greatest wealth-creation opportunity of our lifetime: solving climate change.” —Jigar Shah, founder, SunEdison, and CEO, Carbon War Room
“If you wonder whether there is any hope of humankind’s dealing successfully with climate change, read this book. It is a virtual compendium of what is going on already from which to draw hope and, more important, inspiration.” —Ray Anderson, chairman and founder, Interface, Inc.
“Coping with climate change requires challenging conventional wisdom and showing where our interests—global, national, corporate, and personal—really lie. Climate Capitalism eloquently defines those interests and the role that market forces could and should play.” —Sir Crispin Tickell, chair emeritus, Climate Institute
“Should be on every CEO’s reading list and required in every corporate boardroom.” —Bill Becker, executive director, Presidential Climate Action Project
“Well supported with examples of real business practice.” —Ed Crooks, Financial Times
“In Climate Capitalism, L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen present in crisp, clear terms how smart economics hold the key to addressing the multiple crises—from financial to food, climate to resource scarcity—facing the world.” —Achim Steiner, executive director, United Nations Environment Programme
“The ultimate guide for business and government leaders who see the opportunities in our rapidly changing world but don’t yet know how to win.” —Will Semmes, former director, California Conservation Corps
“For those seeking to implement genuine climate solutions, and make money doing so, Climate Capitalism cannot be recommended highly enough.” —Tom Carnac, director of innovation, Carbon Disclosure Project
“A blueprint to recalibrate the economy to the realities of climate destabilization. A must-read.” —David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College
“Waste is expensive in any form. Climate Capitalism clearly articulates how individuals, companies, municipalities and countries have benefited by reducing their carbon impacts. It's time to revamp what is considered business fundamentals! Organizations that embrace the principles in this book will be not only better positioned to weather the uncertain future, but will be trailblazing the paths.” —Catherine Greener, principal and co-founder, Clear Green Advisors
“Periodically an event, a speech, or a book comes along that changes everything.  Climate Capitalism is one of those books. Just as Natural Capitalism inspired thousands of businesses to re-think their bottom line, Climate Capitalism profiles the opportunity, not the crisis, of climate change. It puts business in the leadership position to invest in a global future that improves profitability while cutting climate change. Lovins and Cohen lay to rest the economic argument that energy conservation and renewable energy cost jobs. Lovins is a master of her subject matter having been awarded the “Nobel Award” of Sustainability Leadership by the European Business community in 2008.” —David Johnston, author of Green from the Ground Up
“One of the fastest growing areas in business schools today is entrepreneurship, and more specifically social entrepreneurship, as more and more students seek a path to both making a living and a positive difference in the world. Climate Capitalism provides both direction and inspiration for these students who do not accept the artificial tradeoff between doing well and doing good. Bravo to Lovins and Cohen and to all those students who will turn this critically important message to positive action for the planet.” —R. Bruce Hutton, dean emeritus, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
“With a massive shift in the global economy toward sustainable business, new markets are emerging and cities are poised to capitalize. Climate Capitalism demonstrates how cities can succeed in the global green economy by taking advantage of the growing demand for clean, green innovation. To build a future that values people and the planet, we need to rethink how we do business—and Climate Capitalism shows how to do it.” —Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, BC
“Diversey uses the principles outlined in this book to enhance our profitability. For every dollar we invest in climate protection we get two dollars in return.”  —S. Curtis Johnson, chairman, Diversey, Inc.
“Alliteration isn’t the only thing this book’s got going for it. Climate Capitalism isn’t the fastest read (its more than 300 pages are packed with information), but it very comprehensively shows how environmental challenges, including climate change, can be linked to business opportunities for all. Through case studies and the authors' own expertise, Climate Capitalism makes a powerful case for the two major ‘C’s of today's society.” —Shirley Mak, Sierra Club
“A highly persuasive demonstration of how profitable economic choices can take us a long way toward dealing with climate disruption, the misguided aspects of our agriculture, oil’s strategically catastrophic monopoly over transportation, the poverty of the bottom billion, and much else. Creative and deftly crafted.” —R. James Woolsey, Jr., former director of the CIA
Climate Capitalism proves time and time again that conservation and energy efficiency are essential for capitalism to reach its highest potential.” —Peter Byck, director, Carbon Nation
“Hunter Lovins’ voice has always cut through the clamor and confusion around sustainability, like a chain saw through warm butter. And with Climate Capitalism you’ll think Will Rogers has jumped back through time to lead us through another tough patch. Only this time he's not only got a lot of down home common sense, he's got a Library of Congress worth of data to back it up.” —Alex Bogusky, founder of the Fearless Cottage
Climate Capitalism provides convincing evidence that the world’s climate and financial crises are deeply entangled, and that tackling the one is an essential part of tackling the other. Lovins and Cohen have assembled so much positive, hopeful material that it is hard to believe folks who still say ‘it can't be done.’” —Guy Dauncey, author of The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming

About the Author

Named a Time magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet and called by Newsweek “the green business icon,” L. Hunter Lovins is president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Chief Insurgent of the Madrone Project. Her clients include large companies like Walmart; small companies like Clif Bar; the Pentagon; the United Nations; cities around the world; and the energy minister of Afghanistan, to name just a few. Boyd Cohen is CEO of CO2IMPACT and a former professor of sustainable entrepreneurship in Spain, Costa Rica, and Canada.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809034735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809034734
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EnviroNerd on June 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is great in the sense that you don't have to rely on institutions of science, or the voices of sensationalized media in order to realize climate change is a reality. By showing that major corporations like Walmart and Apple, among many, many others, are actively engaged with sustainability and situating themselves with a competitive advantage for the future and simultaneously bolstering profits. While many modern industries remain skeptical of the cries of the coastal nations' leaders, the UN, president Obama, and the countless accredited universities that climate change is real and demands action now, others are planning to profit from it. No longer does the "green revolution" consist of tree huggers and hippies, its an inevitability and capitalists are no longer sitting on the sidelines they're situating themselves to make their fortunes. While Hunter Lovins's book Natural Capitalism (which she wrote with 4 other economists) was a NY Times best seller, this book is an even easier read, FILLED with academic citations, and give the reader insight into to trends the economy has, and is rapidly undergoing, in respect to this green revolution.

-A recent graduate at the University of Colorado, Boulder with degrees in Economics, Environmental Public Policy and Planning.

Enjoy a fantastic read, cheers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By puzzled on August 17, 2011
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I have finished reading and enjoying Climate Capitalism the follow-on to Natural Capitalism which greatly changed our company when we read it back in 2000. Due to what must be Hunter Lovins' writing style, which is apparent in both books, the book is easy to read despite being dense with information. The book is a compendium of climate change concepts and is a source book of the latest efforts at conservation, mitigation of carbon dioxide release, renewable energy and adjustment to already occurring climate change. Like Natural Capitalism it strongly demonstrates the business model for change without relying on climate science. It does this across manufacturing, agriculture, shelter and transportation. The structure of the book was helpful in keeping the information organized. The final chapter, A Future That Works, is the most esoteric and the most interesting to me. It discusses the philosophical and economic underpinnings of the capitalist system and its interaction with the environment and human happiness. A high point of the chapter was the discussion of Adam Smith's last book: The Theory of Moral Sentiments. It would be hard to be or remain cynical after reading Climate Capitalism.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P on May 21, 2011
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This is a great book to introduce you to the many ways that a company can profit off of thinking about the climate. It doesn't make a case one way or the other on if climate change is real or not, just lays out the many ways that business can make money, while still doing the right thing. It is a great place to start if you are wondering if there is any reason a business should think about this or as a consumer for ways to look at a business you may or may not want to deal with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neigborhood Phoebe on June 22, 2011
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There is such a log-jam in Congress concerning the deficit in the budget, they should learn how to save money. Hunter Lovins does not mince words. She indicates how efficiency and conservation of energy in renovation of buildings and the need to design new buildings with these factors built in will be very cost-effective and will save dollars as well as energy. She then gets into the need to fabricate renewable energy and move the country away from all fossil fuel use asap. Why is the corporate world holding on to at least 2 trillion dollars without investing in these processes? Why is Congress not willing to tax the corporate world for this behavior? I am glad to have
purchased this book from Amazon and am sharing it with all my friends in the People for a Healthy Environment, Inc.
of which I am member.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harbinger on June 16, 2011
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Since reading Natural Capitalism over ten years ago, I've been a student of Hunter's. With Climate Capitalism, I now have a vital, updated manual on the practical application of business to solve our society's problems - at a profit.

Hunter knows from her years of advising business leaders around the world that companies are successful when they "connect the dots" of social, environmental, and financial capital. Her economic instincts are proven and prescient, and Climate Capitalism is a foundational book for people who sense the opportunities presented by the historic disruptions around us. Climate Capitalism is also particularly helpful for those of us who need real examples that we can use to get our own companies and clients to stop struggling with these disruptions and instead use them to gain competitive advantage.

But Climate Capitalism is not just another book you can read to comfortably confirm your old biases. Even those with deep knowledge of systems thinking and sustainability principles will be confronted with different perspectives that will get them back to the roots of their wisdom and fortify their resolve to win. Like spinach for Popeye, Climate Capitalism should be consumed regularly and especially in times of need (like now, for example).
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