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2. News from COP27
This year’s COP ended with a few wins, and some disappointments. The 11th hour
agreement on the Loss and Damage Fund provides hope to nations already suffering
from climate devastation, however the funding mechanisms are not yet in place, and it
is not yet clear how the fund will work. A step forward, but a lot more work to do.
Other wins include progress on reducing methane emissions, with the US and Brazil
signing on to the Methane Pledge, an agreement to reduce methane emissions by
30% relative to 2020 levels by 2030. China, while not signing the pledge, did commit
to steps to reduce emissions.
And at the same time progress was not what experts are saying is required to avoid
exceeding the critical goal of no more than 1.5 degrees of warming. There was no new
commitment to phase out fossil fuels, one of the most crucial steps required.
Overall, this COP pointed to the difficulties involved in taking actions that would be
significantly disruptive to the status quo, despite the fact that in many ways climate
change is already disrupting that very status quo.
Here is a collection of reporting from the event:
Statement on COP27 from Ceres CEO and President, Mindy Lubber
“The good and bad news for the planet after the latest UN climate talks,” VOX
“World still ‘on brink of climate catastrophe’ after Cop27 deal. Experts say biggest
economies must pledge more cuts to carbon emissions but hail agreement to set
up loss and damage fund.” The Guardian
“A deal on loss and damage, but a blow to 1.5C – what will be Cop27’s legacy?” also
from The Guardian
“In a First, Rich Countries Agree to Pay for Climate Damages in Poor Nations: After 30
years of deadlock, a new U.N. climate agreement aims to pay developing countries for
loss and damage caused by global warming. But huge questions remain about how it
would work.” The New York Times
In-depth reporting and archival video of the event from We Don’t Have Time.
3. Support Project Mushroom
Project Mushroom is under development as, in the words of the creators, “An online
community platform for justice and action during the climate crisis. A safe place that
promotes mutual aid and transformative action.” They are conducting a kickstarter with
a $200,000 goal, and are also seeking support in kind from people with appropriate
skills. Hoping to see you there soon, especially if you are tired of bird drama.
This dramatic graph from Statista demonstrates the urgency of taking action.
4. California Takes on Extreme Heat With an Action
Plan and a Symposium
In response to the newly recorded record heat waves experienced throughout the
state, California has created an Extreme Heat Action Plan, with attention paid to both
rapid response to extreme heat events as well as building resilience to heat in
communities, natural environments and infrastructure across the state. To date the
Governor has authorized a total investment in heat resilience of $865 million.
An online recording of the symposium webinar, held October 18, 2022 is
Moderated by Marianna Grossman for USAsia Venture Partners
Monday, 5 December, 2022 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Plug and Play Tech Center, 440 N Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA
For More Information and to Register
5. A Free, Online Event
December 6 – 7, 2022
Climate Leaders Monthly Meeting
Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PT
Join the Climate Leaders Meeting to exchange resources and inspiration with others
who are also taking action to create a vibrant and healthy future.
All leaders are welcome.
This is a monthly event hosted by Minerva Ventures.
6. Request Invitation
Come to a Climate Emotions Conversation, where you'll have a chance to share your feelings
about the climate emergency, and learn how to have better climate conversations going forward.
You can turn these conversations from a gauntlet to an opportunity to deepen your relationships
and move toward action.
This month's conversation schedule is:
1. Saturday, December 3rd at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT/6:30pm GMT
2. Wednesday December 7th at 8:00pm ET/5pm PT (Thursday December 8th at
Check out these and other opportunities at Ceres:
Director, Climate Financial Regulations (Banking and Housing Finance Focus)
Director, Climate Financial Regulations (Disclosure and Securities Focus)
Director, West State Policy
7. And these opportunities in Carbon Removal:
Senior Policy Advisors and Deputy Director at Carbon180 (closing soon!)
Program Coordinator at Twelve
Social Science Research Advisor at DOE's FECM
Sustainable San Mateo Resources: In-depth report on building electrification that's
posted on Sustainable San Mateo County's website, along with a press release, blog
and videos of speakers at the recent Indicators Launch.
Carbon180 works with policymakers, entrepreneurs, and peer organizations across
the US to design policies that will bring necessary carbon removal solutions to gigaton
Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is a platform for industry, academia and
government leaders around the world to promote innovations to address global
warming. Since 2014 the government of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and
Industry (METI) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development
Organisation (NEDO) hosts the ICEF Annual Meeting. In addition, ICEF has
developed a series of “Roadmaps” exploring critical topics in carbon removal.
The US Climate Resilience Toolkit helps cities document climate hazards that could
harm the things they care about, decide which situations they most want to avoid, and
come up with workable solutions to reduce their climate-related risks. Preparing a city
to withstand weather and climate-related hazards can be addressed by applying these
steps to regular updates of municipal plans.
Futures Forward develops communities to be regenerative, addressing social,
economic and environmental priorities. If you are considering migrating north or want
to be inspired to make change where you are, check them out!
The Multi-Solving Institute is led by Elizabeth Sawin. They work with a range of
stakeholders to deliver shared solutions that yield multiple benefits. This is a great
example of applied systems thinking.
8. The Climate Mobilization gives people a channel to turn anxiety into action. They
have catalyzed more than 200 declarations of climate emergency, clearing the way for
much more significant local action
Smart Surfaces can help raise albedo and lower temperatures to reduce the heat
island effect and keep communities healthier. The Smart Surfaces Coalition can help
local, regional and state governments to write legislation that enables total cost and
benefit accounting for integrated projects.
ClimateVoice, founded by Bill Weihl who led energy and sustainability at Google and
Facebook, organizes employees of tech companies to push their executives to
support climate policy, including Build Back Better.
Currently is a daily weather information service that connects you with meteorologists
and a community to understand weather and climate.
The Sustainable and Resilient Resources Roundtable held a workshop with the
US EPA on new Climate Change Indicators in Sept. 2021. Proceedings can be found
here (video & presentations).
Ellen MacArthur Foundation leads breakthrough work on the circular economy
Hunter Lovins champions Regenerative Capitalism through Natural Capital Solutions:
RMI (formerly Rocky Mountain Institute) founded by Amory and Hunter Lovins has
vast treasure troves of information on transforming the way we use energy throughout
our economy and society. https://rmi.org/
Here are some links to the many initiatives in architecture and planning:
Whole Building Design Guide https://www.wbdg.org/resources/living-regenerative-
International Living Futures Institute offers the Living Building Challenge and other
initiatives to transform buildings, neighborhoods and communities. Their annual
meeting will be virtual from April 20-23, 2021. https://living-future.org/
Architecture 2030 https://architecture2030.org/
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9. About Minerva Ventures:
Are you concerned about climate change and seeking ways to take action? Business
survival depends on addressing competitive challenges every day. Leaders attend to
urgent business matters while counting on tomorrow’s weather and operating
conditions to be similar to yesterday’s. What happens when underlying conditions
change as climate consequences become more severe? It is hard to adjust to a
disruptive future while you are focused on competing today.
Minerva advises clean tech companies on strategic and business development. We
help you find customers, new markets, and new investors to build your momentum
Minerva helps established companies create strategies to identify and contend with
climate risks to your business. Discover how you can protect your operations, assets,
products, and services. Understand how climate risk will affect your suppliers,
customers, and partners. Determine how you can strengthen your company to
navigate change and seize opportunities as markets reconfigure in the face of the
coming changes. Find innovative ways to change your operations, products, and
services to help address climate change. Consider policy measures that your industry
can pursue that will help address shared risks.
Minerva can help you find new solutions that will make your business more resilient
and adaptable to change. Your company will be advancing climate solutions rather
than just reacting to disruptions to your industry and markets.
Visit Minerva Ventures’ new website at MinervaVentures.com!
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