Facing the Rising Seas: Can we Learn from Climate Mitigation?

May 5, 2016

By David Levy, University of Massachusetts, Boston
This article was originally published in the Organizations and Social Change blog. In April 2018, David authored a report ‘Financing Climate Resilience: Mobilizing Resources and Incentives to Protect Boston from Climate Risks’.

It’s approaching three years since hurricane Sandy killed over 230 people in 8 countries, and wreaked havoc [...]

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Arguing with Rocks

April 17, 2011

Review of: Challenged by Carbon: The Oil Industry and Climate Change, by Bryan Lovell. Cambridge University Press (2009)
This review was first published in International Affairs Volume 87, Issue 2,pages 467–520, March 2011
By David L. Levy
You cannot argue with rocks. This is the crux of Bryan Lovell’s argument in Challenged by Carbon, a book that combines [...]

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Is Deepwater Oil Too Risky?

July 18, 2010

Following up on my previous post about the Gulf oil spill, Normal Accidents?, here is a guest contribution by Charles Perrow, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Yale University, and author of the classic book Normal Accidents. This post is adapted from the preface to the forthcoming paperback edition of Perrow’s 2007 book The Next Catastrophe: [...]

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Normal Accidents?

July 12, 2010

As I write, the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf is once again gushing unchecked as BP tries to install a new cap that could end the spillage. A recurrent theme in the discussion of this massive spill is that we shouldn’t trust “fail-safe” technologies or the experts who reassure us that catastrophes cannot happen. [...]


Chaos and Confusion on Weather and Climate

April 18, 2010

A business school perspective on the forces that shape perspectives on climate change
By David L. Levy
Progress toward building a coalition supportive of aggressive action on climate change seems to have become mired in spring mud. In an earlier posting, I discussed the sudden change in climate in the wake of “climategate”, the cold winter in [...]


A Tale of Two Meltdowns

August 25, 2009

by David L. Levy
Managing crises in complex systems
Just when the world was beginning to wake up to the climate change crisis, with a flood of new evidence on the accelerating meltdown of glaciers and polar ice caps, the financial crisis struck. Paul Gilding has termed this convergence of twin crises “The Great Disruption.” At first [...]

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