Table of Contents

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The bullets below sketch out how Your Climate Change MBA is organized, introducing you to some of the key topics covered by each “chapter.” Through the pages at right you can explore in more detail how these topics are covered in the full Your Climate Change MBA.

  • Trillion Dollar Questions explores key questions relating to future climate change outcomes. The questions don’t have clear answers, but just thinking about them is useful to get your head around many key climate change topics.

  • 50 Years of Climate Concern explores what's happened since scientists first raised the alarm over climate change more than 50 years ago, both from the standpoint of societal and business decision-making.

  • The Fingerprint of Climate Change explores the numerous ways in which climate change is already physically manifesting. Seeing the scope of that fingerprint is useful for grasping the scope of the potential business implications of climate change, particularly when it comes to 2nd and 3rd order impacts of fingerprint variables.

  • Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, Unknown Unknowns explores important uncertainties relating to climate outcomes, many of which are not reflected in most climate forecasts and scenarios. IPCC reports, for example, largely ignore the implications of several potential climate change tipping points since we don’t know whether and when they’ll be triggered.

  • How Much Climate Change? explores the reality that the 2o C climate scenario that dominates today's business and climate change conversations is by no means the most likely scenario currently on the table. It is also far from the most potentially disruptive climate outcome from a business perspective.

  • Climate Economics explores a series of relevant topics, from the role of economic analysis in tackling climate change, to cost-benefit analysis, global marginal abatement cost curves, carbon pricing and the social cost of carbon.

  • Climate Solutions explores the MANY “silver bullet” and “silver buckshot” conversations that are currently underway with respect to tackling climate change. As with all the chapters, you’ll also be able to access extensive curated Climate Web resources to dig deeper into individual solutions.

  • Policies and Measures explores the range of public policies that companies may encounter as part of efforts to mitigate climate change.

  • A Low Carbon Transition explores key issues surrounding the rate of progress towards a low carbon transition (LCT). While an LCT is inevitable over time, whether it will occur in time to avoid dangerous climate change is not clear (probably not) The pace and form of a Low Carbon Transition has many business implications.

  • Business Impacts and Materiality explores business climate risk as a general topic, and the importance of recognizing climate uncertainty as a source of business risk. The chapter then dives into the range of business risks and opportunities associated with current and future climate change, the growing prospect of material climate change policies and measures, and growgin investor expectations.

  • Business Responses applies an evidence-based lens to the many business response conversations currently underway, including the negative emissions targets, the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosure, and climate change scenario planning.

  • Topics to Track Today zeroes in on the topics that you as a business decision-maker may want to pay particular attention to in the near- to medium-terms for purposes of informed and robust business decision-making on climate change. This list will evolve over time.

  • Sectoral Perspectives points you to many resources in the Climate Web that pertain to individual business sectors.

  • Decision-Support Tools explores the implications of rapidly changing business climate risks for business risk management strategies, and introduces tools you can take advantage of to influence internal thinking regarding climate change materiality, risks and risk management.

  • Additional MBA Resources organizes a lot of supplemental materials that you may find useful to support your climate change work and decision-making, including materials organized in the Climate Web based on hundreds of hours of knowledge curation by the Climatographers.

Note that you may encounter the same topic or sub-topic in more than one place in Your Climate Change MBA. Certain aspects of carbon pricing, for example, are directly relevant to climate economics, policies and measures, and topics to keep track of, and will show up as content in multiple places.

Note also that while only a few of the chapters specifically have the word “business” in their title, all of the chapters come at their topics from a business lens. In addition, the chapters with the word “business” in the title are actually composed of a whole series of sub-chapters that dive deep into the information business decision-makers need.