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Author: Carolyn Whelan

Carolyn Whelan

Carolyn is a writer, editor and analyst who covers the nexus between business and social justice issues. She broke into journalism at the Rio Earth Summit where she interviewed Al Gore and environmental pioneer David Brower. Topics covered since then range from climate change and higher education costs to drugs pricing, geopolitical strife, business ethics, artificial intelligence, gene editing, alternative energy and the search for good jobs -- and innovation in all these areas. Her pieces, reported from Europe, the US and South America have appeared in Fortune, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal and SciAm.com. Previously she worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Barrons.com, Columbia Business School, WWF, the UN and PwC. Carolyn is fluent in French and Spanish and resides in Brooklyn.

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Energy
Action on cutting carbon well underway in niche apparel, energy, and art

Action on cutting carbon well underway in niche apparel, energy, and art

“Plastic is a design failure, a band-aid. It has to go,” said Cyrill Gutsch, CEO of Parley Mothership, on the closing day of the SDG Action Zone. To identify concrete carbon-cutting actions, the 4-hour micro-panel stretched beyond

Climate
Innovation Emerges in Unlikely Quarters at Climate Week Today

Innovation Emerges in Unlikely Quarters at Climate Week Today

When it comes to cutting carbon, today’s Climate Week talks showed that creativity can come from unlikely places. Take South Africa’s Western Cape. Along with its stunning scenery come cataclysmic climate impacts, owing to the

Climate
Equity, Inclusiveness, and Solidarity Are on the Agenda As Africa Speaks Up

Equity, Inclusiveness, and Solidarity Are on the Agenda As Africa Speaks Up

Equity and inclusiveness took center stage on day two of UN Week. African voices called for more just, inclusive, and equitable policies in health, climate, and wellbeing across the globe. Among the day’s many Climate Week sessions

Climate
Climate Solutions and Innovations Lead the Way at Climate Week

Climate Solutions and Innovations Lead the Way at Climate Week

Women and young people were vocal and visible at today’s Climate Week sessions, particularly those on renewable energy and agriculture. Noteworthy among today’s many meetings was The Urban Energy Transition: Powering Green and Just Cities for

Climate
Climate Week Opens With Commitments and Innovative Alliances

Climate Week Opens With Commitments and Innovative Alliances

“I get hope from watching a moment become a movement,” said Van R. Johnson, II, mayor of Savannah, Georgia, one of a group of U.S. mayors and governors participating in a Breakthrough Climate Policies discussion on the first day

Sustainability
Jessica Schreiber gives new life to discarded fabric

Jessica Schreiber gives new life to discarded fabric

It’s a long walk from the drab entrance of New York’s Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) to the colorful offices of Fabscrap, a redistributor and recycler of pre-consumer fabric, which comes directly from designers rather than from

Citizenship & Rights
Humanizing Cities: Robin Bronen Advocates for New Governance

Humanizing Cities: Robin Bronen Advocates for New Governance

This summer has been, as Angela Merkel said, surreal. First, a Miami high-rise collapsed – ostensibly due to its weakened foundation, most likely from design issues and salty air, which can be corrosive to unwaterproofed

Biodiversity
Tatiana Schor Shows the Way for Other Scientists in Government

Tatiana Schor Shows the Way for Other Scientists in Government

The doors will close, and you need to put your foot in to hold the door so it doesn't close. Hold strongly. “I fell in love with Manaus. It's another world. I decided then that

Governance
Two Scientists Envision the U.S.’s Proposed Pandemic Preparedness Agency

Two Scientists Envision the U.S.’s Proposed Pandemic Preparedness Agency

Imagine if we had a centralized system that could anticipate viruses like COVID-19. One that also predicted the probability infection would spread along with its impact so we could act before it takes hold. The

Climate
Humanizing Cities: All I Needed to Know About Jobs I learned in Kigali

Humanizing Cities: All I Needed to Know About Jobs I learned in Kigali

As cities across the world race to kickstart their economies through infrastructure jobs programs, I was struck by how smoothly a micro-version of this has taken flight in cash-strapped Rwanda. In Kigali, a Swiss Agency for

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