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On the cusp of a solution: 3 key questions after the UN Climate Summit

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • September 29, 2014

Last week, world leaders convened at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York to address climate change for the first time since 2009.

The jam-packed gathering featured a number of stirring speeches and discussions from a who’s who of statesmen and celebrities, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Obama, former Vice President Al Gore, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others.

The leaders elaborated the need for global cooperation, highlighted success stories to date, and effectively articulated the costs of inaction. But following the whirlwind summit, many questions remain about how stakeholders will work together to tackle climate change head on. Here are three lingering questions that stand out.

World leaders gather in New York for the UN’s first climate meeting since 2009. (Source: UN Climate Summit)

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600 years of temperature data: award-winning Harvard scientist visits Opower to discuss cutting-edge research on climate change

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • September 26, 2013

Reducing emissions, attaining a clean energy future, and mitigating climate change are all key aspects of what drives us at Opower, as we empower utility customers around the world to better understand and manage their energy consumption.

Last week, Opower employees got a chance to put the environmental importance of our work in perspective, as our Arlington office was treated to a lunchtime lecture by Dr. Peter Huybers of Harvard University. Huybers, a professor of earth and planetary sciences, discussed his cutting-edge research on Earth’s surface temperature dynamics over the past 600 years, the last century of which has coincided with an era of increased carbon emissions across society, including the energy and transportation sectors.

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Former U.S. Representative Bob Inglis visits Opower to talk energy and climate change

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • September 5, 2013

On Tuesday, former U.S. Representative Bob Inglis stopped by the Opower headquarters to discuss energy and climate change issues.

Inglis, who served 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, is executive director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (E&EI) based at George Mason University. Launched in 2012, E&EI aims to promote private enterprise as a solution for energy and climate issues.

“Our vision is to light up the world with abundant, affordable, sustainable energy,” Inglis told a packed room of Opower employees. “And our goal is to use free enterprise to do that—to put free enterprise to work on energy and climate.”

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