Biography

John J. Berger, Ph.D., is an energy and environmental policy specialist and Senior Researcher at the Pacific Institute of Oakland, California. He has been a university professor, and consultant to businesses, utilities, foundations, government (including the U.S. Congress), and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. His ten previous books include Climate Peril: The Intelligent Reader’s Guide to Understanding the Climate Crisis (2014), which won the 2015 International Book Award for Science. Dr. Berger holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from UC Davis, a Master’s in Energy and Resources from U.C. Berkeley, and a bachelor’s in political science from Stanford University. He lives in El Cerrito, California.

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ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – How can a major seaport city thriftily bolster its defenses against a growing onslaught of costly climate risks while reaping economic benefits and making itself more livable? Rotterdam’s approach has been to start with a comprehensive risk-and-damage  assessment of long-term climate threats and then …

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Amsterdam has ambitious aspirations to slash its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), phase out fossil fuels, and usher in a clean energy future. The city’s sustainability vision is panoramic in scope, encompassing the management of public space as well as how energy, water, and material resources can be used more efficiently. City leaders are …

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Finding ways to reduce cities’ greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) is vital to global efforts to mitigate climate change. Cities account for around 70 percent of global GHGs and a large growing fraction of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. The process of shrinking cities’ carbon footprints may at first seem …

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