Our stories over the last week serve to highlight what increasingly feels like the separate, parallel universes of U.S. policy (in)action on climate change, and the mounting wave of business activity aimed at helping us cope with the current and anticipated future consequences of extreme weather, shifting crop patterns, and the like.
 
In one corner, battle lines are being drawn in Washington around the regulatory powers of the EPA and proposals to de-fund existing research programs designed to help us plan for the worst. It already seems long ago that the debate was centered on how much new investment will be required ...

In the other corner are the numerous and growing private sector investments and programs designed to help achieve what our political leaders cannot find a way to support. Our feature article from my colleagues at BSR marks the launch of a monthly series of issue briefs we will be publishing this year on the climate adaptation efforts of specific industry sectors, starting with food, beverage and agriculture. As the authors point out, the distinction between mitigation and adaptation is seldom clear, and they are best done together. The risks, and corresponding actions being taken by leaders in that industry, give us a glimpse of the operating environment that is rapidly becoming the new business-as-usual.