The New York Times had an editorial yesterday about carbon pricing by the head of Connecticut’s Environmental department. The authors argue:
The best way to drive energy innovation would be an emissions charge of $5 per ton of greenhouse gases beginning in 2012, rising to $100 per ton by 2032. The low initial charge, [...]
This is an interesting article showing how developed countries are hiding their carbon footprint. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110426071143.htm
When trying to pass laws that will mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, one of the biggest constraints against these laws is that they will have negative impacts to the United State’s and the World’s economies. The argument basically goes, regardless of whether climate change is anthropogenic or not, society [...]
The Washington Post has an article today for Earth Day on the challenges of carbon labeling:
Two years on, handicapped by uncertainties about how to calculate those ratings — or whether it’s even possible — carbon-footprinting schemes struggle to be recognized as the standard stamps of eco-consciousness that the FairTrade, Energy Star and LEED [...]
Since this issue has been brought up in class several times, I wanted to look into it more and to see what progress is being made. Currently, Europe has been making steps towards cutting down on carbon emissions by their big companies with a cap-and-trade program, but this article addresses many of the flaws [...]
I think that this could catalyze the concern with global warming. Apparently coffee production has atrophied and shows no sign of slowing down. This is due to a fungus that thrives in warmer conditions.
This is an appropriate article relating to the guest speaker we recently had in class and the issue of carbon taxing. The protesters in various states of Australia are upset at the news of a potential tax on carbon and believe that it will cost jobs and ruin the economy. However,
Supporters of the [...]
This article discusses how the recent republican led talks on climate change ended with the Republicans continuing to deny climate change and work against the EPA.
Businesses and investors are increasingly realizing their assets may be at risk from climate change. A new report tries to quantify this, and help institutional investors (i.e. large investors like pension funds) manage climate change risk:
New approaches to Strategic Asset Allocation are therefore required to tackle fundamental shifts in the global economy. This [...]
This articles gives a brief run down of the potential reasons a large minority of Americans do not believe in climate change. At the end the author offers his opinion as to the largest reasons, as well as a semi-solution.
I recently came across this interesting article regarding Haitian farmers burning donated seeds from Monsanto this past June. Although a bit outdated, I believe it’s still relative to this course and may fancy your interest. In the article you will find some very interesting perspectives and more general knowledge of Monsanto if [...]
Has the Kyoto Protocol failed? A case could, and has, certainly been made for it (read “The Kyoto Protocol”, by Gwyn Prins and Steve Rayner in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, March/ April 2008). Truly, there are many aspects of the Protocol that are immensely inadequate and others that are just downright dysfunctional and [...]
In Tuesday’s class we discussed policies that can be used to reduce emissions and in one of my other classes, I came across this reading related to the reduction of sulfur dioxide in the 1990s and early 2000s. I think it’s a really good overview of the program and why it was so successful. [...]
I suppose that depends on who you ask. Economists have been trying to put a price tag on the future of the climate for a while now, the most famous of which is the Stern Report. Commissioned by the United Kingdom Finance Ministry in 2006 and headed by Nicholas Stern, a former World Bank economist, [...]
As we discussed in class, the economics of climate change is very complicated, although works like the Stern Review in 2006 have tried to boil it down to simple comparisons between economic impacts of acting versus non-acting. Paul Krugman wrote a recent essay for the NYT magazine that lays out climate economics for those [...]
Unfortunately, bowing to economic pressure, France is considering dropping their very forward thinking carbon tax:
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon implied Tuesday that carbon tax that expected to take effect by July would face an end due to the unfair pressure it would bring to French companies.
It will not be introduced in July [...]
In an coordinated effort Nobel Prize winners urge the US Senate to take action:
Eight Nobel-prize winning economists and scientists have joined more than 2,000 others in signing a letter today that urges the Senate to take swift action on climate change.
“The longer we wait, the harder and more costly it will be [...]
As we have discuss in class, carbon emissions are currently measured primarily by national-level assessments — how much Co2 comes from within the borders of China or the US. However, carbon embodied in trade is potentially a huge issue, as much of China’s economic output is exported to the US and EU – so [...]
Discussions have been underway for months on if the Senate will pass a climate change bill, and if so, will it be similar to the one that passed the House last summer?
An article today from ClimateWire notes that ultimately all the debate boils down to how to price energy so that carbon emissions [...]
ASU has pledged to make the campus carbon neutral by 2025 as part of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The text of the pledge reads
We, the undersigned presidents and chancellors of colleges and universities, are deeply concerned about the unprecedented scale and speed of global warming and its potential for [...]
Online story in NYTimes today about a very easy way to reduce fuel consumption and cut greenhouse gases: slow down, whether it is ships bringing cargo across the seas or drivers on interstate highways. The article notes that shipping giant Maersk is tackling the problem:
By halving its top cruising speed over the last [...]
This is exciting news from the UK’s Guardian newspaper:
The brains trust of the Pentagon says it is just months away from producing a jet fuel from algae for the same cost as its fossil-fuel equivalent.
The claim, which comes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) that helped to develop the internet [...]
Recognizing the negative impact of GHG on the global climate, new technologies are being developed in the areas of green house gas/carbon capture and storage. In this instance a new technology has been endorsed by V.P. Al Gore:
Here’s a low-cost solution to global warming: chicken manure.
At Josh Frye’s poultry farm in West [...]