We’re in the early stages of climate change — just how much depending in large part on whether we control our emissions.
But how quickly will this happen? Is it a bulldozer we can dodge or a bullet train that’s too fast to avoid? That makes a lot of difference in … More >
I’ve spent a lot of time and energy talking about the need to adapt to climate change, but I’ve also become increasingly uneasy about “adaptation” as a way to think about the situation.
One of the things I don’t like about the term “adaptation” is that it suggests that we actually … More >
As it turns out, many of the same people who deny that climate change is a problem also deny that government default would be a problem. No doubt there are several reasons: the fact that Barack Obama is on the opposite side of both issues; the general impermeability of ideologues to facts … More >
Just for amusement:
On a summer day.
Across the hilltops,
Slowly wheeling their white blades,
Stand lines of windmills.
A nap in the shade,
Dreaming that new studies make
Fox News fall silent.
“Global climate change” –
A long and abstract title
For a world in pain.
A beautiful day,
But don’t spend your time outside:
High ozone levels!
Cross-posted from the environmental … More >
I have been teaching and working as an environmental economist for 40 years and I consider climate change and population growth as the most pressing challenges facing humanity. While I am familiar with much of the political rhetoric surrounding these issues, still I found myself wondering why not much has … More >
When it was launched in 2005, the European Union cap and trade program for greenhouse gases (known as the Emissions Trading System or EU-ETS) was a bold and important step in addressing climate change. But from the beginning, the EU-ETS has often been a painful learning experience, much of the … More >
It’s the beginning of summer, which means the beginning of driving season. Perhaps anticipating summer driving, many people bought new vehicles last month, putting automakers on track to have the best year since 2007.
So, here’s a question, particularly for readers who were part of this vehicle-buying wave:
Which of the following … More >
We generally complain that action on climate change is mired in polarized partisan politics and thus nothing can be done. True to an extent, but let’s hold on a bit.
In terms of generating important discussion about the clarity that exists around the conclusion that the scientific debate … More >
A major (and unfortunate) milestone has been crossed this past week. Measurements of atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide passed 400 parts per million, the highest in millions of years. Others have commented on how worrying this milestone is for the planet. But what I want to focus on here … More >