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Making Climate Change Policies Fit their Own Domain

November 3, 2014 by Adam Whitmore
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Climate Change Policies

There is a widely held narrative for climate policy that runs something like this: The costs of damage due to greenhouse gas emissions are not reflected in economic decisions. This needs to be corrected by imposing a price on carbon, using the power of markets to incentivize efficient emissions reduction.[read more]

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Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 29, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Krugman and Climate Change Mitigation Costs

Paul Krugman launched the latest salvo in the battle over the economics of climate change when he recently announced: “Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free.” But he ignores critical nuances on policy and technology that lead him to the wrong conclusion that climate mitigation is a free lunch.[read more]

Secretary Kerry is Right that Climate Change Needs to be Tackled like a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

February 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Climate Change and Impact

 

Secretary of State John Kerry got it right when he identified climate change as one of the most urgent issues facing the world in a February 16 speech in Jakarta. Kerry got it right on the science, the urgency, and the opportunity to be found in clean energy solutions.[read more]

Obama's Climate Legacy May Come Down to Coal and 'No'

February 8, 2014 by Bill Chameides
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Obama and Climate Change

The Obama administration gave environmentalists little to cheer about last week, but the game is hardly over. When it comes to climate change, Obama’s rhetoric has been striking and unequivocal (for example here), but with congressional deadlock, his ability to enact climate legislation has been nonexistent.[read more]

Stae of the Union: The Climate Impact Line

January 31, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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After listening to the State of the Union speech by President Obama, I was quite disappointed with the energy and climate aspects. A president talking about the seriousness of the issue and then touting an absurd “all of the above” energy plan that relies on natural gas as a “bridge fuel” is beyond parody.[read more]

The Silver Bullet Of Climate Change Policy

January 29, 2014 by Gernot Wagner
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When the conversation turns to climate change, someone is sure to opine that there’s no silver bullet. The issue is simply too complex to have one solution. When you focus on all the changes needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally it seems like a multifaceted approach is the only way forward.[read more]

The Sociology of Climate Change

January 13, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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I recently read Kari Marie Norgaard’s, Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life, an excellent and somewhat unusual book that has instantly made its way onto the list of “must read” books that I send people when they ask for recommendations.[read more]

The Existential Imperative: Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion II

January 6, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Ocean Heat and Energy

The fourth IPCC assessment projects that 40 to 70 percent of species could go extinct if Earth warms by 3.5 °C. Ominously a recent study by Australian and French scientists published in Nature predicts that unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut, the planet will heat up by 4°C by 2100.[read more]

Negotiation Myopia Misses Groundswell of Climate Action

December 5, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

COP 19 and Action

I have just returned from the most recent round of international climate negotiations in Warsaw. While many observers were discouraged and hundreds of civil society activists walked out on the talks, I came away somewhat more optimistic.[read more]

3 Ways New Filibuster Rules Could Affect US Climate Policy

November 26, 2013 by Evan Juska

On Thursday, Senate Democrats used a rare procedural move, known as the “nuclear option,” to end the use of filibusters. Here’s 3 ways the rule change for Presidential nominees could actually affect U.S. climate change policy.[read more]

Epic Fail: Australia's Climate Change Performance Report Card 'Poor to Very Poor'

November 24, 2013 by Nigel Morris
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Australia Climate Change Performance

Each year organizations produce a detailed index on the worlds nations and how they are progressing towards reducing emissions. Australia has just got a rotten report card, and it highlights the impact that the whole continent is having.[read more]

Japan's New Emissions Targets

November 21, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Japan and Changing Targets

The Japanese government announced that it would adopt a new emissions reductions target. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he is sure that Japan can substantially contribute to global efforts to tackle climate change and that the government will steadily implement necessary measures.[read more]

Science, Extraordinary Conclusions, and Entering the Metricene

November 13, 2013 by Lou Grinzo
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Naomi Klein recently authored an article about how science is telling us all to revolt. It’s a perfect example of the kind of unsettling, yet incredibly hard to refute, piece that has been appearing more and more often from climate communicators.[read more]

We Need to Have an Adult Conversation About Climate Change

October 24, 2013 by Lou Grinzo
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We hear the analogy endlessly: To fix the already unfolding climate change disaster, we need an “Apollo-like effort”, a “man-on-the-moon commitment”. This is a terrible analogy; it’s not just inaccurate, it’s devastatingly inaccurate, to the point of being counterproductive.[read more]

Five Points on the IPCC Report: A Long and Wonky Investigation

September 30, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

IPCC Points

The release of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report should give anyone following the climate issue a deep sense of deja vu, if not a full-on case of Groundhog Day syndrome, due to the clear facts that we have actually seen this all before.[read more]