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Why Richard Tol is Wrong about the IPCC

“It’s pretty damn obvious there are positive impacts of climate change,” Reuters reports Professor Richard Tol saying on his way to disassociating himself from the Fifth Assessment Report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

Posted April 2, 2014    

Quantifying the Impact of Multiple Avenues of Methane's Underestimation

Cornell professors Robert Howarth, Renee Santoro, and Anthony Ingraffea ignited a controversy in 2011 when they published a study claiming that, due to escaped methane, emissions from hydraulically fractured natural gas were worse than coal. Their...

Posted January 23, 2014    

Politics and the Language of REDD+

“For the moment you start to discussion some enteral principle or another, you are not arguing, you are fighting. That eternal principle censors out all the objections, isolates the issue from its background and its context, and sets going in you...

Posted November 5, 2013    

Can the World Banks' Green Bonds Become a Scalable Climate Solution?

Earlier this month, the World Bank announced the launch of US$ 550 million dollars of Green Bonds—its largest U.S. issuance to date. Are Green Bonds a way forward for climate finance, or will the World Bank’s Green Bond issuances remain a...

Posted September 2, 2013    

Population Growth: Malthus Rolls Over

Last week, Oxford Computer Science Professor Steven Emmott published an excerpt of his book, Ten Billion, in The Guardian. The tone of the excerpt breaks all of the rules about communication on environmental issues. It uniformly grim and offers no...

Posted July 7, 2013    

Media Coverage of Pollution in China and the U.S.

But I hear someone exclaiming that the concealment of wickedness is often difficult; to which I answer, nothing great is easy. Nevertheless, the argument indicates this—if we would be happy—to be the path along which we should proceed. With a view...

Posted June 8, 2013    

RGGI Still Falls Short of Real Carbon Pricing

Last February, The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced changes to its rules (known as “The Model Rule”). The most significant change was the lowering of the system’s cap 45% in 2014 to 91 million tons per year in 2014. The cap will...

Posted May 14, 2013