Climate Change & Environment

The Environmental Protection Agency issued proposed rules for power plants last week, arguing that the extra costs of low-carbon power plants are justified by the even larger gains in avoided climate damages. The EPA measures the avoided climate damages on a global basis, meaning that it calculates not only the benefit to the US but [...]

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June 9th, 2014

Interview with UNCCD News

How much significance do you attach to ecosystem-based adaptation, also in comparison to other climate change adaptation measures? The concept of an ecosystem is that life depends on complex, systematic interactions across species and between living organisms and the physical environment. When these interactions are disrupted, for example, by removing water from the ecosystem, or [...]

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Kudos to President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on a true breakthrough in climate policy yesterday! The newly proposed EPA rules on CO2 emissions from power plants represent a breakthrough not only in the US Government ambition to halt climate change, but also a breakthrough in the methods used to do so. The EPA [...]

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MELBOURNE – Humanity has just about run out of time to address climate change. Scientists have pointed out that a rise in temperature of 2º Celsius above pre-industrial levels will put the Earth in dangerous, uncharted territory. Yet we currently are on a path toward an increase of 4º or more this century. The last [...]

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Watch video here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-19/extended-interview-with-jeffrey-sachs/5463488

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May 14th, 2014

The Last Chance

What if the fate of the world depends on worldwide decisions to be made by the end of 2015, yet few people know and even fewer care? I am not talking about a Hollywood blockbuster, like Russell Crowe’s struggle in Noah, but about something not so different. Instead of one great flood, humanity faces the [...]

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Originally published by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Stabilizing the Climate and Giving Energy Access to All with an Inclusive Economy Humanity has entered a new era. Our technological prowess has brought humanity to a crossroads. We are the inheritors of two centuries of remarkable waves of technological change: steam power, railroads, the telegraph, [...]

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Benjamin Zycher, the head of the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) energy studies criticizes an article I wrote earlier this week about the climate dangers of approving the Keystone Pipeline Project. In that article, I said that the Earth’s climate is on a trajectory to raise the mean global temperature by at least 3 degrees C [...]

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The new State Department Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone Pipeline does three things. First, it signals a greater likelihood that the pipeline project will be approved later this year by the administration. Second, it vividly illustrates the depth of confusion of US climate change policy. Third, it self-portrays the US Government as a helpless bystander to [...]

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