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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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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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World leaders gather in Warsaw today to celebrate Poland’s return to democracy 25 years ago on this day, and the country’s astounding economic and political development since then. Today Poland is a prosperous, dynamic and democratic society. Yet the leaders will make the most of their visit if they understand the deeper lessons of Poland’s [...]

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In July 1989, the leadership of Solidarity asked me to draft an urgent memo on how Poland could undertake economic reforms to become a market economy and a part of Europe. One of Solidarity’s great leaders, the late Jacek Kuron discussed the key ideas with me in his flat very late into the evening on [...]

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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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May 27, 2014 Finally! A bit late perhaps from my mother’s point of view, but now she has a child with a medical degree. I’m profoundly grateful to Baylor College of Medicine for that. In truth, my mother has had it much better all along. As she likes to say, she has every mother’s dream: [...]

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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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