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The Benefits of Not Knowing

Despite the huge amounts of uncertainty surrounding almost every aspect of climate change (from the effects to the appropriate response), it seems to me that there are very few “I don’t know” s being muttered. This seems to be the case among political leaders, top researchers, and even bloggers like me.

Is economics too abstract for climate change?

There has been a lively debate on Ruchira’s blog about how to best think and talk about, and approach, climate change.

Why Institutions Matter

One of the things that frustrates me, and so many others, about the way that the climate change debate is framed, is that it has been argued so often in scientific and economic terms. We hear terms like "cap and trade" and "carbon tax" bandied about on one hand, and equations like the infamous IPAT equation on the other hand.

Will More Lobbyists Help?

A recent report by the Center for Public Integrity shows the number of lobbyists on climate change increasing by 300 % over the past five years. Today, it notes, 2,340 high-paid lobbyists, including big hitters such as former House Majority Leader Dick Gephart (D-Missouri) and former House Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Livingston (R-Louisiana) swarm the halls of Washington.

Myths about Cap and Trade

Back in December Obama made a very public pledge to deliver a national cap and trade system and the President’s

Choosing Differently


There is a lot of discussion at climate change seminars about technology. Can it save us? Will it save us? Do we have enough of it?

I'm sort of in the middle here. I think that technology can greatly help us, but only if we use it.

To give you an example, we have the technology for electric cars, but for a variety of reasons, very few people drive them.

Lost that lovin' feelin?

A few years ago I was really psyched about corporate responsibility and ethical business (or whatever term you use). Google.org, The Eden Project, Duchy Originals, FTSE for Good, the Grameen Bank, Wal-Mart, and Coca Cola’s series of commitments all kept me up at night thinking of the future possibilities.

Imagining a Carbon Free World

Osbert Lancaster recently posted a blog about the difficulty understanding exactly what a commitment to a carbon free economy will entail. The too-good-to-be-true accounts, like the one provided by Lord Adair Turner, suggest a rather fishy estate-agent motivation. To believe that it’s ‘that simple’ makes you feel a little bit self-conscious and gullible.

Climate Change: Keeping It Simple Stupid?

Lord Adair Turner, chair of the UK government's advisory committee on climate change, makes tackling climate change seem (relatively) easy. But is keeping it simple, stupid? Or is it a sensible strategy to avoid frightening the horses?

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