Climate Bill

Does it matter how we think about Climate Change?

Ruchira and I, along with loads of interested bloggers, have been having a spirited debate lately about the benefits and limitations of economics and ‘econ

Carbon Accounting, the Field with a Very Bright Future.

Thinking about a career in sustainability, look no further than carbon accounting.

Deep green: good news, bad news... and politicians

The good news is that 14% of Scots are 'deep green' according to the Scottish Government's latest research. They believe climate change is an immediate and urgent problem and say they know a great deal or a fair amount about it.

Can the public sector do better?

It seems right and natural to think that if anyone can and should take action on climate change and act sustainably, it is the government. Unlike traditional companies, the government is free from the short-term demands of the market. And more importantly, it’s eventually the government that pays for the damage it causes.

Billy Elliot and the Kyoto Protocol

Last night I saw Billy Elliot, which by the way is a really wonderful, crowd-pleasing musical filled with very cute, dancing children.

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.

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