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Less Carbon Taxes: More Carbon Emissions

It is among the more obvious conclusions, but when you charge a lower price for something you get more of it.  Evidence from Australia’s recent shift to a prime minister who is opposed to reducing carbon emissions: Back in 2011, Australia’s Labor Party enacted a national carbon tax as a way of tackling global warming. The […]

Rapid action is necessary to address greenhouse gas emissions according to a UN climate change report about to be released. Flooding, dangerous heatwaves, ill health and violent conflicts are among the likely risks if temperatures exceed 2C above pre-industrial levels, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will say. Yet on current trends, […]

Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page again with an unscientific declaration. “The global warming hysteria is to this century what eugenics was to the last,” she wrote in the Facebook post. “So much of it is junk science that will inevitably be discredited once the hysteria dies down and actual science prevails.” The […]

I’m always posting bad news about our warming planet so here is some small bit of encouraging news from Indonesia and the Nature Conservancy’s Peter Ellis. Ellis and his colleagues are doing something unusual—fighting against climate change by helping to improve logging operations. This idea remains controversial in the conservation community, but the Arlington, Va.-based […]

With so much evidence and overwhelming consensus by scientists that Climate Change is real, it’s natural to wonder who still denies it and why. In a fascinating review of polling evidence we see that it’s probably who you expect it is but perhaps not for the reasons you think. So why do these Americans refuse […]

Two articles today about the changes that can be directly attributed to climate change.  From Australia: The savage heat waves that struck Australia last year were almost certainly a direct consequence of greenhouse gases released by human activity, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made tying a specific […]

Not only are we causing the world to heat up, we’re driving out the animal population. The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index. The report suggests populations have halved in 40 years, as new methodology gives more alarming results […]

President Obama addressed climate change at the United Nations. “Today, I am here personally, as the leader of the world’s largest economy and its second largest emitter, to say we have begun to do something about it….but let me be honest, none of this is without controversy. In each of our countries, there will be […]

President Obama wants the United States to be a force for good globally on the issue of climate change. Obama will use his speech at a U.N. summit Tuesday to announce plans to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account when it spends money overseas to help poorer […]

A Somber Take On Climate Change

As thousands march, and the Marshall Islands suffer, world leaders convene in New York this week to discuss climate change.  Robert Stavins (a former professor of mine) has a particularly dreary take: It is true that, in theory, we can avoid the worst consequences of climate change with an intensive global effort over the next […]

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