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The moral assumptions embedded in economic models of climate change

How much less do you value your descendants’ lives than your own? »
6 December 2018, 18:40 - economist - Search similar - Email

Green asset classes are proliferating

Green financial assets are a small but significant share of the total. »
29 November 2018, 20:00 - economist - Search similar - Email

The Philippines wants big companies to accept responsibility for a devastating typhoon

Did the big emitters help to cause extreme weather? »
15 November 2018, 18:40 - economist - Search similar - Email

Paul Romer and William Nordhaus win the economics Nobel

Both have studied the causes and consequences of growth. »
11 October 2018, 18:05 - economist - Search similar - Email

The latest report on global warming makes grim reading

And what hope it does offer risks being frittered away. »
11 October 2018, 18:02 - economist - Search similar - Email

New life for the Paris climate deal

A flurry of meetings should help curb greenhouse-gas emissions. But the global agreement is still essential. »
24 September 2018, 17:43 - economist - Search similar - Email

California leads subnational efforts to curb climate change

Local authorities and companies are crucial if global carbon-emissions targets are to be met. »
24 September 2018, 17:42 - economist - Search similar - Email

Facing the consequences

Global action is not going to stop climate change. The world needs to look harder at how to live with it. »
24 September 2018, 17:42 - economist - Search similar - Email

So much nicer than coal

But perhaps no cooler. »
24 September 2018, 17:41 - economist - Search similar - Email

California leads subnational efforts to curb climate change

SUPPOSE Britain’s prime minister ordered civil servants to make the world’s fifth-biggest economy fully carbon-neutral by 2045, and thereafter to extract more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than it emits. »
13 September 2018, 19:10 - economist - Search similar - Email

How clean is solar power?

THAT solar panels do not emit greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide when they are generating electricity is without question. This is why they are beloved of many who worry about the climate-altering potential of such gases. Sceptics, though, observe that a lot of energy is needed to make a solar panel in the first place. »
8 December 2016, 21:00 - economist - Search similar - Email

How to deal with worries about stranded assets

IN SEPTEMBER 2015, at a candlelit dinner at Lloyd’s of London, Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, addressed the insurance industry on climate change. He gave warning in advance that there would be no jokes. Then he dropped a bombshell on the oil industry. His message was twofold. »
24 November 2016, 19:30 - economist - Search similar - Email

What will happen if America’s president-elect follows through on pledges to tear up environmental laws

“LIKE ice water through the veins.” That is how a UN official, in Marrakesh for the UN climate summit that ended on November 18th, described the effect of Donald Trump’s electoral victory. Her trepidation was widely shared at the two-week event-and justified. In a tweet in 2012 Mr Trump called anthropogenic warming a “hoax”. »
24 November 2016, 15:20 - economist - Search similar - Email

Earth’s plants are countering some of the effects of climate change

A feast in the air IN 1972, on their way to the Moon, the crew of Apollo 17 snapped what would become one of the most famous photographs ever taken. The “Blue Marble” shows Earth as it looks from space: a blue sphere overlaid by large brown swatches of land, with wisps of white cloud floating above. But times change, and modern pictures of Earth look different. »
10 November 2016, 22:10 - economist - Search similar - Email

To coldly go

THE world’s most lauded environmental treaty could be about to notch up a new success. In 1974 scientists discovered that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals used in refrigeration and as propellants in products such as hairsprays, release chlorine into the stratosphere as they decompose. This depletes the ozone that protects Earth from ultraviolet radiation. »
22 September 2016, 20:00 - economist - Search similar - Email

Acclimatising

IT’S not easy being green, especially if you’re a fund manager. A decade or so ago, when mainstream politicians such as Britain’s David Cameron were petting huskies and embracing environmental issues, the stocks of renewable-energy producers were in vogue. But as in the dotcom boom a few years earlier, share prices ran way ahead of the potential for profits. »
8 September 2016, 22:40 - economist - Search similar - Email

In the red

CONDITIONS in India are road-meltingly hot: on May 19th residents of Phalodi, a city in the north of the country, had to cope with temperatures of 51°C-the highest since records there began. Records are tumbling elsewhere, too. »
26 May 2016, 17:40 - economist - Search similar - Email

Green giant

Tolba, pulling the world together “PERHAPS the single most successful international agreement to date has been the Montreal protocol,” declared Kofi Annan, then head of the United Nations, back in 2003. Agreed 16 years earlier, the mechanism sought to limit damage to the stratospheric ozone layer that protects the planet from harmful ultraviolet radiation. »
31 March 2016, 20:10 - economist - Search similar - Email

Lift up your voice

TUVALU and Nauru, lonely miniature outposts in the western Pacific, are just two of the minnows that enjoy making a splash when they swim with the big fish of the Commonwealth. Once the Ellice bit of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is a string of coral atolls, pictured above, at no point higher than 5 metres above the sea, lying more than 5,000km (3,150 miles) north-east of Australia. »
17 March 2016, 17:40 - economist - Search similar - Email

Stopping the big burp

MENTION the phrases “greenhouse gases” and “global warming” in the same breath and most people will think of the carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil. But CO2 is not the only greenhouse gas and fossil fuels are not the only source of such gases. A surprising and neglected one is the world’s ruminant livestock-cattle, sheep and so on. »
14 January 2016, 21:10 - economist - Search similar - Email