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Climate Change Policy

Lean In: The Prize for Bigger Action On Climate Change is Prosperity for All

Niall Dunne | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green
Niall Dunne

Above all, it is clarity, not complexity, that companies need -- which is why in addition to putting a price on carbon, BT supports a carbon labelling scheme for electricity, as one solution that would reward businesses for using low carbon and renewable energy.

What Are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.08.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Obama Administration's proposed regulation of existing power-sector sources of CO2 has the potential to be cost-effective, and if you accept these numbers, it can also be welfare-enhancing, if not welfare-maximizing.

The Lost Generation of U.S. Climate Policy

Bob Brinkmann | Posted 07.12.2014 | Green
Bob Brinkmann

We are on the verge of a major national disaster (see here for a hint of what is to come) and national media and political leaders continue to hinder serious efforts to solve the problem.

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change Is Already Here, Says Massive Government Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Climate change is no longer a distant threat, but a real and present danger in the United States, according to a government report iss...

Understanding the IPCC: An Important Follow-Up

Robert Stavins | Posted 07.04.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

My serious concerns about the effects of the government approval process on one section of the SPM should be considered in the much larger context of what is an exceptionally valuable scientific resource for those concerned with climate change.

Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Several of the CLAs present with me in Berlin commented that given the nature and outcome of the week, the resulting document should probably be called the 'summary by policymakers,' rather than the 'summary for policymakers.'

Can There Be a Positive Prognosis for Climate Negotiations?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

International negotiations continued under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The two most important countries in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- China and the U.S. -- engaged in a war of words.

China Pollutes More... But Is That an Excuse for Inaction?

Lucy Emerson-Bell | Posted 03.30.2014 | Green
Lucy Emerson-Bell

The U.S. doesn't only receive goods manufactured in China -- we receive the pollution associated with those goods as well. It's not just their problem. It is our problem as well.

Will Europe Scrap Its Renewables Target? That Would Be Good News for the Economy and for the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Without the renewables mandate, the cap being planned for the EU ETS will be achieved at lower cost and will foster greater incentives for climate-friendly technological change.

The Warsaw Climate Negotiations, and Reason for Cautious Optimism

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Warsaw meetings must be judged to be at least a modest success -- the baton was not dropped, rather it was passed successfully in this long relay race of negotiations.

Obama To Unveil Big Climate-Change Plan

The New York Times | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

President Obama is preparing a major policy push on climate change, including, for the first time, limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new and exi...

Are Important Climate Concepts Misunderstood?

Posted 03.28.2013 | Green

From Climate Central's Andrew Freedman: There is widespread confusion about the near-term benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and that m...

The Time for a Polite Green Revolution Has Passed

Petra Bartosiewicz | Posted 03.26.2013 | Green
Petra Bartosiewicz

For the green groups who spent the last term pursuing a failed insider strategy of compromises, the focus going forward should mobilizing the public. For President Obama, the task is to go beyond rhetoric and make the heroic choices for real change.

Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Taxes, and My Neighbor's Lovely Lawn

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 1998 and for the subsequent eight years or so, I remained agnostic regarding what I viewed as the trade-offs between cap-and-trade and carbon taxes. What happened to change that? Three words: The Hamilton Project.

A Challenge for Climate Negotiators, and an Opportunity for Scholars

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The negotiating teams are now tasked under the Durban Platform with identifying a new comprehensive policy architecture. The negotiators are therefore hungry for new ideas, in particular for outside-the-box thinking.

Natural Disasters Tell the Story of Climate Change

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2012 | College
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

We must today focus on providing assistance to those severely affected by the fires and extreme weather. Then we owe it to the generations of tomorrow to take seriously the warnings of today.

'This Is Just the Beginning': Forest Fires, Deadly Storms, Record Heat Reveal a Changed Climate (VIDEO)

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.05.2012 | Green
Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! hosts a discussion about the politics of news reporters linking climate change to their coverage of extreme weather events with The Guardian's U.S. environment correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg and Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground website.

Low Prices a Problem? Making Sense of Misleading Talk About Cap-and-Trade in Europe and the USA

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Since when are low prices considered to be a problem? To understand what's going on, we need to remind ourselves of the purpose (and promise) of a cap-and-trade regime, and then look at what's been happening in the respective markets.

An Early Bloom for Washington

Vicki Arroyo | Posted 06.05.2012 | DC
Vicki Arroyo

Every year, thousands of tourists flock to our nation's capitol for the Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival is now taking place -- but without the spectacular blooms. A freak weather anomaly? No. It's consistent with an undeniable trend.

If the Durban Platform Opened a Window, Will India and China Close It?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.19.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Whether or not the submissions by China and India are part of a diplomatic dance or represent a real step backward from their positions in Durban, the fact remains that the Durban Platform, by replacing the Berlin Mandate, has opened an important window.

Reflections on Twenty Years of Policy Innovation

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 2009, the U.S. Congress considered but ultimately failed to enact legislation aimed at limiting U.S. greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The bill unde...

Economics of the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Sixth Edition of Economics of the Environment: Selected Readings has just been published by W. W. Norton & Company of New York and London. Throug...

The Platform Opens a Window: An Unambiguous Consequence of the Durban Climate Talks

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.02.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The national delegations from around the world now have a challenging task: To find a way to include all key countries in a structure that brings about meaningful emissions reductions on an appropriate timetable at acceptable cost.

Can the Durban Climate Negotiations Succeed?

Robert Stavins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Two weeks of international climate negotiations begin today in Durban, South Africa. These are the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of ...

The Promise and Problems of Pricing Carbon

Robert Stavins | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

In the U.S., political polarization has decimated what had long been the key political constituency in the Congress for environmental action, namely, the middle, including both moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats.