Economics

A feed of recent articles relating to Behavioral Economics from The Daily Climate.


18 October 2017. America’s climate refugees have been abandoned by Trump. – As hurricane after hurricane ravages Puerto Rico and the Gulf Coast, the Trump administration has quietly walked away from a government-wide effort to help the growing number of American communities whose very existence is threatened by climate change.

18 October 2017. Australian doctors call on health super funds to pull $1.7 billion out of coal and oil companies. – Hundreds of Victorian doctors and medical staff are pressuring their super funds to quit investing in coal and oil for the sake of health, as they did with tobacco five years ago.

18 October 2017. A small firm in Germany has big ambitions in green energy. – Consumers have spent about 190 billion euros on sources like wind and solar, which account for about one-third of the country’s electric power.

18 October 2017. Jobs bonanza? The Adani project is more like a railway to nowhere. – The Carmichael coal mine was once pitched as a choice between jobs and the environment. So where are the jobs?

17 October 2017. Trump voters in storm-ravaged county confront climate change. – After Harvey, some conservatives in Texas are wondering what role do humans play in global warming and the worsening of storms like Harvey? And what should they expect their leaders to do about the problem now?

17 October 2017. Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars. – Electric cars won’t eradicate gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit.

17 October 2017. Florida’s migrant farm workers struggle after hurricane damaged homes, crops. – Jobs, homes and lives are at risk when extreme weather strikes the communities that grow America's food.

17 October 2017. Even China is tackling climate change, while US takes a back seat. – Beijing sees an interconnected world where environmental sustainability is crucial to maintaining political support, global stability and economic growth.

17 October 2017. As Congress weighs debt forgiveness for flood program, some want to see it reformed. – Calls for an overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program are especially urgent because of the climate change-related increase in catastrophic storms.

17 October 2017. Hurricane Ophelia: A warning on climate inertia. – Even if emissions are stabilised through international agreements, the worst effects of global warming have yet to be experienced.

17 October 2017. Trump says he ended the ‘war’ on coal companies. But it’s too late to save them. – The moves to save this industry have actually exposed its weaknesses — and revealed a trend that coal companies and the Trump administration have not acknowledged publicly: Despite Trump’s best efforts, the American coal industry remains on life support.

17 October 2017. World petrol demand 'likely to peak by 2030 as electric car sales rise.' – World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted.

16 October 2017. 'Tide has turned': Global rating agency says climate economics trump politics. – S&P analyst calls the economic viability of assets such as coal mines and coal-fired power stations "vastly impaired."

16 October 2017. After an agonizing week on edge, good news for some Napa County residents. – The Atlas fire has burned more than 51,000 acres, killed six people and destroyed more than 300 homes. But as of late Sunday, the Atlas fire was 65 percent contained.

16 October 2017. Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims. – UN talks on loss and damage are failing to deliver for vulnerable communities. After a devastating hurricane season, the developed world must step up.

16 October 2017. Gov. Kean: Rethinking the Jersey Shore's future in an age of climate change. – Starting a dialogue about the future of New Jersey's Shore is an integral part of any climate adaptation and mitigation planning and should begin immediately.

16 October 2017. Undoing the Clean Power Plan. – EPA Director Scott Pruitt achieved a long-sought personal victory last week when he signed a measure to begin the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, a 2015 measure aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

16 October 2017. Coal country is finding little relief in Trump's climate actions. – Every morning is filled with anxiety in this hardscrabble town so intertwined with the fortunes of its hulking coal power plant that a drawing of the facility is emblazoned on the community’s police force emblem.

16 October 2017. The war on coal is over. Coal lost. – Coal can’t compete with cheaper clean energy. The Trump administration can’t save expensive, dirty energy.

16 October 2017. US, states struggle to pay spiraling cost of fighting fires. – The long and brutal 2017 wildfire season is stressing the state and federal agencies that have to pay for the army of ground crews and machinery required to fight them.

13 October 2017. Paris plans to banish all but electric cars by 2030. – Paris authorities plan to banish all petrol- and diesel-fueled cars from the world’s most visited city by 2030, Paris City Hall said on Thursday.

13 October 2017. For Algeria's struggling herders, "drought stops everything." – Less rain and higher temperatures means herders in Algeria are increasingly struggling to make ends meet.

13 October 2017. The end of coal will haunt the Navajo. – The fossil fuel has been an environmental threat and economic necessity for Native American tribes in Arizona. What happens when it's gone?

13 October 2017. Abandoning Puerto Rico would be an impeachable offense. – Presidents do not get to pick and choose which Americans to help at times of disaster.

13 October 2017. Drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge: How the GOP could finally break the impasse. – The prospects for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration are better than they have been in years.

13 October 2017. Mandalay to build 3,000 Arizona homes with solar and Sonnen batteries. – German battery maker Sonnen GmbH on Thursday said it would partner with home builder Mandalay Homes to outfit 3,000 new Arizona homes with batteries to store the excess energy generated by their rooftop solar installations.

13 October 2017. US lawmakers propose making it easier to meet auto fuel rules. – A bipartisan pair of Michigan lawmakers introduced a bill to make it easier for automakers to comply with federal fuel efficiency requirements, as the Trump administration considers softening standards that require nearly doubling the fuel economy of the U.S. new vehicle fleet by 2025.

13 October 2017. Fossil fuels win billions in public money after Paris climate deal, angry campaigners claim. – Coal, oil and gas finance from major development banks totalled $5bn in year after historic climate pact, according to estimates.

13 October 2017. Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan. – Millions of draughty homes in England and Wales will be insulated and overhauled by 2035 to save families as much as £300 a year on their energy bills, under the government’s climate change plans.

13 October 2017. Industry seeks legal cover with replacement rule. – As the Trump administration mulls whether to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, its legal foes are already plotting creative courtroom challenges against U.S. EPA and directly against utilities.