Economics

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


28 June 2017. How climate change could affect your homeowners insurance coverage. – Homeowners will ultimately foot the bill for more extreme weather.

28 June 2017. It’s time to stop ignoring conflict in efforts to build resilience. – Many climate change adaptation and development efforts work in unstable countries - and that reality needs to be taken into account.

28 June 2017. UPS looks to add more green vehicles to its fleet by 2025. – United Parcel Service Inc said on Tuesday it would add more vehicles that run on non-conventional power to its fleet by 2025, as the package delivery company looks to cut its greenhouse emissions.

28 June 2017. 'Bring on more renewables,' US regulator says as grid study looms. – Wind and solar power does not make the U.S. electricity grid less stable, an outgoing federal regulator said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration readies a study that will examine whether renewable energy has had a harmful effect.

27 June 2017. Exxon’s support for a carbon tax is the first step in big oil’s long, negotiated surrender. – The industry sees the writing on the wall.

27 June 2017. A fair EU carbon market: but for whom? – Amid calls from heavy industry to get more free pollution permits in the name of a ‘fair’ EU carbon market, Europe’s workers, taxpayers, and the climate must not be forgotten in the system’s design reform.

27 June 2017. Renewable energy at a 'tipping point.' – Washington may be showing less interest in alternative fuels, but the worldwide picture is dramatically different.

26 June 2017. U.S. rice farmers turn sustainability into carbon credits & Microsoft is first to buy. – By changing how they use water, rice growers in Arkansas, Mississippi and California cut their methane emissions and opened a door for agriculture in carbon markets.

26 June 2017. Angela Merkel and Donald Trump head for clash at G20 summit. – German chancellor plans to make climate change, free trade and mass migration key themes in Hamburg, putting her on collision course with US.

26 June 2017. NM keeps warming but leadership won’t come from feds, state. – As the region continues warming, New Mexicans will continue facing an increasing number of public health risks and conflicts.

26 June 2017. How oil made Donald Trump turn his back on Paris climate accord. – Trump’s game is clear. Efforts to stymie climate action stem less from uncertainty around climate science and more from self-preservation.

26 June 2017. Seismic tests as a steppingstone to Virginia offshore drilling raises excitement and concern. – There’s excitement in the oil industry and worry among environmentalists and many coastal tourism leaders.

26 June 2017. Trump to call for US ‘dominance’ in global energy production. – Donald Trump will tout surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas during a week of events aimed at highlighting the country’s growing energy dominance.

26 June 2017. Meet the horsemen of our environmental apocalypse. – Despite the initial antipathy between Trump and the Koch brothers, once he secured the nomination, Donald Trump extended the olive branch to the flat earth oligarchs from Kansas.

26 June 2017. California’s double-edged “climate leadership”: Behind the big talk, a cozy relationship with Big Oil. – Gov. Jerry Brown positions himself as an anti-Trump leader on climate issues. But Big Oil hasn't gone away.

26 June 2017. Europe stands by Caribbean on climate funding. – A senior European Union official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region.

26 June 2017. Post-Kemper question: Is 'clean coal' dead? – The possible end of Southern Co.'s flagship "clean coal" project in Mississippi isn't the death knell for carbon capture and sequestration technology, industry analysts say.

26 June 2017. New best friends: GOP governors and renewables. – While President Trump sings coal's praises, efforts to green America's economy are receiving a boost from an unexpected quarter: Republican-held governors' mansions.

26 June 2017. Paris agreement's 1.5C target 'only way' to save coral reefs, Unesco says. – Greater emissions reductions and delivering on the Paris climate agreement are now “the only opportunity” to save coral reefs the world over from decline, with local responses no longer sufficient, a report by Unesco has found.

25 June 2017. A bold proposal to unleash America's green economy. – China completed construction on the world's largest solar farm earlier this year. Shortly afterward, both China and India officially surpassed the United States to become the world leaders in renewable energy investment. This all happened before President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

25 June 2017. The world’s largest coal mining company is closing 37 sites. – Coal India—a government-back coal company–is reportedly closing 37 of its "unviable" mines in the next year to cut back on losses.

24 June 2017. California's climate debate heats up behind closed doors as Gov. Brown pushes to extend cap and trade. – The end of annual budget negotiations usually brings a sense of calm to the Capitol, but behind the scenes Gov. Jerry Brown has intensified his efforts to reach a deal with lobbyists and lawmakers on a blueprint for California’s future climate change policies.

23 June 2017. Xi Jinping is set for a big gamble with China's carbon trading market. – A carbon trading program is shaping up as a big policy retort to President Trump’s decision to quit the Paris accord. But getting local industries on board will be a challenge.

22 June 2017. Talking climate change in India. – Communication workshops throw up some surprising and important ways that Indians seem to engage with issues of climate justice, coal, pollution and renewable energy.

22 June 2017. Carbon copy. – It’s rare to find Democrats and Republicans on the same side of any major issue, particularly the environment. Narrow that topic to climate change, and odds seem greater it’ll snow tomorrow at One-Mile.

22 June 2017. Dissonance and divestment: Profile of an activist. – “Why should people divest from the fossil fuel sector?” Lisa Renstrom pauses and thinks. “Let me count the ways.”

22 June 2017. Will California overhaul its cap-and-trade program? – Many public health and climate activists insist that cap-and-trade offsets are a poor substitute for actual emissions cuts, and in fact, might be making pollution worse in some communities.

22 June 2017. Moniz's next act: Going to bat for a low-carbon economy. – Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who won rare bipartisan support in Congress for some of the Obama administration's energy agenda, is headed back into Washington's policy and persuasion arena to battle for the rest of it.

22 June 2017. Branson: The world is 'baffled' by Trump's climate stance. – British billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders were left dumbfounded by President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

21 June 2017. Exxon, BP and Shell back carbon tax proposal to curb emissions. – Oil giants ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total are among a group of large corporations supporting a plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions in order to address climate change.