Economics

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


23 January 2018. Bioeconomy: A global trend?

Several nations are investing in a bio-based economy to slash carbon footprints. At a recent summit, experts point out how more work is needed to realize bioeconomy's potential as a climate solution.

23 January 2018. These drones plant trees by firing seed pods at the ground

Startups are tapping into the business potential of ecosystem restoration.

23 January 2018. Mesoamerican Reef gets improving bill of health

A recent report tracking the health of the Mesoamerican Reef indicates that conservation efforts might be helping to turn the tide for the reef itself and the people who depend on it.

23 January 2018. Pope’s message to Amazonia inspires hope, but will it bring action?

Visit by Pope Francis to Peru brought needed attention to Amazon deforestation and indigenous suffering due to illegal mining, but will the pontiff’s words be a game changer?

23 January 2018. Solar tariff ruling: What it means for the US solar industry

The 30 percent duty will undermine the business case for new solar power development in the United States.

23 January 2018. How engineering Earth’s climate could seriously imperil life

Seeding the atmosphere with sulfur could keep temperature from rising—but once we stop, the backlash could destroy entire species.

23 January 2018. Researchers will soon predict the snowpack before the snow even falls

NOAA researchers have built a tool that can predict the snowpack eight months ahead of time, before the snow even falls.

22 January 2018. France to revise carbon emissions target after missing 2016 goal

France will revise its carbon emissions target by the end of this year to align it with its pledges in the Paris climate agreement after failing to meet the goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, the ecology minister said on Monday.

22 January 2018. Switching to electric cars is key to fixing America's 'critically insufficient' climate policies

In order to meet its share of the carbon pollution cuts needed to achieve the 2°C Paris international climate target, America's policies are rated as "critically insufficient" by the Climate Action Tracker.

22 January 2018. Cleaning up air pollution may strengthen global warming

Pollution in the atmosphere is having an unexpected consequence, scientists say—it's helping to cool the climate, masking some of the global warming that's occurred so far.

22 January 2018. Are more deadly mudslides inevitable? Experts say yes

Experts analyzing the catastrophic mudslide that claimed 20 lives here say there's no doubt it will happen again.

22 January 2018. 'Wasteful stunt': Turnbull government accused of doing too little to save reef

The Turnbull government's pledge of an additional $60 million to help improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef has been dismissed by environmental groups and scientists as insufficient and a "wasteful publicity stunt".

22 January 2018. Peru passes law allowing roads through pristine Amazon rainforest

Pope warned on Friday of threat to Amazon and its peoples but now new roads in border areas could affect five indigenous reserves.

22 January 2018. Can Gov. Inslee deliver America's first carbon tax?

Jay Inslee, Washington state's Democratic governor, is one of America's leading climate evangelists. Now, as he seeks to pass a major policy limiting emissions, he's facing perhaps the biggest political victory of his career, or his sharpest defeat.

22 January 2018. In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century and could run out of water by April 21 — dubbed "Day Zero" by local authorities.

22 January 2018. On the Chesapeake, a precarious future of rising seas and high tides

Maryland's Dorchester County is ground zero for climate change on Chesapeake Bay, as rising seas claim more and more land. An e360 video explores the quiet beauty of this liquid landscape and how high tides and erosion are putting the bay's rural communities at risk.

22 January 2018. Iowa city moving towards goal of energy independence

The city of Bloomfield, Iowa is at least 10 percent of the way toward its pledge to reach energy independence by 2030 with the recent completion of a 1.86-megawatt solar array.

22 January 2018. Don’t let anyone fool you: There are environmental conservatives

And they're pissed.

22 January 2018. First Sandy, then Maria. A mother and daughter marked by both storms find hope in climate activism

Rachel Rivera and her 11-year-old daughter, Marisol, screamed with joy when they heard that New York City would be divesting from fossil fuel companies.

22 January 2018. Science in limbo as US government shuts down

Grants are set to dry up, space launches could be delayed and some experiments could be ruined.

22 January 2018. Scientists unlock key information about the world’s soil microbes

Scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder have created the first worldwide atlas of soil microbes, mapping 500 of the most common kinds of bacteria found in soil across the globe, from deserts to grasslands to wetlands.

22 January 2018. Putting the ‘farm’ back in solar farms: Study to test crop potential at PV sites

Minnesota will be included in a study to help federal researchers test the potential of pollinator-friendly habitat and fruit and vegetable crops around solar arrays.

22 January 2018. First Sandy, then Maria. A mother and daughter marked by both storms find hope in climate activism

Rachel Rivera and her 11-year-old daughter, Marisol, screamed with joy when they heard that New York City would be divesting from fossil fuel companies.

22 January 2018. Antarctica: Aerial photos reveal impact of climate change

Climate change has become our species' great destructive equalizer, leaving no part of the planet safe from the harm we do.

22 January 2018. City in a swamp: Houston’s flood problems are only getting worse

How did this booming city become a flood risk? A walk through Houston’s neighborhoods reveals conditions exposing it to damage as the climate changes.

22 January 2018. Lee MacDonald: Post-fire mudslide problems aren’t new and likely to get worse

A watershed scientist explains why post-wildfire landscapes are so susceptible to landslides – and why those risks are poised to rise.

22 January 2018. Climate impacts marine species: Crabs go from blue to mud

Perth anglers may soon be hauling in catches of mud crab as the climate continues to warm, according to a team of Murdoch University researchers.

22 January 2018. Opposition mounts in R.I. to proposed offshore drilling go-ahead

On Thursday, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public information session in Providence on the Trump administration's proposal to lift Obama-era regulations and open up the nation's coastal waters to fossil fuel extraction.

22 January 2018. How the future of Utah’s coal industry rests with a federal judge in San Francisco

Three mines in central Utah want to expand but millions of tons of sooty exports need to pass through California port cities like Oakland, where residents have banned coal.

21 January 2018. Weekend Reader, Sunday Jan. 21

In Inside Climate News, Georgina Gustin reports on the widespread abandonment of Science Advisory Boards at Federal agencies.

Reporting in vox.com, Umair Urfain details how the government shutdown could disrupt climate change research .

Exception to the political rule: Carlos Curbelo's South Florida Congressional district could be swamped by sea level rise. Kat Bagley's Q&A with the Republican lawmaker in Yale e360 shows a crack in the ideological wall.

The Sierra Club's Mary Anne Hitt has an op-ed on how the coal and nuke industries are still chasing Federal subsidies and bailouts.

NYT's Nick Kristof has a Pacific island for you to visit . While it's still there.

The Irish Times does a little home-country bragging on Ireland's progress on plastic pollution .

Evan Halper of the Los Angeles Times has a strong piece on the e nvironmental impacts of Trump's first year .

And now, for something completely different: Historian Douglas Brinkley ponders what Teddy Roosevelt might do in the Trump Era.

And now, for something a bit more hopeful: John Platt of The Revelator on how the Trump enviro-purge has created a powerful backlash.

Bill Nye the Science Guy will attend the State of the Union Address as the guest of climate-denying Congressman Jim Bridenstine, an aspirant to fill the vacant slot of NASA Adminitrator.

With hundreds of thousands showing up in Washington, New York, Chicago, LA and other cities to raise hell over a smorgasbord of causes, environment, environmental justice, and climate change have at least a toehold.


Los Angeles marchers read the list: "ending violence, protection of reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers' rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, Indigenous people's rights and environmental justice."

Like a year ago, marchers and organizers led with women's issues, further energized by emergence of the #metoo movement. But revulsion toward President Trump and his policies shared the nationwide stages, with twin backdrops of a government shutdown and Trump's one-year anniversary on the job.

It's easy to imagine that the clear success of these two marches, a year apart, represents a credible "Resistance" to a political party that's left its mark on the Supreme Court and holds the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. And march organizers put a strong focus on the midterm elections—a movement that doesn't vote, can't win.

Consider the last time such a movement existed, 1970. The Vietnam War was the central issue; decay and tension in America's inner cities were also a major focus; burgeoning movements on feminism, the environment and more played supporting roles.

Alas, the anti-war, pro-environment, pro-equality candidate, George McGovern, lost to Richard Nixon in an epic landslide two years later. And this new movement has its work cut out for it. In the 1970's, many Republicans had fairly strong environmental leanings. Virtually no Republican officeholders do today.

Despite his support for the war and the dirty dealings of Watergate, Nixon founded EPA and NOAA and signed laws like the Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. He also vetoed the Clean Water Act only to see a bipartisan Congress override that veto.

Imagine that happening today.

Trump would of course have no part of such things. But humor me: Today's marches could be the seed of an effective resistance to the most destructive environmental administration in American history as part of addressing a broad range of human rights and wrongs. We'll see. And now, this:

A career like no other: Jack Gerard announced his retirement after ten years at the helm of the American Petroleum Institute, Big Oil's preeminent lobby group. Prior to that, Gerard led the American Chemistry Council, Big Chem's preeminent lobby group. And before that, he headed up the National Mining Association, the coal and hard-rock mining industry's preemineent lobby group. Whew.