Economics

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


20 July 2018. Global heat wave: an epic TV news fail

This month's scorching heat wave broke records around the world. The Algerian city of Ouargla, with a population of half a million, had a temperature of 124.3 degrees Fahrenheit on July 6, the hottest reliably measured temperature on record in Africa.

20 July 2018. Scott Pruitt: How the Sierra Club declared war on the EPA head—and won.

A tale of unintended consequences.

20 July 2018. GOP candidate calls woman 'naive' for asking about climate

Body heat is making Earth warmer, and climate change is caused by the planet's movement toward the sun.

20 July 2018. ‘‘This was preventable’: Football heat deaths and the rising temperature

Most states rank poorly on heat safety for their high school football players. Too many teens have paid the price, and temperatures are only getting worse.

20 July 2018. Coastal cities are already suffering from “climate gentrification”

Climate change will sink cities, but first it will make them expensive.

20 July 2018. Tropical storms’ forward movement has slowed, boosting rainfall, flooding

Texans have suffered repeatedly from flooding when slow-moving storm systems from the Gulf stalled instead of passing through rapidly.

20 July 2018. Baltimore plans suit against oil and gas companies for their role in spurring climate change

Baltimore officials are expected to announce Friday a lawsuit against top oil and gas companies for their role in global climate change.

20 July 2018. Climate change: What will Earth look like if all the ice melted?

CLIMATE change threatens the world’s coastal regions as shown in a dire video revealing what the world would look like if all the ice caps melted.

20 July 2018. Climate change is beginning to shift planet’s seasons: scientists

Pouring through four decades of satellite data, climate scientists have concluded for the first time that humans are pushing seasonal temperatures out of balance.

20 July 2018. A sea urchin army is mowing down California's kelp forests – but why?

Kelp is a keystone in the ocean ecosystem. It's not entirely clear why the urchins have taken over, but there's optimism that the kelp devastation is temporary.

20 July 2018. Cleaning Up: Inside the wildfire debris removal job that cost taxpayers $1.3 billion

It cost taxpayers an average of $280,000 per property. Still, many homeowners are left with large costs of repairing home sites damaged by debris removal contractors.

20 July 2018. Neighbors helping neighbors in post-Maria Puerto Rico

A recent report from FEMA says the storm made one thing clear: The government needs to make it easier to apply for housing assistance.

20 July 2018. Parks and Wildlife saves 300 fish from 416 Fire’s deadly runoff

About 300 fish in the Animas River were saved Wednesday from the deadly runoff from the 416 Fire that in recent days has killed thousands of fish.

20 July 2018. Boulder scientists join major study of smoke from western wildfires

There will be an additional plane in the air over wildfires in the northwestern United States in coming weeks, but it won't be there trying to put them out.

20 July 2018. Nostalgic for California abalone? Why they disappeared, and how 1 project aims to bring them back

Abalone has a storied history in California. Seven different species thrived in the waters off the state's beaches.

20 July 2018. 'We have to start getting used to it': Record-breaking temperatures heating up the globe

No better time than during a global heat wave to take a closer look at the world's changing climate, for which record-breaking temperatures and extreme weather are the "new normal," experts say.

20 July 2018. NZ and US navy have very different takes on climate change

While NZ creating a defence strategy for climate change, the US reckons there are no more storms now than 35 years ago.

20 July 2018. Cuts to South FL national parks feared under management plan

The National Park Service has ordered superintendents of South Florida’s three parks and national preserve to combine management. Critics worry it will lead to cuts at parks already struggling with dwindling budgets.

20 July 2018. U.N. pact offers hope to world's climate migrants

Be it by flood, drought or hurricane, communities at risk of climate displacement have won vital protection after their plight was for the first time recognized in a global pact on migration, campaigners say.

20 July 2018. Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years

The Atlantic system that warms the UK is slowing down but this may cause even more heating.

20 July 2018. Plant communities roar back after rat removal from Pacific islands

Plant numbers have surged in a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean following the eradication of invasive rats that gobbled up seeds and gnawed away at vegetation, a new study has found.

20 July 2018. DRC set to reclassify national parks for oil, open rainforest to logging

Concern is mounting for the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) vast forests and rich wildlife as logging concessions and licenses to explore for oil in protected areas are prepared ahead of presidential elections later this year.

20 July 2018. Corals have nowhere to hide from climate change

Deep waters have long been seen as potential refuges for endangered corals, but a new study suggests that they offer no sanctuary.

19 July 2018. Rising global meat consumption 'will devastate environment'

Analysis suggests eating of meat will climb steeply and play significant role in increasing carbon emissions and reducing biodiversity.

19 July 2018. Bill shows chink in U.S. Republicans' climate armor

A decade of inaction by the U.S. Republican Party on climate legislation will end next week when one its own offers a carbon tax bill, which is sure to fail in the House of Representatives, but is notable for winning even a little Republican support.

19 July 2018. Life after coal: The South Australian city leading the way

It was a coal town, predicted to be wiped out by the closure of two ageing power plants. Now Port Augusta has 13 renewable projects in train.

19 July 2018. Deep reefs won't be 'twilight zone' refuge for fish, corals: Study

Deep coral reefs in a "twilight zone" in the oceans differ sharply from those near the surface, dimming hopes that they can be a refuge for marine life fleeing threats such as climate change and pollution, scientists said on Thursday.

19 July 2018. Climate change has come to your neighborhood, and the sizzle may never subside

It's hot and getting hotter, with no end in sight. The National Weather Service says this summer actually got off to a bit of a cool start but then took a sharp turn. This year's high so far in downtown Los Angeles was 108 compared with 98 by this time last year.

19 July 2018. Climate change is coming for the internet

Climate change is given plenty of coverage here, and by now you're all more than well aware of what we stand to lose.

19 July 2018. U.S. intel chief warns of devastating cyber threat to U.S. infrastructure.

While at first glance this story would appear unrelated to environmental health, it actually covers a story of vital importance to the environment, health, and climate change.


Cybersecurity attacks could take down parts or all of the utility grid, or other important components of a country's infrastructure, including in the United States. A few days without grid would be tolerable, but some plausible scenarios involve weeks or months—or longer—down times. Check out Ted Koppel's book "Lights Out."

A few weeks without a functioning grid would be devastating. Consider what the Hurricane Maria did to health, water supply, food security and more on Puerto Rico.

From the Reuters story:

Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are launching daily cyber strikes on the computer networks of federal, state and local government agencies, U.S. corporations, and academic institutions, said Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Of the four, "Russia has been the most aggressive foreign actor, no question," he said.

Read the full Reuters story here.