Zero Emission Vehicles: A Dirty Little Secret RFF Resources Winter 2001 (pdf file)
Bush Administration policies: Mid-Term 1/15/2003
A survey of the global environment: How many planets The Economist 7/6/2002
Gang green; Our expert panel examines how smart firms today invest in ways to make their plants and products cleaner Time Magazine 1/13/2003
The Copenhagen Consensus
The basic idea was to improve prioritization of the numerous problems the world faces, by gathering some of the world's greatest economists to a meeting where some of the biggest challenges in the world would be assessed. The web page is http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/ Below are some background articles published in The Economist.
Economics focus: A modest undertaking Mar 4th 2004 From The Economist print edition Governments have limited resources for addressing the world's economic challenges. What should come first? Introductory article on Copenhagen Consensus
Economics focus: Degrees of difference Apr 29th 2004 From The Economist print edition In the third of a series of articles on the Copenhagen Consensus project, we look at climate change. The cost-benefit analysis does not look good - compared to other global problems - with current proposed policies imposing high short-term costs and benefits that do not show up for 100 years.
Economics focus: The stuff of life May 13th 2004 From The Economist print edition In the fifth of a series of articles on the Copenhagen Consensus project, we look at water and sanitation. These projects look good.
Putting the world to rights
Jun 3rd 2004 |
COPENHAGEN From The Economist print edition
What would be the best ways to spend additional resources on
helping the developing countries? Some answers. A panel of experts
responds. Sanitation and Water is rated "good." Three climate
projects - including the Kyoto Protocol - are rated "bad."
sharp reductions in carbon emissions starting soon, reflecting the view of the
challenge-paper author, William Cline, that bold action on the problem is
warranted, and quickly. The panel, all in agreement, simply refused to buy it.
The issue is real, they said, but not so urgent that such massive abatement
costs need to be incurred right now. One of the commentaries on Mr Cline's
paper, by Robert Mendelsohn of Yale University, proposed starting with a much
lower carbon tax than implied by Mr Cline's three variants—at say $2 a tonne
(compared with $150 in Mr Cline's “optimal” carbon-tax plan), rising in later
years as more information on both the hazards and the technological
opportunities became available. The panel thought that was more like it.
The Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development: Aug/Sept 2002
The Path to the Johannesburg Summit World Watch 5/01/2002
Capitalism is best way to save the planet The Times of London 9/03/2002
Sustaining the poor's development The Economist 8/29/2002
Sustainable Development: A few green shoots The Economist 8/29/2002
Small is all right The Economist 9/5/2002
The bubble-and-squeak summit The Economist 9/5/2002
Wilting greens Reason 12/1/2002
Clean Coal Technologies
Environmental enemy No. 1 The Economist 7/4/2002
Carbon Sequestration: Fired up with ideas The Economist 7/4/2002
Clean coal's uphill haul The Economist 9/19/2002
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions: Policies & Trading
Chicago Climate Exchange(CCX): Voluntary cap-and-trade program
CCX members make commitment to reduce & trade GHG emissions Business Wire 1/16/2003
Changing Climate: New market shows industry moving on global warming Wall Street Journal 1/16/2003
CO2e.com UK organization helping businesses engage in carbon commerce.
Greenhouse-Gas Battle Opens Wall Street Journal 1/8/2003
Economic man, cleaner planet The Economist 9/27/2001
Never the twain shall meet: economists & environmental scientists The Economist 1/31/2002
Tax or trade The Economist 2/14/2002
Background Readings on the Kyoto Protocol and Global Warming
Go to ECO 110 webpage - Readings for Short Paper #1