By Simon Johnson and Niklas PollardSTOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Americans William Nordhaus and Paul Romer, pioneers in adapting the western economic growth model to focus on environmental issues and sharing the benefits of technology, won the 2018 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday.In a joint award that turned the spotlight on a rapidly shifting global debate over the impact of climate change, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the duo's work was helping to answer basic questions over how to promote long-term, sustainable prosperity.Romer, of New York University's Stern School of Business, is best known for his work on endogenous growth, a theory rooted in investing in knowledge and human capital. He said he had been taken by surprise by the award, but offered a positive message. "I think one of the problems with the current situation is that many people think that protecting (the) environment will be so costly and so hard that they just want to ignore them," he told a news conference … [Read more...] about Economics of climate change, innovation win Nobel Prize for U.S. duo
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1 of 8 View 8 Items Yasufumi Nagao, AP An aerial photo shows the Kansai International Airport covered with water due to the typhoon Jebi in Osaka Prefecture on Sep.4, 2018. Powerful typhoon made a landfall on Tokushima Prefecture in noon and expected to proceed to the Sea of Japan. Violent winds, high waves and heavy rains are forecasted in wide area of Japan till next day. Related Link Why these faith leaders want religion to play a bigger role in global politics BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Rabbi Sergio Bergman, a Jewish leader and Argentinian government official, is fed up with the way the world talks about climate change. Policymakers and concerned citizens get caught up debating emissions standards or new scientific research and don't answer ethical questions about how to better care for the planet and those who live on it. "It's like holding a conference on thermometers to (measure) people's fevers," he said. "Come on! The problem is … [Read more...] about Faith leaders want a moral voice to tackle climate change
Buffalo, the recovering rustbelt city, is poised to become a proverbial oasis in the desert, a safe harbor in the storm, as climate change begins to alter the United States landscape over the next century, according to a Harvard University professor. Jesse Keenan, a climate adaptation expert, was quoted as calling Buffalo one of two U.S. cities that are his picks as ideal climate refuges, in a Guardian article this week titled "Where should you move to save yourself from climate change?" The other place was Duluth, Minn. "Their sources of energy production are stable, they have cooler climates and they have access to plenty of fresh water," Keenan was quoted as saying, of the two Great Lakes cities, in the Guardian story. In the article — by journalist Oliver Milman — Keenan noted the two cities have less vulnerability to forest fires compared to places in the Pacific northwest, the potential for economic diversity because of excess infrastructure capacity, cheap land … [Read more...] about How to escape climate change? Move to Buffalo, one expert says.
Culture Chapo Trap House Podcasts Book Review Climate Change No Country for Old Men comes up every so often on leftist podcast Chapo Trap House, particularly a sentiment voiced by the deadly Anton Chigurh: “If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?” The quote appears in their new book, The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason, as an epigraph to a chapter diagnosing the problem with “libs.” More specifically, it dissects the technocratic, professional-and-political class liberalism unequipped to push back against a reactionary right wing and unwilling to endorse popular universal programs like Medicare for All or consider the radical reforms necessary to minimize the staggering toll of climate change. While The Chapo Guide to Revolution is first a gallows humor overview of the political landscape, somewhere between Mallard Fillmore and Punishment Park (in part thanks to the skin-crawling … [Read more...] about Chapo Trap House Book ‘Chapo Guide to Revolution’ Is More than Political Comedy, It’s a Climate Change Call to Action
By NATHANIEL RICH AUG. 1, 2018 We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts. Losing Earth Prologue Part One Part Two Epilogue Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet. The science of climate change was settled. Almost nothing stood in our way — except ourselves. We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts. By Nathaniel Rich AUG. 1, 2018 Editor’s Note This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by George Steinmetz. With support from the Pulitzer Center, this two-part article is … [Read more...] about Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change