Climate & Energy

Why deniers out-debate 'smart talkers'

Why scientists aren’t more persuasive, part 2

In 2007, NPR broadcast a now-infamous climate debate on the proposition “Global warming is not a crisis.” In theory, this sounds like an easy win for the “nay” side — “crisis” is obviously the mildest …

Dropping Balz

The new dean of the Washington press corps advances the cause of economic illiteracy

If you’ll pardon me, I’m going to keep harping on this theme. This column from Dan Balz — the New Broder — is absurd for any number of reasons, but I particularly want to draw …

'Bizarre'? No. Tough? Yes

Joseph Romm’s critique of EDF’s contest is misguided

This post was originally published on Environmental Economics. —– Joe Romm’s analysis is mostly spot on — and if a post starts like this, you already know what comes next. This time he responds to …

Where we are going and why we are in this handbasket, part 2

Deregulation and inequality are bad for both the economy and the environment

Now that financial apocalypse has been (possibly) delayed a few weeks, let’s focus on the mortgage crisis and see what it teaches us about financial regulations in general. Mortgages once were great investments. When lenders …

Green bubble burst?

Lawmakers use financial crisis as pretext to screw with climate legislation

In a post yesterday I drew attention to an emerging battle over macroeconomics. To put it crudely: does the financial crisis mean the next president will need to trim his ambitions and focus on reducing …

Huge new hydroelectric dam under construction in Brazilian Amazon

A new $5 billion hydroelectric dam now under construction on a tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil will seriously mess with the area’s unique environment and wildlife and displace thousands of indigenous residents, critics …

Green stimulus

Obama’s proposal for an economic ‘rescue plan’ includes green features

In Toledo, Ohio, on Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama unveiled his “Economic Rescue Plan for the Middle-Class” — a new $60 billion economic stimulus package, to be added to an already-proposed $115 billion stimulus …

For peat's sake

A point of no return as alarming as the tundra feedback

A new study in Nature Geoscience ($ub. req’d, abstract below) projects that “a warming of 4 degrees C causes a 40 percent loss of soil organic carbon from the shallow peat and 86 percent from …

Report envisions various scenarios for global economy in 2030

What will our world look like in 2030? It depends on global response to climate change, says British think tank Forum for the Future, laying out five possible scenarios in a new report. Will we …