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Lots Of Rain For California, But Still Plenty Of H2-Woes

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, October 28, 2021

The big news in California of late wasn’t an act of man but instead an act of nature: rain—and lots of it—across Northern California (actually, here in the Golden State, we refer to such events as “atmospheric rivers” when the precipitation is both significant and fierce, as was the case last weekend).

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A Flood Of Superficial Climate Reports

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 25, 2021

Biden administration’s “analyses” on the impact of global warming either avoid or misstate all the hard issues.


Climate Promises Cost Nothing. Change Will Cost A Fortune

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, October 24, 2021

Glasgow translates as “dear green place.” At COP26, they’ll find that going green is dear indeed.

Analysis and Commentary

Climate Change Calls for Adaptation, Not Panic

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, October 21, 2021

[Subscription Required] Catastrophic scenarios presuppose people will do nothing to adjust to differences in the weather.

Analysis and Commentary

How Political Science Can Advance Climate Models

by Shiran Victoria Shenvia The Hill
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

From heat domes in the Pacific Northwest to floods in Henan, China, 2021 has been a year riddled with extreme weather events. Identifying appropriate ways to tackle climate change is more crucial and timelier than ever.


Climate Change Barely Affects Poverty

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, October 7, 2021

[Subscription required] Growth-oriented policy does much more for to prevent malnutrition deaths.

Analysis and Commentary

Integrating Political Science Into Climate Modeling: An Example Of Internalizing The Costs Of Climate-Induced Violence In The Optimal Management Of The Climate

by Shiran Victoria Shenvia Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Friday, September 24, 2021

Extant modeling of the climate has largely left out political science; that needs to change. This paper provides an example of how a critical political concept—human security—can be accounted for in climate modeling. Scientific evidence points to an active link between climate change and the incidence of interpersonal and inter-group violence. This paper puts forth a new method to internalize the costs of climate-induced violence in the optimal management of the climate. 

Analysis and Commentary

Allow “nonuse rights” to conserve natural resources

by Bryan Leonard, Shawn Regan, Dominic Parker, Andrew Plantinga, V. Kerry Smithvia Science
Friday, August 27, 2021

Market approaches to environmental conservation, by which mechanisms such as property rights, prices, and contracts are used to advance environmental goals, have gained traction globally in recent decades. But in many cases, antiquated rules limit their role in conserving public natural resources. “Use-it-or-lose-it” requirements, together with narrow definitions of eligible “uses,” can preclude environmental groups from participating in markets for natural resources. These restrictions can bias resource management in favor of extractive users, even when conservation interests are willing to pay more to protect resources from development. 

Additional Co-Authors: Christopher Costello, Suzi Kerr, James Salzman, and Temple Stoellinger

Analysis and Commentary

Wolves make roadways safer, generating large economic returns to predator conservation

by Dominic Parkervia Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Measuring the economic benefits conveyed by predators is difficult—often, effects are indirect and operate through complex ecological changes. As a result, debates about the expansion of predators have pit salient costs against more speculative estimates of benefits that might be dismissed as unreliable or ideologically motivated. We quantify the indirect benefits of wolves (Canis lupus) to human lives and property through reductions in deer-vehicle collisions. Moreover, we decompose the effect into two components: changes in prey behavior versus prey abundance. This decomposition is important when effective policy depends on whether hunters can replicate the effects of predators. In the case of wolves, we conclude that human deer hunters cannot.

Co-Authors: Jennifer L. Raynor, Corbett A. Grainger

Analysis and Commentary

Even With Climate Change, The World Isn’t Doomed

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, September 23, 2021

[Subscription Required] Humanity has overcome far greater problems before and can do so again.


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