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Trump And Newsom Think Alike On Deadly Wildfires

quoting Terry Andersonvia The Press-Enterprise
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

On June 12 the Trump administration proposed easing environmental regulations for forest-thinning on federal land to speed up wildfire prevention. Before accusing President Trump of clearcutting California, it’s important to note that Gov. Gavin Newsom is quietly taking similar actions, an admission that environmental mandates are fueling catastrophic wildfires.

Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Engineering and Policy Perspectives

by Bilal M. Ayyub, Alice Hillvia National Academy of Engineering
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Each year, governments and the private sector invest trillions of dollars in infrastructure that may not withstand future risks from climate change (Oxford Economics 2017). Most of the world’s new infrastructure will be built in developing countries, which face the dual challenges of disaster response and urbanization (Oxford Economics 2017), but responding to natural disasters is also a major challenge in developed countries. 

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Uncommon Knowledge With David Berlinski On “The Deniable Darwin”

interview with David Berlinskivia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, July 8, 2019

Is Charles Darwin’s theory fundamentally deficient? David Berlinski makes his case, noting that most species enter the evolutionary order fully formed and then depart unchanged. Where there should be evolution, there is stasis. So, was Darwin wrong?

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Gordon Brown To Debate Future Of Capitalism With Heavyweight Line-Up

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia Insider.Co.UK
Thursday, June 27, 2019

The very survival of liberal democracies and how global business responds to the challenges of climate change will be hotly debated in Adam Smith’s former house in Edinburgh next Monday and Tuesday.

Analysis and Commentary

Sorry, Banning Plastic Bags Won’t Save Our Planet

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Globe and Mail
Monday, June 17, 2019

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a plan to reduce plastic pollution, which will include a ban on single-use plastics as early as 2021. This is laudable: plastics clog drains and cause floods, litter nature and kill animals and birds.

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Rep. Davis Endorses Green New Deal At Forum

quoting Commander David Slaytonvia San Diego Jewish World
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) surprised and mollified a restive crowd of environmentalists Saturday when she announced that when she returns to Washington for Tuesday’s congressional session she will “be signing onto the Green New Deal.”

In the News

Forest Service Chief Pushes For Change In Fire Prevention

quoting Alice Hillvia WVTF
Friday, June 14, 2019

Wildfires are starting to light up California and other parts of the West again. Vegetation from a very wet winter is drying out. And so the chief of the U.S. Forest Service is warning of another catastrophic fire season. And she's pushing to change how the country gets ready for and fights wildfires. NPR's Kirk Siegler has the story.

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Bjorn Lomborg On The Costs And Benefits Of Attacking Climate Change

by Russell Roberts interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia EconTalk
Monday, June 10, 2019

Bjorn Lomborg, President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, talks about the costs and benefits of attacking climate change with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Lomborg argues that we should always be aware of tradeoffs and effectiveness when assessing policies to reduce global warming. He advocates for realistic solutions that consider the potential to improve human life in other ways. He is skeptical of the potential to move away from fossil fuels and argues that geo-engineering and adaptation may be the most effective ways to cope with climate change.

Interviews

Michael Spence: Can Economics Help The Fight Against Climate Change?

interview with Michael Spencevia Monocle
Sunday, June 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Spence discusses how economics can help fight climate change.

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Ill Winds For Democracy

interview with Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Friday, June 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses his latest book, Ill Winds, where he issues a sobering warning: democracy is retreating across the globe, and the foundations of democratic culture are eroding both at home and abroad.

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