Source: New Climate Economy's 2016 report: 'The Sustainable Infrastructure Imperative: Financing for Better Growth and Development
When opening the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, I quote one of my favorite Guyanese creole sayings: wan wan dutty build dam. Put differently, every house must sit on solid foundations and we build it one brick at a time.
The time when developing countries thought of sustainability as something only the North needed and could afford to worry about is well behind us. A number of trends are driving this.
I hate to say I told you so, and could be too dead to do so, so I'll tell you in advance: One decade soon, environmental problems will stop tracking with GDP.
Having thus alienated mainstream readers -- exactly the people the climate change movement most urgently needs to reach out to and bring on board -- Naomi Klein's book then goes on to block meaningful debate among the already converted.
The health, economic and job benefits of capping coal consumption by greatly expanding renewable energy and energy efficiency are clear, and China is currently making strong efforts to speed up its clean energy transition.
Take Krugman's opinion on limits to growth at your peril, and that of your grandkids.
Above all, it is clarity, not complexity, that companies need -- which is why in addition to putting a price on carbon, BT supports a carbon labelling scheme for electricity, as one solution that would reward businesses for using low carbon and renewable energy.
A Message to World Leaders at the UN Climate Summit: Green Growth Isn't Just Possible -- It's Profitable
Working from the administration-supported climate goal of 40 percent GHG emissions reduction from 2005 levels by 2035, we determined the fuel mix and level of public and private investment needed to reach that goal.
Since the industrial age began some 250 years ago, roughly 580 billion tons of fossil-fuel and land-fixed carbon -- more than two trillion tons of carbon dioxide -- have been released into the atmosphere, leading to a shift in the global heat balance and a likely 1°C increase in surface temperature. At the current rate, a trillion tons of carbon, or some 2°C of warming, could be reached as early as 2040.
December 8 saw the completion of this year's meeting of over 190 nations that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
I've predicted that Prop 30 -- the California initiative to temporarily raise taxes on the rich, along with a quarter-cent sales tax hike, to stave off big education cuts and stabilize the state budget -- will lose. Sometimes I like being wrong. This would definitely be one of those times.
A new study on green growth by researchers at UC Berkeley concludes that that green growth is possible. In fact, evidence show that green strategies can drive growth.
Taxes aren't just too high, they're too dumb. Whenever we put a tax on something, we get less of it. Yet, incomprehensibly, we continue to tax the things we want more of.