Counting the Costs: Climate Change and Coastal Flooding [in Australia]

Climate Council http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/uploads/56812f1261b168e02032126342619dad.pdf [ABC News]  Future sea level rises could put more than $200 billion of Australian infrastructure at risk, a report by the Climate Council has found. The report, Counting the Costs: Climate Change and Coastal Flooding, showed sea levels were likely to rise by between 40 centimetres and one metre over the next … Continue reading

A Global High Shift Scenario: Impacts And Potential For More Public Transport, Walking, And Cycling With Lower Car Use

Univ. of California Davis | Institute for Transportation and Development Policy / by Michael A. Replogle and Lewis M. Fulton https://www.itdp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/A-Global-High-Shift-Scenario_WEB.pdf [Yale Environment 360]  Expanding public transportation and infrastructure that promotes walking and biking throughout the world’s cities could save $100 trillion and cut transportation-related carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2050, according to an … Continue reading

Surging Seas Risk Finder Shows State by State Impacts of Coastal Flooding Aggravated by Sea Level Rise

Climate Central http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/ssrf/major-expansion-of-surging-seas-launched [Baltimore Sun] …Ben Strauss, lead author of Climate Central’s report, said recent climate-change projections and land elevation data make it possible to get specific about the the threats to people, property and infrastructure from flooding worsened by climate change. The group has developed an online “surging seas risk finder” mapping how Maryland … Continue reading

Fertilizing Growth: Agricultural Inputs and Their Effects in Economic Development

Brookings Institution / by John McArthur and Gordon C. McCord http://bit.ly/1qKXa1w Agriculture’s role in the process of economic growth has framed a central question in development economics for several decades. While arguments differ regarding the specific mechanisms through which agricultural productivity increases might contribute to structural change in the economy, it has long been theorized … Continue reading

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

Congressional Research Service http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43141.pdf Under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), four federal agencies have responsibility for long-term earthquake risk reduction: the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). These agencies assess U.S. earthquake hazards, deliver notifications … Continue reading

Why British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Is Not Applicable to America

Competitive Enterprise Institute / by Marlo Lewis, Jr. http://cei.org/content/why-british-columbia%E2%80%99s-carbon-tax-not-applicable-america To persuade Americans that a carbon tax can reduce emissions without harming the economy, some proponents tout British Columbia’s (BC) carbon tax, enacted in May 2008. How relevant is the British Columbia model to U.S. climate and tax policy debates? In the U.S., many conservatives like the … Continue reading

Global Corporate Use of Carbon Pricing: A Report from Disclosures to Investors

CDP North America https://www.cdp.net/CDPResults/global-price-on-carbon-report-2014.pdf [USA Today]  At least 150 major companies worldwide — including ExxonMobil, Google, Microsoft and 26 others in the United States — are already making business plans that assume they will be taxed on their carbon pollution, a report out today says… The report comes one week before leaders of 100-plus countries … Continue reading

Including Transportation in a Washington State Cap-and-trade System: Why and How?

Washington State Office of Financial Management http://1.usa.gov/1mbAR3x [Crosscut, Sept. 10] Preliminary calculations show that a Washington carbon emissions tax would slow the state economic growth in the long run. But the short-term economic impact appears negligible. Economists from the Washington Office of Financial Management presented two scenarios to a climate change advisory task force in … Continue reading