The Economics of Climate Change

The Diva is still on travel so I do not have the ability to do justice to this topic.

  • See details of the full  report via HSDL
  • See also this account of how NC is dealing with the report.
  • Comments from James Fossett:
  • Your readers may be interested in this article from the Washington Post, which chronicles the decision by the state of North Carolina to essentially repeal distressing forecasts of the effects of sea level rise on the Outer Banks and inland areas. While the state’s deliberate short-sightedness is distressing—I’d nominate it for the first annual King Canute award for climate change denial—it also illustrates some of the very real political difficulties in relying on 100 year-out forecasts of the effects of climate change. There’s a significant margin of error around forecasts that far out and it’s very easy for people to contend that it’s not their problem and we don’t need to do anything right now. Focusing on shorter term manifestations of climate change, even though the numbers aren’t as dramatic, may be a better strategy for getting some sort of action—it’s much harder to deny things that are already happening than projects of events that may not happen until 2100.


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