OLLI – WEEK 7, October 27th, 2015:
What are the economics/What are the solutions?
OUTLINE: week 7 in red; week 8 in black
- of doing nothing (solely adapting) vs. the economics of mitigation
- Actual will likely be a combination
- Capitalism, GDP/growth based economics vs. “Herman Daly” economics (no-growth/steady-state)
- Solutions? Paradigm shift? From we can’t/too expensive to WE CAN
- There is promise, but at what cost? (One might be surprised).
- Mitigation – Agricultural revolution/biofuels: Biochar for Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)
- Solar Radiation Management (SRM) and
- Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)
- Biochar vs. BECCS solutions SEE MY BIOCHAR LINK IN OTHER PAGES: https://denverclimatestudygroup.com/?page_id=28
- Efficiency – the single quickest way to reduce:
- What NREL is doing: Efficiency, Solar, wind, other
- Other strategies:
- CCL – carbon fee/dividend
- Cap and trade?
- Gloom and Doom? NO! IT’S A CHALLENGE, and humanity has always been challenged and we are an adaptable species that has met the challenge over and over again!
SLIDES: Belanger week 7 2015 economics and solutions PPTX; Belanger week 7 2015 economics and solutions PDF
- Richard Alley excerpt from Earth; a driver’s manual – to those that think problems are insurmountable: A terrible shower
Economic related reports and the discount rate:
- 2015 The Social Cost of Carbon study summary
- 2007.03.18 Discount Rate and Climate Change DLC
- Stern Report: (Wiki link)700-page report released for the British government on 30 October 2006 by economist Nicholas Stern, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics (LSE) and also chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) at Leeds University and LSE. The report discusses the effect of global warming on the world economy. Although not the first economic report on climate change, it is significant as the largest and most widely known and discussed report of its kind. FULL REPORT: sternreview_report_complete
- MIT: GOOGLE LIST OF LINKS: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=mit+report+on+climate+change+economics&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ved=0CBsQgQMwAGoVChMIkMfkl8i9yAIVSuJjCh1x7wKk
- William Nordhaus, current president of the American Economics Association (AEA), has proposed a specific form of international conditional cooperation to limit carbon emissions—the “climate club.” His proposal, like the journal article mentioned above, favors setting a global price on carbon emissions rather than quantity-based goals. Nations within the climate club would trade freely with each other without tariffs; nonmember nations that wish to trade with club members would face tariffs.
Nordhaus briefly describes the “free rider” problem and his proffered solution as a lead-in to his recent review of the book, Climate Shock. Here’s the link to the NY Review of Books website:
In a different format, Nordhaus produced a 30-slide PowerPoint version for his Presidential address to the AEA last January. Available at http://carbon-price.com/wp-content/uploads/2015-01-04-Nordhaus-ClimateClubAEA-v2-slides.pdf
Herman Daly’s steady state economics:
Human rights/international law papers:
- 2014 IBA Climate Change Justice and Human Rights Report FULL
- 2011 Climate Change, Developing Countries & Human Rights NANDA
- 2008 ETHICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE GARVEY CH 3
IPCC on Adaptation costs: IPCC AR5 WG2: http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg2/#.UuAsbxDn9hE
Efficiency to reduce GHGs:
What NREL is doing for efficiency, Renewables (solar PV/CSP, wind, geothermal, etc.), systems analysis, biofuels, etc – http://www.nrel.gov/
And a link to a Presentation by NREL’s David Warner 10/14/2015 to OLLI class “Capitalism and the Planet”: OSHER 10.14.15
Food for thought videos:
Paul Gilding – The earth is full. He is an independent writer, activist and adviser on a sustainable economy. Click through to watch the onstage debate that followed this talk.Full bio VIDEO (16:46 minutes} https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_gilding_the_earth_is_full
- HOME: Here’s a link to a visually compelling video of the planet’s “norm” and the history of man’s ravishing of that planet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU ( 1 hour 33 minutes – play it on the big screen – you will not be disappointed) —with a message at the end – dated one might argue but just as compelling as ever. Published on May 12, 2009: We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.
- Prosperity without Growth by Tim Jackson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ3Rnfg8oUE Uploaded on Jan 3, 2012: So much of the analysis of how we respond to climate change assumes that economic growth and emissions reduction are compatible goals. But is this wishful thinking? To question maximising economic growth as an organising principle of society seems close to economic heresy.
Colorado Matters: Could Conservative Denver Billionaire (Phil Anschutz) Become West’s Climate Hero?
It’s an argument of engaging energy companies vs. “dissing” them for renewables. See more at: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/could-conservative-denver-billionaire-become-wests-climate-hero#.dpuf
excerpt: “This will generate four times the amount of power that comes out of Hoover Dam. It would supply every household in Los Angeles and San Francisco combined with green power.”
- IPCC: http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg2/#.UuAsbxDn9hE
- NAS: – link forthcoming
- Population – TED TALK: http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_on_global_population_growth?language=en
- How Washington Transformed Its Dying Oyster Industry Into A Climate Success Story http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/10/28/3713061/washington-oregon-ocean-acidification/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cptop3
- Hawaii becomes First State to Mandate 100% Renewable Energy.
- National geographic November 2015 issue: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/climate-change/special-issue/
- Email from geoengineering group to looking seriously at sucking CO2 our of the atmosphere sent as email
- Environmental Defense Fund: https://www.edf.org/card/10-climate-solutions-big-impact
- LIST OF VIDEO LINKS http://www.skepticalscience.com/denial101x-videos-and-references.html
- Greenland Is Melting Away – The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/27/world/greenland-is-melting-away.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- 25+ Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint http://cotap.org/reduce-carbon-footprint/
- BUY USED ELECTRIC CARS: http://devc.info/ – buying a used electric car WITH TAX CREDITS; apparently can do so in Boulder