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R.I.P Environmental Capital

Posted by Danny Morris on January 19, 2010

I’m not so skilled at keeping up with the blogosphere over the weekend, so I missed the passing of one of the best enviro/econ blogs around. Environmental Capital has shuttered its doors, leaving a big hole in my Google Reader. I’m definitely going to miss the excellent and concise insight Keith Johnson and crew provided, like this bit from Keith’s last substantive post:

To take a single example: The price that American drivers pay at the pump, frightening as it is these days, does not reflect the cost of oil and gasoline. There are additional costs to the reliance on oil that simply don’t show up in the twirling numbers at the gas pump, whether they are the environmental costs of oil extraction, transport and combustion, or the cost of U.S. military engagement to protect oil supplies and keep vital sea lanes open.

For economists, all these hidden costs are called “externalities.” They’re as real as they are hard to spot, from the Fifth Fleet’s operating expenses to the pernicious health costs of a coal-fired electricity sector.

For policymakers, these externalities represent an opportunity as much as a headache. For all the worries that a bigger role for government in the energy business—from cap-and-trade schemes to solar-power subsidies—represents a retreat from free markets, that’s hardly the case. Energy markets aren’t “free” today, and the playing field is anything but level.

Not sure how I’m going to fill the informative-and-useful gap now. I could spend more time with the obviously-based-in-reality observations on Climate Depot. I could also bludgeon my head with a piece of rebar even morning for 20 minutes for similar effect.

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CliffsNotes for Climate Change

Posted by Danny Morris on May 4, 2009

Looking to brush up on your climate change economics so you can argue with your friends and loved ones? Need a new website to read when you should be doing something else? Well, if you ask, the intertubes shall provide. Welcome RealClimateEconomics to the world of electronic information sharing. The site, run by Ecotrust and the E3 Network, is a clearinghouse of recent climate econ-related journal abstracts. To quote the site itself:

As the climate policy debate intensifies, economic analysis is playing an increasingly central role. The case for inaction is no longer argued on the grounds of skepticism about the science; instead, some have claimed that it will be too expensive to take more than token initiatives. While some economists still claim that it is too expensive to take more than small, gradual steps to reduce emissions at present, there is now extensive economic analysis that challenges and refutes the go-slow theory.

The articles collected on this website demonstrate that there is rigorous economic support for immediate, large-scale policy responses. The economics literature justifies immediate action to minimize the risks of climate change.

So, apparently they are not so keen on obtaining an unbiased sample of the literature. Even so, they already have a pretty solid collection of abstracts across nine different focus areas, including model reviews, uncertainty, and costs of mitgation/adaptation. One downside: no access to the actual journal articles. They’re still young though, so give them a chance. We’ll give them a try, so it’s been added to the Blogroll.

H/T: RealClimate

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Extending the Cure

Posted by Evan Herrnstadt on March 9, 2009

Some of our colleagues at RFF who study antibiotic resistance using an economic framework now have an official blog for their project, Extending the Cure.

From ETC research assistant (and blogger) Maya Sequeira:

Extending the Cure recently launched a blog. The project, ETC for short, is housed here at RFF and frames the growing problem of antibiotic resistance as a challenge in managing a shared societal resource. The inaugural report of Extending the Cure provides an objective evaluation of a number of policies to encourage patients, health care providers, and managed care organizations to make better use of existing antibiotics and to give pharmaceutical firms greater incentives to both develop new antibiotics and care about resistance to existing drugs. It sets the stage for continued research in the form of technical papers and policy briefs to prevent the impending health crisis of widespread antibiotic resistance. The blog will cover issues from global health to antibiotic production and prescribing to strategies to address collective action dilemmas more generally.

You should check it out; it presents a good variety of analyses looking at resistance in an economic framework.

For an earlier CT post outlining discussing resistance, see this one by Sarah Darley.

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Posted by Daniel Hall on February 22, 2008

Caught by a fit of Friday afternoon housecleaning, I’ve made a few additions or changes to the blogroll.

I’ve added Chris Blattman to our list of economics blogs. Dani Rodrik speaks the truth when he calls this “the most interesting development blog around.” Chris’ blog — which is relatively new — is primarily about conflict and political change in the developing world, with a particular focus on Africa. This blog has skyrocketed into my top echelon of “must-read” blogs. Here’s hoping he keeps it up.

This is now somewhat old news, but the Wall Street Journal Energy Roundup has a new look: it’s now Environmental Capital, indicating a broader focus beyond energy to “the business of the environment.” They’ve been recategorized appropriately.

I’ve added Oikos to the blogroll. An environmental policy blog that focuses on Australia, the author seemed to have disappeared around the time we got CT started last fall. He’s returned in the last couple months, and while posting is still very infrequent, it’s not a bad place to go if you want environmental policy news from “down under”.

Finally, Lynne Kiesling — not wanting to be outdone by the env-econ guys — seems to be giving Knowledge Problem a fresh new look. I like it Lynne!

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Maps of the San Francisco oil spill

Posted by Daniel Hall on November 12, 2007

Google LatLong, the official blog from the Google Earth and Maps development team, points us to a couple of maps of the Bay oil spill from local news agencies the San Francisco Chronicle and local news station KCBS.

For those of you like me who are fascinated by maps and excited about the possibilities for conveying spatial information opened up by the freeware Google Earth, the Google LatLong blog is a great resource.  I’ve added them to the blogroll.

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Whatsa matter wit you?

Posted by Evan Herrnstadt on November 2, 2007

New to the blogroll: Matter Blog, an offshoot of the Matter Network. Matter is sort of a catch-all for news and issues pertaining to sustainability. Just a cursory glance has already led me to a bunch of fascinating articles I may not have encountered otherwise.

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New to the blogroll

Posted by Evan Herrnstadt on October 30, 2007

We have a new, very eclectic blog on sustainability from a NYT science reporter. It is called Dot Earth, and is listed under “Environment”:

In Dot Earth, reporter Andrew C. Revkin examines efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits. Supported in part by a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Mr. Revkin tracks relevant news from suburbia to Siberia, and conducts an interactive exploration of trends and ideas with readers and experts.

For example, this post on the new population crisis, entitled “The Population Cluster Bomb”, discusses the issue that seems to be the impetus for the blog:

Many population experts foresee the next few decades evolving in a way that is very different from the global-scale, catastrophic “population bomb” concept that caught hold in the 1960s. What they depict is more like a dangerous scattering of cluster bombs, as the world splits into two types of countries: those with aging, shrinking populations, like Japan and much of Europe, and those regions, like most of Africa and parts of south Asia, still mired in poverty, disease, illiteracy or government dysfunction with resulting high birth and death rates.

This is an issue that has been recently overshadowed by climate change (although population growth is implicitly addressed as a source of carbon emissions and a factor in severity of climate change impacts). Note that most of these clusters will be in locations seriously affected by global climate change. Anyway, I like this new blog a lot, and I think most who read Common Tragedies will as well.

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