Category Archives: Policy

Fossil Fuel P.R./Ad Campaigns Reaching Crescendo in Election Season

On May 13, the date of West Virginia’s presidential primary, CNN launched what the progressive group, Think Progress, called a “coal fest”. “ISSUE #1: MAKING GAS FROM COAL: REDUCING DEPENDENCE ON OIL” flashed across the television screen as senior business [...]

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Kyoto Accord Compliance Markets: Can Emission Trading Offsets Work? (Pt.1 of 2)

The global market for carbon reductions is growing rapidly, having doubled in value in the last year alone to more than $64 billion. The European Union Emissions Trading System (EUETS) comprises most of the market, with the Clean Development Mechanism [...]

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2025 Greenhouse Capping Proposal Rejects 2 Degree C ‘Dangerous Warming’ Threshold

President Bush, well into what is widely seen as his lame-duck period, last month proposed his administration’s first concrete plans to cap U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Policy makers and many in the news media appear to have largely written-off the [...]

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Climate Change on Banking and Financial Beats

A series of domestic and global developments are increasing the impact of climate change on the banking and financial industry and reporters covering those beats. The changes are under way notwithstanding growing pressures from the sagging economy and real estate [...]

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Reporting on Bali Policy Options. A Question Haunting Bali Conference: Silver Bullet? Or Silver Buckshot? (Pt.3 of 3)

BALI, Indonesia, December 10, 2007 – “What comes next?” It’s a question that has haunted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 13th Conference of Parties. Will the Bali talks result in a new global framework for tackling climate [...]

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Reporting on Bali Policy Options. The Many Aspects of Tradable Permits Design (Pt.2 of 3)

Journalists reporting on the United Nations Bali negotiations and ongoing plans for addressing climate change need to appreciate that the term “tradable permits system” does not imply a one-size-fits-all single strategy. Rather, numerous and diverse policy design considerations would go [...]

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Reporting on Bali Policy Options Climate Policy Analysis: Taxes and Tradable Permits (Pt.1 of 3)

An emerging consensus among economists, environmental organizations, and policy makers holds that policy solutions to the climate change problem must incorporate economic mechanisms so that social costs of climate change damages are reflected in prices of carbon and other greenhouse [...]

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