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The Economics of Global Warming

The Economics of Global Warming | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

“Climate inaction inflicts costs that escalate every day.

 

It’s suicidal, both economically and literally, to focus on the fossil fuel industry’s limited, short-term economic benefits at the expense of long-term prosperity, human health and the natural systems, plants and animals that make our well-being and survival possible. Those who refuse to take climate change seriously are subjecting us to enormous economic risks and foregoing the numerous benefits that solutions would bring.

 

 The World Bank—hardly a radical organization—is behind one study. While still viewing the problem and solutions through the lens of outmoded economic thinking, its report demolishes arguments made by the likes of Stephen Harper.


Risky Business, a report by prominent U.S. Republicans and Democrats, concludes, “The U.S. economy faces significant risks from unmitigated climate change,” especially in coastal regions and agricultural areas.
Those who fear or reject change are running out of excuses as humanity runs out of time. Pitting the natural environment against the human-invented economy and placing higher value on the latter is foolish. These reports show it’s time to consign that false dichotomy to the same dustbin as other debunked and discredited rubbish spread by those who profit from sowing doubt and confusion about global warming.

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300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds

GREAT VIDEO


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Daniel LaLiberte's insight:

Well done.  Only two errors that I detected:

 

1. "We can't keep doubling population" but fortunately we are no longer doubling.  The growth rate has been declining for 30 years, and it will reach 0 growth in another 60 years, with about 9-10 billion.  We *currently* have 7 billion, and it is basically impossible to stop all growth immediately because there would be a severe shortage of children while we wait decades for enough people to die of old age.   And furthermore, population is not the main problem anyway - irresponsible use of resources by a small percentage of the population (the so-called "developed" world) is the real problem.  Blaming population growth while excusing our excessive waste only compounds the problem.

 

2. "Adapt to the end of economic growth as we've known it."  I agree, actually, but sustainable economic growth that factors in the true and complete cost of things is the answer.  We can grow smarter, faster, and more efficiently, while reducing or use of non-renewable resources, and transitioning to 100% renewable energy and 100% recycling of all resources as soon as possible.  Doing all that will require lots of effort, which means lots of economic activity.

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Samantha Fuller's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:03 PM

This videos main point is fossil fuel, but all the things we are using fossil fuels for are growing into climate change problems. The whole world is dependent on fossil fuels. Try to think of one thing that wasn't made using fossil fuels or doesn't use fossil fuels. All these new inventions we have are still running on fossil fuels. The manufactors are adding to much co2 in the air causing tempertures to rise. What we need to do is learn to live without fossil fuels. Changing our energy sourse will change our whole economy. 

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Eco Act (@eco_act on Twitter)'s curator insight, January 21, 2015 6:38 AM

A good watch during lunch break ;)