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Entrepreneurial Opportunity in a Carbon-Constrained World
Thomas J. Dean, Department of Management,
Colorado State University
While some think protecting our environment comes at an economic cost, this
video shows it as an entrepreneur's opportunity. How can we capture the
power of entrepreneurship to build a sustainable world? Why will this
convergence happen and what are some companies doing already?
(20 minutes, January 2008)
Climate Change Challenges and Business Adaptations
John Grant, Department of Management,
University of Northern Colorado
How can your expectations change businesses? With more customers and
shareholders concerned about social and environmental performance, the ways
in which companies are assessed are also changing. This video covers the
historical record, societal expectations, market failures, triple bottom
line assessments, and cases of positive examples.
(29 minutes, November 2007)
The Economics of Climate Change
Charles Kolstad, Department of Economics, University
of California, Santa Barbara
When it comes to climate change, is the economy the problem or part of the
solution? Economist Kolstad dives into this question, considering the social
choices of economists; the costs, benefits, and risks of action and
inaction; cap and trade policies; and some economic solutions.
(90 minutes, November 2008)
Climate Change: What's Your Business Strategy?
Andrew J. Hoffman and John G. Woody. Boston: Harvard Press,
This short, lucid book (part of Harvard Business School's "Memo to the CEO"
series) is full of useful and interesting information about what businesses
are, can be, and should be doing about the impacts of climate change on their
operations and potentials. "Don't think about climate change as an
environmental issue; think of it as a market issue," the authors suggest, and
then go on to describe in practical and concrete terms what business leaders
need to know and think about.
||articles & essays
Carbon Tax V. Cap-and-Trade: Which is Better?
Grantham Research Institute, The Guardian, January 2013
This short, clear explanation of these two options is part of this newspaper's
"ultimate climate change FAQ" series.
The Economics of Climate Change: A Primer
U.S. Congressional Budget Office, 2003
In some fifty pages of very readable text and figures, plus extensive notes
and sources, the CBO lays out in a clear language the basics of thinking about
climate change in terms of economics and associated policy.
The Secret to Solar Power
Jeff Himmelman, New York Times, August 2012
Entertaining and informative piece about the significant financial benefits of
solar power (especially leased), both for individuals and for companies, and
how this plus is sometimes obscured by the industry's lingering image as
Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong
William D. Nordhaus, New York Review of Books, March 22, 2012
Straightforward refutation of the six main points made by skeptics in the
Wall Street Journal, written by an economist from Yale whose work they
misunderstand and distort.
Capitalism vs. the Climate
Naomi Klein, The Nation, November 2011
A compelling, thorough, well-argued challenge to the notion that capitalism in
its current form can produce a successful and humane response to climate
change. Set in two opposing contexts: the influential views of climate
deniers, who fear an attack on capitalism and benefit from today's business as
usual; and those in sympathy with the Fall 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement,
who want a more compassionate, sustainable alternative.
A New American Environmentalism and the New Economy
James Gustave Speth, 2010, 17 pp (plus additional materials)
Clear-eyed, grounded, and visionary talk by a distinguished thinker (and
achiever) about how our future wellbeing depends on our inventing new versions
of environmentalism, economy, economics, and politics. A key articulation of
some central principles of sustainability.
As Global Temps Rise, More Companies Begin Adapting to a Warmer
Michael Coren, Yale Climate Media Forum,
Interesting article about the ways major global companies are taking climate
change seriously and incorporating its effects into their business plans. Good
links to sources.
Building a Green Economy
Paul Krugman, New York Times Magazine, April 11, 2010
A lucid, thorough, balanced overview of current ideas about the economics of
various ways of lessening the impacts of climate change, along with a
well-argued position on the subject from the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize
Climate Change Economics
This site offers basic economics guidance on cap and trade programs,
mitigation and adaptation, cost-benefit analysis, discounting the future,
equity as efficiency, pricing non-market goods, and risk and uncertainty-as
well as sections on lessons from experience, tools for legislators, and many
links to web resources and articles. Useful both for nonspecialists and for
teachers and students of economics.
An Introduction to the Economics of Climate Change Policy
John P. Weyant (prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change),
A comprehensive overview of factors used in computer modeling of climate
change economics, focused on the reasons model results are so varied.
Nonspecialist readers will find these 46 pages challenging but educational;
specialist teachers and students should find in them a very useful account of
key issues in the field.