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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)


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Climate Economics: The State of the Art
Frank Ackerman and Elizabeth A. Stanton, Stockholm Environment Institute, 2011, 148 pp.
This thorough and wide-ranging look at this complex topic has excellent introductory chapter summaries to help you navigate the whole. Free download.

Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-Based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs
Jonathan Koomey, Analytics Press, 2012, 199pp. 2008
Written for entrepreneurs, this readable book offers a summary of the climate change situation (focused on greenhouse gas emissions), our current choices and their ramifications, and competing ways of thinking about climate economics, all as groundwork for thinking about entrepreneurial opportunities in this critical realm. Good resources (see 104-110 as well as "Further Reading") and extensive endnotes.

 

 

Climate Change: What's Your Business Strategy?
Andrew J. Hoffman and John G. Woody. Boston: Harvard Press, 2008
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
Climate Change Threatens Economic Growth‒UN Report. How Should Investors React?
Mike Scott, Forbes.com, April 2014
A good introduction to some of the conversation surrounding risks and opportunities for businesses and investors who are paying attention to the climate news and prospects.

The Two Numbers Climate Economists Can't Stand to See Together
Alex Morales, Bloomberg, March 2014
How much might climate change cost in damages? How much might it cost to prevent some of those damages? The second and third working groups of the 2014 IPCC report (impacts and solutions) both offer numbers, but because they measure different things (and don't measure everything important), they can't be compared. An informative article on this often confusing topic.

Economist Says Best Climate Fix A Tough Sell, But Worth It
Richard Harris, NPR, February 2014
Appealing introduction to (and excerpt from) a new book by prominent economist William Nordhaus,
The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World.

How British Columbia Enacted the Most Effective Carbon Tax in North America
Chris Mooney, Atlantic (and Climate Desk), March 2014
With this story of one real-world example, this article offers sound footing in a sometimes contentious topic.

Inaction on Climate Change: The Cost to Taxpayers
Nancy D. Israel, Ceres, October 2013
This lucid, comprehensive report "focuses on five disaster relief and recovery programs in which the costs of inaction on climate risk are most pronounced" (federal disaster relief, the federal flood and crop insurance programs, wildfire protection, and state-run insurance plans) and recommends practical changes to how these programs are run. For another piece on the same subject, see Coral Davenport's thorough, eye-opening, and readable article, The Scary Truth About How Much Climate Change Is Costing You (National Journal, February 2013).

Why the World Bank Is Taking On Climate Change
National Journal, August 2013
This pithy interview with the World Bank's vice president of sustainable development, Rachel Kyte, makes a good, quick introduction to the bank's current focus on climate change and its relationship with sustainable development and the fight against poverty. See also the bank's climate change site.

Can China Clean Up Fast Enough?
The Economist, August 2013
An excellent article about China's huge problems with pollution, both local (filthy air, toxic water and soil) and global (carbon dioxide) and what the country is doing about them. For a good short video introduction to this story, click here.

Microsoft's Carbon Fee: Integrating the Environment into Everyday Business
TJ Dicaprio, The Guardian, June 2013
Interesting blog by the woman in charge of environmental sustainability at Microsoft about her company's internal carbon fee‒why they created it (in 2012) and how it works.

Emissions: How Companies Can Bridge the 'Gigaton Gap' and Make Money
Daniel Cusick, ClimateWire, June 2013
This article clearly details the incentives for businesses to reduce their carbon emissions‒and the urgency with which they need to do so.

The "Social Cost of Carbon"
Brad Plumer, Washington Post, June 2013
A clear explanation of what this number means and how the U.S. government calculates it, in the context of a 2013 update.

Melting Ice Opens Fight Over Sea Routes for Arctic Debate
Flavia Krause-Jackson and Nicole Gaouette, Bloomberg, May 2013
Some of the ramifications of the opening of arctic waters for trade routes, resource mining, national security, and other important topics.

64 companies follow Wal-Mart's effort to reduce suppliers' emissions
Julia Pyper, ClimateWore, May 2013
Good quick story about the efforts taken by very large companies, including Walmart, to cut the carbon emissions from their supply chains.

What is Climate Finance and Where Will It Come From?
Samuel Fankhauser, Grantham Research Institute and The Guardian, April 2013
Helpful primer on "flows of funds from developed to developing nations to help poorer countries to cut their emissions and adapt to climate change." Part of the Guardian's climate change FAQ series, which includes other central economic topics.

Investors Seek Ways to Profit From Global Warming
Business Week, March 2013
This short piece details how companies are now viewing climate change as inevitable and buying up water rights, water treatment plants, arable land, etc., to prepare for when the demand for these will soar.

In Energy Taxes, Tools to Help Tackle Climate Change
Eduardo Porter, New York Times, January 2013
An overview of some of the costs of dealing with climate-change linked events (such as crop-destroying droughts), in the context of the energy taxes levied by many nations other than the US.

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 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 "idealistic."

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.

As Global Temps Rise, More Companies Begin Adapting to a Warmer World
Michael Coren, Yale Climate Media Forum, July 2011
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.

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.

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 for Economics.

The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction
Center for Integrative Environmental Research, University of Maryland, 2007
This clearly written report is organized by region and covers costs related to water supply, agriculture, coastal impacts, energy, forest fires, human health, and insurance claims. 40 pages, plus references.

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.

websites
Clean Economy Wire
This subset of (the Pulitzer Prize winning) InsideClimate News collects stories about clean energy economic development. A good one-stop shop for this sort of information.

Ceres
This coalition of investors, companies, and public interest groups, which works to "weave sustainable strategies and practices into the fabric and decision-making of . . . key economic players," pays attention to climate change, water, energy, and supply chains. Interesting website even for those of us who don't control investments or run businesses.

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.


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An Introduction to the Economics of Climate Change Policy
John P. Weyant (prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), July 2000
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.

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