后危机时代的危机

发自纽约——在欧元危机和美国财政悬崖的阴影之下,人们很容易会忽略全球经济的一些长期问题。但当我们着眼于解决燃眉之急时,这些长期问题却在忽视中逐步恶化。

目前最严重的问题是全球变暖。尽管全球经济的差劲表现导致了碳排放增速的相应放缓,但这也仅仅是一个短暂的缓解。在这个问题上我们已经非常落后了:由于我们对气候变化的反应一直都极为缓慢,导致将来要大幅度削减碳排放量才能免于触及全球气温上升2摄氏度这个限制目标。

考虑到当前经济放缓,有人建议我们应该把全球变暖这个问题放到次要位置。但恰恰相反,为气候变化而改造全球经济可能会有助于恢复总需求和增长。

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