Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  1. Air Pollution’s True Costs

    Simon Upton

    Air Pollution’s True Costs

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     calls on policymakers to start considering the human costs – quantifiable and not – of inaction.

    Newsart for Air Pollution’s True Costs Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

    The effects of air pollution are usually discussed in economic terms. But, daunting as they are, the figures only scratch the surface of the costs of air pollution, which causes millions of premature deaths – and untold suffering – every year. READ MORE

  2. Microfinancing Climate Resilience

    Mark Malloch Brown

    Microfinancing Climate Resilience

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     argues that lending to small businesses in poor areas can mitigate the impact of global warming.

    Newsart for Microfinancing Climate Resilience Sk Hasan Ali/Corbis/Getty Images

    Too many small businesses in the areas most vulnerable to the effects of climate change lack access to credit, preventing them from taking steps to build resilience through renewable energy, sustainable production, and other measures. Microfinance has its critics, but it has a crucial role to play in closing this credit gap. READ MORE

  3. Doubling Down on European Energy Efficiency

    Paul Hofheinz

    Doubling Down on European Energy Efficiency

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     says Europe can improve energy efficiency by 70% with technologies that are already available.

    Newsart for Doubling Down on European Energy Efficiency Monty Rakusen/Getty Images

    The European Commission is nearing a moment of truth as it sets energy-efficiency benchmarks to comply with the COP21 climate agreement: Will it set ambitious but attainable targets that force people and industry to make real changes; or will it set meaningless targets that would have been reached anyway with no additional effort? READ MORE

  4. The Death of World Heritage Sites

    Martin Wagner, ET AL

    The Death of World Heritage Sites

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    &  highlight the growing threat to natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef.

    Newsart for The Death of World Heritage Sites William West/Getty Images

    Though almost one-quarter of the coral in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage site has died this year, in the worst mass coral bleaching in recorded history, Australia has doggedly pursued new dirty energy projects. With governments failing to protect natural resources, it is up to the World Heritage Committee to take a stand. READ MORE

  5. Rethinking Energy-Efficiency Policies

    Bjørn Lomborg

    Rethinking Energy-Efficiency Policies

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     sees far greater benefits in focusing on investment in green-energy R&D.

    Newsart for Rethinking Energy-Efficiency Policies Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images

    Advocates of energy-efficiency policies suggest that there is a significant “energy-efficiency gap”: governments and businesses have overlooked and forgone investments that could significantly reduce energy consumption at low cost. In fact, there is little evidence of people behaving so irrationally, or of any significant gap. READ MORE

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