Climate change

Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

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How climate change could hamper global productivity

An article in the scientific journal Nature observes that there is a “Goldilocks” global average temperature of 13 degrees Celsius in which economic productivity is most efficient, but finds that productivity will decline by 23% by 2100 because of increases in the global average temperature.

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Posted on 3, Mar | Posted by

Rushing water

Water scarcity could dry up economic opportunities

Life is dependent on water – and so is the economy. The agricultural sector needs it to grow produce. The energy sector needs it for cooling. Manufacturing needs it for processing. Every single industry needs water.

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Posted on 23, Sep | Posted by

How do you cool a desert city that uses no carbon emissions?

The picture above is in fact a giant air conditioner. Now this tower isn’t your typical AC – it doesn’t have a compressor or coils, nor the ability to destroy the ozone layer – despite its size. Instead, this 147-foot tall structure uses open and closed louvers and changing weather patterns to draw drafts down to the plaza of the Masdar Institute (a graduate school devoted to sustainability that bills itself as “the Green University”), which otherwise would be unbearable in the heat of summer. Read the full blog post

Posted on 9, Aug | Posted by

Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Thomas Friedman, the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and a regular contributor to the New York Times, has recently published multiple articles on the topic of the economic ramifications of climate change for magazines like the Foreign Policy. Known largely for his work on economic globalization of the world (see his book The World is Flat) , in his recently published book, Hot, Flat and Crowded, Friedman analyzes the economic opportunities that can arise from the issue of climate change when government leaders and innovative firms work together.

In the book, Friedman emphasizes that global warming; rapidly growing populations and the expansion of the global middle class have produced a new global reality that he coins as “hot, flat and crowded”. Friedman propagates that both the solution to these environmental issues and the regeneration of the American economy are inherently linked: the adoption of a strategy for clean energy and energy efficiency by the United States. He highlights that in past decades much of the development seen has been around the ITindustry; and in the next decade the most powerful economic driver is the emerging environmental technologies (ET).

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Posted on 9, Aug | Posted by

Getting Started Guide: Climate Prosperity Strategies in Your Community by the International Economic Development Council

Getting Started on Green Jobs

International Economic  Development Council

In July, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) released an abridged version of the Climate Prosperity Handbook called the Getting Started Guide: Climate Prosperity Strategies in Your Community (available by clicking here).  The Guide is designed to assist economic development professionals as they try to position their communities for success in an economy characterized by alternative energygreen collar jobs and an emphasis on sustainability.  Using concrete examples from communities including San Jose and Chicago, the publication describes how communities can build champions, engage in scenario planning exercises, translate visions into strategies and begin to move forward on the climate agenda in economically progressive ways. Read the Full Review

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