Tag Archives: climate change

The Promise and Problems of Pricing Carbon




The Promise and Problems of Pricing Carbon | Harvard University – Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs – An Economic View of the Environment. Excellent commentary from Dr. Robert Stavins on climate change policy.




"If you're not informed, it's your own fault."




ANLA and SAF have done a yeoman’s job of keeping green industry firms informed of what is happening in Washington in terms of the effects of mid-term elections and the critical regulatory and legislative issues facing nursery/floral businesses today. Be sure to check out the Washington Impact section (click here) of the ANLA Knowledge Center and the latest SAF analysis of the effects of mid-term elections on your business (click here). As the saying goes, what you don’t know, can hurt you.




Beware of Scorched-Earth Strategies in Climate Debates




Dr. Rob Stavins, Director of Harvard’s Environmental Economics program and opening Seeley Conference keynote speaker, has posted an overview of the recent happenings in  Washington pertaining to the apparent collapse last week of U.S. Senate consideration of a meaningful climate policy. Click here to read his HRR comments (HRR = highly recommended reading).




Interesting time ahead for Federal climate policy




Dr. Rob Stavins will provide the opening keynote at this year’s Seeley Conference (registration is now open for the conference which will be held June 27-29 in Ithaca, NY). Below are comments he made yesterday in his Harvard University blog: In just a few days, Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman will release their much-anticipated proposal for comprehensive climate and energy legislation – the best remaining shot at forging a bipartisan consensus on this issue in 2010.  Their proposal has many strengths, but there’s an issue… Read More →




Seeley Conference keynote discusses cap & trade




Dr. Robert Stavins, who is Director of Harvard’s Environmental Economics program and the opening keynote speaker for this year’s Seeley Conference (June 27-29 in Ithaca, NY) provides the following perspective on the future of cap & trade legislation: In a recent article in the New York Times, John Broder asks “Why did cap-and-trade die?” and responds that “it was done in by the weak economy, the Wall Street meltdown, determined industry opposition and its own complexity.”  Mr. Broder’s analysis is concise and insightful, and I recommend it to… Read More →




Bill Gates on Sustainability at TED 2010




One of the day’s strongest talks at the most recent TED conference was by Bill Gates. He’s spoken at TED previously on a variety of topics, among them education and malaria (last year he set free some mosquitoes from the stage to make a point about the latter). This time he directed his mind toward energy and climate; in particular how to get CO2 levels to zero. He presented an equation in which: Total CO2 = People x Services Per Person x Energy Per Service x CO2 per… Read More →