Deciding How Cool India Should Be

A source of economic growth, better human capital and more productive factories, India’s air conditioning is a costly greenhouse gas tradeoff.

A Brief Primer for the Paris Climate Talks

Looking at the different levels of development and the alliances among those at the Paris climate talks, we see the challenge of reaching an agreement.

The Big Impact of a Little Salamander

The woodland salamander made me think of Adam Smith. In North American forests, wherever it is dark and damp, under a rock or a log, a very hungry salamander could be devouring her daily diet. Eating 20 ants, 2 flies…

Cow Burps and Global Warming

As most of us know, cow burps add to global warming. So too do the methane releases of sheep, goats and other ruminant animals. In a recent opinion piece in Nature Climate Change, a group of researchers suggest we should…

Gas Prices

Have you been paying more for gas? Looking at this map, you can see that gas prices around the country have been rising in most places. Economist James Hamilton suggests that the price of gas is directly connected to the…

Wind Farms

What if peak wind for your wind farm equals peak demand? Good? Not necessarily. The key is timing. According to a NY Times article, certain wind installations have to “dump energy late at night…” because there is no demand for power…