New paper by Richard Tol – Targets for global climate policy: An Overview

Watts Up With That?

I thought this paper was interesting, and it was (as part of a Twitter exchange) sent to me by request (thanks to Both Richard Tol and Bjørn Lomborg). I found figure 8 (shown below as part of the preview on Science Direct) to be interesting because it shows a positive impact of warming up to 2.0C and a negative impact afterwards, suggesting that some warming is beneficial, but a lot of warming is not. All things in moderation I suppose. – Anthony.

Abstract

A survey of the economic impact of climate change and the marginal damage costs shows that carbon dioxide emissions are a negative externality. The estimated Pigou tax and its growth rate are too low to justify the climate policy targets set by political leaders. A lower discount rate or greater concern for the global distribution of income would justify more stringent climate policy, but would imply an…

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