Multi-millennial climate change projection

by Simon Bjerkholt

What will the world look like due to humankind’s mistreatment of the environment in 100 years? 1000? 10000? Peter U. Clark et al. (2016) attempt to answer these questions in their article “consequences of twenty-first-century policy for multi-millennial climate and sea-level change” in the journal Nature Climate Change. According to their research and projections, the long term future of our climate looks very dreary. Continue reading

Resolving the Climate Change Accounting Predicament

by Simon Bjerkholt

Is the inconsistent and unstandardized nature of corporate environmental accounting really slowing corporations from effectively implementing climate change policy? According to a 2015 article written by Konstantinos Evangelinos et al. (2015), published in the Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, that may very well be the case. The current informal and disorganized nature of environmental accounting makes the collection and organization of important data on GHG emissions much harder and less effective than it should be. In the long term, as more and more data are collected, this could become a problem by making the corporate response to these data far less accurate and far less efficient. Continue reading

Predicting Long-run Economics of Climate Change

by Simon Bjerkholt

Predicting the future is always hard. According to a journal article written by Richard Rosen and Edeltraud Guenther predicting the net economic effects of climate change mitigation over long periods of time just might be impossible. Presently, the mode for predicting the effects of climate change mitigation on the world economy is to make predictions for the long term such as 2050 or 2100. The authors of this article argue that it would be much more effective to make plans for the short term and then adjust the plans as we learn more about the nature of the problem we are facing and the effectiveness of our attempts to stop it. Continue reading