What will a planet plagued by escalating climate change look like? No one really knows. But speaking at EmTech MIT 2016, Solomon Hsiang, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lab co-director, presented results based…
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Addressing the Effects of Climate Change
Speaking at EmTech MIT 2016, Solomon Hsiang, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, who co-directs the Lab, presented recent research suggesting that climate change will lead to troubling social and economic damages, including a severe drop in global GDP. Hsiang warned that “temperature is immensely influential” on many different aspects of our lives. Extreme hot temperatures negatively impact everything from manufacturing productivity to infant mortality to individual and group violence. Adaptation will be needed, Hsiang said, but it "is hard because it is expensive.”
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MIT Technology Review - October 20, 2016
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Burke, M, SM Hsiang, E Miguel (2015). Global Non-linear Effect of Temperature on Economic Production. Nature 527: 235-239.
Unifies the discrepancies between the micro-level effects of climate on workers and crops and the lack of a macroeconomic effect on large economies by accounting for non-linearity at the macro scale.
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