In the NewsNew York TimesJanuary 17, 2019

Climate Change’s Giant Impact on the Economy: 4 Key Issues

By now, it’s clear that climate change poses environmental risks beyond anything seen in the modern age. But we’re only starting to come to grips with the potential economic effects. Using increasingly sophisticated modeling, researchers are calculating how each tenth of a degree of global warming is likely to play out in economic terms. Their projections carry large bands of uncertainty, because of the vagaries of human behavior and the remaining questions about how quickly the planet will respond to the buildup of greenhouse gases. Lab co-director Michael Greenstone, of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, talks about the Obama administration's efforts to calculate the social cost of carbon and the Lab's approach.