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Top stories we've found on the intersection of climate & economics.

As India's climate changes, farmers in the north experiment with new crops.

Adapting to their changing conditions, women are harvesting organic potatoes they planted in January. That's when villagers took advantage of their lengthened growing season for the first time. Weekend Edition, NPR

Climate change costs India $10 billion every year: Government.

Extreme weather events are costing India $9-10 billion annually and climate change is projected to impact agricultural productivity with increasing severity from 2020 to the end of the century. Times of India, India

Some Democrats see tax overhaul as a path to taxing carbon.

Two Senate Democrats are advocating a carbon tax plan that would cut the corporate tax rate as well as greenhouse gas emissions. New York Times

Fracking jobs prove elusive for coal miners looking to switch.

Many of the fracking jobs require highly technical skills and are often going to experienced workers brought in from out of state who then move on to the next job without sinking roots. Bloomberg News

California climate deal could net big bucks for polluters.

The air board’s generous impulse toward those polluters was an abrupt reversal of previous plans, ran counter to staff recommendations, and left at least one confused board member later saying he wished he had abstained from voting. CALMatters, California

Suniva, seeking tariffs on foreign solar panels, faces tough questions from ITC.

Why didn't manufacturers thrive while the rest of the U.S. solar industry was booming? How a federal commission answers that could upend an industry. InsideClimate News

Swiss, EU move closer to linking emissions trading systems.

Switzerland and the European Union have moved closer to linking their carbon emissions trading systems after the European Commission and Swiss government gave their backing for a deal. Reuters

Al Gore interview: Fixing democracy to combat climate change.

Al Gore makes the profound statement that Western democracies are broken and in order to solve the climate crisis they need to fix democracy. The Conversation

Can business save the world from climate change?

A growing number of initiatives are giving corporations the resources to help achieve global climate goals regardless of government support. Ensia

Unlikely allies try to sway White House before trade decision.

In an event matching the upside-down politics of 2017, some ideologically right-wing voices are allied with the solar industry's main lobby group in a trade case that could shape the future of solar power. ClimateWire

China is about to have the world's biggest carbon market.

As the United States reverses its climate policies, the world's top greenhouse gas emitter is in the midst of setting up a national carbon-trading system. ClimateWire

Climate change risk prompts Super Fund to sell shares in oil, gas firms.

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has sold shares in some of the world's biggest companies to reduce exposure to firms emitting greenhouse gases. Radio New Zealand, New Zealand

Disaster, decline and hope for an aging mega project.

Oil flowing along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System became the backbone of Alaska's economy in 1977, lulling state leaders into a false sense of security. But that illusion ended in late 1986. EnergyWire

Vanguard seeks corporate disclosure on risks from climate change.

Vanguard Group on Monday said it has urged companies to disclose how climate change could affect their business and asset valuations, reflecting how the environment has become a priority for the investment industry. Reuters

After electric cars, what more will it take for batteries to change the face of energy?

The belief that electric vehicles are going to be a big business very soon is ever more widely held. Economist

States are using social cost of carbon in energy decisions, despite Trump's views.

The climate metric, maligned by the Trump administration, helps build the cost of future climate harms into state electricity plans and markets. InsideClimate News

California Republicans face backlash for backing climate change program.

After weeks of escalating criticism, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes still doesn’t have any regrets over bucking his party to support California’s cap-and-trade program on climate change. Los Angeles Times

Climate extremes, policy confuse crop choices for Malawi farmers.

Faced with climate change, uncertain markets and government policies they see as unhelpful, many of Malawi's farmers feel ill-equipped to decide how much of which crop to plant and when. Reuters

Energy

Trump officials begin review of Obama emissions standards for cars.

The Trump administration gave notice it intends to relax the rules governing greenhouse gas emissions on new model cars Thursday, in its latest move to undo President Barack Obama’s climate policies. Washington Post

As Hilcorp plans to drill in Arctic waters, a troubling trail of violations surfaces.

An Alaska regulator described the oil and gas company’s 'disregard for regulatory compliance' as 'inexcusable.' InsideClimate News Dallas Morning News, Texas

America’s other coal job, ignored by politicians, is dying fast.

Coal-fired power plants employ more people than mines, and they’re shutting down all over the country. Bloomberg News

Solutions

Study: The fight against climate change added 41,000 jobs to the Inland economy.

More than $9 billion and 41,000 jobs have been added to the Inland economy as a result of California’s climate change initiatives, a new study found. Riverside Press-Enterprise, California

Hydro-powered smelters charge premium prices for 'green' aluminum.

Producers of "green" aluminum - made using renewable energy rather than fossil fuels - are starting to charge premium prices thanks to rising demand from industrial customers under pressure to reduce their carbon footprints. Reuters

Why Greece has been slow to embrace clean energy.

Odysseus may have seen the winds as a curse. But on the Greek island of Tilos, they're a blessing. Weekend Edition, NPR

Editorials

California's smart approach to climate change.

The Golden State's evolving policy sets a good example for the rest of the U.S. more…

This is how bad things could get if Trump denies the reality of climate change.

Recent studies provide a glimpse at the dangerous future ahead. more…

The penalty for failure.

The longer conservatives wait to acknowledge that climate change is occurring as a result of human action, the fewer opportunities to stave off extreme measures: cap-and-trade scenarios, carbon taxes or government rationing of energy sources. more…

Opinion

Climate lessons from California.

The state faces big challenges but has also been particularly ambitious in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. more…

College presidents endorse carbon pricing to fight climate change.

College and university presidents are uniquely positioned to educate and to advocate for an informed discussion about our collective options. For this reason, we must act. more…

Taking on Adani is not just about climate change. It's taking back power from corporate plutocracy.

The Adani Group almost seems like a crudely drawn corporate villain. And we should be thankful for the chance to reclaim the fight. more…