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A Nobel for climate economics

Worthy of your time: A nuanced discussion on Twitter about winners William Nordhaus and Paul Romer.

Plenty of conversations erupted on Twitter after the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in economics to William Nordhaus and Paul Romer, who pioneered environmental economics and efforts to create long-term sustainable economic growth.


One discussion, triggered by veteran Vox reporter David Roberts, is worthy of your attention for its nuance and its reference to Harvard University's Martin Weitzman, another titan in the field of environmental economics.


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Appalachia is transitioning from coal. Here’s what it could learn from Germany.

Lessons from environmental and economic restoration efforts in the Ruhr Valley could help usher Appalachia into a new era.

ESSEN, GERMANY—Gregor Krantz went to work in the Ruhr Valley mines when he was 16. It was the 1960s, when becoming a miner in Germany's historic coal region was still considered "the job of the future," Krantz said.

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