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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.


Trees along the Black River. (Credit: The Ancient Bald Cypress Consortium)

Ancient North Carolina trees that hold climate clues are under threat

Logging and sea level rise spell trouble for bald cypress trees—some more than 2,000 years old—which contain precious climate records

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Donn Teske, president of the Kansas Farmers Union. (Credit: NCR-SARE/flickr)

Soggy springs, scorching summers: Higher temperatures taking toll on US staple crops

Donn Teske has fully planted his 900-acre farm for the season, and now, like other farmers, he'll hope the rest of the season cooperates.

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