Climate change: Economists examine steps for managing threats

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A Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and Texas A&M University doctoral graduate have co-authored a policy briefing on climate change, one of seven publications focusing on energy in the United States.

Bruce McCarl and Marta Wlodarz recently co-authored a policy brief and book chapter, “Climate Change and Energy: Interrelationships and Possible Policy Approaches.” The policy briefing is one of a seven-part series of briefings on energy by the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center .

In the briefing, McCarl and Wlodarz outline climate change in the U.S. since 2000 and examine factors and provide possible mitigation steps to reduce potential climatic threats.

“Energy and climate change are highly interrelated,” McCarl said. “Energy is the dominant source of greenhouse gas emissions, and some of the ways of dealing with climate change involves smarter energy use and planning so that future energy development does not greatly increase emissions.”

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