Attributing local climate damages to specific emitters
December 5, 2022 – 05:15 – 06:30 PM (CET)
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We present a unified framework for calculating country-specific climate damages resulting from past or future greenhouse gas emissions from any known emitter. We then demonstrate four applications of this method: calculation of “carbon debt” owed by individual emitters (e.g. individual people or firms) based on past emissions, calculation of country-level “loss and damage” payments owed by large historical emitters to developing countries, correction of official GDP time series to reflect climate externalities, and construction of a damage function that maps different levels of future warming to global aggregate economic damages.
Marshall Burke is associate professor in the Department of Earth System Science and Deputy Director at the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, and Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on social and economic impacts of environmental change, and on measuring and understanding economic livelihoods across the developing world. His work regularly appears in both economics and scientific journals, including recent publications in Nature, Science, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and The Lancet. He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley, and a BA in International Relations from Stanford. He is also co-founder of AtlasAI, a start-up using satellites and machine learning to measure livelihoods.
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