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Paying for PollutionWhy a Carbon Tax is Good for America$
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Gilbert E. Metcalf

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190694197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190694197.001.0001

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Climate Change: What’s the Big Deal?

Climate Change: What’s the Big Deal?

(p.7) Chapter 1 Climate Change: What’s the Big Deal?
Paying for Pollution

Gilbert E. Metcalf

Oxford University Press

Droughts, floods, soaring temperatures, sea-level rise, and melting ice are just some of the damages brought about by climate change. Chapter 1 details the cost of our failure to cut our emissions, from crop-destroying droughts to devastating floods. It also documents the inexorable build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as demonstrated by the Keeling curve and observations from Antarctic ice core samples. The chapter then provides a brief history of the science linking the build-up of atmospheric greenhouse gases and climate damages.

Keywords:   climate change, climate change damages, greenhouse gases, Keeling Curve, carbon emissions

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