New course for fall: Climate Change Economics and Policy

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics is offering a new course on Climate Change Economics and Policy this fall.  The 3-credit course, AAE 246 is open to freshmen and has no prerequisites. It will be taught by professor Tom Rutherford.

Global climate change is thought by many to be the most significant environmental challenge of the 21st Century. Unchecked, the continued accumulation of greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide and methane) over this century is projected to warm the planet by about 3 to 8 °C (6 to 14 °F), with associated impacts on the environment, economy, and society.  Because the emission of greenhouse gases results from virtually every kind of economic activity – driving a car, heating a home, operating a steel mill, raising pigs – any policy aimed at reducing emissions will have significant and broad-based impacts on the economy.

The course will cover climate change and the role of applied economics in related policy analysis and research. Economics of mitigation, adaptation and geo-engineering, integrated assessment, environmental implications of energy use, climate change impacts on land use. Use of economic analysis and modeling for public policy design. For more information contact Linda Davis.  Agricultural and Applied Economics.