How to spend $1m reducing climate change

December 8, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Jenny Goldie for this article.

Suppose you had $1 million to spend on tackling climate change. How would you spend it to get the best bang for your million bucks? Would you spend it on stopping the slash-and-burn of forests? Perhaps on switching to nuclear energy? More energy-efficient buildings? Building cleaner power stations?

According to a recent paper by David Wheeler and Dan Hammer, climate change experts at the Center for Global Development, the answer is (drum roll): you would do much, much better to spend your money on a combination of family planning and girls’ education in developing countries.

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