Publication: Drug Trafficking Organizations and Local Economic Activity in Mexico by Solomon Hsiang

Felipe González's paper Drug Trafficking Organizations and Local Economic Activity in Mexico was published in PLOS ONE.

(It's the first term paper from our course Spatial Data and Analysis to be published.)

Drug trafficking organizations across space and time. Municipalities colored in black have at least one DTO operating.

Book published on economic risk of climate change by GlobalPolicyLab Member

Amir Jina, James Rising, and Solomon Hsiang were coauthors on the book "Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus" published by Columbia University Press. The analysis in the book was the research behind the Risky Business initiative lead by Michael Bloomberg, Hank Paulson and Tom Steyer. Commentary by Karen Fisher-Vanden, Michael Greenstone, Geoffrey Heal, Michael Oppenheimer, and Nicholas Stern and Bob Ward enrich the original analysis.

Get the book on Amazon.

Obama cites climate-conflict research by Solomon Hsiang

I was driving into the office today when I heard on the radio that in a speech at the Coast Guard Academy graduation, President Obama said,

"Around the world, climate change increases the risk of instability and conflict. "

Not only that, but he gets it:

"Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world.  Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.  It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East."

Not bad.

GPL Research shapes 2016 US Federal budget by Solomon Hsiang

The American Climate Prospectus was cited in President Obama's proposed budget for 2016.  One key feature of the budget highlighted by the White House was its strong focus on evaluating and managing climate change as a fiscal issue. There is an entire section of the budget on "Federal Budget Exposure to Climate Risk" which states:

The global climate is changing and is projected to continue to change over this century and beyond.1 Climate change impacts—such as rising sea level and more frequent and intense extreme weather events—will increasingly strain the Federal budget. The ability of policymakers to make smart investment decisions and to steward the Federal budget over the long term is increasingly dependent on understanding the Federal Government’s exposure to climate risks.