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The most effective donations to combat global warming

Uploaded: Dec 15, 2021

I am not able to post for the next few weeks, but I want to call your attention to Robinson Meyer's newsletter "The Weekly Planet" for The Atlantic, and in particular his recent post on "A New Estimate of the ‘Most Effective’ Way to Fight Climate Change". Meyer's writeup summarizes the recommendations of Giving Green, a non-profit initiative that uses evidence-based methods to identify the biggest "bang for your buck" donations. They zero in on policy change has having greater impact than offsets, and they use an "Importance, Tractability, and Neglectedness (ITN) framework" to determine where your financial contribution will make the most difference. In other words, they evaluate policy approaches by "their potential impact, their likelihood of happening (i.e. how solvable?), and the need for more funding in that method". Giving Green's work is transparent, grounded in science, and actionable.

'Tis the (giving) season, as they say, and I thought this might come in handy for some of you.