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The Case for Higher Fuel Taxes
Increasing taxes on gasoline and diesel to more than $1 a gallon would produce multiple benefits, according to a new paper by Ian Parry.
Measuring the Costs of Air Pollution in China
Resources Magazine: China’s booming growth has also brought rapidly rising air pollution. A new study finds that reductions in pollution could save hundreds of thousands of lives.
Climate Change in the Developing World
Rosina Bierbaum says developing countries can’t afford to ignore climate change, and developed nations must aid poorer nations with financing and technology. The three essentials: Act now, act together, and act differently.
Congestion and the Commons
Resources Magazine: Carolyn Fischer and Ramanan Laxminarayan explore the interactions between owned and unowned resource pools, using examples from fisheries and antiobiotics.
Ocean Zoning: A Venerable Idea Bobs to the Surface
As the U.S. closes in on a comprehensive policy to oversee and protect maritime resources, several recent articles draw on RFF research to advocate a “zone-the-oceans” policy to ensure that the world’s seas – and the industries that depend on them – are healthy.
Report: Natural Gas Could Bridge the Gap to a Low-Carbon Future
Abundant new natural gas supplies can help the United States achieve low-carbon goals, but only if coupled with effective climate policies, according to new findings by RFF researchers.
Adapting Environmental Policy for the Developing World
Several new Environment for Development discussion papers delve into the challenges faced by environmental policymakers in developing countries, including weak regulatory institutions and urgent competing demands on scarce political and fiscal resources.
RFF In Copenhagen
Onsite – and online – at the Copenhagen climate talks, Resources for the Future will keep you informed of daily developments through Weathervane, RFF’s climate policy blog.
'Forest Carbon Index' Maps the Geography of Climate Solutions
The innovative ‘Forest Carbon Index’ uses geospatial data to estimate each nation's potential to attract forest carbon investment based on profit potential and country-specific risk factors.
Event: The Role of Prizes in Innovation
Experts from research, government, and academia shared their views on science prizes and how they might contribute to solving environmental challenges. Video and audio available.
Containing Pandemics Through Better Reporting
Resources Magazine: Ramanan Laxminarayan and Anup Malani look at the incentives countries have to detect and report disease outbreaks.
The Fight to End Malaria
Resources Magazine: New techniques in modeling and mapping could be the keys to eradicating malaria in Africa for good.
New Study: MRSA Superbug Goes Public
A new study finds that the community-associated strain of the superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is on the rise further burdening hospitals in the fight against antiobiotic resistance.
Price Breaks and Priuses
Government tax incentives helped drive U.S. sales of hybrid cars, but with the credits due to expire in 2010, RFF Fellow Shanjun Li asks whether they still make sense.
Event: Managing the World’s Forests
At a November 5th seminar, experts discussed challenges in forest data, new research, and the role of forest carbon in evolving U.S. climate change legislation. Video and audio available.
Oil Prices: Care to Speculate?
Commentary: James L. Smith asks whether the dramatic oil price shock experienced in 2008 can be explained by market fundamentals or if speculative forces were at work.
How Obama Can Conquer Copenhagen
At the UN negotiations in Copenhagen next month, President Obama can reclaim U.S. leadership on climate progress—even without new congressional legislation. Nigel Purvis and Andrew Stevenson provide a step-by-step outline for how the administration should proceed.
Will Global Warming Discount Rates Short-Change Our Grandkids?
Commentary: Oxford's Cameron Hepburn considers the role of ethics in calculating discount rates for global warming damages to future generations and how to reconcile differing views in the debate.
Climate Impacts on Energy Markets: An Outsider's Perspective
Planners in the public and private sectors need to be aware of not only the economic policy challenges facing energy markets, Senior Fellow Tim Brennan asserts, but also the climate policies with which they have to cope.
Testimony: Karen Palmer Testifies on Cap-and-Trade Policy
Weathervane: Appearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, RFF Senior Fellow Karen Palmer examines the effects of different approaches to compensating residential electricity consumers for the costs imposed by a climate policy.
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