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|Environmental Power to the People in Asia|
|Resident Scholar Ruth Greenspan Bell and Barbara Finamore of the National Resources Defense Council convene a meeting of Asian practitioners to share experiences and examine the growing trend toward environmental public participation.|
|Painting the White House Green|
|Essays by eight former Senior Staff Economists on the President's Council on Economic Advisers provide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at environmental policymaking in the White House.|
|Awarding Prizes for Space Innovation|
|Senior Fellow Molly Macauley examines the payoffs from prizes given for scientific advances--and assesses their feasibility for progress in space exploration.|
|Choosing Environmental Policy: Comparing Instruments and Outcomes in the United States and Europe|
|RFF hosts a special event surrounding the release of Choosing Environmental Policy, a new RFF Press book that focuses on six different environmental problems that were managed differently on opposite shores of the Atlantic, mostly during the 1990s.|
|Mercury's Toxic Emissions|
|As mercury drifts from smokestacks into the food chain, it's a danger to human health. But the next steps to reduce mercury pollution are entangled in a fierce policy debate over how far to go, how fast, and how to do it.|
|Addressing the Mercury Problem: Global Challenge, Local Impact?|
|Alongside carbon dioxide, NOX, and SO2, mercury is the fourth key target pollutant of coal-burning electrical power plants that might be subject to regulation pending the outcome of current congressional debate. |
|Siren Song: Chilean Water Law|
|Fellow Carl Bauer discusses the economics of water, using the Chilean model to illustrate the ways in which the free-market approach often fails to address the important, long-term goals of environmental sustainability and social equity. |
|Securing Our Future: The Economics and Ecology of Coal. |
|James Rogers, Chairman and CEO of Cinergy, speaks at the RFF Policy Leadership Forum on May 18.|
|Fostering Use of Renewable Energy Sources.|
| A new report looks at ways to enhance the contribution of renewable technologies to the U.S. electricity supply--and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from the electricity sector.|
|State of the Planet: Feed and Educate Kids First|
|Visiting Scholar Tom Freedman and Richard Fritz suggest that free and reduced-cost school lunch programs should be expanded beyond the U.S. to benefit world peace and development.|
|Success for Superfund: A New Approach for Keeping Score|
|RFF researchers Kate Probst and Diane Sherman recommend more meaningful measures of success for the nation's Superfund Program.|
|Turning up the Heat on Traffic Gridlock|
|Provisions for HOT lanes in the current transportation bill are a welcome step in the right direction. But RFF Researchers Ian Parry and Elena Safirova suggest that lawmakers should do more to encourage road pricing at the local level.
|Cutting Carbon Emissions: What's the Most Efficient Approach?|
|Some of the most popular ways for supporting renewable energy are the least efficient at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, RFF Fellows Carolyn Fischer and Richard Newell conclude. The most efficient way is also the least popular, setting out a dilemma for policymakers.
|Curbing Traffic Deaths in Developing Nations|
|Research Assistant Elizabeth Kopits and University Fellow Maureen Cropper contribute significantly to a new WHO/World Bank Report.|
|Improving Air Quality in China.|
|A multi-year effort to develop a cap-and-trade system in a large Chinese industrial city has set the stage for dramatic reductions in levels of air pollution caused by coal burning.|
|Surging Gasoline Prices|
|Senior Fellow Joel Darmstadter questions quick fixes for coping with high gasoline and oil prices. He puts the current price spike into a broader perspective and notes that "this too shall pass."
|Valuing Health Outcomes: Policy Choices and Technical Issues|
|Senior Fellow Alan Krupnick examines approaches policymakers use to value health effects. Willingness-to-pay, QALY, and other valuation methods are explored in a new RFF Report.
|Look beyond fuel taxes |
|Fuel taxes are one approach to addressing U.S. energy and transportation problems, but there are far better approaches. Senior Fellow Ian Parry promotes alternatives such as congestion pricing, pay-as-you-go insurance, and fees on diesel-fueled trucks.
|Corporate Social Responsibility|
|Should corporations go beyond legal requirements to give back to their communities? Hear RFF President Paul Portney's RFF Seminar and see industry and academic leader's discussion at a RFF Council Meeting.
|A few cents more for a cup of coffee could help preserve the world's biodiversity|
|RFF Researchers focus on Mexican shade-grown coffee as they develop strategies to prevent deforestation in ecologically sensitive zones.|