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Parsing the Flexibility of EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rules
Clean Air Act experts recently gathered at RFF to discuss the way forward for EPA in regulating greenhouse gases. Key insights are now available online.
An Opportunity for Smart Regulation on Climate
EPA has the option to use flexible compliance mechanisms that could reduce the cost of greenhouse gas regulation by over two-thirds, according to a pair of analyses released by RFF.
U.S. Policy Options for Reducing Tropical Deforestation: What Can be Done?
In a new Discussion Paper, RFF scholars propose a “whole-of-government” approach for slowing and reversing tropical forest loss to engage the full suite of policy levers in the federal government.
Market Responses and the Effectiveness of Energy Policies
On June 21 and 22, Resources for the Future hosted the second annual joint Energy Policy Symposium with the University of Chicago. Presentations from the event are now available online.
Renewable Energy in Antarctica and the Power of Being Bold
On June 15, RFF hosted polar explorer and environmental leader Robert Swan (OBE) at a Policy Leadership Forum, where he spoke on energy resources and strategies for sustainable global economic growth.
Shale Gas and Groundwater Contamination: Thoughts on a Recent Study
A recent article by Duke University researchers on methane contamination in drinking water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York has brought further attention to the risks to groundwater in areas exploited for shale gas.
Coordinating Global Economic Development Strategies to Combat Climate Change
A new RFF Discussion Paper says that the creation of a semiformal international coordinating entity could enrich country-specific low emissions development activities by building knowledge and capacity as well as enhancing the scale and predictability of funds.
Natural Resource Scarcity and the Fear of “Resource Wars”
As Congress continues to debate the causes and effects of higher oil prices, RFF Senior Fellow Joel Darmstadter reviews lessons learned about how the perceived scarcity of natural resources—for example, oil, copper, and rare earths—may cloud some countries’ hope for a robust economic future.
Congressional Perspectives on Tropical Forest Conservation
A new Issue Brief by researchers from RFF and Climate Advisers details the results of a February 2011 survey of key congressional staff, examining attitudes and perspectives about tropical forest conservation.
Will Natural Gas Vehicles Be in Our Future?
A new RFF Issue Brief explains that heavy-duty trucks running on liquefied natural gas can reduce oil consumption and carbon dioxide emissions with reasonably competitive cost-effectiveness.
U.S. Policy Options for Adapting to Climate Change: Event Video Now Available
At the June First Wednesday seminar, RFF experts presented results from a major study detailing how the federal government can effectively address climate impacts.
Major Report On U.S. Climate Change Adaptation
The United States is ill-prepared to manage the impacts of climate change, says a new RFF study. The report provides concrete steps the federal government can take to improve the institutions, incentives, and information needed to respond to climate impacts.
Coordinating Ecological and Economic Research: Introducing

In this Q&A, Director of RFF's Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth (CMEW) Jim Boyd explains how the center extends RFF’s work on natural resource, energy, and climate issues. Learn more about CMEW’s work here.

America’s Nuclear Future: Q&A with RFF President Phil Sharp
RFF President Phil Sharp discusses how recent events in Japan might affect the development of nuclear energy in the United States.
William K. Reilly Discusses the Path to Safe Offshore Drilling: Video
One year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, recommendations from the Oil Spill Commission have yet to be fully implemented. In a recent speech at RFF, William K. Reilly discussed how this affects the safety and future of offshore drilling.
Understanding “Fat-Tailed” Distributions and Their Policy Implications
In a new discussion paper, RFF's Roger Cooke and coauthor Daan Niebor explore "fat-tailed" phenomena, including natural disasters and crop losses, noting traditional statistical tools may not be sufficient to analyze such distributions and what they mean for policy.
Improving Regulatory Policy at Independent Regulatory Agencies
Presentations and selected papers are now available from the recent RFF conference "Can Greater Use of Economic Analysis Improve Regulatory Policy at Independent Regulatory Agencies?"
Programs for Electricity Energy Efficiency: Are They Cost-Effective?
An updated study by RFF researchers takes a closer look at the cost-effectiveness of programs designed to reduce consumer electricity consumption.
Raising the Game to Reduce the Risks
One year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, RFF’s Mark Cohen explains that much still needs to be done to ensure a safer future in deepwater drilling.
RFF Analyzes CES in Response to Senate White Paper Questions
RFF experts submitted key findings from their research and modeling in response to Senate questions on a Clean Energy Standard (CES).
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