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The Climate Has Changed—So Must Policy
A new RFF Issue Brief explores how a successful global climate policy must recognize the economic and political forces shaping each individual nation.
Who’s Benefiting from the National Flood Insurance Program?
New analysis from RFF looks at a quarter century of federal flood insurance data to determine whether the benefits of the program are tied to income.
An Economic Case for a Carbon Tax Policy
Taking a step back and looking broadly at climate policy, a new RFF Discussion Paper reevaluates the three main options for moving climate legislation forward: cap-and-trade, a carbon tax, and regulatory alternatives.
Using Space to Control Invasive Species and Reduce Containment Costs
RFF researchers move beyond the “when” and “how much” to control invasive species to also consider the “where” in order to reduce long-term costs and damages.
Water Conflicts and Resolution: Event Slides and Streaming Video Now Available
At a recent RFF First Wednesday event, researchers and policymakers discussed how reforms to water management could benefit both the economy and the environment.
Greenhouse Gas Regulation under the Clean Air Act: A Guide for Economists
In a new Discussion Paper, RFF researchers explore the regulatory tools and options provided by the Clean Air Act for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the potential legislative challenges and economic opportunities.
Offshore Oversight: How Deep Is the Regulatory Ocean?
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster called attention to the need for revamped and strengthened oversight to reduce the risk of blowouts and other catastrophes on offshore rigs. A recent RFF discussion paper provides an initial baseline assessment of current enforcement efforts.
Tracking Trees and Change
Reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) — a critical step toward halting climate change — requires multiple tools to track changes in the forest, the land, and the global marketplace. Panelists at a recent RFF seminar highlighted innovative forest carbon supply tools that are now available and defined the role for such tools in the international REDD process.
The Porter Hypothesis, 20 Years Later
In a seminal article written 20 years ago, Michael Porter put forth his hypothesis, that environmental regulations can encourage innovation, increase efficiency, and enhance business performance. At a recent speech at RFF, Porter reasserted his belief that companies can incorporate innovative approaches to improve their environmental footprint while creating shared value and increasing their competitiveness.
New RFF Studies Released on Oil Spill Investigation
In a special series, RFF examines a variety of issues related to the aftermath of the BP oil spill, ranging from risk assessment to safety procedures, and from costs to containment. Seven papers, prepared for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, are now available here.
Can a Stew of Power Generation Regulations Clear the Air?
EPA is issuing major rules to reduce conventional pollutants (including SO2 and NOx) that will cost the electric utility sector tens of billions of dollars per year for costly new emissions-control equipment. Visiting Fellows Arthur Fraas and Randall Lutter ask, is it worth it?
In The Medium Run, CAFE Costs Decrease
With Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards expected to increase, a new RFF Discussion Paper assesses the medium-run costs associated with the increase, how they compare to the short-run and long-run adjustments, and how consumers will react to the increase in fuel economy.
Are Energy Efficiency Standards Economically Efficient?
With a portfolio of emissions reductions options available, pulling the proper policy lever can be tricky. New analysis suggests that energy efficiency standards don’t look that promising on economic grounds, either on their own or in combination with pricing instruments.
REDD+ Credits: Feasible Supply Less Than Expected
With expectations high over the prospect of REDD+ in the next few years, a new RFF Issue Brief finds the feasible potential of these credits is actually much lower than some models predict.
New Look, Same Magazine!
The fundamentals haven’t changed: you’ll find short, accessible stories by RFF scholars, written without partisan bias or technical jargon. The purpose of the new design is to make it easier to find what you’re looking for as well as easier to read—the type is bigger!
Embracing Green-Growth Diplomacy
With the world gearing up for another round of international climate negotiations, RFF Visiting Scholar Nigel Purvis says it is time to jumpstart the transition to low emissions development by reinventing global climate diplomacy.
Video Now Available: The Road Ahead for CAFE
While CAFE standards changed very little over the past 20 years, they will tighten substantially over the next decade. Watch RFF’s panel of experts discuss what lies ahead for fuel efficiency standards in the United States.
Toward a New National Energy Policy: Assessing the Options
The Full Report of this multi-year study – including technical papers and modeling methodologies – is now available online. The documents evaluate a wide range of policy alternatives to help decisionmakers develop a coherent U.S. energy strategy.
Climate, Trade, and International Interconnectivity
A new RFF Discussion Paper takes a closer look at the intersection of domestic climate change policies and international trade.
Need Reliable Data and Analysis? Get the New RFF Directory
The latest edition of the RFF Directory of Experts for Policymakers and the Media is now available online, providing contact information and background on researchers and their areas of expertise.
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