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Saving America’s Land and Ecosystems
Some 30 million acres in the United States comprise the federal land preservation effort known as the Conservation Reserve Program. An RFF First Wednesday seminar panel discusses the impact of this policy on ecosystem services, agriculture, land use, and more.
Banking Emissions Allowances: A Checkered Legacy
The treatment of banked emissions allowances under a series of cap-and-trade systems to curb major air pollutants has produced mixed results.
Revisiting the Commons—and Climate Change
A new paper by RFF University Fellow Robert Stavins asserts that economics is poised to help resolve concerns about the carrying capacity of Earth’s environment, especially regarding climate.
Superior Salmon?
As the Food and Drug Administration nears approval of the sale of genetically engineered salmon to American consumers, RFF Visiting Scholar Randall Lutter analyzes the surge of new kinds of fish and meat products – and the agency’s plans to regulate their labeling.
Can States Allay Risks from Hurricanes and Earthquakes?
Insurance for damages from natural catastrophes provided by many states affords property owners coverage when they are unable to find it in the private market.
China: A Resource War Resurgence?
In the latest issue of Resources, Senior Fellow Joel Darmstadter divines facts and fears about China’s energy strategy, including its ongoing, global shopping spree for oil.
CAA@40: Phil Sharp on Anniversary of Clean Air Act
At a conference commemorating the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Clean Air Act, Phil Sharp reflects on the impact of the law on U.S. climate and energy policy.
The Effects of Transport Regulations on the Oil Market: Does Market Power Matter?
Market power can influence the outcome of transport regulations, according to the authors of a new RFF discussion paper.
How Do You Put a Price on Ecological Damage from Marine Oil Pollution?
In the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, attempts will be made to put an economic value on the ecological damage caused. How will this be done, and can we do a better job than in the past?
Who Bears the Long-Term Costs of Stricter Anti-Spill Policy?
It's not who you think, according to RFF Senior Fellow Timothy Brennan. In a new policy brief, he explains that the long-term costs of ratcheting up liability for oil spills like the recent tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico will be borne not primarily by companies involved in oil exploration.
Connecting Americans to the Great Outdoors
America’s scenic and natural resources have always been a source of national pride but the evidence is mixed about how often we go outdoors and who among us goes.
How Oil Price Shocks Influence America’s Economy
A new RFF analysis finds global influences, such as oil price shocks, may be secondary to domestic influences when it comes to understanding the causes of U.S. economic fluctuation.
Cutting Plastic Pollution with a Levy on Bags
In a new paper from the Environment for Development initiative, authors Johane Dikgang and Martine Visser look at plastic bag regulation in Botswana – and whether or not it is working.
Harnessing Ecosystems to Help Endangered Species
A new paper by Visiting Scholar Lynn Scarlett suggests an ecosystem-based approach to listing and protecting threatened animals and plants.
RFF Awarded International Prize in Environmental Economics
A top European research institution honors RFF, citing it as a “key driver of market-based environmental policy.”
What Would Tighter Regulation on Deepwater Drilling Mean for Gas Prices?
Tightening U.S. safety standards would raise the price of a gallon of gas by less than a penny, while a total ban on deep sea drilling could raise prices by around 7 cents, according to a new RFF analysis by Stephen Brown.
RFF Policy Leadership Forum: Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.
The TIAA-CREF president discussed the company's commitment to energy conservation as well as other socially responsible investing practices.
Moving Toward Global Risk-Based Food Safety Policies
In the lead editorial of Risk Analysis, RFF Fellow Sandra Hoffmann introduces a special edition on risk ranking to help ensure safer foods around the world.
Can Infill Development Stonewall Sprawl?
Building up existing urban areas is a cornerstone of modern “smart growth” policies, but it has proven more difficult to implement than proponents envisioned.
Event: The Economics of Clean Water
At the June First Wednesday Seminar, expert panelists shared their perspectives on U.S. water quality regulation and the role of cost-benfit and risk analysis. Video and slides available.
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