Resources Article

Challenges to Reducing Air Pollution in China amid Economic Slowdown

Sep 28, 2017 | Mun Ho, Chris Nielsen
China faces complex challenges to reduce air pollution while still promoting economic growth. No simple solution exists—but policy reforms to reduce excess capacity and get prices right can help in both the near and long terms.
Air Quality Energy and Electricity International
Resources Magazine

Issue 195

Sep 28, 2017

In this issue of Resources magazine: prospects for harmonizing energy policy across North America, US federal standards and state policies for new vehicle emissions and fuel economy, the future of self-driving cars, and more.

Resources Article

Is the Future Now? Autonomous Vehicle Technology and Consumer Demand

Sep 28, 2017
How much are people willing to pay for self-driving cars? RFF’s Benjamin Leard discusses his work on consumer demand for autonomous vehicles and the potential implications for society of wider adoption of these new technologies.
Transportation
Working Paper

Notching for Free: Do Cyclists Reveal the Value of Time?

Sep 7, 2017 | Casey J. Wichman, Brandon Cunningham | 40 pp.
Bike-share users may trade off their time to save money by going out of the way to avoid a price increase. We estimate how users value time in this context: commuters value time more than recreational users, but neither group responds to changes in price.
Blog Post

Why Don’t More People Buy Flood Insurance?

Sep 6, 2017 | Andrew Royal, Margaret A. Walls
Homeowners in high-risk flood areas exhibit both rational and biased optimism about flood risks. Understanding how these outlooks factor into flood insurance take-up rates can help determine the best policy options for increasing coverage.
Risk and Uncertainty
Report

Speeding the Pace: Decisionmaking for Diversion Project Implementation in Louisiana

Sep 6, 2017 | Leonard A. Shabman, James W. Boyd | 26 pp.
Proposed Mississippi River diversions—designed to increase wetland acreage on the Louisiana coast—must secure federal, state, and local government approvals and withstand possible legal challenges.
Ecosystems
Journal Article

China’s National Carbon Dioxide Emission Trading System: An Introduction

Sep 1, 2017 | Lawrence H. Goulder, Richard D. Morgenstern, Clayton Munnings, Jeremy Schreifels
Climate Change
Blog Post

Managing Invasive Species with the Help of Public Participation

Aug 31, 2017 | Rebecca Epanchin-Niell
Managing invasive species requires a multifaceted approach. Public participation in surveillance, monitoring, and control may help mitigate the harm that nonnative pests can cause to agricultural and natural resources across the United States.
Past Webinar

Designing Shale Gas Leases for Landowner and Environmental Protection

Sep 6, 2017 Video

This webinar will share findings from an ongoing RFF study on energy lease terms for landowners in Washington County, Pennsylvania, an area undergoing rapid oil and gas development.

Energy and Electricity
Book Chapter

Distributional Impacts of Carbon Pricing Policies in the Electricity Sector

Dec 6, 2010 | Dallas Burtraw, Margaret A. Walls, Joshua Blonz | pp. 10-40
Climate Change