“Conservation Reconsidered” Turns 50: The Environmental Turn in Natural Resource Economics

Environmentalism in the United States historically has been divided into two camps: conservation and preservation. A pioneer in environmental economics, John Krutilla helped define the field by accounting for the concerns of each side.

Capturing the Value of Data from Earth Observations

RFF’s Yusuke Kuwayama sat down to discuss the new RFF-NASA consortium to help experts better understand the socioeconomic benefits of Earth observations, including the value of satellite information on groundwater and natural disasters.

Economic Principles for “Spaceship Earth”

Kenneth Boulding’s 1966 essay on sustainability has relevance today for fostering economic policies that respect planetary boundaries.

Message from the President: Insights from RFF’s History as Resources Magazine Goes Digital

RFF’s flagship publication moves to a new digital format.

Managing Uncertainty in the US Electric Power Sector: Can Shadow Carbon Prices Light the Way?

In the face of uncertainty about future policies to address climate change, companies are using internal carbon pricing in their strategic planning to manage regulatory risk and explore future scenarios for potential investments.

What Private Tolling Gets Wrong for America’s Roads

To reduce road congestion, Republicans propose delegating the repair, expansion, and construction of roads to private firms, to be financed by private tolls. But motorists would be better off if congestion tolls were instead set by the government.

Voluntary Conservation: A Return on Investment Framework for the Private Sector

A return on investment framework can help businesses identify the costs and benefits of participating in voluntary programs under the US Endangered Species Act that aim to encourage conservation by the private sector—beyond what is required for compliance.

Reducing Risk after the Flood

The vast majority of federal funding for flood risk reduction is appropriated after disasters strike. Allocating a greater share to pre-flood programs could improve the effectiveness of federal spending.

Trump’s Regulatory Reform Process: Analytical Hurdles and Missing Benefits

The fundamental problems with Trump’s plan to reform regulatory rulemaking are that regulations can be eliminated that have larger benefits to society than costs, and that new regulations now face three times the analytical hurdles as before.

Investing in Coastal Protected Lands under Threat from Sea-Level Rise

Protected lands along the US eastern seaboard could help shield communities from the impacts of climate change—but these coastal ecosystems are at risk and their ability to bolster resilience hinges on federal, state, and local adaptation measures.