E&E News: "EPA's Carbon Metric May Underestimate Climate Change—At Least for Now"
RFF Fellow Brian Prest is quoted in an article about the need for accurate climate damage models.
“There's a lot of detailed modeling about air quality in the US, but that doesn't mean that you can just plug that in or do a simple extrapolation to the globe, because other countries have different air quality issues, different degrees of exposure, and so on and so forth,” said Brian Prest, a fellow at Resources for the Future.
RFF and others are working to quantify additional impacts in ways that could facilitate the development of more complete social cost metrics in future years. Some of those impacts might be beneficial — like cheaper heating bills or advancements in adaptation.
But each successive revision of the social cost of greenhouse gases is likely to show a steeper cost to heat-trapping emissions as new impacts like biodiversity loss, wildfire and ocean health are quantified and can be included, Prest said.
Drawing attention to the gaps in this year’s edition will “set the stage for people," he said. "So if the number goes up in the future as more things are incorporated that isn't a surprise."
Journal Article — Nov 30, 2023
Inequality Repercussions of Financing Negative Emissions
A peer-reviewed paper by colleagues at the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment weighs in on how carbon dioxide removal technologies may exacerbate economic inequality.
Working Paper — Nov 20, 2023
Daily Temperature and Sales of Energy-using Durables
This working paper from the European Institute on Economics and the Environment examines whether temperature and other weather variables affect sales of dryers and air conditioning units.
Report — Nov 16, 2023
Tracking and Evaluation of Research, Development, and Demonstration Programs at the US Department of Energy
This report builds on a May 2023 RFF workshop that sourced experiences with and proposed best practices for developing the US Department of Energy's research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) capacity.
Media Highlight — Nov 13, 2023
Chesapeake Bay Journal: “Salt Patches, a Product of Rising Seas, Are Spreading Rapidly on the Chesapeake’s Eastern Shore”
A peer-reviewed article coauthored by RFF Senior Fellow Becky Epanchin-Niell is the subject of an article about saltwater intrusion in the Chesapeake region.