This study estimates the economic value of an increase in ecosystem services attributable to the reduced acidification expected from more stringent air pollution policy. By integrating a detailed biogeochemical model that projects future ecological recovery with economic methods that measure preferences for specific ecological improvements, we estimate the economic value of ecological benefits from new air pollution policies in the Southern Appalachian ecosystem. Our results indicate that these policies generate aggregate benefits of about $3.7 billion, or about $16 per year per household in the region. The study provides currently missing information about the ecological benefits from air pollution policies that is needed to evaluate such policies comprehensively. More broadly, the study also illustrates how integrated biogeochemical and economic assessments of multidimensional ecosystems can evaluate the relative benefits of different policy options that vary by scale and across ecosystem attributes.
RFF Live — Dec 17, 2019
Healthy Soils for a Healthier Planet
Highlighting the important role of soil health in finding climate solutions
Satellites Help Keep Communities Safe from Toxic Algal Blooms
Satellites can serve as public health heroes, passing along important information that’s gathered from the vantage point of outer space, protecting communities and saving them money in the process.
Risk, Data, and Plant Inspections: How an Interdisciplinary Science Team Informed a Policy Shift
Preventing non-native pests and diseases on imported plants by allocating risk and resources.