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.
Resources Magazine — May 20, 2021
Federal Climate Policy Toolkit: Land Use, Forestry, and Agriculture
A review of the federal policy options for increasing land-related carbon storage and reducing emissions from agricultural land uses and production activities.
Common Resources — Apr 28, 2021
Can Timber Extraction Permits Help Conserve Tropical Forests?
Some claim that awarding permits for timber extraction can help conserve tropical forests by discouraging illegal logging and land-use change. A recent journal article examines whether satellite data measuring forest loss support this claim.
Common Resources — Apr 14, 2021
Getting to 30x30: Important Considerations for the Biden Administration’s Conservation Agenda
RFF’s Alexandra Thompson and Margaret Walls answer key questions that surround the Biden administration’s ambitious push to conserve 30 percent of US lands and waters by 2030.