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Managing Water: Governance Innovations to Enhance Coordination
RFF Visiting Scholar Lynn Scarlett outlines in a new issue brief today’s main challenges for water management and describes the characteristics and potential of innovative governance systems.
The Variability of Potential Revenue from a Carbon Tax
Implementing a carbon tax in the United States could help reduce the large and growing federal budget deficit as well as emissions of carbon dioxide. A new issue brief from RFF experts helps explain what policymakers could expect in terms of revenue.
The Potential Role of Carbon Labeling in a Green Economy
A new RFF discussion paper examines how much of an impact product labeling could have on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Speculators and Oil Prices: What Do We Know and What Should We Do?
At a recent First Wednesday Seminar, a panel of experts examined the role of speculation in rising gas prices and discussed the ongoing process of oil market reform. Event slides and video are now available.
Analysis of the Bingaman Clean Energy Standard Proposal
In a new discussion paper, RFF experts dissect the latest federal proposal for a clean energy standard.
RFF Launches New Blog
Common Resources will provide policy-relevant insights and debates along with highlights from RFF research.
Green Infrastructure: Using Natural Landscapes for Flood Mitigation and Water Quality Improvements
At a recent First Wednesday Seminar, RFF experts explored the concept of green infrastructure and examined its potential role in flood mitigation and environmental services programs. Event video and slides are now available.
Unnatural Disasters?
Resources: Sheila Olmstead and Carolyn Kousky explain why Mother Nature isn’t the sole cause of 2011’s billion-dollar string of disasters.
Borrowing to Save Energy: An Assessment of Energy-Efficiency Financing Programs
In a new report, RFF experts explain how markets for energy-efficiency financing work and examine various government and utility financing programs in the United States, identifying gaps in knowledge and information and recommending next steps.
Reactions to EPA’s Proposed Power Plant Standards
Resident Scholar Nathan Richardson takes a quick look at EPA’s proposed performance standards for new power plants.
Secular Trends, Environmental Regulations, and Electricity Markets
RFF experts examine downward trends in natural gas prices and electricity consumption (known as secular trends), finding that these changes have a substantially bigger impact on electricity prices and the contribution of coal to electricity supply than do recent EPA regulations.
Measuring Conservation’s Return on Investment
As conservation organizations widen their goals to include human well-being, return on investment analysis is a promising tool for measuring the social and economic benefits of conservation. Jim Boyd explains in the latest edition of Resources magazine.
Invasive Species: Impacts, Challenges, and Strategies for Management
At a recent First Wednesday Seminar, a panel of experts convened to discuss the complex ecological, economic, and policy implications of invasive species. Event video and presentations are now available.
Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: Comparisons and a Closer Look
New research from RFF experts examines energy efficiency resource standards, an increasingly popular policy approach among states to spur investment in energy efficiency measures and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Improving Fuel Economy in Heavy-Duty Vehicles
RFF’s Winston Harrington and Alan Krupnick examine the new federal regulations mandating improvements in fuel economy among heavy-duty commercial vehicles, noting that market-oriented approaches might work better.
How Carbon Neutral is Bioenergy?
At a recent RFF seminar, Senior Fellow and Center for Forest Economics and Policy Director Roger Sedjo discussed the issue of emissions from wood energy. Video and slides from the event are now available.
State Parks: Assessing Their Benefits
Resources: Juha Siikamäki explains why, in an era of tight budgets, state parks remain well worth their costs.
Carbon Policy under the Clean Air Act: Examining Tradable Standards
EPA faces several choices as it crafts its approach for regulating stationary-source greenhouse gas emissions. RFF experts look at one option, tradable standards, in a new discussion paper.
Rare Earths Markets: Implications for the U.S. Wind Energy Sector
In this new RFF report, experts examine some of the key economic and physical factors influencing rare earths markets, focusing on how China’s market dominance may affect the U.S. wind energy sector.
Rethinking Environmental Federalism in a Warming World
In a new discussion paper, William Shobe and RFF Senior Fellow Dallas Burtraw highlight the importance of accounting for the federal relationship between national and subnational levels of government.
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