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Subtopic: Air Pollution 27 items found
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Green Infrastructure: Investing in Nature to Build Safer Communities
A new article in Resources magazine highlights recent work at RFF's Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth, examining how green infrastructure can be a cost-effective substitute for the pipes, dams, levees, and treatment plants traditionally used to control flooding, purify and store water, and reduce urban stormwater runoff.
Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Analysis Deconstructed: Changing Assumptions, Changing Results
EPA regulations on mercury and other air pollutants currently under review are the subject of much debate for their potential costs and impacts on the electricity industry. In a new discussion paper, a team of RFF experts examines the assumptions behind several studies that have analyzed the potential effects of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, finding that the impacts may be less rigid and less uncertain than suggested by some models.
Clean Air Regulations and the Electricity Sector
Resources magazine: RFF experts weigh the potential effects of historic air pollution regulations compared to those of cheap natural gas and falling demand on electricity prices and the generation mix.
Protecting Coastal Environments to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Preventing the release of “blue carbon” stored in mangroves, sea grasses, and salt marshes may be an effective way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. A new RFF report details the possibilities.
Beyond CO2: The Other Agents of Influence
Resources magazine: Cutting emissions of soot and methane—two short-term contributors to climate change—would slow warming while improving human health and food security.
Adapting Environmental Policy for the Developing World
Researchers from Environment for Development centers investigated some of the challenges faced by policymakers in developing countries, including the economic impacts of public health issues and the effects of climate change on agricultural productivity.
Renewable Energy in Antarctica and the Power of Being Bold
On June 15, RFF hosted polar explorer and environmental leader Robert Swan (OBE) at a Policy Leadership Forum, where he spoke on energy resources and strategies for sustainable global economic growth.
Greenhouse Gas Regulation under the Clean Air Act: A Guide for Economists
In a new Discussion Paper, RFF researchers explore the regulatory tools and options provided by the Clean Air Act for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the potential legislative challenges and economic opportunities.
Video Now Available: The Road Ahead for CAFE
While CAFE standards changed very little over the past 20 years, they will tighten substantially over the next decade. Watch RFF’s panel of experts discuss what lies ahead for fuel efficiency standards in the United States.
Banking Emissions Allowances: A Checkered Legacy
The treatment of banked emissions allowances under a series of cap-and-trade systems to curb major air pollutants has produced mixed results.
Can the Clean Air Act Handle Offsets?
The Environmental Protection Agency is gearing up to regulate greenhouse gases, but a new analysis finds that emissions offsets may not find a good fit for current clean air rules.
How Will EPA Regulate Greenhouse Gases?
Under the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can regulate emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. An analysis by RFF researchers examines how the government will manage oversight of power plants and other stationary sources of emissions.
How EPA's Air Rules Analysis Stacks Up
New research by RFF Visiting Scholar Arthur G. Fraas suggests that the Environmental Protection Agency's uncertainty analysis still doesn't meet expectations.
EPA v. Climate Change
Visiting Scholar Nathan Richardson argues that the Environmental Protection Agency’s case for regulating greenhouse gases may may be weaker than many think.
The Case for Higher Fuel Taxes
Increasing taxes on gasoline and diesel to more than $1 a gallon would produce multiple benefits, according to a new paper by Ian Parry.
Measuring the Costs of Air Pollution in China
Resources Magazine: China’s booming growth has also brought rapidly rising air pollution. A new study finds that reductions in pollution could save hundreds of thousands of lives.
Climate Change in the Developing World
Rosina Bierbaum says developing countries can’t afford to ignore climate change, and developed nations must aid poorer nations with financing and technology. The three essentials: Act now, act together, and act differently.
Threats to Health from Climate Change?
A warming world could trigger new perils to public health, but an RFF study finds that adaptation policies could mitigate many of the potential consequences – including risks of illness from heat waves, allergic and infectious disease, and rising air pollution.
Overseeing International Forest Conservation Programs
With Congress designing plans to manage international forest conservation, a key question arises—who should be in charge? In a new issue brief, RFF’s Nigel Purvis, Ray Kopp, and Andrew Stevenson offer their suggestion.
Successful International Response to Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
In a June 1 commentary, James Hammitt describes what may be the first successful international response to a global environmental threat—depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer.
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