Energy & Environment

Putting a Price Tag on Nature: Contingent Valuation and Other Approaches

According to a recent study, the human brain works differently when evaluating nature than when defining a value for any other good.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games: Spillover Effects on Air Quality and Health

A study links special government controls on pollution enacted during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing to significant increases in air quality and significant decreases in mortality rates associated with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

The Role of Drought and Climate Change in Syrian Conflict

A recent study shows how climate change contributed to the 2007-2010 drought and how this affected conflict in Syria.

How Nudges Can Help Households Internalize Energy Saving Information

A new study proposes a model to estimate the welfare impacts of providing energy saving reports for households. The study shows that this type of nudge overestimates the reports' impact because they do not take into account the overall costs of changing people’s behaviors. However, well-targeted schemes can increase both energy savings and total welfare effects.

Climate and Conflict: Why Politicians Should Understand How Climate Change Poses a Threat to Security

The review of 55 scientific articles shows that deviations from moderate climate and precipitation patterns systematically increase the risk of violence and conflict, both on an interpersonal level (assaults, murder, rape) and an intergroup level (political conflicts).

Are Improved Nutritional Outcomes and a Robust Agricultural Sector Mutually Exclusive? Case Study Findings from the Developing World

Recent East African and South Asian stakeholder research has helped shed light on the thorny relationship between food security and nutritional policymaking in the developing world. Though findings point to a need for action on several fronts, addressing data disconnects in each of the six case study countries remains vital.

Poverty Trap, or Ticket to Economic Growth? Forecasting the Impact of Climate Change on Migration and Global Inequality

A new study models the long-run effects of global warming on agricultural productivity and its impact on migration flows in low- and middle-income countries.

Putting a (New) Price Tag on Global Warming

A new model suggests that future costs of climate change have been underestimated.

Editor’s Note: Forecasting Effects of Climate Change

An introduction to a series on climate change.

From Farm to Trashcan, America’s Food Supply Is Being Squandered: A Look At Consumer Attitudes

Researchers find that framing messages about food waste in terms of potential cost savings for consumers can be more effective than mentioning threats to the environment.

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