An introduction to a series on climate change.
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.
Though the authors found consistently positive (i.e. increased) yields for cover cropping, organic fertilization, mulching, and water harvesting, even more compelling is the meta-analysis that was conducted to investigate the potential for climate change mitigation.
The boom in electric car sales, enhanced by federal subsidies, does not reflect the fact that, in some cases, powering those cars produces more emissions than powering conventional cars. The characteristics of each state and regional mode of electricity generation should be considered in designing a subsidy (or tax) scheme.
Society is accruing a large economic benefit from the shale gas boom. While more evidence is needed to calculate the costs of the externalities associated with techniques such as fracking, those costs would need to be very large to justify preventing this new technique.
An interview with DuPont’s Doyle Karr (Director of Biotechnology Public Policy) and Jacque Matsen (Public Affairs Manager) delves into the corporate perspective on GMOs—the pros, the cons, the regulation, and the industry.
A survey of literature shows that, while GMOs are overwhelmingly beneficial to farmers, consumers, and the environment, policy precautions should be taken to prevent poor land management practices.
Research shows that minor, individual energy savings can lead to a significant aggregate decrease in energy consumption. The challenge is informing consumers in a way that changes their behavior.
Genetically modified foods have become ubiquitous, but many people distrust the corporations behind them. This makes it difficult to know who to believe in the debate over the future of GM products. In this series, we review science and industry practices to address the most common sources of confusion.
Government-led, cost share programs enabling US farmers to adopt water-saving irrigation systems may actually be increasing water use. Changing the way water rights are defined might help.