Energy & Environment

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.

In the Fight for Food Security, Sustainable Land Management Plays a ‘Growing’ Role

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.

Are electric cars more environmentally friendly? It depends where you drive them.

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.

Winners and Losers in the Shale Gas Boom

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.

The Complex Story of GMOs, Told from the DuPont Perspective

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.

GMOs: Where the Science Stands on Nutrition and Agricultural Advancement

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.

With Energy Labels, One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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.

Editor’s Note: A Review of the Science and Practices behind Genetically Modified Foods

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.

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