Environmental Policy

The Future of Conservation in the Amazon Rainforest

You have been involved in environmental research and deforestation issues in the Amazon from the earliest stages of interest in...

Paying Too Much for Energy? The True Costs of Our Energy Choices

With less than five percent of the world’s population, the United States consumes about one-fifth (21 percent) of the world’s...

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.

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).

The Changing Landscape of GMO Policy in the EU

Diffusion patterns of GMO-"freeness" in the EU reveal significant intra-state diffusion but limited inter-state growth.

The Uphill Battle to Reduce CO2 Emissions May Be Twice as Steep as Previously Thought

A new study examines the role of uncertainty in modeling the social cost of carbon use. Its conclusions indicate that the optimal carbon dioxide tax and abatement level may be double the estimates of a widely used model.

American Skeptics: How Special Interests Create Ambiguity on Climate Change

Much of the controversy over environmental issues in the US can be attributed to interest groups campaigning in the media. A new model strives to show the ways in which these efforts might inform or misinform audiences and their effects on environmental issues.

Are Water Markets Effective? Despite implementation challenges, water markets hold promise

An analysis of water markets around the world indicates significant challenges of implementation. In spite of the difficulties, water markets may be a promising means of improving water sustainability.

Buy One, Get One: Air Quality Co-Benefits of US Carbon Policies

Co-benefits from improved air quality can offset some if not all of the near-term costs of carbon-reduction policies. If the US commits to buying a carbon policy, citizens will also get reduced air pollution and improved health for free.

Flipping the Script on What Causes City Green Initiatives

Researchers find new data that contradict their previously held belief that cities push for community-wide green sustainability programs for their cost-saving benefits.

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