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RFF on the Issues: Water management projects; Debris brings invasive species

Water Management Projects Los Angeles—long known for its high water consumption—has recently become a “leader in sustainable water management” thanks to a host of new conservation, collection, and reuse policies. The city now uses “less water than it did in 1970 while its population has grown by more than a third.” In a new blog […]

Assessing the Outcome of the Lima Climate Talks

This post originally appeared on Robert Stavins’s blog, An Economic View of the Environment. In the early morning hours of Sunday, December 14th, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded in Lima, Peru with an agreement among 195 countries, the “Lima Call for Climate […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, we review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted at the “indispensable” RFF Library Blog, curated by RFF Librarian Chris Clotworthy. Economic and Emissions Impacts of a Clean Air Tax or Fee in Oregon [From a Climate Wire article by Nathanael Massey, sub. req’d] A carbon tax in Oregon would have minimal effects on jobs […]

RFF on the Issues: Oil price drop and an opportunity; Clean Power Plan comments

Event notice: Register now for “Assessing the Air Quality and Climate Benefits of EPA’s Clean Power Plan,” a joint webinar on December 16 from RFF and the Electric Power Research Institute. Oil Price Drop and an Opportunity Oil prices have fallen to $65 per barrel, a drop that has been primarily attributed to a decision […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, we review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted at the “indispensable” RFF Library Blog, curated by RFF Librarian Chris Clotworthy. World Energy Trilemma 2014: Time to get Real — the Myths and Realities of Financing Energy Systems [From Press Release]  The report finds that as global energy systems are being placed under increasing strain […]

What to Expect at COP-20 in Lima

This post originally appeared on Robert Stavins’s blog, An Economic View of the Environment. On Monday, December 1st, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commences in Lima, Peru. Over the next two weeks, delegations from 195 countries will discuss and debate the next major […]

Where Falling Oil Prices May Take Us Next

The world economy has seen a 40 percent drop in oil prices since mid-June, partly because of a recent Saudi Arabia decision to not cut oil production in the face of global oversupply.  This price drop, should it last more than a few months, raises the issue: Will low prices end or seriously diminish the […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, we review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted at the “indispensable” RFF Library Blog, curated by RFF Librarian Chris Clotworthy. Using Recent Land Use Changes to Validate Land Use Change Models [Executive Summary] Economics models used by California, the Environmental Protection Agency,and the EU Commission all predict significant emissions from conversion of land from […]

RFF on the Issues: US-China emissions agreement; Natural gas potential

US-China Emissions Agreement The United States and China have reached an agreement to jointly reduce emissions, with the United States increasing the stringency of its current targets and China promising to cap emissions by 2030. The deal has been touted as “a real shot of momentum for international climate negotiations,” which will take place in […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, we review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted at the “indispensable” RFF Library Blog, curated by RFF Librarian Chris Clotworthy. How Clean Energy Works for the Military [Cache Valley Daily] As America honors its veterans Tuesday, a new report concludes the military in Utah, and across the U.S., is leading the nation in the […]