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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 […]

Carbon Taxes under the Clean Power Plan

This is the eighth in a series of questions that highlights RFF’s Expert Forum on EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Readers are invited to submit their own comments to the questions and/or the responses using the “Leave a Comment” box below. See all of the questions to date here. RFF asks the experts: Should EPA allow states to […]

RFF on the Issues: Climate change opinions; Clean Power Plan impacts

Climate Change Opinions Members of Congress have offered a wide range of responses to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report, demonstrating the partisan divide over climate change. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) released a statement that the climate report would “cripple the global economy,” and Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) emphasized that “irreversible […]

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. Green Subsidies and the WTO This paper provides a detailed explanation how the law of the World Trade Organization regulates environmental subsidies with a focus on renewable energy subsidies. The paper begins by discussing […]

The Final Stage of IPCC AR5 – Last Week’s Outcome in Copenhagen

This post originally appeared on Robert Stavins’s blog, An Economic View of the Environment. Some of you may recall that following the Government Approval Sessions for the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of Working Group 3 (WG3) of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Berlin last spring, I […]

Should we all take a bit of lithium?!

You might have seen the September 13, 2014, New York Times op-ed titled “Should we all take a bit of lithium?” which was the Times‘ 7th most emailed story of the 30 days following its publication. It came to our attention about a week after it was published, when we found a Times-reading friend squeezing […]

RFF on the Issues: Flood insurance pricing; EU emissions deal

Flood Insurance Pricing Last week marked the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on the US East Coast, which resulted in more than $50 billion worth of damage. Flood damage from Sandy was severe.  For New York City, new flood insurance maps are being finalized in 2016.  These new maps might cause “the number of […]

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. Remote Sensing of Fugitive Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Production in North American Tight Geologic Formations [Energy Guardian] Some ten percent of natural gas produced in drilling fields like those in the Bakken […]