When it comes to climate policy, it seems like pessimism is the only thing that rivals greenhouse gas emissions in terms of volume. Last week, the daily atmospheric content of CO2 popped up over 400 parts per million, pushing the stated goal of keeping worldwide temperatures to a 2˚C increase even further from reach. Beneath [...]
Incrementally aligning policies in distinct carbon markets—linking by degrees—can allow programs to experience immediate benefits of sharing best practices in program design. Together with colleagues at RFF and Yale, we’ve examined the details and prospects for the cap-and-trade programs in California and the Northeast. Read more here.
Building on recent work that highlights the need to account for institutions in crafting economic solutions to environmental problems, Matt Woerman and I look specifically to the implementation of climate policy—and how incentive-based thinking can help. Read more here.
The 18th round of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations concluded last month in Doha. Expectations were low, but reviews have still been mixed. But for those who aren’t insiders, understanding the talks – much less identifying success or failure – is very hard because of the complexity that’s accumulated over the [...]
You are probably used to hearing about how dysfunctional the COPs are, how much unnecessary brinksmanship they display, and how despite a couple weeks of long nights and frayed nerves, the delegates seem to come together and salvage some kind of agreement that may or may not be disappointing, but at least has some potential [...]
Twenty years ago, in a chapter of an RFF book (Global Development and the Environment: Perspectives on Sustainability, 1992 – now available for the low price of $1.75!), I tried to sort out some of the global energy issues then confronting the approaching 1992 Rio United Nations Conference on Development and Environment (UNCED). With leaders [...]
RFF experts have delved into domestic climate adaptation risks and recommendations in a comprehensive report, Reforming Institutions and Managing Extremes: U.S. Policy Approaches for Adapting to a Changing Climate. But what about our neighbors to the north? According to Paying the Price: The Economic Impacts of Climate Change for Canada—a report by The National Round [...]
We’ve previously talked about Resources for the Future’s two-year research project on climate change adaptation in the United States, Reforming Institutions and Managing Extremes. However, while the U.S. is facing the effects of climate change, developing countries are more at risk. For a perspective on what is needed to address global climate adaptation, RFF Center [...]
It was déjà vu in the United Nations Security Council last week. The Security Council took up climate change for a second time in the past four years. These talks were supposed to produce a unanimous statement asking the UN secretary general to appoint a climate and security envoy and officially introduce climate change into [...]
One of the obstacles in global climate policy is the different national perceptions on the issue of climate change and the solution to mitigate carbon emissions. RFF researchers compared these differences in the United States, China, and Sweden. The results from Paying for Mitigation: A Multiple Country Study are below.