GDP is no longer the gold standard for measuring a country’s progress.
Global economic recovery plans are green---but not yet green enough.
A new Policy Brief provides policymakers with a timely framework for maximizing economic, energy and climate-policy objectives.
As they respond to the worst economic crisis the Un
This chart assesses potential green-program impacts per $1 billion of U.S. government economic-recovery spending.
As the 111th Congress begins and a new president takes office, the economic crisis dominates the US policy agenda. The financial system remains in a tenuous state despite massive bank recapitalization, and the economy, more than a year into the current recession, shows no signs of recovery.
The financial crisis is currently at the front and center of the national debate, but if we limit our focus to near-term fixes on the economy, we will just defer requisite action on climate.
p>The forest products sector holds an enormous stake in the coming economy defined by resource constraints, climate change policies, and shifting consumer values.
A reverse auction in the Conestoga watershed in Pennsylvania demonstrated that auctions are a more cost-effective way to allocate conservation funding than the traditional funding allocation process used in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is both hailed as a "silver bullet" for the coal industry, and reviled as a pipe dream. The reality is that the U.S. needs CCS, and a comprehensive policy framework for rapid development and deployment.
How can the U.S. maintain a competitive international playing field for carbon-intensive industries under U.S. global warming regulation?
U.S. decision-makers enjoy access to some of the best economic information and analysis in the world, including detailed measurements of economic activity, employment, and changes in the productivity of labor and capital. These statistics and indicators drive policy and move markets.
Some economic projections say that greenhouse gas limits will cause economic pain, while others predict economic gain. Why the big difference? It depends on the assumptions you choose--and now you can choose your own.
Laws alone are not enough to ensure environmental protection. Civil society organizations often play a critical role in bringing those laws to life. In Uganda, Greenwatch has done exactly that for the country's laws on access to environmental information, the first of which passed in 1998.
These films show how Senegal's Forestry service, forest merchants, and other government agents are blocking local governments from playing their legal role in forest management and use.
p>In a speech at Davos today, Bill Gates called for a more inclusive capitalism that "would have a twin mission: making profits and also improving lives for those who don't fully benefit from market forces." That is a major milestone in the evolving thinking of perhaps the most influential philanthropist of our time.
This report explores an approach to reconciling development and climate priorities, termed sustainable development policies and measures (SD-PAMs).
Currently, countries measure their economic growth and performance through the System of National Accounts (SNA).
Using examples drawn from within the business community, Measuring Up demonstrates how environmental performance indices (EPIs) are already being used inside firms to drive improvements in resource efficiency, while increasing profitability.
Currently, countries measure their economic growth and performance through the System of National Accounts (SNA). These financial accounts measure the total economic transactions in an economy.
Although the notion of sustainable agriculture is attracting considerable interest, little information has been available for evaluating current levels of agricultral sustainability in the United States or the policy options that will best promote it.