Mercury on the Move
May 17, 2018
Despite a decline in active mercury pollution, lingering environmental mercury is still a human health concern. Scientists working to track the movement of global mercury have discovered a new route – mercury moves through the stocking of lakes for recreational fishing. Because of fish stocking, the toxic heavy metal is moving from oceans to mountain lakes at an estimated global rate of one ton per year. This finding calls for fisheries managers to pay closer attention to the health of their recreational stock before releasing into lakes.
May 17, 2018
What is the true value of a breath of fresh air?
May 1, 2018
In the quest to improve air quality, researchers and policymakers aim to determine the costs and benefits of air pollution reduction strategies. Recent research introduces a model to account for both the direct and indirect benefits of clean air, and applies this method to reveal that the benefits of curbing ground level ozone concentrations through a cap-and-trade program far exceed the implementation costs.
A new democratic approach to ecosystem services valuation: An experiment in New Hampshire
April 23, 2018
Ecosystem service valuation is a method for assigning economic value to an ecosystem. This is not a holistic process. Many environment benefits such as food, water and climate stability cannot be measured by economics alone. To include these additional benefits, researchers developed an innovative method that considers environmental aspects through open dialogue and public engagement.