A longstanding conservation scheme known as payment for ecosystem services aims to incentivize forest protection by putting a price on the services forests provide, but questions remain whether the payments generated are going to right people . A recent analysis conducted in Costa Rica indicates that indeed further work is needed to reach rural poor populations that depend on forests for their livelihoods.
Foreign direct investment is often seen as an economic blessing for developing nations. However, new research reveals that it stimulates resource depletion, while fostering dependency on the income generated from that depletion.
Powerful measurement tools exist to help policy-makers calculate and prioritize their recommendations. Yet there is little information about how environmental valuation actually impacts environmental regulation. So, how do pricing and other forms of measuring natural resources impact policy-making?
Maple sugar is the most important non-timber forest product in the northeastern U.S. A new study shows greater amounts of nitrogen in the soil can lead to sweeter sap and therefore higher maple sugar yields.
A recent study showed empirical evidence of a turning point of Indonesia CO2 emissions. According to the findings, CO2 emissions will start to decline as income per capita reaches around $8,000, with profound implication Indonesian energy policy.
As one of the largest and arguable strongest economies on the African continent, South Africa has not shown the kind of leadership on renewable energy as might be expected, a group of researchers says.
Household air pollution and contaminated drinking water are the two leading causes of death among children under the age of five in Rwanda. A recent study investigated the effectiveness of using cookstoves and water filters to improve children's health.