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Resources Radio is a weekly podcast by Resources for the Future. Each week we talk to leading experts about climate change, electricity, ecosystems, and more, making the latest research accessible to everyone.

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Paying For Pollution, with Gilbert Metcalf of Tufts University
00:31:08
Host Daniel Raimi talks with Gilbert Metcalf, the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, a Professor of Economics, and Graduate Program Director at Tufts University's Department of Economics. They discuss his new book, "Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America," why he thinks that a carbon tax is the smartest way to deal with the problem of climate change, and his views on why it's preferable to other policy approaches. References and recommendations made by Gilbert Metcalf: "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert; https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17910054-the-sixth-extinction "Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America" by Eliza Griswold; https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36722972-amity-and-prosperity "Confronting the Climate Challenge: US Policy Options" by Lawrence Goulder and Marc Hafstead; https://cup.columbia.edu/book/confronting-the-climate-challenge/9780231179027 "Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America" by Gilbert Metcalf; https://global.oup.com/academic/product/paying-for-pollution-9780190694197?cc=us&lang=en&
Jan 20, 2019
People, Parks, and Policy, with RFF's Margaret Walls
00:21:35
Host Kristin Hayes talks with Margaret Walls, a senior fellow at Resources for the Future about her work on the economics of national parks and other public lands, including ways to address ongoing funding needs and overcrowding. They also discuss some of the recent concerns related to national parks and the government shutdown. References and recommendations made by Margaret Walls: "The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks" by Terry Tempest Williams; https://www.amazon.com/Hour-Land-Personal-Topography-Americas/dp/0374280096 "All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West" by David Gessner; https://www.amazon.com/All-Wild-That-Remains-American/dp/0393352374
Jan 14, 2019
The New Energy Geopolitics, with Meghan O'Sullivan of Harvard University
00:31:08
Host Daniel Raimi talks with Meghan O’Sullivan, the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, about her recent book "Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power." They discuss energy independence, the US-China relationship, energy ties between Europe and Russia, and much more. References and recommendations made by Meghan O'Sullivan: "Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power" by Meghan O'Sullivan; https://amzn.to/2H1g9nI "Rethinking Saudi Arabia" by Karen Elliott House; https://www.wsj.com/articles/rethinking-saudi-arabia-1543595189
Jan 07, 2019
Energy Inefficiency, with RFF's Joshua Blonz
00:26:38
Host Daniel Raimi and Joshua Blonz, a postdoctoral fellow at RFF, talk about his recent research on an energy efficiency program in California, the “principal-agent problem,” and what that means for policymaking on energy efficiency and much more. References and recommendations made by Joshua Blonz: "The Welfare Costs of Misaligned Incentives: Energy Inefficiency and the Principal-Agent Problem" by Joshua Blonz; http://www.rff.org/research/publications/welfare-costs-misaligned-incentives-energy-inefficiency-and-principal-agent "Lyft Doesn’t Cause Congestion, All Vehicles Do" by Severin Borenstein; https://energyathaas.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/lyft-doesnt-cause-congestion-all-vehicles-do/
Dec 31, 2018
Sensing Pollution with Satellites, with RFF's Alan Krupnick and Daniel Sullivan
00:27:06
Host Daniel Raimi and RFF's Alan Krupnick and Daniel Sullivan discuss their recent study using satellite data to better measure air pollution in the United States, what the implications are for public health, and how policymakers might respond. References and recommendations made by Alan and Daniel: "Using Satellite Data to Fill the Gaps in the US Air Pollution Monitoring Network" by Daniel Sullivan and Alan Krupnick; http://www.rff.org/valuables/research/publications/using-satellite-data-fill-gaps-us-air-pollution-monitoring-network
Dec 24, 2018
Communicating Complex Social Problems, with Matthew Nisbet of Northeastern University
00:32:07
Host Kristin Hayes and Matthew Nisbet, a professor of communication, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern University, discuss effective communications related to complex social problems such as climate change and political polarization. References and recommendations made by Matthew Nisbet: Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy by Siva Vaidhyanathan; https://www.amazon.com/Antisocial-Media-Disconnects-Undermines-Democracy/dp/0190841168
Dec 17, 2018
Agriculture and Climate Change, with Fran Moore of UC Davis
00:32:47
Host Daniel Raimi and Dr. Fran Moore of UC Davis talk about the economic impacts of climate change on agriculture, what a recent study authored by Moore and colleagues found, and what these findings mean for estimating the social cost of carbon. References and recommendations made by Fran Moore: "New Science of Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture Implies Higher Social Cost of Carbon" by Frances C. Moore, Uris Baldos, Thomas Hertel, and Delavane Diaz; https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-01792-x?utm American War: A Novel by Omar El Akkad; https://www.amazon.com/American-War-Omar-El-Akkad/dp/0451493583 The End We Start From by Megan Hunter;https://www.amazon.com/End-We-Start-Megan-Hunter/dp/0802126898/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546633729&sr=8-1&keywords=the+end+we+start+from Odds Against Tomorrow: A Novel by Nathaniel Rich; https://www.amazon.com/Odds-Against-Tomorrow-Nathaniel-Rich/dp/1250043646/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1546633805&sr=8-2&keywords=odds+against+tomorrow
Dec 08, 2018
Wildfires, with RFF's Matthew Wibbenmeyer
00:26:32
Host Daniel Raimi and RFF Fellow Matthew Wibbenmeyer discuss the recent fires in California, looking not only their causes but also how to mitigate their risk. References and recommendations made by Matthew Wibbenmeyer: The Relationship between Trees and Human Health: Evidence from the Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer, a US Forest Service Study by Geoffrey Donovan et al. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/45049
Dec 02, 2018