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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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Coffee in a Changing Climate, with Kim Elena Ionescu of the Specialty Coffee Association
00:30:30
Host Daniel Raimi talks with Kim Elena Ionescu, Chief Sustainability Officer at the Specialty Coffee Association. They discuss how coffee producers are likely to be affected by climate change, how they might adapt, and what resources are available to help them make decisions. They also talk about the role that consumers play in this discussion. References and recommendations made by Kim Elena Ionescu: "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things" by William McDonough and Michael Braungart; https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5571.Cradle_to_Cradle
Mar 12, 2019
Community Perceptions of Wind Energy, with Sarah Mills of the University of Michigan
00:29:27
Host Daniel Raimi talks with Dr. Sarah Mills, senior project manager at the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy. Sarah and colleagues recently published a study looking at how people perceive the positive and negative impacts of wind energy development. We'll talk about what the study found, what the implications are for state and local planning, and what this might mean for the fast-growing industry of wind energy in the United States. References and recommendations made by Sarah Mills: "Exploring Landowners’ Post-Construction Changes in Perceptions of Wind Energy in Michigan" by Sarah Banas Mills, Douglas Bessette, and Hannah Smith; https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0264837718307579?via%3Dihub "The Politics of Resentment" by Katherine J. Cramer; https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo22879533.html
Mar 04, 2019
A Lawmaker's Take on the Green New Deal, with Former Congressman Phil Sharp
00:33:36
Hosts Kristin Hayes and Daniel Raimi team up to interview Phil Sharp, former Indiana congressman, former president of RFF, and current non-resident fellow at the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy. They ask Phil to share his thoughts on the Green New Deal—the ambitious set of proposals aimed at tackling climate change, inequality, and more. Phil gives his take on the pros and cons of the approach from a political perspective, as well as shares his broader thoughts about the ability of our political system to deal with big, complex challenges like climate change. References and recommendations made by Phil Sharp: "Designing Climate Solutions" by Hal Harvey, Robbie Orvis, and Jeffrey Rissman; https://islandpress.org/books/designing-climate-solutions
Feb 23, 2019
Does the Shale Boom Equal Climate Doom?, with RFF's Daniel Raimi
00:27:41
Host Kristin Hayes talks with Daniel Raimi, host of Resources Radio and a senior research associate at RFF. They discuss Daniel's latest research on the oil and gas industry and his new paper, "The Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Increased US Oil and Gas Production." References and recommendations made by Daniel Raimi: "The Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Increased US Oil and Gas Production" by Daniel Raimi; https://www.rff.org/publications/working-papers/greenhouse-gas-impacts-increased-us-oil-and-gas-production/ "The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals;" https://www.industrialmusicals.com/
Feb 18, 2019
Understanding Climate Models, with Massimo Tavoni of EIEE
00:23:51
Host Kristin Hayes talks with Massimo Tavoni, the director of the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment and an associate professor at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. They discuss integrated assessment models, what they are, how they're used in studying climate change, and why they matter for decisionmaking. References and recommendations made by Max Tavoni: Carbon Brief; https://www.carbonbrief.org/ "Mountain"; https://www.madmanfilms.com.au/mountain/
Feb 10, 2019
Fracking in Colorado, with Matt Lepore of Adamantine Energy
00:28:18
Host Daniel Raimi talks with Matt Lepore of Adamantine Energy about oil and gas development in Colorado. They'll discuss the controversies surrounding development, how the state has responded, and whether it's done a good enough job. They'll also talk about the results of the statewide election, in which Colorado voters rejected a proposal that would have dramatically restricted new oil and gas development. References and recommendations made by Matt Lepore: "Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari; https://www.ynharari.com/book/sapiens/ "Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy; https://www.cormacmccarthy.com/works/blood-meridian/
Feb 03, 2019
Demystifying Sea Level Rise, with Robert Kopp of Rutgers University
00:29:58
Host Daniel Raimi talks with Dr. Robert Kopp—Director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, a professor at Rutgers University, and co-director at the Climate Impact Lab—about sea level rise. They discuss the latest update on how a changing climate will affect sea levels, and where the major uncertainties lie. Daniel will also ask Robert how he responds when people ask a common question posed of climate scientists: “are we doomed?” References and recommendations made by Robert Kopp: "We Need Courage, Not Hope, To Face Climate Change" by Kate Marvel; https://onbeing.org/blog/kate-marvel-we-need-courage-not-hope-to-face-climate-change/ "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert; https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17910054-the-sixth-extinction "New York 2140" by Kim Stanley Robinson; https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29570143-new-york-2140
Jan 24, 2019
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 19, 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 13, 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 06, 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 30, 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 23, 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 16, 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 07, 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 01, 2018