The RFF Reader in Environmental and Resource Management

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Wallace E. Oates
Resources for the Future, 1999 - 307 pages
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This volume seeks to provide teachers and students, the public policy community and informed citizens with a broader and deeper perspective on natural resources and the environment. Much of the material in the reader comes from Resources, the Resources for the Future quarterly publication. Wallace E. Oates has supplemented this with other important RFF work in climate change and sustainability. He has assembled many of the most requested articles to emerge from RFF. The book includes sections on key environmental topics such as benefit-cost analysis, environmental regulation and environmental justice. There is a section devoted to environmental problems in developing nations and transitional economies. Natural resource topics include resource management, biodiversity, and sustainable development. The articles address many difficult public policy questions, such as: does environmental policy conflict with economic growth; and when is a life too costly to save? Among the other issues addressed are emissions trading, environmental damage assessment, Superfund, biodiversity, forest management, waste-facility siting, and sustainable agriculture.

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Contents

The Yucca Mountain Standard
7
Economics Clarifies Choices about Managing Risk
15
Does Environmental Policy Conflid with Economic Growth?
21
Balancing Costs
27
Economics and Ethics
35
When Is a Life Too Costly To Save? The Evidence from
43
Assessing Damages from the Valdez Oil Spill
51
This
65
Water as a Source of International Conflict
137
The Global Environmental Effects of Local Logging Cutbacks
155
Preserving Biodiversity as a Resource
171
Are Dumps and Landfills Sited
191
Protest Property Rights and Hazardous Waste
205
Cimate Change and Its Consequences
225
Market Merits
243
Sustainable Agriculture
257

Regulatory Reform in Air Pollution Control
69
Will Speeding the Retirement of Old Cars Improve Air Quality?
89
Cleaning Up Superfund
105
Thinking about Environmental Federalism
119
Environmental Problems in Developing
273
CostEffective Control of Water Pollution
289
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