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Protecting Public Lands: RFF’s Policy Leadership Series with Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell, Richard Newell, and Elizabeth Wason


Can Timber Extraction Permits Help Conserve Tropical Forests?

Allen Blackman and Laura Villalobos Fiatt

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Celebrating Earth Day in 2021

Richard Newell

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Waiting for Clarity: Carbon-Pricing Policy Can Reduce Uncertainty and Stimulate Private Investment

Karen Palmer

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Who Benefits from EV Subsidies? The Complicating Role of Zero-Emissions Vehicle Standards

Joshua Linn

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A Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Invasive Species: People Like Us

Anne McDarris

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Getting to 30x30: Important Considerations for the Biden Administration’s Conservation Agenda

Alexandra Thompson and Margaret A. Walls


Putting the American Jobs Plan to Work: Examining the Implications and Challenges

Marc Hafstead, Alan Krupnick, Benjamin Leard, Joshua Linn, Wesley Look, Karen Palmer, Daniel Raimi, Kevin Rennert, Susan Tierney, and Michael A. Toman


Texas Power Crisis Exposes Problems with Financial Risk–Mitigation Strategies in Renewable Energy Projects

Jay Bartlett

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Net-Zero Ambitions: RFF’s Policy Leadership Series with Bernard Looney

Bernard Looney, Richard Newell, and Elizabeth Wason

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Equitable Transition to a Low-Emissions Future: Thriving in a Clean Energy Economy

Wesley Look

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The Forests All around Us: Making Green Infrastructure Available to Everyone

Ann Bartuska

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Eliminating Transportation Sector Emissions: Don’t Forget Trucks

Joshua Linn


Equitable Transition to a Low-Emissions Future: Federal Support for a Workforce in Transition

Wesley Look


One Year of COVID: Have We Learned Anything from Prior Pandemics?

Cole Martin


Putting Energy Projections into Context with RFF’s Global Energy Outlook and Benchmark IPCC Scenarios

Seth Villanueva and Daniel Raimi

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Can Public Transit Survive COVID and Compete with Uber? A Look at Long-Term Ridership Trends

Joshua Linn

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What Happened in Texas? Understanding the Blackouts and Drawing Lessons for the Power Grid

Karen Palmer and Kathryne Cleary


A New Administration Brings Major Changes to Federal Climate Policy

Robert Stavins and Daniel Esty

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The Potential of Hydrogen for Decarbonization: Reducing Emissions in Iron and Steel Production

Jay Bartlett and Alan Krupnick