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Four Trends in Existing Buildings you Need to Know

Four Trends in Existing Buildings you Need to Know | Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News | Scoop.it

Stricter regulations, more transparency, more productivity, better technology, less energy = stronger economics Prepared for the United States Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA),...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 20, 2013 1:57 PM
Nice succinct summary of major sustainable real estate issues and strategies by Daniele Horton, Founder of Verdani Partners. Includes a presentation for those interested and a link to a more in depth report.
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A2 Macro Pre-Release - Extract 4 & 5: Estonians on track for free public transport

Estonians in the capital city of Talinn are soon to benefit from the arrival of free public transport. It is the first EU capital to make the shift and is pa...

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Bernanke hails benefits of stimulus

Bernanke hails benefits of stimulus | Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News | Scoop.it
US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke tells Congress that it is too soon to end the central bank's monetary stimulus programme or raise interest rates.
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The Economic impact of public agricultural research and development in the United States - Andersen & Song (2013) - Ag Econ

The Economic impact of public agricultural research and development in the United States - Andersen & Song (2013) - Ag Econ | Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News | Scoop.it

We examine the relationship between public investments in agricultural research and development and the productivity-enhancing benefits they generate.

 

Knowledge productivity functions are estimated for U.S. agriculture... We examine the time-series properties of the data... The results are used to calculate economic performance measures...

 

The real rate of return to public investments in agricultural research and development in the United States is in the range of 8-10% per annum...


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Environmental Economics and Management: Theory, Policy and Applications book download

Scott J. Callan and Janet M. Thomas


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Environmental Economics and Management: Theory, Policy and Applications book download<br/><br/>Scott J. Callan and Janet M. Thomas<br/><br/><br/>Download here http://biomervo.info/1/books/Environme... | Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News | Scoop.it
Environmental Economics and Management: Theory, Policy and Applications book download

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Climate Change, Carbon Bubble and New York's Green Bank – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Climate Change, Carbon Bubble and New York's Green Bank – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News | Scoop.it
Press Releases get your corporate social responsibility news and information out to journalists, investors, and industry professionals utilizing CSRwire’s targeted reach.
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Spillover effects of targeted subsidies - Liverpool-Tasie & Salau (2013) - IFPRI

Spillover effects of targeted subsidies - Liverpool-Tasie & Salau (2013) - IFPRI | Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News | Scoop.it

Though there is increasing evidence of the availability and potential of new agricultural technologies in Africa south of the Sahara, effective demand for them is still low. A recent refocus on increasing farmers’ use of modern technologies such as improved seed and chemical fertilizer has led to a resurgence of input subsidies for these products in many developing countries.

 

One popular mechanism currently in use is input vouchers. Targeted input vouchers are intended to simultaneously improve the targeting of subsidies and develop demand in private markets. While there is growing evidence of the impact of targeted subsidies on private input demand... no empirical studies have examined the spillover effects of targeted subsidies for just one input on the use of other complementary inputs with which there is low substitutability.

 

Consequently, this study begins to fill this gap by exploring the effect of increasing access to subsidized fertilizer on farmers’ use of improved seed in Nigeria... The study finds evidence that increased access to subsidized fertilizer increased the likelihood of farmers using improved seed... This indicates that farmers are re-optimizing their use of other inputs in response to increasing availability of one input. This complicates the ability to isolate the returns to any one input when evaluating programs targeted at just one input... there is a clear link between farmers’ use of improved seed and fertilizer... which could be leveraged in the development of input subsidy programs across Africa south of the Sahara.


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Oil companies raided in EU probe

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EU officials have raided the offices of several companies involved in the oil market, as part of an investigation into price-fixing.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, May 14, 2013 2:22 PM

Possibility here of another price fixing issue - application to the oligopolistic world of oil refining

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How China is educating Africa – and what it means for the west

How China is educating Africa – and what it means for the west | Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News | Scoop.it
Stephen Chan: In an extract from a new book, China's aspirational approach to education and investment in Africa is distinguished from the west's focus on basic needs

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, May 13, 2013 2:33 AM

Going beyond the basic needs approach of the Millennium Development Goals - this article considers what impact Chinese-led investment in African higher education might have on this continent's competitive advantage in the years ahead. For more blog articles on China click here: http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/economics/C54

Mr Nelson's curator insight, May 14, 2013 3:49 PM

Interesting article on China's move into Africa

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Environmental Law Institute Event - NRDA Advantages, Disadvantages, and Mechanics of Cooperation

Environmental Law Institute Event - NRDA Advantages, Disadvantages, and Mechanics of Cooperation | Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News | Scoop.it

An ELI Associates Seminar (call in/webinar), 30th May, 12pm EST.


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MJP EcoArchives's curator insight, May 23, 2013 8:04 PM

Looking forward to it! It's a hot topic of coversation amoung those in environmental mitigation, offsets and credit trading. Natural Resource Damage Assessments (NRDA) are, broadly, about aligning economic impacts with approrpriate repariation to nature that's damaged. How can we best translate that to effective and efficent repair on the ground? There's the question....

 

"This seminar will bring together Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) practitioners to discuss what the cooperative process has looked like in the past and how it could be further developed to become a more efficient and effective process. Panelists and participants will discuss guiding principles for undertaking cooperative assessments.

Panelists:
Joseph C. Steinbacher, Technical Director, O’Brien & Gere (moderator)
Mark Barash, Senior Attorney, Office of the Solicitor, Northeast Region
Tom Brosnan, NOAA Office of Response & Restoration
Brian D. Israel, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP/p"

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Appraisal Institute Re-Affirms That Home Landscaping Impacts Values

Appraisal Institute Re-Affirms That Home Landscaping Impacts Values | Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News | Scoop.it
The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional assoc of real estate appraisers, stresses the importance of home landscaping to maintain value. (Real Estate Appraisal Institute stresses importance of landscaping for maintaining home value.
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