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Study: How to Replace the Endangered Species Act's Penalties With Incentives

Rewarding landowners for protecting wildlife is key to effective conservation



With few endangered species recovering enough to be taken off the endangered list and the endangered species listing process becoming more contentious by the day, a new Reason Foundation study proposes replacing the Endangered Species Act's penalties with an incentive-based system that pays landowners who protect endangered species and their habitats.

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CO2 Going Up. Human Progress Going Up.

Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current Wisdom.”

It was announced by the World Meteorological Organization (an arm of the United Nations), with front page coverage by the global media, that the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) last year reached a new high value (396 parts per million, ppm) and got there in record time (2.9ppm/yr). Although newer data (through July of 2014) indicate that the rate of rise has fallen back again to levels more characteristic of the past decade, the signal remains—carbon dioxide is building in the atmosphere and rising to levels that have probably not been seen in along time (hundreds of thousands of years).

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The Pluto Project: Connected Cars & Smart Cities to the Rescue

In 2010, U.S. drivers used 170 billion gallons of gasoline, enough to drive about 3 trillion miles—the equivalent of about one thousand trips to Pluto.   That mobility was unprecedented, but those gas-guzzling miles also meant 1.7 billion metric tons of harmful carbon dioxide were spewed into our atmosphere.

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EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ is Vital

Many objections are being raised about EPA’s proposal to cut CO2 emissions by as much as 30% by 2030. Such resistance is predictable, reactionary, and completely unjustified.

To the contrary, if comparable restrictions are not adopted and successfully implemented soon, the consequences for Georgians and other Americans will become increasingly dire.

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Marshes, Shrimp, Crabs, and Sport Fish

Live shrimp on Kahle hooks suspended below sliding floats mean spotted sea trout and - at the right stage of Georgia’s substantial tides - happy fishermen. Why is Georgia so well known for its inshore fishing for trout, redfish, flounder, tarpon and other sport fish? Why is our 100 miles of coast a standout? The answer: salt marsh.

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The 2014 World Cup: Passing the Ball on License to Operate?

 

Organizations and companies must do more to make global sporting events sustainable, says Aileen Ionescu-Somers

The World Cup in Brazil is again putting the spotlight on the sustainability, legacy and license to operate of large global sporting events.

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Carbon pricing won't solve climate change. Innovation will.

Putting a price on carbon doesn't work because no one wants to pay the real cost of using fossil fuels. But funding R&D and demonstration projects that lower clean-energy costs will create real economic incentives to fight climate change.

Carbon pricing has been the go-to solution for economists and environmentalists alike since climate change was identified as one of the foremost social and environmental challenges of our time.

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Landmark Farm Bill Support for Conservation Helps to Boost Rural Economy

Rural Americans have always had a strong connection to the land. Since 2009 alone, more than 500,000 farmers, ranchers and rural land owners across the country have embarked on record conservation projects with USDA as a partner. This week, USDA built on those efforts by announcing two new conservation programs that provide producers with even stronger tools to protect land and water resources across rural America.

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