Monday 22 March 2010

Economics | Environment | Growth and the Environment: Opportunities and a Warning

In this speech Richard Price identifies opportinities for environmental economics to help raise economic and environmental performance, squaring aspirations for prosperity and growth with the importance of environmental assets; and warns against sloppy thinking on the challenges of growth.

Sunday 21 March 2010

Economics | Environment | Economic Growth and the Environment

This paper, by Tim Everett, Mallika Ishwaran, Gian Paolo Ansaloni and Alex Rubin, explores the complex relationship between the natural environment and economic growth, including the importance of the environment in supporting and enabling economic activity and the different drivers that affect environmental quality as the economy grows. It makes the case for sustainable economic growth, managing the use and provision of natural assets in a way that ensures their availability for future generations. Finally, it identifies the range of policy responses the government can use to enable this shift to a sustainable economy, and the potential opportunities and economic impacts in the near- and long-term.


Friday 19 March 2010

Economics | Environment | Adapting to climate change

This paper, by Federica Cimato and Michael Mullan, is the first in Defra's new Evidence and Analysis Series. It explains how a number of barriers to adaptation (market failures, behavioural barriers, adaptive capacity, natural capacity) may affect adaptation decisions, and provides a framework for considering the Government’s role and identifies implications for policy design. It also identifies the priority areas for future research on the economics of adaptation.