Pollution

Brandon Scarborough
Irrespective of the uncertainties surrounding the causes of climate change, the United States is poised to join the rest of the developed world in a fight against rising carbon dioxide levels.
Andrew Morriss, Bruce Yandle, Lea-Rachel Kosnik
This paper discusses a new form of regulation. Rather than issuing rules, some government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, have started to file lawsuits.
Andrew Morriss, Bruce Yandle
RS-02-3:  2002By Bruce Yandle, Andrew P. Morriss, and Lea-Rachel Kosnik
In the forty years that have passed since oily debris on the banks
Bruce Yandle
By Jody Lipford and Bruce Yandle
Terry Anderson
Long before the EPA was a glint in anyone's eye, property rights were dealing with pollution issues. Watch as PERC's Terry Anderson discusses free market solutions to pollution and other environmental conflicts with John Stossel on Fox Business Network.
Jonathan Adler
We make the mistake sometimes of assuming that the way you clean the environment is just adding another regulation. Watch as PERC senior fellow Jonathan Adler discusses the confusion about pollution and why he is unhappy with the EPA's new rules with John Stossel on Fox Business Network.
Shawn Regan
America's natural gas revolution has led to increased coal exports. What are the implications for climate change? We asked Stanford University Professor Frank Wolak, director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development.
Terry Anderson
Focusing on externalities distracts economists from understanding how bargaining can solve problems without government intervention.
Gary Libecap
Thanks to secure property rights, this technology has the power to resuscitate our lagging economy.
Shawn Regan, Fred Thomas
How opposition to coal exports is impacting one of the poorest communities in Montana — the Crow Indian reservation.
Matt Ridley
The death this week of Ronald Coase, one of the world's most-cited economists, comes at a time when there is lively debate about the very issue he raised: why neither markets nor government are panaceas.
Terry Anderson
As oil continues to gush from BP's Macondo well and politicians posture, it is time for us to ask why we are drilling in such risky places when there is oil available elsewhere. The answer lies in the mantra NIMBY—"not in my back yard."
By Brian Lutz and Martin Doyle -- Our research shows that for the Marcellus Shale significantly less wastewater is generated for every unit of natural gas recovered by hydraulic fracturing than by conventional gas production.
As part of PERC's FME workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities," Jonathan Klick of the University of Pennsylvania Law School presents on estimating the effects of emissions permits.
The preliminary results of this research provide robust evidence that ozone levels well below federal air quality standards have a significant impact on productivity among hourly farm workers.
Daniel Benjamin
Most claims of environmental good from recycling are myths. Recycling often uses more resources than it saves.

Features

Sam Nugent
The Remediators Inc. is proving that mushrooms are a safe and cost-effective way to clean up contaminated soils.
Jonathan Adler
Assessing the common law as a replacement for pollution control regulations.
Kelly L. Westover
By Kelly L. Westover
Joel Schwartz
Coming up for a breath of fresh air just might be easier

Columns

Daniel Benjamin
Reducing pollution is not the only factor to be considered when it comes to lowering infant mortality rates passion.
Daniel Benjamin
Does a firm's pollution harm its reputation? You might think so, but recent research by Jonathan Karpoff, John Lott Jr., and Eric Wehrly argues otherwise.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin
A scholarly article supports Environmental Protection Agency regulation of air pollutants.
Daniel Benjamin
A major study of the Clean Air Act confirms that -- as businesses often claim -- the costs are high.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin Given the racket that people raise over airport noise, one would think that the social benefits of  regulating airport noise must be great.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin EPA cleanups of superfund sites cost an average of $12 billion for every cancer case prevented.
Daniel Benjamin
A cautionary tale of ozone regulation
Daniel Benjamin
More than 30 years after the homeless garbage barge Mobro 4000 put recycling on the front pages, recycling remains a poster child for many who consider themselves environmentalists.
Daniel Benjamin
Since 1980, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has had the authority to clean up hazardous waste sites that pose an imminent and substantial danger to public welfare and the environment.
Daniel Benjamin
Automobiles are responsible for most of the air pollution observed in Mexico City.

Perspectives

Linda Platts
In Wyoming's Powder River Basin, efforts to access a major new source of natural gas stalled when drilling for coalbed methane also produced millions of gallons of tainted groundwater.
Linda Platts
In Anchorage, Alaska, companies are giving their employees incentives to reduce winter air pollution. They come in the form of cold hard cash, and they work. But the companies too have an incentive to reduce air pollution.
Linda Platts
The pop cans, plastic cups, cellophane wrappers,
Linda Platts
Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island was once the world’s largest dump. One day, it will be New York City’s largest park and a model for landfill reclamation around the world.
Linda Platts
Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of soybeans, most of which come from the Amazonian state of Mato Grosso. As vast tracts of jungle are clearcut to make room for soybeans, environmentalists have pleaded with farmers to save rare species and preserve ecological diversity.