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Wetlands and Water Allocation: U.S. Policy

Wetlands are a habitat of particular importance to managers in every type of watershed. Historically, wetlands were crucial in the survival of early civilizations. Along the Nile, Tigris, Euphrates and others, the riparian wetlands and floodplains were a source of nutrient-rich soil for early agriculture. Over the past several centuries … Read more »

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone: Mitigating the Damage

As cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico continue and scientists work to understand the long-term impact of the BP oil spill on marine and coastal ecosystems, it’s becoming more clear that the world’s oceans are under enormous pressure from human activity. Now that so much attention and activity is … Read more »

How Does Sustainable Development Work? Part I

Sustainable development can best be thought of as a balanced approach to achieving a better quality of life for more people – while minimizing the impact that the associated development has on the natural world. It is widely agreed that there are three primary aspects to sustainable development: – Economic … Read more »

Sustainable Development, Part II: the Three-Legged Stool

In Part 1 of this article, we defined sustainable development as a balanced approach to achieving a better quality of life for more people – while minimizing the impact that the associated development has on the natural world. It is widely agreed that there are three primary aspects to sustainable … Read more »

Policy and Biodiversity: A Price Tag on Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Part 2 of 2

In part 1 of this essay, we examined the poor job our current free market system does of putting a value on benefits we receive from the natural world, and incorporating those benefits into the prices we pay for goods and services. In part 2, I will propose some policies … Read more »