On March 10 2021, the UN Statistical Commission adopted a new framework for measuring economic prosperity. Formally known as the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting — Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EA, or ecosystem accounting), this new framework recognizes natural capital as an … Continue reading
While RCTs certainly can be useful tools for informing development research, researchers should take more time to consider the ethical concerns associated with such experiments and ask whether an RCT is always the best way to learn something.
It is not enough to focus solely on the deforestation prevented within the boundaries of a reserve or protected area. Rather, we must look at whether a reserve helps to reduce deforestation and preserve biodiversity across a wider ecosystem.
Even if cash transfers are not the 'holy grail' cashionistas have made them out to be, they are certainly an effective short-term solution, and a step-forward in providing those living in extreme poverty with greater agency over their livelihoods.
For the leaders of low-lying island atoll states at the forefront of climate change devastation, the term ‘climate refugee’ seems to paint their communities as helpless victims, with little agency in confronting or adapting to climate induced hazards.