In July, 2017, employees from the National Butterfly Center—a 100-acre butterfly preserve in South Texas owned and operated by a … More
How federal environmental rules discourage cleanup of abandoned mines
Throughout the West, abandoned mines release toxic pollutants, harming water quality, fish, and recreation opportunities. The private sector has long … More
Will sea otters soon be returned to San Francisco bay?
California sea otters have come a long way from the 50-member population discovered off Big Sur in the early 1900s, … More
How do you measure the value of a state forest?
That’s the implicit question underlying a lawsuit between Oregon counties and the state, in which a jury recently awarded the … More
Will Oregon reopen its water market?
Water markets are an essential tool for promoting efficient use of water and increasing water available for fish and other … More
Can property owners be barred from seeking restoration against neighboring polluters? The Supreme Court will soon decide.
Over a century, a copper smelter in Opportunity, Montana emitted thousands of tons of toxic metals, polluting its neighbors’ properties … More
Environmental markets work best when they incentivize compliance, rather than relying on enforcement
Last week, ProPublica published an article questioning whether carbon credits for forest preservation are “worse than nothing.” The article cites … More
This Endangered Species Day, we should celebrate species’ recovery and imagine innovative ways to encourage more recoveries
Today is the thirteenth Endangered Species Day, a day marked by Congress to celebrate the efforts of a wide variety … More
Detroiters against free trees?
In 2014, a nonprofit tried to give thousands of trees to Detroit residents, but many declined the offer. A recent … More
Prospecting for conservation: federal mining law encourages environmental conflict rather than free-market negotiation
After President Trump reduced the size of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, environmentalists feared the lands would be opened up … More