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In the United States, data to manage water supplies and pursue innovative solutions to meet water management challenges are lacking or are not in a format that is easily accessible or understandable, and there are often strong disincentives for and concerns about sharing the data. To address this challenge, the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program in partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Redstone Strategy Group convened the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Water Data. The dialogue's newest report lays out a three-step plan to design and launch an "Internet of Water"--a network of interconnected data producers, hubs, and users--that will enable real-time collection and transmission of water-related data and information, a prerequisite for revolutionizing how water resources are managed to address water problems such as extreme flooding, scarcity, and contamination as well as to restore aquatic systems.
An article by Environmental Economics Program director Brian Murray, Jonas Monast of the University of North Carolina, and Jonathan Wiener of Duke University in the journal Law and Contemporary Problems explores the contrast between the movement toward environmental markets, characterized by the emergence of new carbon markets across the globe, and renewed opposition to markets as manifested in the Pope's encyclical and the views of some environmental advocates. It considers the arguments raised by these latter critics, explores alternative views of their concerns, and examines how market-based climate policies could be designed to alleviate these concerns. The article speaks to issues that more than 190 countries now face under the Paris Agreement as they decide what role, if any, market-based instruments will play in their pursuit of greenhouse gas reductions.
A G20 Insights policy brief whose co-authors include Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director John Virdin and senior scholar Linwood Pendleton calls on the G20 to initiate a global ocean governance process. The largest and most critical ecosystem on Earth, the ocean is the locus of many interactions between the ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG14) and other SDGs. Along with increasing demand for resources, climate change, and pollution, notes the brief, inadequate stewardship and law enforcement are contributing to the ocean's decline. Better governance, appreciation of the economic value of the ocean, and "blue economy" strategies can reduce conflicts among uses; ensure financial sustainability, ecosystem integrity, and prosperity; and promote long-term national growth and employment in maritime industries, say the authors.
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August 2, Webinar
Ecosystem Services and Decision Making
Ecosystem Services Program director Lydia Olander delivered the keynote address at Ecosystem Services: From Concept to Policy in Washington, D.C., May 19. The symposium hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science & Technology Policy Fellowships focused on how policy decision making at the national and international levels can improve use of scientific understanding of the services provided to human societies by nature. Olander said consideration of ecosystem services can, among other benefits, make trade-offs of decisions explicit.
Fast Company, Obama's Clean Power Plan Might Be Dead in D.C., But States Are Rebuilding It Themselves
Law360, 5 Takeaways from a Possible U.S. Exit from Paris Climate Accord

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