Issues at the Forefront of Public Policy for Environmental Risk: Comments for the American Meteorological Society's Annual Policy Colloquium

35 Pages Posted: 17 May 2006 Last revised: 28 Jan 2014

Date Written: January 1, 2006

Abstract

The lay of the policy land for addressing and managing environmental risk includes the hillock of the precautionary principle, the mountain of the practice and ethics of monetary valuation, and the tectonic plates of real-world innovations in markets and trading exchanges for nonmarketed environmental goods. This paper offers an overview of these contemporary and as yet unresolved issues and asks how each might be addressed in disparate environmental risks such as lightning, climate change, and severe weather. The overview focuses on issues that may be of interest to the American Meteorological Society's annual policy colloquium.

Keywords: risk, environment, public policy, economics

JEL Classification: Q00, D89

Suggested Citation

Macauley, Molly K., Issues at the Forefront of Public Policy for Environmental Risk: Comments for the American Meteorological Society's Annual Policy Colloquium (January 1, 2006). RFF Discussion Paper No. 06-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=901782 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.901782

Molly K. Macauley (Contact Author)

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