The aim of this brief is to review the potential of Quantity-Performance (QP) instruments as a way to channel public funds to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective way.
“This important book sets a sensible and specific way forward. It should be read by all involved in economic development and international action on climate change.” —Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the Stern Review
Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective - Working Paper 308
This study surveys the current state of law as it relates to persons displaced by natural disaster, with a specific focus on the 27 member states of the European Union plus Norway and Switzerland.
The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the 5.5 billion people living in poorer nations.
In this speech delivered to the UN General Assembly, Nancy Birdsall argues that in the absence of an activist global political entity to address these issues, global citizens should press their own governments to adopt policies that address these problems, domestically and internationally.
This paper introduces ƐCPR, country performance ratings that support Norway’s Energy+ initiative by monitoring the progress of 153 countries in reducing the CO2 emissions intensity of energy consumption.
This data set provides the data and programs underlying the analysis in Working Paper 301, “Energy+ Country Performance Ratings 2001–2010.”
Nancy Birdsall discusses the future role of the World Bank in addressing global commons problems, using the example of climate management and financing to set out the principal-agent problem facing the global development and climate communities.
William Savedoff looks at the long history of global multipolarity and forecasts what recent geopolitical changes mean for the future of international cooperation.
This paper briefly summarizes how the FORMA tool and the fCPR rating system could provide provide a performance scorecard and an interim performance-based payments scheme for safeguarding forests.
Energizing Rio+20: How the United States Can Promote Sustainable Energy for All at the 2012 Earth Summit (CGD Brief)
Economic growth and improved living standards require access to reliable, affordable, convenient, and safe cooking fuels and electricity. Today, 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and roughly 2.7 billion are without access to clean, safe cooking fuel. Securing energy, therefore, is a development imperative. But successfully confronting climate change is too: Global warming is already disproportionately affecting the poor and is threatening to reverse hard-won development gains. Fortunately, the two goals of ending energy poverty and protecting the climate are compatible.
This paper introduces and illustrates fCPR (Forest Conservation Performance Rating), a system of color-coded ratings for tropical forest conservation performance that can be implemented for local areas, countries, regions, and the entire pan-tropics.
Energizing Rio+20: How the United States Can Promote Sustainable Energy for All at the 2012 Earth Summit
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a UN initiative to deploy sustainable energy for all. Ahead of the June Rio+20 summit, Nigel Purvis and Abigail Jones highlight what the United States can do to help fulfill his vision.
How Much Does Natural Resource Extraction Really Diminish National Wealth? The Implications of Discovery - Working Paper 290
The authors find that the value of discovered reserves is high relative to the costs of exploration and that many countries can continue to generate resource rents far longer than indicated by current reserve estimates. In some cases, public measures to encourage private exploration may be justified.
Nancy Birdsall and Michele de Nevers propose a system for climate adaptation finance that builds off the lessons learned in development assistance.
Data Set for Working Paper 282: “From REDD to Green: A Global Incentive System to Stop Tropical Forest Clearing”
This data set includes the data and programs needed to replicate the analysis in Working Paper 282, From REDD to Green: A Global Incentive System to Stop Tropical Forest Clearing by David Wheeler, Dan Hammer, and Robin Kraft.
This data set includes the data and programs needed to replicate the analysis in Forest Clearing in the Pantropics: December 2005–August 2011 by David Wheeler, Robin Kraft, and Dan Hammer.
Data Set for Working Paper 280: “Economic Dynamics and Forest Clearing: A Spatial Econometric Analysis for Indonesia”
This data set includes the data and programs needed to replicate the analysis in Working Paper 280, Economic Dynamics and Forest Clearing: A Spatial Econometric Analysis for Indonesia by David Wheeler, Dan Hammer, Robin Kraft, Susmita Dasgupta, and Brian Blankespoor.