Tagged with Land Use

Fracking and Property Values in Colorado

Ballotopedia https://ballotpedia.org/Fracking_and_property_values_in_Colorado [Grand Junction Sentinel]  There is no evidence that the practice of hydraulic fracturing negatively or positively impacted home values in several Colorado counties last year, according to a national website that tracks ballot measures nationwide. A recently released study by Ballotpedia.org that included Garfield and Routt counties also revealed that there was no … Continue reading

Developing an Inventory and Typology of Land-Use Planning Systems and Policy Instruments in OECD Countries

OECD / by Elisabete A. Silva1 and Ransford A. Acheampong http://bit.ly/1NVJB9H This report provides an overview of spatial and land-use planning systems in OECD countries1 focusing on: (i) the governance systems across countries, (ii) the institutional and legal frameworks for spatial planning, and (iii) the various policy instruments used at different levels of territorial governance … Continue reading

Solar Energy Development Impacts on Land Cover Change and Protected Areas

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Nov. 3, 2015, v112 n44, p13579–1358; http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1) by Rebecca R. Hernandez, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/112/44/13579.short Decisions determining the use of land for energy are of exigent concern as land scarcity, the need for ecosystem services, and demands for energy generation have concomitantly increased globally. Utility-scale solar energy (USSE) [i.e., … Continue reading

The Economics of Sagebrush: What Five Priority Sagebrush Landscapes Contribute to Western Economies

Western Values Project http://westernvaluesproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/WVP-Sagebrush-Landscape-Report.pdf [Press Release] Today, the Western Values Project released its Sagebrush Landscape Report, detailing the important contributions of sagebrush habitats to the economies of five regions across the West. The report follows the recently-released Department of Interior plans to protect the Greater sage-grouse as critical not only for sage-grouse populations, but also … Continue reading

Bioenergy & Sustainability: A SCOPE Rapid Assessment Process Project

The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) http://bioenfapesp.org/scopebioenergy/index.php/project-overview [Press Release] According to an international report on bioenergy and land use, informed management of bioenergy crops can actually alleviate factors contributing to food insecurity, as well as provide practical avenues to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable energy production, and preserve biodiversity. The … Continue reading

Ecosystem Services Lost to Oil and Gas in North America

Science (April 24, 2015, v348 n6233 p401-402; doi: 10.1126/science.aaa4785) / by Brady W. Allred, et al. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6233/401.full …We provide a first empirical analysis to advance beyond common rhetoric and speculation of oil and gas development (6), combining high-resolution satellite data of vegetation dynamics with industry data and publicly available data of historical and present-day oil and … Continue reading

New Estimates of Value of Land of the United States

Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Dept. of Commerce / by William Larson http://www.bea.gov/papers/pdf/new-estimates-of-value-of-land-of-the-united-states-larson.pdf Land is an important and valuable natural resource, serving both as a store of wealth and as an input in production. Previous attempts to measure the value of land of the United States have focused on indirect measures, inferring values based on the … Continue reading

Complex Forest Dynamics Indicate Potential for Slowing Carbon Accumulation in the Southeastern United States

Scientific Reports (Jan. 23, 2015 v5, article number: 8002; doi:10.1038/srep08002) by John W. Coulston, David N. Wear and James M. Vose http://www.nature.com/srep/2015/150123/srep08002/full/srep08002.html Over the past century forest regrowth in Europe and North America expanded forest carbon (C) sinks and offset C emissions but future C accumulation is uncertain. Policy makers need insights into forest C … Continue reading