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Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Four New Gund Tea Videos

The Gund Institute of Ecological Economics released four new Gund Tea videos from a set of diverse and dynamic speakers.

Post-Kyoto Climate Governance: Confronting the Politics of Scale, Ideology and Knowledge

Dr. Asim Zia, Assistant Professor CDAE, UVM and Gund Fellow, discusses key findings from his recent research about the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and the transition into a post-Kyoto climate governance regime. He includes analysis from his recently published book, "Post-Kyoto Climate Governance: Confronting the Politics of Scale, Ideology and Knowledge", which is followed by a lively discussion about the current state of international climate policy.

Feedbacks Between Deforestation, Climate, and Hydrology in the Amazon

Dr. Michael Coe, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center, discusses feedback between deforestation, climate and hydrology in the Amazon. Deforestation in the Amazon causes important changes in the energy and water balance by altering how incoming precipitation and radiation are partitioned among sensible and latent heat fluxes. The south-southeastern Amazon region has been most affected by these changes because of the combination of large-scale historical deforestation and its geographic position in a climatological and ecological transition zone. Dr. Coe finishes his tea by discussing what existing policy mechanisms can strengthen the protection of forests on private lands to mitigate future ecological impacts of externally and regionally driven climate change.

Specimen-based Modeling, Stopping Rules, and the Extinction of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Dr. Nicholas J. Gotelli, Professor of Biology, University of Vermont, presents quantitative analyses of historical museum specimen records and the results of contemporary avian surveys to estimate the probability that the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is extant today. The reported rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker in 2004 was one of the most exciting and controversial events in the history of conservation biology. The talk is a mixture of conservation biology and statistical modeling, with some elements of economics, history, and psychology added for flavor.

Carbon Pricing as Property Creation

Dr. James Boyce, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, discusses how carbon pricing - via a carbon tax or a cap-and-permit system - transforms the carbon absorptive capacity of the biosphere from an open-access resource into a form of property.  Under these systems consumers would pay for their use of this scarce resource based on their carbon footprints. James asks a key question  -  who should own this new property and get the money: corporations, the government, or the public?