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Efficiently addressing climate change and waning our dependence on fossil fuels will prove central to ensuring a viable habitat for humanity in the coming centuries. Chapter 1 analyzes stabilization targets - widely employed and well-intentioned environmental policies that ultimately reduce global welfare. Chapter 2 quantifies a healthcare externality stemming from surface mining of coal. Chapter 3 uses a new, novel approach to estimating how the coal mining industry affects markets for residential real estate in three Appalachian counties.
Climate change; natural resources; human health
Fitzpatrick, Luke, "Essays in Environmental Economics" (2016). Open Access Dissertations. 1660.