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EfD Blog

This blog publishes stories and ideas from the members of the Environment for Development initiative.


    What does it really cost to save the climate?

    There are no economic arguments for postponing acting on the climate issue. Past experience shows that costs of action are often overestimated , while the costs of inaction are often underestimated. This argues Jessica Coria in Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.


      How solar kits and battery lamps are replacing kerosene across Africa

      For decades, people in rural Africa have been using sooty kerosene lamps to dimly light their homes. But in recent years households, even in poor areas, have started to replace their kerosene lamps with non-rechargeable dry-cell battery driven lamps and solar kits.


        Beyond Day Zero in Cape Town – economic instruments for water-scarce cities

        EfD researchers have been working with Cape Town’s authorities in their efforts to stave off #DayZero – the day when the Cities taps run dry. Their findings cast new light on the importance of effective demand management to cope with water shortages. In this blog we discuss how the tools of economics can be used to pre-empt such crisis management in growing cities in the Global South.