Peterson Institute for International Economics. January 2012.
This working paper aims to take stock of global efforts towards financial reform since the start of the financial crisis in 2007–08 and to provide a synthetic (if simplified) picture of their status as of January 2012. Underlying dynamics are described and analyzed both at the global level (particularly G-20, International Monetary Fund, and the Financial Stability Board) and in individual jurisdictions, as well as the impact the crisis has had on these regions. The possible next steps of financial reform are then reviewed, including: the ongoing crisis management in Europe, the new emphasis on macroprudential approaches, the challenges posed by globally integrated financial firms, the implementation of harmonized global standards, and the links between financial systems and growth. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.iie.com/publications/wp/wp12-2.pdf [PDF format, 18 pages].
Resources for the Future. January 10, 2012.
Under authority granted by the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing performance standards for existing stationary sources, such as power plants and industrial facilities. Coal-fired electricity generators represent an important part of this regulatory effort as they account for about one-third of annual U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Important, low-cost opportunities to reduce emissions at existing coal-fired facilities in the short run exist, according to this report. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.rff.org/RFF/Documents/RFF-DP-11-43.pdf [PDF format, 62 pages].