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Interdisciplinary Environmental Review

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (IER)

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  • Climate change, agricultural output and inflation in India: autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) bounds test   Order a copy of this article
    by Sachita Yadav 
    Abstract: This paper is an attempt to analyse the impact of climate change (average annual rain and average maximum and average minimum temperature) on the crop yield (wheat yield and rice yield) and crop inflation (wheat inflation and rice inflation) in India during 2000 to 2018 with the help of ARDL bounds test. The empirical results showed that there is a significant short run relationship exists between wheat yield and average annual rain and average maximum temperature. Rice yield is also having a significant short run relationship with average annual rain. But it did not find any long run relationship between climate change and crop yield.
    Keywords: climate change; crop yield; crop inflation; ARDL bonds test; India.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2023.10052298
  • The environmental performance of firms that have issued green bonds   Order a copy of this article
    by Carol Marie Boyer, Catherine Boulatoff 
    Abstract: This study investigates whether firms that issue green bonds show an improvement in their environmental performance after issuance. Investors looking to make investments in these companies may want to know if true environmental change actually occurs. This idea is tested using Carbon Disclosure Project data to measure advances or declines in environmental performance after a firm issues a green bond. Several areas are examined including emissions, energy intensity, renewable energy use and production, environmental policies, water use and waste sent to landfills. The results indicate that when a company issues a green bond, there is progress in overall environmental performance.
    Keywords: green bonds; fixed income; environmental; Carbon Disclosure Project; CDP.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2023.10052519
  • On the papers and on the ground: assessment of climate change concerns within the Planting for Food and Jobs Program in Ghana   Order a copy of this article
    by David Nawiene Chutab  
    Abstract: Planting for Food and Jobs Program (PFJP) is a flagship policy introduced by the Government of Ghana in 2017 which aimed at tackling declining productivity in Agriculture in Ghana. Using practical experiences of five communities that have benefited from the flagship programme, this study identified prevailing climate change threats and local coping strategies for the local communities. A mixed-method technique was employed to elicit data. The study results identified low crop yield, changing livelihoods, rural-urban migration, household debts to credit institutions as the effects of changing weather patterns in these communities. Improved crop varieties, a shift to coconut farming, and dynamic agroforestry are the local coping strategies employed by the farmers in these communities to safeguard their livelihoods. The study further revealed that the unplanned nature of climate change adaptation strategies implemented and kneejerk reaction to climate change threats within PFJP failed to provide proactive resilience to smallholder farmers against climate change threats.
    Keywords: Planting for Food and Jobs; PFJ; climate change; climate change adaptation; dynamic agroforestry; Ghana.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2023.10053014
  • Barriers in Implementation of Circular Economy Approach with the Consumption of Oilfield Produced Water   Order a copy of this article
    by Sumita Sarma, Sharmin Attaran, Mohsen Attaran 
    Abstract: A circular economy approach within wastewater consumption for agriculture has gained relevance in recent years. Extreme climate conditions (e.g. mega-drought in California) have resulted in severe water shortages, yet there seems to be a reluctance to accept alternative water sources. Despite the numerous local initiatives towards oilfield produced water reuse, barriers remain to its implementation. This study identifies the barriers to the widespread adoption of oilfield produced water (OPW) for crop irrigation. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five major stakeholder groups of the OPW ecosystem: oil and gas managers/business owners, farmers, entrepreneurs, water district managers, and water board personnel. This study used qualitative data analysis to identify factors influencing the beneficial uses and barriers to reusing OPW. The findings highlighted three macro-categories: water shortages, costs of treatment vs. the expected benefits, and public perceptions vs. scientific studies based on thematic relevance and coherence. The interviews revealed the need for a tighter collaboration among the various stakeholder groups in this ecosystem that involves public-private partnerships and shared governance in managing the environment addressing these barriers aids the development of a circular economy for wastewater.
    Keywords: wastewater; sustainability; circular economy; wastewater management; barriers.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2023.10053839