Washington and Lee University economics professor Jim Kahn participated in the parallel scientific sessions of the Rio+20 United Nations Environmental Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June.
Kahn, the John F. Hendon Professor of Economics at W&L, presented the results of joint research between Washington and Lee University and the Federal University of Amazonas in the parallel session sponsored by the International Society of Ecological Economics.
The first paper was about the economic, environmental and social consequences of planned hyrdoelectric facilities in the Amazon watershed. Carlos Freitas, Miguel Petrere and Naziano Fizola are co-authors on this paper.
The second paper looked at ecological and economic modeling of sustainable development in a highly intact area of the Amazon watershed. Carlos Frietas, Larry Hurd and Alexandre Rivas were co-authors of this work.
Kahn also participated in a workshop sponsored by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology which looked at economic, engineering and environmental issues involving rare earth elements, a critical component of wind turbines and electric cars.