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Humans are not good for the planet. But humans are the only ones capable of judging good from bad...as far as we know right now. So if humans didn't exist, would the planet be better off or worse off? Who would judge? I'm confused. And all of that is irrelevant... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
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The President is dramatically expanding the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument: President Obama is set to vastly expand a marine sanctuary northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands, White House officials said Thursday, creating the world’s largest protected marine area as he seeks to cement his environmental legacy in his last months... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
NPR asks the tricky question: Should we think about not having kids to reduce carbon emissions? Here are some of the lifetime (80 year) carbon savings they report: Increase car's fuel economy from 20 to 30 mpg: 148 Reduce miles driven from 231 to 155 per week: 147 Replace single-glazed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Environmental Economics
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In the true Olympic spirit, July was another world record breaking month. From Slate: October. November. December. January. February. March. April. May. June. And now July. For the sixthseventheighthninth 10th month in a row, we’ve had a month that has broken the global high temperature record. And for those who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Ohio State-Michigan State game is 11/19. If it's a noon start I might have to sprint from my session. If it's a night game, I will find a bar to watch. Who's in?
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From the NY Times: "If you want to talk climate change, you need to go up to New York and Boston to do that. You don't talk that down here [South Carolina]," [Dave Woodward, a Clemson University political science professor and GOP consultant] says. "Conservatives just don't believe. They think... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Which takes precedence: Flushing the public toilet, or respecting the cell phone conversation of someone in another stall? Yes, I was just faced with this dilemma. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Environmental Economics
In 1987, the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty to address atmospheric ozone depletion, established timelines for the phasing out of Chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) and Hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFCs). Production and use of CFC's, the more damaging of the XCFC's was banned almost immediately-by 1996, immediate in regulatory terms--and hairdressers everywhere has to find... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
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With apologies to my loyal readers (OK, just John) for my intermittent posts, I spent the last week doing some 'field research' in the Florida Keys. My goal was to observe the effects of climate change first hand. And let me tell you my field observations are revealing. It's freaking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
New York state has field suit against Volkswagen claiming that not only did someone at Volkswagen designed a system to bypass emissions tests (for which VW has already agreed to pay over $15 billion), but that upper management actually performed a benefit cost analysis on what would happen if they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Environmental Economics
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One of the fundamental determinants of supply is the input price. If the price of an input increases, the supply of the output decreases (shifts left): Here's a real world example: Starbucks has hiked its prices just a day after increasing staff pay. The cafe giant announced that the price... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Is the law of demand really 'fairly nuanced'?
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From Nobel prize winner Angus Deaton in the World Economic Forum. Sorry for the length, but a fascinating economic rationale for the current political environment in the developed world. International development aid is based on the Robin Hood principle: take from the rich and give to the poor. National development... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Point taken (I just found the video funny).
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Happy 4th of July Weekend everyone. Stay safe and for craps sake read a history book: Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Environmental Economics
From the Washington Post: In a letter dated Tuesday, 31 leading U.S. scientific organizations sent members of Congress a no-nonsense message that human-caused climate change is real, poses risks to society and is backed by overwhelming evidence. “Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Environmental Economics
From Science: Since it was discovered in 1985, the Antarctic ozone hole has been a potent symbol of humankind’s ability to cause unintended environmental harm. But now comes a glimmer of good news: The void in the ozone layer is shrinking. “It’s a big surprise,” says Susan Solomon, an atmospheric... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Environmental Economics
For a few years now we have heard about a helium shortage. While most of us (just me?) think of helium as that fun gas that makes things float and gives us a Donald Duck voice, helium actually has some important uses. For example, MRI's rely on helium (I'm not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Environmental Economics
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This graphic in the Washington Post is stunning: Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Having grown up in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, it's good the hear that it looks like years of effort to improve the Bay's water quality might be paying off: Conditions may be "poor to moderate" in Chesapeake Bay but scientists still found a reason to celebrate. America's largest estuary got... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Although I've never been there, I've found my happy place...Austria. I really don't have anything to add. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Quite possibly the most depressing introduction to a pseudo-academic workshop I have seen: How can we best live at this moment of severe environmental degradation? How can we work and teach on behalf of environmental wellbeing without becoming overwhelmed, embittered, or burned out? Is there a way to thrive in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
"I guess I have nothing to lose." There are still those who believe they are not validated as an economist until they hit the AER--or one of the big journals. As a faculty member once said to me when I asked why he was obsessed with getting in the AER: "You already have your JPE." a) My JPE was a comment, b) The goal of the JPE comment was not to validate myself, but rather make a correction in the hopes of furthering knowledge. Maybe that's why you and I don't care what we say here...we're secure enough in whatever level of success we currently enjoy that chasing the elusive AER article has low net marginal value. Pissing off other ego-driven economists though--priceless.
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On April 30, 2012, I wrote: Here is my solution to any aquatic invasive specie problem. Have the government start a covert marketing campaign designed to convince the public that the invasive specie is in fact a delicacy. They can even rename the specie to make it sound appetizing (think... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Environmental Economics