Environment

Environmental economics looks at the positive and negative impact of growth. Especially focusing on marginal analysis and externalities, econlife looks at our current impact on the environment and our use of natural resources in the US and beyond.

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    Environmental Dilemmas

    Nov 2, 10 • 244 Views • No Comments

    It’s the same question. Economic development or conservation? During April, the headline said, “Uganda Seeks to Reconcile Oil-Nature.” Now, in Tanzania, “Proposed Serengeti Highway Is Lined With Prospects and Fears.” The places...  [read more]

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    The Price System: Pelicans, Professors, and Murders

    Oct 26, 10 • 310 Views • No Comments

    Is a pelican worth $500? What is the value of a college professor? What does a murder cost us? Sometimes it’s tough to get a price. We know that BP owes money for wildlife lost on devastated wetlands. But how much? USA Today tells us that 2263...  [read more]

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    Some Like It Hot?

    Oct 23, 10 • 227 Views • No Comments

    A warmer Detroit? A wetter New York? In the future world that UCLA professor Matthew Kahn describes, cities will adapt to climate change. Assuming that warming is gradual, populations will migrate and innovate. If San Diego becomes less habitable, people will...  [read more]

  • Opportunity Cost and the Sunday Papers

    Sep 20, 10 • 212 Views • No Comments

    Articles in the Sunday papers may not have referred to opportunity cost but it was everywhere. Do you agree that judges should know the dollar cost of a prison sentence? Is it good or bad that dishwasher detergents have become less effective because of...  [read more]

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    The Locavore Challenge

    Aug 24, 10 • 229 Views • 1 Comment

    Being a locavore is not always easy but it can feel very good. Those of us who are locavores believe that we are helping the planet by saving on transport costs and emissions, patronizing small businesses rather than distant impersonal corporate giants, and...  [read more]