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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    Bikes-For-Hire and the British Coastline

    Mar 8, 11 • 317 Views • No Comments

    London’s new bikes-for-hire program is about more than bikes. Launched this summer, the program had to solve a mismatch between supply and demand. In certain places there were too few bikes for the number of people who wanted them. In other spots, the......  [read more]

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    From China to Iowa

    Mar 5, 11 • 313 Views • No Comments

    We can travel very quickly from China to Iowa. In an excellent report from The Economist on feeding the world, you can see how an increasingly affluent Chinese urban consumer affects many of us. One example connects more Chinese meat consumption to soaring......  [read more]

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    Oil Dilemmas

    Mar 4, 11 • 346 Views • No Comments

    The good news? We are driving more again–more miles than any year since 2007. The bad news? We are driving more again–more miles than any year since 2007.. Here are the facts from a WSJ article. With the recession and higher gas prices,......  [read more]

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    Smog-Eaters

    Mar 2, 11 • 496 Views • No Comments

    What if someone had invented “smog-eating” concrete roof tiles? And, what if these tiles consumed enough smog to offset one car’s nitrous oxide emissions during one year (10,800 miles of driving)? Telling us that a firm in California has......  [read more]

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    An Oil Surprise

    Feb 24, 11 • 354 Views • No Comments

    As the turmoil in the Middle East unfolds, if you want to sound knowledgeable about oil, you could just say $147, contango and floating storage. As you can see on this graph, it was mid-July, 2008, when the price of oil peaked at slightly more than $147 a......  [read more]