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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    Surprising Biofuels

    Nov 10, 11 • 453 Views • No Comments

    McDonald’s used fryer grease? Alaska Air might want it. On 75 commercial flights, they will partially fill their tanks with biofuels that contain used cooking oil. Selecting algae for its biofuel blend, United flew from Houston to Chicago on its......  [read more]

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    The Future of Oil

    Nov 8, 11 • 439 Views • No Comments

    When will we run out of oil? A room full of pistachios might have the answer. In the first several pages of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance, a teacher says you have been given a room filled 5 feet high with pistachio nuts. The nuts are free, you are......  [read more]

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    Frozen Jeans

    Nov 4, 11 • 553 Views • No Comments

    Being a responsible citizen of the earth might mean freezing your jeans. According to Levi’s, one pair of jeans, from its inception in the cotton field to its demise in the recycling bin, uses over 900 gallons of water. To reduce the climate change......  [read more]

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    The Seven Billionth Baby

    Oct 29, 11 • 389 Views • No Comments

    On October 12, 1999, according to the United Nations, the 6 billionth person (approximately) in the world was born. At the time, the UN projected the arrival of number 7 billion during 2013. Now though, the due date has been changed to this Monday. With 8 and......  [read more]

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    Innovation and (Steve) Jobs

    Oct 27, 11 • 689 Views • No Comments

    From the iPhone and iPod to a…thermostat? At a Silicone Valley start-up, a former Apple design leader has switched his focus to diminishing carbon emissions, decreasing electric bills, and moderating energy usage. He has changed from iPhones and iPods......  [read more]