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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    Innovation and (Steve) Jobs

    Oct 27, 11 • 649 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]

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    Babies and the Elderly

    Oct 24, 11 • 506 Views • No Comments

    The beginning of life and the end of life are becoming more expensive. The number of premature babies in the U.S. has soared by 36% during the past 25 years. Caused partially by twins, triplets, (and more) from older mothers and by advances in......  [read more]

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    Defrosting the Doughnut Hole

    Oct 19, 11 • 399 Views • No Comments

    A global phenomenon will open up new areas for oil exploration, enable ships to take shortcuts, and provide easier access to world markets for iron ore and other minerals. The phenomenon? Global warming. Because of global warming, the polar ice sheet is......  [read more]

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    Will We Have Enough Food in 2050?

    Oct 15, 11 • 506 Views • No Comments

    The world is getting richer. And richer people eat more meat. And the animals they eat consume more food. Also, everyday, the world has more people. The bottom line? According to a study from Nature, we have to double the world’s food supply by 2050.......  [read more]

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    Who Are We?

    Sep 29, 11 • 387 Views • No Comments

    Environmental concerns? You might want to look at what the The American Community Survey for 2010 says about who drives alone to work (105 million) and how many of us take public transportation (7 million). If education is your focus, one table in the Survey......  [read more]