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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    Gas Tax or CAFE?

    Sep 22, 12 • 692 Views • 1 Comment

    The goal is energy conservation. But what is the best way? During the end of August, our newest fuel economy standards were announced. Now CAFE, our Corporate Average Fuel Economy mandate, is close to 29 miles per gallon. The goal is 35.5 for 2016 and 54.5......  [read more]

  • Our Transportation Infrastructure is Crumbling

    Who Will Pay For Our Roads?

    Sep 18, 12 • 632 Views • No Comments

    In President Obama’s State of the Union address last January, he referred to the problem of our crumbling transportation infrastructure. One solution is at the gas pump. When you filled your tank, you paid for fuel and probably also a road. In 1956, the......  [read more]

  • How much should cities plan for the storm of the century?

    A Weather Dilemma for NYC

    Sep 12, 12 • 583 Views • No Comments

    In NYC, the last time that the East River touched the Hudson River (see below) was on September 3, 1821 when a hurricane struck directly and the tide rose 13 feet in one hour. Should the city plan for it to happen again? Along its 520 mile long coastline, New......  [read more]

  • Affecting the cost of animal feed and lowering the amount of milk from cows, the drought is pushing up milk prices.

    The US Drought and Pizza

    Sep 11, 12 • 644 Views • No Comments

    Discussing the impact of this summer’s drought on pizza, Stephen Colbert said, “It is one thing for global warming to make the sea levels rise but nobody told me it could make my cheese levels recede.” Colbert was reacting to an economist at......  [read more]

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    Food Bites

    Aug 30, 12 • 1416 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes food is about a lot more than eating. When a !Kung Bushman hunter returns from the forest, he is greeted with, “What, you made us come all this way for this bag of bones?” One Bushman explained why. “When a young man kills much......  [read more]