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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    High and Low Energy Markets

    Feb 6, 12 • 418 Views • No Comments

    Let’s rewind to 2008 for a moment. At $13 per thousand cubic feet, the price of natural gas was soaring. Close to $91 a barrel, the price of oil was exceeding recent highs. Selling for more than $200 per kilogram, even the price of the silicon used to......  [read more]

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    Everest Economics

    Jan 30, 12 • 526 Views • No Comments

    Having no inclination to climb Mount Everest, I have always been fascinated by its economic connection. Now, hearing that Prince Harry was considering the ascent as a part of his “Walking for the Wounded,” it reminded me that Everest is all about......  [read more]

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    Breaking An Environmental Law

    Jan 21, 12 • 604 Views • No Comments

    Asked by the Pew Center for the People and the Press to rank 21 issues in terms of their significance, global warming was #21. Similarly pessimistic about climate change initiatives, one researcher asked, “How can one seriously suggest that the village......  [read more]

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    An Environmental Law

    Jan 20, 12 • 432 Views • No Comments

    Asked if they want lower gasoline taxes that make more driving affordable, people typically say, “Yes.” Told that the only electricity for a village in India is from coal-fired plants, most people will say it’s okay. When making decisions......  [read more]

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    Bag Wars

    Jan 14, 12 • 594 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes incentives are unpredictable…especially for B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag). A new 5-cent tax on paper and plastic shopping bags in Montgomery County, Maryland is primarily targeting plastic bag use. Fewer plastic bags will mean cleaner local......  [read more]