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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    Greener Money

    Jan 22, 11 • 315 Views • No Comments

    Hearing that Canada was switching to plastic money this year, I imagined…plastic. It turns out that plastic money looks and feels pretty much like the cotton-based paper currency we now use.  Why make the change? Money was one reason. Although it...  [read more]

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    Pay-As-You-Throw

    Jan 19, 11 • 288 Views • No Comments

    Hearing Beethoven’s Fur Elise, a Taiwan resident knows the garbage truck is near. As described by a Washington Post writer, entire neighborhoods assemble with their garbage as the truck approaches. Called pay-as-you-throw (PAYT), through unit-pricing,...  [read more]

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    Solar Panel Comments

    Jan 11, 11 • 264 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes there’s much more behind a solar panel than you would expect. Solar energy was in the news because the U.S. Congress, hoping to support U.S. production, has prohibited the Department of Defense from buying Chinese made solar technology. And...  [read more]

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    Doomster or Boomster?

    Jan 6, 11 • 1317 Views • No Comments

    Agree or disagree? “Both the jayhawk and the man eat chickens, but the more jayhawks, the fewer chickens, while the more men, the more chickens.” The quote is from 19th century economist Henry George but it relates to a report from the FAO (Food...  [read more]

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    Sounds Like Pistachios

    Dec 25, 10 • 268 Views • No Comments

    “Remember the pistachios,” is a memorable line from a novel by economist Russ Roberts. 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...  [read more]