Posts Tagged ‘environment’

  • Snowmobiles in Yellowstone

    Do You Want Snowmobiles at Yellowstone National Park?

    Nov 6, 13 • 594 Views • No Comments

    The 1916 legislation that created our National Park Service empowers it to “preserve” the resources of the Parks for the “enjoyment” of future generations. But what happens when “preserve” conflicts with......  [read more]

  • Green Unintended Consequences

    It’s Not Easy Being Green

    Oct 30, 13 • 687 Views • No Comments

    In our school parking lot, we have prime spaces that are reserved for employees who drive a hybrid or electric car. After reading Ed Glaeser’s new paper, “The Supply of Environmentalism,” I realized that bestowing these tangible benefits on......  [read more]

  • 19th Century Urban Transport Was An Environmental Problem

    A Pollution Tale With 2 Happy Endings

    Aug 10, 12 • 456 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes green incentives can have unintended consequences. Our story begins in an airport. About to board a flight, an environmentally concerned individual purchases “carbon offsets.”  Yes, that flight will pollute the air but the offset could......  [read more]

  • Frittata with spinach and onion

    Should We Buy Local?

    Jun 21, 12 • 431 Views • No Comments

    I just finished an omelette with eggs and spinach from a nearby farm. It tasted good, I supported local business and I helped the environment. You could say that I had my cake (but it was spinach) and ate it too. But, here is the surprise. If you care about......  [read more]

  • 19th Century Urban Transport Was An Environmental Problem

    “It’s Not Easy Being Green”

    Jun 12, 12 • 394 Views • No Comments

    Hearing Kermit the Frog say, “It’s not easy being green,” Mexican environmentalists might agree. Since March 2009, Mexican households have been offered cash payments or subsidized loans for replacing refrigerators and air-conditioners that......  [read more]