Posts Tagged ‘environment’

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    The Locavore Challenge

    Aug 24, 10 • 222 Views • 1 Comment

    Being a locavore is not always easy but it can feel very good. Those of us who are locavores believe that we are helping the planet by saving on transport costs and emissions, patronizing small businesses rather than distant impersonal corporate giants, and...  [read more]

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    Wind Farms

    Aug 2, 10 • 258 Views • No Comments

    What if peak wind for your wind farm equals peak demand? Good? Not necessarily. The key is timing. According to a NY Times article, certain wind installations have to “dump energy late at night…” because there is no demand for power at...  [read more]

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    Green Jeans

    Jul 23, 10 • 261 Views • No Comments

    Reading about a new Eco Index started me thinking about competition. The Eco Index is somewhat comparable to the Energy Star rating created by the EPA in 1992. For appliances, Energy Star ratings convey energy efficiency information. For apparel, the Eco...  [read more]

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    Environmental Emissions

    Jun 25, 10 • 244 Views • 1 Comment

    A letter in “The Mail” section of a recent New Yorker tells us about a funny error on the cover of the May 17, 2010 issue. Mainly portraying emissions from vehicles, factories, and cows, the cover focuses on our environmental problems. According...  [read more]

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    Environmental Externalities

    May 9, 10 • 371 Views • No Comments

    There is oil under Murchison Falls National Park. Home to rare birds, lions, elephants, and giraffes, this Ugandan nature park is a tourist mecca. The Ugandan government, though, prefers oil to tourists as a revenue stream.  Thinking as economists, we...  [read more]