Posts Tagged ‘negative externalities’

  • You can diminish the negative externalities of free city parking by using an app that lets you charge someone to use the space you vacate.

    How Can You Add Value to Your Free Parking Space?

    Jun 8, 14 • 434 Views • No Comments

    NYC has lots of cheap parking spaces. The result? I (and many like me) have circled blocks, added to greenhouse gases, used precious hours and exacerbated congestion, all to find an empty muni-meter or free spot. As UCLA Professor Donald Shoup has said...  [read more]

  • Opportunity cost of less meat: Cows grazing in a mountain pasture

    Opportunity Cost & The Meat Eater’s Dilemma

    Jun 4, 14 • 568 Views • No Comments

    Our Wednesday environment focus: Are you a meat avoider, eater or reducer? On a scale of meat consumption, we can place the avoiders at one end, the eaters at the other, and the reducers in the middle because they are meatless for at least...  [read more]

  • Beeps like backup warnings from trucks create noise pollution negative externalities.

    The Beeps in Our Lives

    May 28, 14 • 498 Views • No Comments

    Our Wednesday Environment Focus We have intentionally created some of the sounds that our technology makes. Take the beep… You know that beep..beep..beep sound of a truck in reverse. It all began during the 1960s in Boise, Idaho when Ed Peterson, an...  [read more]

  • Unintended Consequences of Daylight Saving Time

    The Unexpected Impact of Changing Times

    Mar 9, 14 • 245 Views • No Comments

    Beyond less sleep, when we moved our clocks ahead last night, we created many unintended consequences. It all began during the 1880s when the railroads said that they should coordinate time. With railroad companies observing 52 different times and even more...  [read more]

  • Noise Pollution and Negative Externalities

    1930s Noise Pollution

    Feb 5, 14 • 704 Views • No Comments

    In 1932, the NYC Noise Abatement Commission received a letter from Mr. N. Schmuck of 137 Milton Street in Brooklyn about the noise from a nearby pickle factory. Other 1930s noise complaints included early morning ice deliveries, “ear splitting shrieks...  [read more]