Posts Tagged ‘pollution’

  • As a Pigovian tax, the carbon tax generates good behavior and revenue but is controversial.

    Could You Like a Carbon Tax?

    Jun 18, 14 • 493 Views • No Comments

    Our Wednesday environment focus Here is my “To Do” list for reducing carbon emissions: Buy a Prius. Install solar panels. Take the train to NYC. Lower my thermostat to 60 degrees during the winter. Raise my AC thermostat to 78 during the summer....  [read more]

  • 19th Century Urban Transport Was An Environmental Problem

    A Pollution Tale With 2 Happy Endings

    Aug 10, 12 • 290 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]

  • Sometimes Flying Costs More Than Money

    Jul 14, 12 • 262 Views • No Comments

    What to do when you’ve paid extra for an aisle seat and a person asks you to switch with his wife so that they can sit next to each other? Do you say yes or endure his irritation through the entire flight? Watching, an economist might have cited a negative...  [read more]

  • Affecting the cost of animal feed and lowering the amount of milk from cows, the drought is pushing up milk prices.

    The “Problem” of the Commons

    Jun 20, 12 • 232 Views • No Comments

    Located 30 miles from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the island of Nantucket has no traffic lights. Instead, drivers respond to stop signs, rotaries and courtesy. More often than not, if a walker or a biker needs to cross the street, cars stop. When someone is...  [read more]

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    Environmental “Nudges”

    Sep 20, 11 • 246 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes a nudge is not enough. According to science writer Jonah Lehrer, society has to do more than “nudge” us when it wants to change our behavior. When Sacramento, California wanted to diminish energy usage by showing customers what their...  [read more]