Luxexcel adds 3D printed prescription lenses to Vuzix AR headsets

Environmental Economics

The prescription inserts are designed especially for the Vuzix Blade AR Smart Sunglasses, and will be launched at CES Las Vegas 2018. Applications 3d priinted lenses CES 2018 Hans Streng Luxexcel Paul Travers VisionClear VisionEngine VisionPlatform Vuzix Vuzix BladeOphthalmic lens manufacturer Luxexcel has teamed up with augmented reality (AR) headset and eyewear company Vuzix to produce a range of 3D printed prescription lenses.

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Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2018

Environmental Economics

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NABE's December 2018 macro outlook survey is out

Environmental Economics

Here are the summary quotes: “NABE Outlook panelists continue to view the economy as having solid momentum entering 2019, but they foresee GDP growth cooling from 2.9% this year to 2.7% in 2019,” said NABE President Kevin Swift, CBE, chief economist, American Chemistry Council. The panel expects the Federal Reserve to continue gradually tightening monetary policy, and anticipates a federal funds rate hike at the upcoming December FOMC meeting, followed by three rate increases in 2019.”

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The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2018

Nature Conservancy - Science

Six books for the nature lover or conservationist on your holiday list. Ideas Our Nature Reads

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Recycling News Roundup - June 2018

Living Green Technology

2018 has been a wild year when it comes to recycling and green living news. Keep reading for the latest from these industries. Seattle Times: Some Seattle-area recycling dumped in landfills as China’s restrictions kick in The Seattle Times recently published an article on how China's decision to shut its doors to American recyclables has had a trickle down effect on recycling here in Seattle.

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Recycling News Roundup - October 2018

Living Green Technology

Want to learn about the most recent recycling news in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and the world? We've got you covered! Athol Daily News: Recycling needs to go dual-stream to adapt to changing demand Athol Daily News published a fantastic opinion article that analyzes some of the big changes in the recycling industry, particularly with China becoming stricter about what sort of recyclables it will accept.

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Register for IRENA Innovation Week 2018!

Green Prophet

IRENA Innovation Week is a three-day event that unites leading thinkers and policy makers to explore disruptive innovation aimed specifically at accelerating a transition to renewable energy. All m embers of the media – print, and digital – are invited to register to attend (and report on!) IRENA Innovation Week happening in Bonn, Germany from September 5 to 7.

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Top 5 Best Solar Powered Backpacks Available on Amazon in 2018

Greentumble

Today, we depend on more devices than ever. This means there’s always that need for a power outlet to keep them charged and keep us connected. Sooner or later, it happens to everyone: that moment when your smartphone battery is drained out and you don’t have an electrical plug nearby. This is especially common when you’re traveling, hiking, biking or in a remote place somewhere, for whatever reason.

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Top Five Affordable Destination For Fall 2018

Green Prophet

Here are the top five affordable destinations that you can try for Fall 2018. Some exceptional adventures await this Fall of 2018! There is not really a specific season to travel. However, some places might be shining their glorious splendour in certain specific seasons! And by splendour, we mean a powerful exposition of culture, colours and… everything. Now, you might be confused! Should you be going to Russia? Naaa, too cold in Fall. Perhaps Egypt? Too hot? Maybe Los Angeles?

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There is no longer an Environmental Economics Advisory Committee at the EPA

Environmental Economics

On May 31, 2018, the Science Advisory Board unanimously voted to restructure its supporting standing committees from seven to four. From the inbox: Dear colleagues, I want to inform you of recent decisions regarding standing committees under the auspices of the Science Advisory Board (SAB).      On the recommendation of the SAB Staff Office, the SAB, unanimously agreed, at our 5/31/18 administrative meeting, to retire three of our current seven standing committees.

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How Many Solar Panels to Power a Home in 2018

Greentumble

If your community is like many others today, you’re seeing more and more solar panels installed on your neighbors’ rooftops. Solar photovoltaic system installations are booming. If you’re starting to think about saving money on your electricity bill with clean solar energy, you’re probably questioning, “ How many solar panels will I actually need? ”.

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Most Innovative Online Educational Tools to Use in 2018

Green Prophet

From lesson planning software, student-teacher communication apps, to tutoring apps, here are the 7 hottest educational tools to use in 2018. For that matter, we’ve talked to educational experts from across the globe for advice on the best EdTech tools of 2018. There is a wide spectrum of applications and tools that facilitate various functions in education and the environment. Some are dedicated to assisting students in their studies while others are focused on teaching.

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The 5 Best Solar Powered Phone Battery Chargers to Buy in 2018

Greentumble

The Anker PowerPort 21W is our top pick for the best solar powered phone battery charger to buy in 2018 because it offers a remarkable combination of manufacturing quality, price, portability, and charging speed. We all know the sudden drama that happens. during our outside pursuits when we see a “low battery” warning on our phone, tablet, digital camera or other device. Outdoors you’ll find yourself many times far from any power outlet to recharge your devices.

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Vote for economists!

Environmental Economics

Whitehead (@johnwhitehead81) June 23, 2018 Just made a donation to People for Sharon [link]. John C.

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"Conferences and workshops in environmental, energy, and natural resource economics"

Environmental Economics

May 17-18, 2018. July 23-24, 2018. August 12-14, 2018. September 29-30, 2018. Submissions due: July 8, 2018. September 14-15, 2018. Submissions due: July 15, 2018. September 28-30, 2018. Submissions due: July 8, 2018. November 9-10, 2018. Submissions due: July 27, 2018. June 9-12, 2018. June 25-29, 2018. June 26-30, 2018. August 5-7, 2018. November 18-20, 2018.

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Call for papers: AERE @ the Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings

Environmental Economics

The Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings will be held November 18-20, 2018 in Washington, D.C.: Submit your abstract for presentation in an AERE session at the 2018 SEA here: [link]. link]. You will be asked to enter relevant author information and upload a pdf document with your paper's title, author names and an abstract of no more than 1,000 words. Authors may submit more than one abstract. Abstracts are due March 15.

2018 138

If smart people include PhD economists at elite universities

Environmental Economics

Whitehead (@johnwhitehead81) March 6, 2018 Environmental valuation surveys don't provide useful information. John C.

2018 100

Predicting Adaptation to Climate Change using Regional Heterogeneity in Mortality Effects of Temperature

Environmental Economics

  I am glad to have gotten an invitation from John to guest-blog here.    I am an Associate Professor of economics at the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University. My research on environmental economics is in solar geoengineering , health effects of air pollution and climate change , behavioral economics , and some other stuff.    I teach environmental economics at the undergraduate and PhD level.

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I rage tweeted during executive time this morning

Environmental Economics

Whitehead (@johnwhitehead81) February 5, 2018 I'm on a one year boycott of the Transdisciplinary Journal of the @ISEEORG [link]. John C.

2018 109

Quote of the day: revenue neutral carbon tax

Environmental Economics

Teevrat (@teevrat) January 6, 2018 Glenn Hubbard: “If we had a $40/ton carbon tax, that would raise 1.5 trillion dollars.” ASSA2018.

2018 109

As Vice President Biden would say, "This is a BFD"

Environmental Economics

FB18-032 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D ATE:  May 17, 2018 CONTACT:  Frank.Helies@noaa.gov , Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305.   The proposed actions would specify recreational and commercial annual catch limits for red snapper beginning in 2018. Red snapper recreational and commercial seasons would open in South Atlantic federal waters for limited harvest beginning in 2018.

2018 109

Krugman on renewables

Environmental Economics

I'm not sure I'm as optimistic as Krugman but the attempt to reduce the use of from renewable energy is likely a huge mistake (in terms of dynamic efficiency): Not that long ago, calls for a move to wind and solar power were widely perceived as impractical if not hippie-dippy silly.

2018 149

Climate change book reviews: do nothing, do a little, do a lot (or just drink beer?)

Environmental Economics

2018 136

Forest bathing in Green Wine Country

Green Traveler Guides

So, when our GTG team learned of a special 2018 Earth Day event promising to slow our pulse rates by connecting us directly with the land via a time-honored […]. | No Soap, No Stress | We eco-travelers seek experiences that offer connections with the natural world. They leave us inspired, rejuvenated and, often, more relaxed.

2018 159

Thank you EU, I guess this means more cheap whiskey for me.oh, and there's an economic lesson in here too.

Environmental Economics

Don't take this as support for tariffs, my inner economist is strongly opposed to tariffs on economic efficiency grounds, but my inner hillbilly is slightly happy that an EU tariff on American whiskey is likely to lower U.S. whiskey prices (at least in the short run).    Life can't be all beer. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey prices will rise in the European Union (EU) due to the member countries’ new 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. whiskey. Brown-Forman Corp.

2018 140

Where I'll be this weekend. [don't get excited, I'm not going to "America's top roots based music festival"]

Environmental Economics

From the website : The Department of Economics and the Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis at Appalachian State University will hold the  2018 Appalachian Experimental and Environmental Economics Workshop  on April 27-28, 2018 at the BRAHM in Blowing Rock NC.  

2018 109

That slow dog is hit again

Environmental Economics

AdeleCMorris) May 2, 2018. We’ll know the smart economists at Georg Mason U are liberated from Koch influences when they can endorse pricing carbon. link]. Adele C. Morris, Ph.D. Alternative post titles: When free market environmentalism meets a global public good. Actually, this isn't the biggest problem for George Mason economics. Climate Liberty

2018 109

Paying people to live in rural areas

Environmental Economics

My state, Georgia, has created a Rural Development Council to address the issues facing rural Georgia.    (For instance, access to health care is pretty bad.).

2018 142

"An Oath for Scientists"

Environmental Economics

I swear that I will, according to my ability and judgment, protect the credibility of science by carrying out this oath and this indenture.

2018 145

What I did today: a little community-based research (warning: self-promotion ahead)

Environmental Economics

Here is an idea for your time when the hard, gemlike flame  threatens to flicker ( BS&G ride director happy with 2018 event ):  Blood, Sweat and Gears Ride Director Scott Nelson felt the 2018 edition of the event went as well as it could. " Tourism Management 65 (2018): 160-169. 

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A critique of CBA from the 90s

Environmental Economics

I've just read Elizabeth Anderson 's critique of the use of cost-benefit analysis in environmental and workplace safety policy.    (It was written in 1995, so I'm a little behind.)    It appears in chapter 9 of her book Value in Ethics and Economics and is reprinted in the anthology Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. It's a good read for those who estimate the value of a statistical life of the willingness to pay for improvements in air quality. 

2018 135

A: Because it's better than acting like an obnoxious teenager

Environmental Economics

When I mention what I do (come up with ways to estimate the value of environmental goods and services), I sometimes get a response like this :   It really is irritating that some people need to use economic measures to value our environment. The reality is our environment, air, water, seas, national parks & Great Barrier Reef are truly priceless & must be treated as such ie no cost benefit BS studies needed. My response is really quite simple. 

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"Environmental Policy and the Assault on Science" - Policy keynote lecture with Gina McCarthy, former administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama presidency

Environmental Economics

Gina McCarthy's keynote at the recent World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists has drawn rave reviews from twitter and the inbox. So, here it is in case you had to teach summer school to save money for your kid's college (like me

2018 133

Hey U.S. Senate, how about a letter calling for simply ending all of those stupid #TrumpTariffs (not just the ones that hurt your states)?

Environmental Economics

Solar Industry (@SEIA) May 11, 2018 NEW: A group of eight Republican senators send a letter to the @USTradeRep , @SecretaryPerry and @SecretaryRoss calling for utility-scale #solar panels to be exempted from the #TrumpTariffs. pic.twitter.com/QxutfjkQ6y.

2018 100

EU ETS Cap-and-Trade attempts to stabilize price with a reserve

Environmental Economics

The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme , the world's largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, will be taking a new step to stabilize permit prices.    Starting in January 2019, the Market Stability Reserve will go into effect, which aims to stabilize price by reducing the long-standing permit surpluses that have plagued the ETC.    The reserve will: address the current surplus of allowances.

2018 131

Scorecard is in and it looks like conservation is losing

Environmental Economics

2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018; AKA the Farm Bill.  The Congressional Budget Office has prepared its first estimates of direct expenditures and revenues from H.R.   It looks like the conservation title (Title II) might take some hits.    The Conservation Reserve Program is proposed to be scaled back, and the Conservation Stewardship Program is proposed to be repealed.

2018 109

Here is my 13 minute video on how to conduct a revealed-stated preference travel cost method study

Environmental Economics

2018 133

Don't Give up on Pigouvian Pricing!

Environmental Economics

Last week's midterm elections were a mixed bag for environmental policy.    Lots of initiatives went down in defeat, though some passed, and some pro-environmental candidates won. Most notably for us environmental economists, the state of Washington failed to pass a carbon tax initiative, which would have made them the only place in the US where there is such a tax. 

2018 116

I'm declaring war on automatic reminders from journals

Environmental Economics

On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 8:25 AM, <EviseSupport@elsevier.com> wrote: This message was sent automatically. Me: This review has risen to the top of my review pile. I should have it completed within a week. That would be about 1 month after I agreed to the request and only about a week after the 3 week deadline that I foolishly agreed to. Did you know that in the same email you ask me to let you know if there will be further delay AND ask me not to reply? In reply to: +.

2018 109

New publication: "Estimating willingness to pay for a cycling event using a willingness to travel approach"

Environmental Economics

Whitehead and Pamela Wicker, Tourism Management, Volume 65, April 2018, Pages 160-169. John C. Abstract. This study examines the monetary value of nonmarket benefits to participants of an active sport tourism event, such as happiness and pride from participating in an event. Willingness to travel (WTT) greater distances for future events is assessed and converted into willingness to pay (WTP) estimates using travel costs.

2018 109

It ain't over 'til it's over

Environmental Economics

SAFMC (@SAFMC) February 6, 2018 The Council's Socio-Economic Panel is in the midst of an interesting discussion about #wreckfish in the South Atlantic - listen in until 5 PM and then join us online again tomorrow beginning at 8 AM: [link] pic.twitter.com/a36dhZ5qMR.

2018 100

The climes they are a-changin'

Environmental Economics

I was talking to my parents last night and they were bemoaning the amount of rain they have had the past month.    These are the same parents who can best be described as climate change skeptics.    Really they pay little attention to things like climate change other than my father making an off-hand remark on a bad weather day, like a warm day in January, or snowy in May, 'Must be that climate change thing you're always talking about.'

2018 122

I drove to Charleston, SC today and listened to R.E.M. the whole dang way

Environmental Economics

I'm here: February 6 & 7, 2018. Socio-Economic  Panel Crowne Plaza Hotel 4381 Tanger Outlet Boulevard North Charleston, SC  29418. Briefing Book   Webinar Registration  February 6, 2017, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  February 7, 2017, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Public Comment. Click here to submit public comment on SEP agenda items. Click here to read what others have already said. Note: I listened to Spotify's "This is R.E.M."

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