eBird Economics: How Much Would You Pay to See Birds?

10,000 Birds

The economic “impact” of a birding festival can be estimated by looking at expenditures of attendees ( e.g., hotel rooms, meals, souvenirs, transportation costs, etc.). Q: Do you have any future research plans using eBird data? Birding eBird economics

"Supreme Court’s Stay of Clean Power Plan Fails an Economic Test"

Environmental Economics

Joshua Linn, Dallas Burtraw and Kristen McCormack: On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a surprising decision to halt implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan until the resolution of the rule’s legal challenges. We analyze these claims in a recent paper and conclude that the stay was unjustifiable based on economic harm to the coal sector.

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Environmental Economics: How is economics like Fight Club?

Environmental Economics

Got a question about environmental economics? Recent Comments John Whitehead on What I did today instead of blogging Rene Salinas on What I did today instead of blogging Timtaylor Home on My name is Kingof Socks Tim Haab on How is economics like Fight Club?

Economics: The Next Frontier in Conservation Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

Externalities are by-products of economic activity that impact other parties without being reflected in the cost of the goods or services involved. And over decades the Conservancy’s planning systems, decision-making and analytical tools became highly tailored to this model.

"Crazy Climate Economics"

Environmental Economics

Paul Krugman: What do I mean by crazy climate economics? And these days Republicans come out in force to oppose even the most obviously needed regulations, like the plan to reduce the pollution that’s killing Chesapeake Bay. First, we’ll see any effort to limit pollution denounced as a tyrannical act. Pollution wasn’t always a deeply partisan issue: Economists in the George W.

Environmental Economics: Rock snot*

Environmental Economics

Got a question about environmental economics? Recent Comments John Whitehead on What I did today instead of blogging Rene Salinas on What I did today instead of blogging Timtaylor Home on My name is Kingof Socks Tim Haab on How is economics like Fight Club?

"Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics"

Environmental Economics

Like Pruitt’s war on science, which culminated in a plan to ignore an entire category of scientific studies when measuring environmental risks, his war on economics could erode regulatory protections. As a former EPA official, I know the critical roles that science and economics play in shaping the agency’s decisions. Even the Trump White House recently  concluded  that the economic benefits of all major regulations were several times higher than the total costs.

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An economic conundrum

Environmental Economics

So I read page 2 (and no more) of the NYTimes story John pointed to this morning (John read page 1) and it raises an interesting economic puzzle for environmental advocates: Simple economics suggests that if the nation is producing more energy, prices should be falling. The increased production of fossil fuels is a far cry from the energy plans President Obama articulated as a candidate in 2008.

AERE sessions at the Midwest Economics Association

Environmental Economics

  Additionally, if you participate in an AERE sponsored session you will be included in all planned AERE networking activities that will take place during the MEA meetings – last year this included not just a dinner, but a cocktail hour as well with drinks sponsored by AERE.  via Lea-Rachel Kosnick: Abstract submissions for the AERE sponsored sessions at the MEA meetings are due in just two weeks, on September 1, 2017. 

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

Environmental Economics

  The committees being retired are Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC), the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) and the Environmental Engineering Committee (EEC).    The SAB approved retiring the Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC), the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) and the Environmental Engineering Committee (EEC).  

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Protect nature for world economic security, warns UN biodiversity chief

Green (Living) Review

Ahmed Djoghlaf says nations risk economic collapse and loss of culture if it does not protect the natural world Britain and other countries face a collapse of their economies and loss of culture if they do not protect the environment better, the world's leading champion of nature has warned.

Good advice for an economics major

Environmental Economics

He plans to major in economics so he wrote to her and asked if I had suggestions for "Ways to learn material, books to read, important classes to take?" Craig Newmark: One of my wife's students will begin Harvard this fall.

"The Pattern is Clear": Economic research is being driven out of D.C.

Environmental Economics

Consider: Earlier this year , President Trump proposed significant cuts to the USDA's Economic Research Service--50% cuts in fact: Funding for ERS would be slashed by 50 percent, to $45 million, in part by eliminating "low-priority research" that the administration said was already being done by the private sector or nonprofits. By my count, only three of the 43 current members of the Science Advisory Board have advanced degrees in economics

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Economics of climate change. what am I missing?

Environmental Economics

I'm teaching a multidisciplinary class today on the economics of climate change*. Clean Power Plan. Here is my outline: Introduction. Market failure / negative externality. Adaptation. Mitigation. Benefit-cost analysis. Benefits:  Social cost of carbon  - IAMs. Costs. Discount rate. An example. Regulatory Approaches. Carbon Tax – British Columbia [ 1 , 2 ], Australia [ 1 , 2 ], Washington State. Cap-and-Trade – EU ETS , RGGI , AB32. Offsets. Subsidies.

Environmental Economics: The simple economics of alternative fuels

Environmental Economics

Got a question about environmental economics? Recent Comments John Whitehead on What I did today instead of blogging Rene Salinas on What I did today instead of blogging Timtaylor Home on My name is Kingof Socks Tim Haab on How is economics like Fight Club?

Homeschooling Lesson Plans for 2012/2013

Hug a Tree with Me

Coming confidently out of year one, I am very excited about Jordan’s lesson plans for this year. This school term will mark year two on our homeschooling journey. She is 4 ½ now and is still as excited about learning as ever which makes my job a whole lot easier.

The Nobel Prize in forest economics?

Environmental Economics

valuation of forest protection programs": Journal of Forest Economics 17 (2011):35-52. visitors to access" For practical policy planning, the results are. Elsevier, and the Department of Forest Economics at the Swedish. Yours sincerely, Runar Brännlund, Ola Carlén, Peichen Gong Editors Journal of Forest Economics. Congratulations to the authors! From the inbox: We are glad to announce that the 2012 Sören Wibe. Prize was awarded to Christopher C.

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Benefits and costs of the Clean Power Plan

Environmental Economics

From the RFF public relations machine: Nearly all US regions stand to gain economic benefits from power plant carbon standards that set moderately stringent emission targets and allow a high level of compliance flexibility, according to a new study by scientists from Harvard T.H.

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"Environmental Economics 101 applied to EU ETS"

Environmental Economics

Earlier this month, in its second vote, the parliament approved a plan to “backload” carbon allowances and, thus, limit supply temporarily. Luckily for me, I am a member of the Land and Resource Economics Network (i.e.,

"A Curious Plan to Fight Climate Change"

Environmental Economics

As improbable as it may seem, Mr. Clarke said the Patriot deal had played to his advantage — helping start his grand plan to remake coal mining into a greener industry. The plan involves creating pollution credits by planting or preserving trees around the world to offset the carbon emitted from burning coal. I think the economics is clear.

Design and Planning for People in Place

Green (Living) Review

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Evidence-based Conservation: An Economic Perspective

Nature Conservancy - Science

At its core, economics is about using scarce resources smartly to maximize the production of desired outcomes. Most human endeavors are constrained by available resources and their pursuit therefore has an economic dimension. Forest Policy and Economics 34:1-16.

LA Approves Plan to Buy Solar Power from Moapa River Indian.

Sierra Club Compass

Doha Climate Conference: Beyond Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy » LA Approves Plan to Buy Solar Power from Moapa River Indian Reservation. For the Moapa, the partnership could provide important environmental, health, and economic benefits. Compass.

Renewable energy will not support economic growth

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Renewable energy will not and cannot support perpetual economic growth, the way we have been doing it for so long, for too long, in fact.

Global leaders make plans at world’s biggest energy shindig – IRENA in Abu Dhabi

Green Prophet

The need for multilateral cooperation and long-term decision making has never been greater in the context of energy planning,” continued Mr. La Camera. IRENA was founded a decade ago to solve the world’s energy problems.

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Distributional effects of different carbon price recycling plans

Environmental Economics

Most carbon tax proposals plan to return the money collected by the government to the people. It has been well established that total economic efficiency is expected to be greatest when the revenue from a carbon tax is used to reduce the capital tax and next best when it is used to reduce the labor tax because, in each case, the policy substitutes for a preexisting distortionary policy.

Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy | 5th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems

Environmental Economics

It is the sort of conference where an economics paper focuses more on the economics than the statistics. Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy 5th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems March 20-22, 2016 • New Orleans, LA • Royal Sonesta Hotel. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Economics and policy of climate adaptation. Economics of fisheries access and allocation. Economics of water: Emerging priorities.

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Some economics of the West Virginia drinking water contamination episode

Environmental Economics

All regulations are not inefficient: The accidents kept coming, and so did the calls for a plan to improve West Virginia’s chemical safety regulations.

Galilee to Dead Sea: Jordan Valley’s first-ever regional master plan!

Green Prophet

A consortium of leading environmental groups released a Regional NGO Master Plan for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley. The Master Plan highlights how the current ecological and economic demise of the valley is a lose/lose situation for all sides concerned.

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Environmental Economics: Quote of the day

Environmental Economics

Got a question about environmental economics? Recent Comments John Whitehead on What I did today instead of blogging Rene Salinas on What I did today instead of blogging Timtaylor Home on My name is Kingof Socks Tim Haab on How is economics like Fight Club?

Standing by 'An Economic View of the Environment'

Environmental Economics

          I have been writing essays at this blog for more than seven years, and until recently, through 100 essays, I tried very hard to keep politics at bay, and to view each and every issue I discussed from a politically neutral, yet analytical economic perspective.           So, I apologize for the recent hiatus in communications from “An Economic View of the Environment.” 

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Are any economics journals guilty of "citation stacking"?

Environmental Economics

The citation stacking plan was discovered, however, by Thomson Reuters, which determines impact factors, and fourteen journals — including the one Rocha-e-Silva edited until he was fired following the incident — have been punished with suspensions of their impact factors for a year.

Nope, I can't think of a worse [economic] idea

Environmental Economics

A better plan for the $4.5 Alan Krupnick: Can there possibly be a worse idea than to have the federal government give every ton of eastern coal burned a $15 subsidy—as was proposed by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. To put this in perspective, the current price of coal from West Virginia ranges from $45 to $52 per ton, so this subsidy is very large relative to the price.

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Call for papers: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

This Special Issue will focus on original research into the application of economic valuation methods to understand and measure the contribution of coastal resources and ecosystems to human well-being. The goal is to provide meaningful information for policymakers and resource managers about the economic significance of coastal resources for planning and restoration. Here is the link:  //www.mdpi.com/journal/water/special_issues/Coastal_economics_ecosystem.

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"Considering John Krutilla and the Environmental Turn in Natural Resource Economics"

Environmental Economics

Spencer Banzhaf: John Krutilla, a pioneer in environmental economics, helped to shape the field as an expert at Resources for the Future (RFF) in the mid-twentieth century. Perhaps his greatest legacy is shifting the discussion from one of economics versus the environment to consider a new economics of the environment. In Eschewing rational planning, it would undergird such preservation through grassroots organizations such as Muir's Sierra Club.

2016 130

"Trump's energy plan overstates benefits of more drilling"

Environmental Economics

Excuse the politics but 't'is the season:  Donald Trump has promised to roll back regulations and unleash an energy revolution in America — but economists have their doubts about the plan. The Republican presidential candidate says he will boost America's economic output, create millions of new jobs, and put coal miners back to work.

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Call for papers extended to May 3: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

Update from Wally Milon (March 7, 2019):  We have extended the deadline for the special issue of Water on Coastal Resource Economics and Ecosystem Valuation to May 3, 2019. If you are planning to submit, please let me know if you have any questions. This Special Issue will focus on original research into the application of economic valuation methods to understand and measure the contribution of coastal resources and ecosystems to human well-being.

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Political Calculations: The Economic Impact of Climate Change

Environmental Economics

But how can you measure the economic impact of climate change? For our purposes, we wanted to consider the economic impact of a climate changing event that had a prolonged effect - something more than a singular meteorological disaster that lasted for much longer than a single season or year, but also something that overwhelmed the abilities of modern farmers using the most advance agricultural technology available today to compensate.

Call for papers: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

This Special Issue will focus on original research into the application of economic valuation methods to understand and measure the contribution of coastal resources and ecosystems to human well-being. The goal is to provide meaningful information for policymakers and resource managers about the economic significance of coastal resources for planning and restoration.

2018 100

One of the greatest failures of university economics departments.

Environmental Economics

The company has received dozens of cease-and-desist letters, according to its president, Dan Rosensweig, but it has no plans to scale back its efforts. "There’s is our passivity when our employers erect monopolies on campus to exploit students: The rise of online textbook retailers such as Chegg, Amazon, and Half.com, has put official college and university bookstores on the defensive.

Environment [sic] and resource economics sessions at the WEAI?

Environmental Economics

This is an email I just sent to the RESECON listserv: RESECON, As you may know the Western Economic Association International meetings are being held in Denver, CO June 27-July 1, 2014 ( [link] ). In other words, if you are planning a WCERE submission, please don't submit to both Since this conflicts with the WCERE there will be no AERE organized sessions at the WEAI this year. But that doesn't mean that non-sponsored sessions can't be organized.

Quick Study: Six Common Mistakes in Conservation Planning

Nature Conservancy - Science

Conservation Planning Conservation Biology conservation planning conservation prioritization conservation priority setting decision science Eddie Game Edward Game Hugh Possingham metrology Nature Conservancy science Peter Kareiva

Plan B 4.0 – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plan B 4.0: Brown in his new book, Plan B 4.0: The Saudis are unique in being so wholly dependent on irrigation,” says Brown in Plan B 4.0. It took the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression to lower grain prices.”

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