2015

'Buck up, this is college'

Environmental Economics

An interesting read on the emotional fragility of college students today.    I probably would've used a different phrase than 'Buck up,' but the point is well-taken.    Faculty at the meetings noted that students’ emotional fragility has become a serious problem when in comes to grading. Some

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Going Green Made Easy: 4 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Living Green & Saving Energy

Most people have a big misconception about water and energy conservation. They think that, if you really want to save the planet, you have to make huge, life-altering changes to your routine. But you don’t have to take your home totally off the grid on the first day to make a difference. Going green is […]. easy green living tip green living how to go green saving energy saving money going green and saving money green living tips

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Sustainable Alternatives to Petroleum Based Products

Hug a Tree with Me

While we may never know who to blame for the discovery of petroleum, history states that the stuff has been running our lives for over 5000 years now. Although mostly evil, petroleum is actually a natural substance – it is the product of long dead plant and oceanic life that has been fossilized under layers of sediment. Pressure, heat and decomposing chemicals transformed the remnants into petroleum. To get to it, we invasive humans actually have to drill through the earth.

Happy Pi Day!

Indigenize

Happy Pi day! As you likely know, pi (?) is a mathematical constant found in all circles. Perhaps you remember the old joke from geometry class: “?R2? No, pie are round.” ” (Hardy-har.) Since pi’s decimal expansion starts off 3.14… and today’s date is 3/14, it’s the perfect day to celebrate Pi and to feel wonder at the […]. Spiritual Ecopsychology fun geometry Pi Day

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The origins of tanagers, warblers, and sparrows are coming into focus

10,000 Birds

A new paper out this month attempts to paint the most comprehensive picture yet of the origins and diversification of the American sparrows, wood-warblers, blackbirds, cardinals, tanagers, and their kin, an enormous group of birds more than 800 species strong. Photo: Golden-crowned Tanager , Iridosornis rufivertex , in Andean Ecuador © David J. Ringer).

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Envision Festival 2015: Costa Rica’s Burning Man with an eco-twist

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | Envision Festival returns to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26 through March 1, 2015.

Don’t Shower Shorter to Stop Water Waste. Shower Better!

The Green Samaritan

As part of Energy Action Month, TGS welcomes this guest post by Beth Livingston, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Whether you live on the West Coast or have friends on social media that do, See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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I want to be a "climate change denier" when I grow up

Environmental Economics

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Does income inequality cause decreased economic growth?

Environmental Economics

Rather than read before I go to bed, I have taken to watching Netflix documentaries on the iPad.    I thought this would lead to me falling asleep easier from the boredom of watching documentaries, but instead I find myself actually enjoying them leading to less sleep.and more questions. Last night I watched Inequality for All, which is former U.S. labor secretary and now Berkeley professor Robert Reich's take on the causes and effects of growing income inequality in the U.S. 

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"Speaking Ecosystem Services"

Environmental Economics

Christian Neumann, Linwood Pendleton, Marianne Kettunen and Tundi Agardy: The value of ecosystems and the associated services they provide is receiving growing attention both in the public and decision-making arena. The language of Ecosystem Services essentially translates the complexity of ecological processes and functions into descriptors that define the socio-economic-ecological link.

Rep. Paul Ryan is getting the economics wrong on cap and trade and a revenue neutral carbon tax

Environmental Economics

Way wrong:  Q: Higher natural gas and oil production is great for energy independence. How concerned, though, are you about climate change? A: Well, look at it this way: Are we going to be a fossil fuel dependent economy for the medium term? Our entire economy is wired for that. So should we get it from the Middle East, or should we get it from ourselves? And natural gas is cleaner fuel.

2015 193

Green Living That Makes Money

Living Green & Saving Energy

As a green living enthusiast I have been writing for years about how to save energy, water, and other resources and live more sustainably. And I also make the point that using reducing, recycling, and reusing means you need to spend less on many items, effectively transferring money from the pockets of big companies that sell these items […]. Build Wealth by Going Green saving energy saving money saving water Build Wealth By Going Green Green Living That Makes Money

10 Ways to Use Electricity more Sustainably

Hug a Tree with Me

One of the first things that usually comes to mind when discussing matters of environmental degradation is electricity usage – it is an unfortunate fact that the relationship between the two is a mostly negative one. Due to electricity’s contribution to harmful greenhouse gas emissions , it has been marred as one of our top environmental offenders. Regardless of that, society relies heavily on electricity for many instances in life, so we can never completely get rid of it.

2015 173

Dances with Klingons

Indigenize

At a recent contradance, my day was made when someone jokingly asked how to say, “thank you for the dance” in Klingon – and someone else actually knew. Daniel Morse, who translates Chinese texts for a living, turns out to also be fluent in Klingon. Without batting an eyelash or pulling out a device, he […].

2015 145

The Art of Bird Camp

10,000 Birds

I have been working in the avian world for 25 years, but last summer I was out-birded by a 14-year-old girl. Actually, I was bested by an entire group of teenagers, all gathered – along with 36 adults – on Hog Island , Audubon’s famous camp off the coast of Maine. Each year Hog Island offers programs, taught by a stellar staff of naturalists and artists, to groups of all kinds (teenagers, adults, families).

2015 217

500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | More than 500 hotels and B&Bs that serve exclusively vegetarian or vegan food are now listed on VeggieHotels. The Berlin-based web portal, launched in 2011, makes it easy to find purely vegetarian hotels, guest houses and conference centers. Accommodations in 60 countries are currently listed—from simple guest houses to five-star hotels. Although […] 500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Environmental economics in the AER

Environmental Economics

Always a surprise: Currie, Janet, Lucas Davis, Michael Greenstone, and Reed Walker. 2015. "Environmental "Environmental Health Risks and Housing Values: Evidence from 1,600 Toxic Plant Openings and Closings."  "  American Economic Review , 105(2): 678-709. DOI:  10.1257/aer.20121656. Abstract. Regulatory oversight of toxic emissions from industrial plants and understanding about these emissions' impacts are in their infancy.

Teaching and research are complements, not substitutes

Environmental Economics

It could have been anyone's governor: Just what do university professors do all day? Scott Walker of Wisconsin has been hearing plenty on that topic since he remarked this week, during a discussion of his proposal to cut state appropriations for the University of Wisconsin system by $300-million over two years, that the universities “might be able to make savings just by asking faculty and staff to consider teaching one more class a semester. ”.

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Moderates who lean left on social issues and right on economic issues are not libertarians

Environmental Economics

There were two interesting posts about Rand Paul from Krugman and Mankiw: Paul Krugman says there aren't enough libertarians in the U.S. to make a libertarian candidate like Rand Paul viable.    I am not so sure about the paucity of libertarians, but even so, I doubt that Rand Paul is the best representative of that group.

2015 190

Are all tax increases a bad thing?

Environmental Economics

Not necessarily. And yet, Greg Mankiw: As long-time readers of this blog know, I have long advocated greater use of Pigovian taxes, such as taxes on carbon emissions. Such  Such taxes can correct incentives by aligning private and social costs, and the revenue from such taxes can be used to reduce other, distortionary taxes.

2015 189

Stop arguing with me--it's a scientific fact that I am smarter

Environmental Economics

According to a collection of studies, drummers are super smart, due to a variety of factors relating to being in the rhythm section. The news comes courtesy of Polymic, who have compiled a series of reports from Oxford and Harvard universities to name a few. What they found was that that dude at the back of the band isn’t the head scratcher that you might think he is, in fact he is more likely to be the smartest of them all.

2015 186

PhD Comics: How to write an e-mail to your instructor or T.A.

Environmental Economics

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Energy-Efficient Products With Real Impact

Living Green & Saving Energy

Energy-efficiency is a hot topic and with all the clamoring voices out there, it can be hard to discern the wisest investment for an energy-efficient home. By using the suggestions below, you’ll use less and save more than ever before. Windows Imagine coming home in the middle of a bone-chilling winter to an open window. […]. energy efficient lighting energy efficient materials saving energy saving money sustainability Energy-Efficient Products save energy save money

10 Time Management Tips for the Self-Employed

Hug a Tree with Me

Besides figuring out how to make a livable wage doing what I love to do, my biggest complaint about working for myself is learning how to manage my time. Understanding how to balance my work life with my home life while also making time for myself was a much bigger challenge than I thought. Stress comes quickly when items on my “To Do” list don’t get crossed out or when I feel like I am neglecting one area of my life to satisfy another.

2015 170

Dreams at 98

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My dad has been having dreams about my long-dead mom. At first he didn’t want to tell me their content. They’re sexy dreams; sweet dreams. He’s in bed with her. He gets up to go to the bathroom, and they are conversing. So simple; so sweet. He often feels now that she, or his also-deceased […]. Adventures With Elderly Parents dreams elderly Hank Fields parent visitations

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The slaughter tourism trade in Serbia

10,000 Birds

Twenty years ago, flocks consisting of a thousand European Turtle Doves were a common sight in Serbia in spring. Ten years ago, those flocks were reduced to a few hundred birds. Nowadays, the flocks are even smaller, merely a few dozen birds. As we speak, in Serbia these birds are still hunted in August and September. Turtle Doves have been declining in Europe since the 1970s, and in this century alone, the continent has lost 40% of its population of the species.

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"VW’s Deepwater Horizon?"

Environmental Economics

Maximilian Auffhammer at the uninspiringly named Energy Instittute at Haas blog: Last week one of the biggest environmental scandals since the Deepwater Horizon disaster made its way to somewhere near the bottom of page 11 of most major newspapers. VW admitted to systematically cheating on emissions tests of its Diesel vehicles. This might sound snoozy, until you read up on the details.

2015 185

A head scratcher of an argument on the VW fraud

Environmental Economics

Tyler Cowen: The behavior of Volkswagen has been heinous and the company and probably some of its executives deserve some serious punishments. Yet our reaction to the scandal is as illuminating as the misbehavior itself. We get much more upset when people do wrong out of deliberate fraudulent intent rather than through accidental negligence, or sheer inability to solve problems, even if the latter phenomena are often the greater risks.

2015 185

"Nobel Prize Winner Tirole Says Carbon Price Needed for Climate"

Environmental Economics

I never get tired of this stuff! Putting a price on carbon is the only effective way to curb emissions to combat climate change, according to a Nobel prize-winning economist. People continue to buy polluting cars and live polluting lives and this will continue until their pockets are hit,” said Jean Tirole, who works at the University of Toulouse and won the 2014 Nobel Prize in economic sciences. The problem is on such a scale that we have to hit pockets.”.

2015 185

Beginning of Spring Beer Post (for Tim)

Environmental Economics

My wife is a Marylander and she is obsessed with blue crabs and Old Bay, so we have tried many food items with Old Bay. The typical approach is just to pour a ton of the spice in or on everything, so I was a little skeptical when I heard that Flying Dog was putting out an Old Bay-seasoned beer (Dead Rise Summmer Ale). However, it's really good. It's a nice refreshing ale with just the right hint of Old Bay. Look for it on taps and in the store.

2015 185

Economics of climate change. what am I missing?

Environmental Economics

I'm teaching a multidisciplinary class today on the economics of climate change*. 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.

Add 'delayed effects on fish stocks' to the list of damages to be valued during oil spills

Environmental Economics

For 25 years, methodical research by scientists has investigated the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 on Alaskan communities and ecosystems. A new study released today into the effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska shows that embryonic salmon and herring exposed to very low levels of crude oil can develop hidden heart defects that compromise their later survival, indicating that the spill may have had much greater impacts on spawning fish than previously recognized.

2015 183

Water pricing, "free" markets and climate change

Environmental Economics

Matt Kahn: Adam Nagourney appears to be an adherent of the ideas of the Club of Rome.  In his NY Times front page piece today , he worries that California cities that encourage growth are exacerbating the "water crisis" by increasing demand during a drought that is likely to persist. What is the fallacy in his logic? He implicitly assumes that policy reform will not take place in California.  Farmers consume roughly 80% of the state's water.

5 Ways To Elevate Your Eco-Love on Valentine’s Day

Living Green & Saving Energy

5 Ways To Elevate Your Eco-Love on Valentine''s Day. green and healthy food green living Green Valentine''s Day

2015 178

3 Easy Ways to Enhance your Spiritual Well-being

Hug a Tree with Me

March is Spiritual Wellness Month – use right now as a reminder to continue on your path to spiritual wellness, for once you are deep in spirituality, you can face any negativity that comes your way. 3 Easy ways to enhance your spiritual well-being. Pray: Praying is the belief of the presence of God, it is the continual exercise of faith, hope, trust and love. There is no one single method of praying - all you have to do is talk to God as though he is your close friend.

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We've gotten to the point where journals should require social scientists to post their data before publication

Environmental Economics

And, at the least, every author should know that what they are submitting to journals is not made up data:  Last week, [LaCour and Green's] finding that gay canvassers were in fact powerfully persuasive with people who had voted against same-sex marriage — published in December in Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals — collapsed amid accusations that Mr. LaCour had misrepresented his study methods and lacked the evidence to back up his findings.

2015 183

Unethical Photographers Bait Critically Endangered Eagles

10,000 Birds

10,000 Birds readers love terrific bird photography but hate bird abuse. That’s why reader Charlie Gordon wanted to share this disturbing story. Charlie is an amateur nature photographer from Singapore who has been birdwatching for close to 15 years now. He was first drawn to birding after realising that even the most urbanised spaces could harbour relatively high levels of bird diversity, and now spends time exploring other birding habitats around the region.