2017

The idea is that the benefits of regulations are zero

Environmental Economics

From the "text of executive order on eliminating rules": (b) For fiscal year 2017, which is in progress, the heads of all agencies are directed that the total incremental cost of all new regulations, including repealed regulations, to be finalized this year shall be no greater than zero, unless otherwise required by law or consistent with advice provided in writing by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director). (c)

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One bitcoin surpasses gold in USD value.  We are not surprised.

Blue Earth

This is not really surprising because it matches my theory that electrons win over molecules - in this case heavy atoms, but you catch my drift. Bitcoin offers so many advantages over gold as a currency. It travels the globe in microseconds and can be authenticated without an assay

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Pizza boxes, fast food cardboard and similar

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) On those boxes we can see greenwash in action almost in the extreme. All those containers are marked with the recyclable logo and the imprint “recyclable” and while they are recyclable when they haven't been used the fact is that, once those containers have come into contact with foods, which is the case once they are in our hands, and thus have gotten food residue and/or fat on them, they can no longer be recycled.

2017 134

Ideas for Reclaimed Dining Room Tables

Green Furniture Home Design

If you’re lucky enough to have an actual dining room in your home that can accommodate a large dining table, you should consider getting one that’s made from reclaimed, recycled or sustainably harvested wood. These kind of tables have a rustic modern charm, and fit well into a number of different decor styles, from a country style home, to a modern, minimalist living space. Take a look at some of the different styles of rustic dining room tables that are available these days!

The Remarkable Story of How the Bison Returned to Europe

Nature Conservancy - Science

Yes, the bison roams across Europe. And the story of its conservation rescue may be even more dramatic than that of its American counterpart. Wildlife Bison Forests Genetics Grasslands Mammals Restoration

2017 87

7 Reasons Why Nuclear Waste Is Dangerous

3DPrint.com

Ever since we have discovered how to harness. the powerful energy contained within the nucleus of an atom, we have been using it – for both positive and negative purposes. Nuclear energy is an affordable, efficient and reliable option of generating power for many countries. But the dangerous side of the nuclear waste still casts a shadow over its widespread use. It is the troublesome disposal of the waste that remains an unsolved (perhaps even unsolvable) riddle.

2017 84

What are the most efficient solar panels on the market?

Dynamic Action

The first thing you need to know. when looking for the most efficient solar panels is that high efficiency does not always provide the highest return on investment. When deciding which solar panels are the best for your project, you should consider a system that will offer you the best financial benefits rather than just the most efficient solar panels.

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Solar Panel Maintenance and Cleaning: What You Need to Know

Axia PR

Investing in solar panels is a. big decision – a lot of time, thought and money goes into choosing the right panels, finding the best installer and arranging for the building and/or installation work to be done. Once your system is in place, it’s easy to feel that you’ve done your bit and simply sit back and let the sun – and your solar panels – do all the work.

2017 76

Farm to Table – One Step at a Time

The Green Samaritan

Spring is in full bloom! Time to get out and enjoy all that nature has to offer. April is National Gardening Month so a perfect time to plant a garden and/or begin shopping at our local farmer’s. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

2017 109

Ten Years of Select Economic Data in Graphs

Environmental Economics

A pet peeve of mine as an economist is giving too much credit to the current quarterback , er.President for [economic] wins and too much blame for [economic] losses.    To give a better picture of what's going on with the economy, here are some graphs of the past decade of select economic data from the St. Louis Federal Reserve.      I'll leave it to others to draw conclusions. 1) Median Household Income in the U.S.

2017 159

"Nation With Crumbling Bridges and Roads Excited to Build Giant Wall"

Environmental Economics

From the Borowitz Report: As America’s bridges, roads, and other infrastructure dangerously deteriorate from decades of neglect, there is a mounting sense of urgency that it is time to build a giant wall. Across the U.S., whose rail system is a rickety antique plagued by deadly accidents, Americans are increasingly recognizing that building a wall with Mexico, and possibly another one with Canada, should be the country’s top priority.

2017 158

"CRISPR Cures Anemia"

Blue Earth

“CRISPR Cures Anemia” - [link

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The myth of glass recycling

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The great majority of people, I am sure, firmly believe that the glass bottles and glass jars, of which they so diligently remove the labels and then put out for the kerbside recycling pick-up are going to make new glass bottles and -jars. But this is a myths that needs busting.

2017 132

15 Amazing Bathtub Designs You Have to See to Believe

Green Furniture Home Design

Are you ready to covet some out-of-this-world bathtub designs that are more than just a figment of a designer’s imagination…they are real, and in some very lucky people’s homes. Whether you want a bathtub with an infinity edge, or one that makes you feel like you’re bathing in a rocky grotto, we’ve found some of the most uniquely amazing bathtubs in the world. There’s a bathtub that looks a lot like yours, but the outer wall is made of crystal clear glass.

2017 109

Threatened Bats Find a Slice of Paradise in New Jersey

Nature Conservancy - Science

Protected forests, like the one at High Mountain Preserve and others yet to be found, give bats that were devastated by white-nose syndrome room to reproduce and recover. From the Field Wildlife Bats Bioacoustics Disease & Parasites Mammals Protected Areas Research Technology

Do you know an editor at a top general interest journal?

Environmental Economics

Then your publication chance is much lower: Abstract: This paper employs a unique dataset on articles, authors and editors of the top general interest journals in economics to investigate the role of social connections in the publication process. Ties between editors and authors are identified based on their academic histories. About 43% of the articles published in these journals are authored by scholars connected to one editor at the time of the publication.

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If you hold your breath, air quality doesn't matter either

Environmental Economics

And then there's this. Citing the risk of conflicts of interest, the EPA administrator instituted  a sweeping change  to the agency’s core system of advisory panels on Tuesday, restricting membership to scientists who don’t receive EPA grants. In practice, the move represents “a major purge of independent scientists,” Terry F. Yosie, chair of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board during the Reagan administration,  told the Washington Post.

2017 148

Why Congress Should Fix How the U.S. Pays to Fight Wildfires

Cool Green Science

Each year on average, more than 73,000 wildfires burn 7 million acres — ranging in ownership from federal and state to tribal and private — and destroy 2,600 structures, says the U.S. Forest Service. Fighting these fires is draining the budgets of the very agencies that need to focus their resources on sustaining healthy forests and providing all the benefits of the nation’s public lands. This dynamic is not sustainable — and the Congress holds the keys to a solution.

2017 74

A short comment on a discrete choice experiment in the AER*

Environmental Economics

A cool new paper is the first (?) to use a discrete choice experiment in the AER: Mas, Alexandre, and Amanda Pallais. 2017. "Valuing "Valuing Alternative Work Arrangements." " American Economic Review, 107(12): 3722-59. Abstract: We employ a discrete choice experiment in the employment process for a national call center to estimate the willingness to pay distribution for alternative work arrangements relative to traditional office positions.

2017 146

Catch shares slow the fisheries frenzy: Some confirmatory evidence

Environmental Economics

Guest Post by David Kaczan, Anna Birkenbach, and Marty Smith. Economists regularly turn to one famous example when making the case for property rights in fisheries: Alaskan halibut. In the early 1990s, the halibut derby was madness. At the approved moment, thousands of boats would race each other out of Alaskan harbors.

2017 146

My conservative market-based case for how to fix health insurance

Environmental Economics

I know this isn't environmental, but it's policy related, and I find the health insurance policy debate interesting, and I think market-based policy can go a long way toward solving environmental issues and health care, and just because it's not environmental hasn't stopped us from posting about it before, and it's my blog and I'll blog if I want to.

2017 146

Economists believe that the CBO makes credible forecasts

Environmental Economics

See for yourself: [link]. And here is the information on the survey and panel: This panel explores the extent to which economists agree or disagree on major public policy issues. To assess such beliefs we assembled this panel of expert economists. Statistics teaches that a sample of (say) 40 opinions will be adequate to reflect a broader population if the sample is representative of that population.

2017 138

When you want environmental benefits to be zero just make them zero

Environmental Economics

Is "environmental benefit denier" a term ( Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say )? Mr. Pruitt’s efforts to undo a major water protection rule are one example of his moves to quickly and stealthily dismantle regulations.

2017 136

The pathological consumption of the majority

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The pathological consumption of the majority, for I do know that not all participate in it, has become so normalized that we scarcely notice it. The way the majority buys things that is, aside from the essentials, with which we are not concerned really when it comes to consumption for we all have to eat, have at least some clothes to wear, need toilet paper and other things.

2017 124

Delaktig: The IKEA Customizable, Hack-able Sofa

Green Furniture Home Design

For years people have been playing DIY with IKEA furniture and then releasing the specs on how to make modifications to their classic designs to better suit your needs. Never a company to shy away from trends, the Swedish furniture champs are getting into the hack game themselves. IKEA’s first foray into this world comes in the form of a modifiable, flat pack sofa that will change with the times and be adaptable as possible.

2017 109

Can Pine Squirrels Change the Evolution of a Forest?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Could the loud but small pine squirrel have an outsized impact on how Western U.S. forests look? Wildlife Birds Forests Mammals Natural History Nature Pop Research

2017 87

"Economic Ideas You Should Forget"

Environmental Economics

This is a from a chapter in a book edited by Bruno Frey and David Iselin titled Economic Ideas You Should Forget :  Contingent Valuation, Willingness to Pay, and Willingness to Accept. Victor Ginsburgh. Abstract. Contingent

2017 136

Special Replication Issue of Energy Economics

Environmental Economics

John has posted a couple of times about replication in economics journal articles. Elsevier, who may be taking the lead in encouraging replication , is putting out a special issue on replication in Energy Economics :  In this special issue, we will particularly welcome two types of papers, without excluding other forms of replication (Clemens 2015). First, we would like to see replication of older but prominent research.

2017 133

Why We March for Science

Cool Green Science

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. In the last hundred years, humans have developed a great capability to anticipate the future and shape it to serve our purposes. We owe this skill to our mastery of empirical science — the power that comes from using millions of observations and data to decipher trends, and act on that knowledge to preserve and enhance the world in which we live.

2017 74

Additional industry slots have opened up on the EPA's science board

Environmental Economics

Making American Great Again: Two scientists have resigned from an Environmental Protection Agency advisory board to protest agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s removal  of their colleagues. Carlos Martín , a senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, and Peter B. Meyer, president of the E.P.

2017 130

Quote of the Day: On free college tuition.

Environmental Economics

New York just passed free college tuition --equating college education today to high school of the past: "Today, college is what high school was -- it should always be an option even if you can't afford it," Governor Cuomo said in a statement.  

2017 130

"RePEc launches Top 5 Journal in Economics"

Environmental Economics

The RePEc blog: Many academic departments in economics require from their junior faculty to publish in top 5 journals in order to gain tenure or get promotions. The top departments ask for several such articles, lower ranked ones may ask for only one. However, the space available in those journals is very limited, a couple hundred articles a year.

2017 130

"Why did Beall's List of potential predatory publishers go dark?"

Environmental Economics

I've used this list  a number of times on this blog (most recently here with, I must say, a nice comment on the economics of the industry): Jeffrey Beall, the University of Colorado, Denver, librarian who has since 2008 chronicled “potential, possible, or probable” predatory publishers, has — at least for now — pulled the plug on his influential, and at times controversial, site.

2017 130

NCEE ability to participate in RFAs

Environmental Economics

This isn't anything new, but I thought it was worth posting. Economists in the National Center for Environmental Economics, where I work may be able to participate in RFAs from other federal agencies. I am lucky to work with some VERY smart people and maybe you could, too.

Ikea Releases Open Source Designs For A Garden Sphere That Feeds A Whole Neighborhood

Green (Living) Review

It doesn’t even require nails. f you’ve already constructed Ikea desks and chairs , then it’s time to take your skills to the next level. This week Space10 , Ikea’s lab for futuristic, solutions-oriented designs, released open source plans for The Growroom , a large, multi-tiered spherical garden designed to sustainably grow enough food for an entire neighborhood. Hoping to help spur local growing and sourcing, Space10 made the plans available for free on Thursday.

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Countdown

Environmental Economics

2017 126

What Happens When You Plant a Pile of Bear Scat?

Nature Conservancy - Science

My son returns from the gravel bar and says it will do as a camping site. Just watch out for the pile of dog poop,” he says. We’re on the final day of a three-day river trip, and this location seems an unlikely location for dogs. I ask my young outdoorsman to show me the poop. He runs to the edge of the willows, about five feet from the waterline, and squats low for close inspection. I do the same. He’s right. It’s poop. But not from a dog. Related Articles.

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