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in progress, the heads of all agencies are directed that the total incremental cost of all new regulations, including repealed regulations, to be finalized this year shall be no greater than zero, unless otherwise required by law or consistent with advice provided in writing by the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)

2017 163

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 159
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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

2017 100

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!

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

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

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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

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

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 159

"CRISPR Cures Anemia"

Blue Earth

“CRISPR Cures Anemia” - [link

2017 100

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

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

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

"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

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

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 157

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.

Countdown

Environmental Economics

2017 126

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

R.I.P. William Baumol

Environmental Economics

Here is an obituary : William Jack Baumol was born on February 26, 1922, and died on May 4, 2017. He was an American economist. He served as the professor of economics at New York University, Academic Director of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Baumol was a well known prolific author of more than eighty books and several hundred journal articles.

2017 126

Video of the Day: Beer, Economics and Relationships

Environmental Economics

2017 126

We're number x! (where 0 < x <101)

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: I just wanted to give you a heads up that Environmental Economics has been featured in the  Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2017. Congratulations and keep up the awesome work with Environmental Economics!    Thanks!  

2017 125

David Weimer on Richard Thaler's Nobel Prize and benefit-cost analysis

Environmental Economics

David Weimer ( Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler, Behavioral Economics, and Benefit-Cost Analysis ): Rational action lies at the heart of neoclassical economics. Sovereign consumers make choices that maximize their utilities. By observing the tradeoffs implicit in actual choices, or eliciting tradeoffs for hypothetical choices, benefit-cost analysts impute willingness to pay for desirable policy impacts and willingness to accept undesirable ones.

2017 122

Non-sequitur of the Day: Predatory journals at their best

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: We had a glance at your published article Reply to "Comment on: A revealed preference approach to valuing non-market recreational fishing losses from the deepwater horizon oil spill and its corrigendum" We found your article very innovative, insightful & interesting; we really value your outstanding contribution towards Scientific Community. The time and attention you devoted in presenting a realistic and pragmatic article was really appreciated.

2017 122

Tweet of the day: Why everyone (including @realDonaldTrump) needs to understand statistics 101

Environmental Economics

2017 122

Apparently climate change is real (or maybe this is just FAKE NEWS)

Environmental Economics

Interesting read from the Guardian  on how even the cherry-picked data against climate change is no longer against climate change (I know the Guardian is just a liberal rag written by those non-EU Brits with an agenda and unlikely to change any deniers' minds because it is probably FAKE NEWS, but still an interesting read): A new paper  just published in the Journal of Climate is a stunning setback for the darling of cherry-picking for contrarian scientists and elected officials.

2017 122

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.

2017 156

In case you have forgotten how much the Paris climate deal might cost the U.S.

Environmental Economics

Real Time Economics (i.e., WSJ): Now that officials from the U.S. and nearly 200 other countries have reached a deal in Paris  meant to keep global warming at bay, many citizens back home want to know—how much will it cost us? No one knows for sure, but one estimate from an environmental think tank in Washington pegs the cost as a $170 billion hit to U.S. gross domestic product in 2030, or about 0.7% of the total economic output that year. 

2017 122

People are willing to pay a lot to prevent another BP-like oil spill

Environmental Economics

In my best Thomas Dolby voice: SCIENCE ! According to a paper published in the journal Science   on Thursday, Americans are willing to pay $17.2 billion to prevent another BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Thanks to a team of scientists who conducted a six-year study into the effects of the 134-million-gallon spill, we now have a more accurate picture of the devastating consequences—and also how desperately we want to reduce our dependency.

2017 122

Gar Wars: A Fish Force Awakens

Nature Conservancy - Science

A gathering force of fish conservationists is changing the narrative around gar, an ancient fish too long accused of crimes it didn’t commit. Latest Science Fish Nature Pop Weird Nature

2017 87