Quick Take: Growing Momentum to Fight Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

Conservancy Talk

This week, The Australian Government ratified a UN Agreement that commits all parties to act against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which threatens the economic and social infrastructure of the fishing community and industry around the world. House of Representatives passed a bill (The Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015) to implement this treaty and strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop IUU fishing.

An example of the dangers of an unregulated extractive monopoly

Environmental Economics

From the New York Times : For seven decades, Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil monopoly and a mainstay of the government’s revenue, regulated itself — which is a polite way of saying it could do pretty much as it pleased. The Mexican government relies on Pemex oil revenue from wells like these in Veracruz for as much as 40 percent of its budget.

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Stem Cell-derived Skin Care Products: Risky, Disturbing, and Unregulated

Eco Chic

But a recent article in Scientific American has pointed out the potential risks and unregulated nature of these creams and surgeries that utilize the technologies.

Unregulated Fracking in California-Will it End Soon ?


While most Californians don’t realize it, hydraulic fracturing, or ”fracking ,” has been taking place throughout the state for more than five decades. Fracking involves injecting thousands of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals into the earth at extremely high pressure and speeds to fracture underground shale deposits thus releasing natural gas and oil.

Quick Take: Proposed NOAA Seafood Traceability Rule to Combat IUU

Conservancy Talk

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, also known as “IUU fishing,” is one of the major threats to the health of our global oceans. Administration for the steps it is taking to combat illegal, unreported, unregulated and fraudulently labeled seafood entering the U.S.

If You Want to Go Quickly, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together

Conservancy Talk

Ending illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing , reducing bycatch, improving access to markets for more sustainable fishing products and other efforts to improve fishing is going to be a long journey and one we must take together.

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A negative externality problem

Environmental Economics

  At the unregulated (inefficient) private market equilibrium : What is the consumer surplus? I'm teaching sophomore level environmental and resource economics (with no prerequisite). We just finished covering the principles level negative externality market model.

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Are jobs today worth more than the future expected costs of climate change?

Environmental Economics

" And just as a reminder : 96% of [AERE members who responded to our survey] feel that unregulated markets do not provide public goods in optimal quantities. I know we're not supposed to consider the benefits of regulations under the current administration, but it's questions like the title here that pop into my head when I see this : "But I think the President has been very clear that he is not going to pursue climate change policies that put the US economy at risk.

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Marine Resource Economics, Vol. 29, No. 3, September 2014

Environmental Economics

Increasing Pressure on Unregulated Species Due to Changes in Individual Vessel Quotas: An Empirical Application to Trawler Fishing in the Baltic Sea (pp. TABLE OF CONTENTS. Editorial. Barbara Harrison  MRE  Editorial Assistant and Technical Editor 1998–2014 (p. 199)   James Anderson, Cathy Roheim, and Marty Smith. Stable URL: [link]. Articles.

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Mindful consumerism?

Elephant Journal

Seeking to understand the overall cost of manufactured goods — including externalities like coffee farmers’ unlivable wages or unregulated pollution — before purchasing anything at all, is perhaps one path toward mindful consumerism, if such a concept can even exist within today’s economic systems.

Survey: Slashing EPA won't improve US economy

Environmental Economics

It is significant that 96 percent of members surveyed disagree that unregulated markets provide public goods in optimal quantities.”. Quotes of the day: Results from a survey of members of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the leading professional organization of economists studying environmental and resource issues, found that 80 percent disagree that reducing the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory power will improve the U.S. economy.

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"Regulation an acceptable cost for frackers"

Environmental Economics

In short, there won't be an unregulated fracking industry so the industry ought to go along with the regulators David Zetland. RECENT advances in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) technologies and techniques promise to unlock vast reserves of natural gas. Additional shale-gas supply will reduce energy costs, carbon emissions and, for many countries, dependence on foreign energy producers. via www.petroleum-economist.com.

This article at Vox summarizes everything that I've been trying to say at this blog for the past 10 years (and have been too apoplectic to say during the past year)

Environmental Economics

Why would the EPA allow more unregulated disposal of toxic coal ash? David Roberts: President Donald Trump’s administration has been on a deregulatory bender, particularly when it comes to environmental regulations. As of January, the New York Times counted 67 environmental rules on the chopping block under Trump. This is not one of Trump’s idiosyncrasies, though.

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"Senior NOAA appointee calls for retraction of paper on illegal fishing"

Environmental Economics

It sounds like there may be some problems with this paper: A top US official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who was recently appointed by President Donald Trump, has called for the retraction of a paper that suggests the country exports a significant amount of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

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Every now and again, the Pope gets it right

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In his New Year speech His Holiness Pope Benedict denounces unregulated capitalism as the problem in our world. Having said this, it is true that the love of money, and unregulated capitalism, is the greatest problem the world faces and everything else is, basically, linked to that. As said, every now and then even this Pope gets it right and the Bible has a piece on it where it says “The love of money is the root of all evil” and this is true.

Machi the Whimbrel Gunned Down by Hunters

10,000 Birds

Shorebird hunting within these areas continues to be unregulated to the present time.

One Year Later: Thoughts On The Sandyhook Shooting & Gun Violence in America. ~ Kathryn Ashworth {Video}

Elephant Journal

Even though research shows that between 2009 and 2013 there have been an average of two mass shooting a month, Americans still have access to an unregulated online gun market. Every thirtieth gun sold online is sold to someone who failed a background check. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Health & Wellness Enlightened Society (Politics healing memory social good violence

Mysterious mass fish die-off in Tunisia sparks world-ending debate (video)

Green Prophet

Earlier this month several Tunisians in Hammamet, Sphax and Mahdia woke up to their beaches infested with dead fish and jelly fish, a beached whale in Tunis, off the coast of Sidi Bou Saïd was also carried to shore.

Thrilling Turkey Facts

10,000 Birds

Wild turkey populations dwindled to fewer than 30,000 birds by the 1930s due to habitat destruction and unregulated shooting. With the arrival of another (American) Thanksgiving, it’s time to trot out the turkey facts. This day of thanks is, after all, known as Turkey Day. An overwhelming majority of turkeys polled feel that Thanksgiving is not actually Turkey Day. In fact, it seems a lot more like Anti-Turkey Day. Yes, the Wild Turkey is North America’s largest game bird.

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Internal contradiction

Environmental Economics

Arguing that we need unregulated electric power plants to charge up our electric cars is like [insert your best analogy in the comments section]. Another one from an email I received from my Congresswoman today: Unfortunately many job-killing regulations stand in the way of more American-made energy.    Do you like the idea of reliable, efficient electric cars replacing gas-guzzlers that burn through Middle Eastern oil? 

Surveying the Amazon Rainforest from the Sky

Nature Conservancy - Science

Located across multiple countries, in a region with a growing population and economy, the Amazon is threatened by unregulated and illegal logging, mining, and agricultural development. With Amazon Aerobotany you can view the canopy of the Peruvian Amazon from the perspective of a macaw!

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Environmental Curse That Comes with Development: The Case of Chikwawa


However, the growth of the town has brought with it various challenges, as explained by a local resident Josephine Mussa, who complains about the increasing levels of pollution as a result of unregulated disposal of waste by both individuals and companies.

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Silk Cocoons- New Vaccine and Antibiotic Stabilisation Technology


The World Health Organisation estimates that unregulated temperatures at gaps in the chain account for the loss of half of all vaccines produced in the world, costing vaccine programs approximately $200-300 million a year.

A flashy blue surprise

10,000 Birds

While it is not impossible for this to be a wild bird, especially given the strong north winds we have been having, this bird is commonly found in the somewhat unregulated bird trade in Mexico. Walking up the ramp, from the docks here at Marina Palmira, on my way to the adjacent sidewalk that border the marina, I was literally blasted with an amazing flash of blue!

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The Endangered Andean Flamingo

10,000 Birds

Alongside mining activities, unregulated tourism has placed and additional toll on the flamingoes’ habitat. The Andean Flamingo ( Phoenicopterus andinus ) is one of the three flamingos occurring in the high Andes of South America. It is the largest and easiest to identify in all age stages. It is also the rarest of the flamingos of living in the high Andean. In fact, the Andean Flamingo is regarded as the world’s rarest flamingo.

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Child slaves working for the cobalt in your batteries

Green (Living) Review

The cobalt is mined by unregulated labor and transported to Asia where battery manufacturers use it to make their products lighter, longer-lasting and rechargeable.

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Breast milk reveals how many banned pesticides plague Tunisians

Green Prophet

Today Tunisia, is dotted with unregulated industrial polluters that contaminate waterways ( see how locals jump into this magical lake despite warnings! ), and continue to pump POPs in the domestic food chains and the biota.

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Getting Crabs: A Tragedy of the Commons

Environmental Economics

  As John put it: So, imagine an unregulated fishery. This is almost enough to make me move back to Baltimore : Marylanders could have an easier time finding — and affording — local crabs this summer, a survey of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population suggests.

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No plastics safe? Industry hides frightening evidence on BPA-free baby bottles

Green Prophet

So, it’s largely an unregulated realm, ” said Blake in a video interview. A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine revealed that chemicals used to replace controversial plastic additive bisphenol-A – commonly called BPA - may be just as dangerous to your health, if not worse.

A CGE model that finally answers the big question. green jobs or job killer?

Environmental Economics

Empirical analyses of existing regulations have measured the effect on jobs in regulated industries but not the effect on jobs in unregulated industries—and thus can’t address the overall effect. General Marc Hafstead and Roberton C. Williams III: As environmental economists, we are often asked about how environmental regulations or policies will affect jobs and the unemployment rate.

Could co-operatives replace private business to create a stronger economy?

Green (Living) Review

Perhaps, if co-ops replaced all private businesses, the crazy ‘race to the bottom’ (when companies compete to cut wages or emissions controls the fastest in order to sell cheaper products) of unregulated international competition would somehow melt away?

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Arab action on shark finning, and body parts trade is too little, too late

Green Prophet

” Pueschel added that until recently, the practice of shark fin trading was “unregulated and uncontrolled” in the UAE and most other markets in the world.

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Killing Fields: Egyptians Hunt Down Migratory Birds

Green Prophet

Franzen was so disturbed by the scale of unregulated killing in Egypt that he compared this bi-annual bird catch to fishing, a senseless sport that virtually nobody considers to be out of the ordinary.

Exposing the Bully: Cliven Bundy and the Tragedy of the Commons

The Alien Next Door

In 1934, Ferdinand Silcox, the chief forester of the US Forest Service, testified that unregulated grazing was “a cancer-like growth,” fated to become “a great interior desert.”

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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, December 11

Conservancy Talk

Newly discovered and unregulated chemical is a greenhouse gas 7,000 times more powerful than CO2. Baby, it’s cold outside. But not as cold as the coldest place on Earth. Guardian ). Antarctica just recorded the coldest temperature ever on Earth. ( USA Today ). Looks like organic milk does a body good, at least in terms of Omega-3s. ( NPR ). Half of the soaps, lotions and drugs we use escape sewage treatment plants and end up in our water. ( The Daily Green ).

The Underwater Secrets of Horseshoe Crabs

Nature Conservancy - Science

The harvest of horseshoe crabs was unregulated because, until then, there had been no modern use for them. A similar unregulated gold rush ensued, also in the 1990s, when fisherman scooped out millions of young “glass eels” from rivers.

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The benefits of environmental regulations cannot be simply willed away (and why I'm too slow to be an Ivy-Leaguer)

Environmental Economics

  A more recent survey of members of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists found that 96% of those surveyed disagree with the statement that “Unregulated markets provide public goods in optimal quantities.”  A couple of weeks ago, soon after EPA Administrator Pruitt's announcement to introduce a rule changing the role of cost-benefit analysis in design of environmental regulations, I wrote an op-ed and submitted it to the NYTimes for consideration. 

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Environmental Crime: Who is Offending? Who is Watching?

Green Home Blog

unregulated or endangered trade). Environmental Crime: Who is Offending? Who is Watching? It seems as though every few years an environmental crime makes the headlines. From oil spills to chemical plant mishaps the enormity of such an event can be staggering. Who are the top environmental crime offenders and who is watching over their shoulder? What is an Environmental Crime? Before anyone can point their finger it is essential to know what the term environmental crime falls under.

Will the next coal ash disaster be in your neighborhood?

Sierra Club Compass

The report highlights dangerous coal ash sites in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Virginia, and it illustrates the ongoing damage and risks to public health from this toxic, largely unregulated solid waste.

Why Are Elephants Endangered Species?


A massive unregulated market still exists and is the primary threat to elephant populations. There is no more iconic symbol of wildlife. conservation than the noble elephant that marches the plains of Africa and the jungles of Asia.

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Fly-Tipping: Let’s Bin it!

Eco Friendly Daily

But these cheap, unregulated deals on social media can land you with a hefty fine of your own, meaning you’ll pay more in the long run for trying to get your waste cleared on the cheap. Very few things are unsightly and one of these is fly-tipping.

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Chipping Up Computers

Eco Friendly Daily

Local rivers are polluted by this unregulated industry, including high levels of lead, mercury, cobalt, and chromium. When unregulated, the environmental and human health costs are huge. Few household items become obsolete as quickly as electronics.

The Controversy Surrounding Fracking Part II

Environmental News Network

And because the fracking industry in exempt from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, the hazardous waste created in the process is unregulated. Last week, guest author Paul Batistelli contributed an article about the controversy surrounding fracking in ENN’s Spotlight section.

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