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I’ve got a lot of subsections of applications that I can cover in any particular semester in my Environmental Economics course. I decided that before spending my entire summer prepping up materials in the dark, I would ask my students which extra topics they would be most and least interested in learning more about. I […]

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The Coming Carbon Shortage

I bet you’d love some musings on that. In a very related matter, I just perused the New York Times today and came across this article from President Kennedy’s granddaughter Tatiana: It’s hard to see, but they put this column in the category under “Climate.” Just a couple of thoughts. First, obviously any article covering […]

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Red Meat

Steak demand seems to be positively correlated with how red your politics are (HT: Jason Lusk and his Food Demands Survey).

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Upon talking to many farmers and examining the literature, it is pretty clear that one producer advantage of using “organic” production methods to grow crops is that it allows sellers to price discriminate and charge higher prices for these products than more conventionally produced fruits, grains and vegetables. Indeed, a recent meta-study concluded that the […]

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Do you know of a study that has examined both (the difference) between the market value of the global assets at risk over the next 100 years from rising sea levels and increasing storm intensity versus the replacement value of the global assets at risk over the next 100 years from rising sea levels and increasing storm intensity? Do […]

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I May Dim My Lights, a Little

As readers can tell, I’m basically withdrawn from my online presence, and hope to slowly extract myself entirely one day. We’ll see. In the meantime, I want to write something about Earth Hour. Yes, as you all know I find this to be silly symbolism, and it probably directly makes the environment a tiny bit […]

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NYS Parent Teachers association joins the ranks of the climate deniers. At the end of 2016, the NYS-PTA passed a resolution that aims to remove genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) foods from school cafeterias throughout the state. Resolutions adopted in November will: • Support mandatory labeling of GMO and GE foods. • Support regulations […]

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A very misunderstood idea is that “organic” foods are grown without pesticides. This is patently untrue. Organic foods are grown with “approved” pesticides – generally those that have a biological origin. Of course, this does not mean that these pesticides are worse, or better, than “unnaturally” produced chemical pesticides (aren’t biological pesticides also chemicals? Oh, […]

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If we truly wanted to reduce emissions from automobiles, and to save energy at the same time, we should hope to see a major swap. What would that be? Well, we would want to see all of the Toyota Priuses adorned with the following bumper sticker: Instead of the more typical ones you would find […]

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It seems to me that anti-GMO activists are open and proud discriminators on the basis of sex. Transgenic breeding techniques are targeted methods of introducing genes with particularly desirable characteristics into a plant or animal species. These very same characteristics have been for thousands of years, and can currently be, bred traditionally into plant and […]

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