Browsing the "economics" Tag

A Whole New Way to Think about “Paying with Plastic”

January 11th, 2014 | by Guest Author

The very best solutions not only come up with a brilliant answer to an important problem, but often manage to help address other issues too. Here's one that seems to fit that bill, pointed out to us by Izabella Kaminska. It's called Plastic Bank


10 Things to Know About Food on World Food Day

October 16th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

Today is World Food Day. It offers the opportunity to strengthen national and international solidarity in the fight to end hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. With falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures making it difficult to feed growing populations, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security


Harvesting Justice #2: Think Globally, Eat Locally

February 21st, 2013 | by Guest Author

Food sovereignty is rooted in the daily work of every small farmer, rancher, fisherperson, landless farm worker, and everyone else involved in local food production. Yet no matter what they produce, their ability to survive is affected by international market forces. The movement, therefore, also includes community, national, and international activists working for just trade and economic systems.


Reduce Work Hours to Address Global Warming?

February 6th, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Are our work schedules driving global warming? An economist finds that reducing work hours in the developing world could also lower greenhouse gas emissions... and maybe even improve American quality of life


How the Sharing Economy Can Save the World

November 12th, 2012 | by Guest Author

Why own when you can rent whatever you need, whenever you need it? The benefit of this approach is that each micro-transaction boosts the local economy, while the same goods are circulated again and again. This is called the sharing economy, and our friends at Triplepudit are planning to write a series on it... with your help


The Great Transition, Part II: Building a Wind-Centered Economy

November 2nd, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute

Over the past decade, world wind electric generating capacity grew at nearly 30 percent per year, its increase driven by its many attractive features and by public policies supporting its expansion. Wind is abundant, carbon-free and nondepletable. It uses no water, no fuel, and little land. Wind is also locally available, scales up easily, and can be brought online quickly. No other energy source can match this combination of features


More Evidence on the Growth of the Bicycle Economy

October 10th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Yet another report illustrates that bicycling isn't just good for our health and the natural environment, but that it also provides tangible economic benefits to communities that embrace it as a form of transportation


Radical New Market-Based Campaign Aims to Make Forests More Valuable Alive than Dead

July 31st, 2012 | by Guest Author

Over the past 2 decades, since the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, we have witnessed the launch of many initiatives to stop deforestation. Despite the good intentions of each approach tried, we have continued to lose an area the size of New York City every other day to deforestation. These activities account for 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions – more than the entire global transportation sector. Code REDD plans to harness the economic activities that create deforestation as tools to fight it



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