Author: Earth Policy Institute

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Earth Policy Institute: A Massive Market Failure

By Lester R. Brown When Nicholas Stern, former chief economist at the World Bank, released his ground-breaking study in late 2006 on the future costs of climate change, he talked about a massive market failure. He was referring to the failure of the market to incorporate the climate change costs of burning fossil fuels. The […]

December 17th

Earth Policy Institute: Creating New Jobs, Cutting Carbon Emissions, and Reducing Oil Imports by Investing in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

By Lester R. Brown At a time when major U.S. companies are announcing job layoffs almost daily, the renewable energy industry is hiring new workers every day to build wind farms, install rooftop solar arrays, and build solar thermal and geothermal power plants. The output of industrial firms that manufacture the equipment for these energy […]

December 13th

Earth Policy Institute: Run Cars on Green Electricity, Not Natural Gas

By Jonathan G. Dorn [social_buttons]With the dramatic increase in oil prices earlier this year translating into higher prices at the gas pump in the United States, concerns over U.S. dependence on foreign oil are once again part of the national discussion on energy security. Combined with the growing understanding that carbon emissions from the combustion […]

November 25th

Earth Policy Institute: Expanding Marine Protected Areas to Restore Fisheries

By Lester R. Brown After World War II, accelerating population growth and steadily rising incomes drove the demand for seafood upward at a record pace. At the same time, advances in fishing technologies, including huge refrigerated processing ships that enabled trawlers to exploit distant oceans, enabled fishers to respond to the growing world demand. In […]

November 13th

Earth Policy Institute: Rising Seas and Powerful Storms Threaten Global Security

By Janet Larsen http://www.earth-policy.org/Updates/2008/Update76.htm Standing before the United Nations General Assembly in October 1987, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, President of the Maldives, made an appeal representing “an endangered nation.” That year for the first time, “unusual high waves” in the Indian Ocean inundated a quarter of the urban area on the capital island of Male’, flooded […]

October 13th