The World’s Resources Aren’t Running Out

This article presents the grand debate between ecologists and economists. Most ecologists share a very bleak view of the future of earth’s environment. On the contrary, some economists share a positive view of the future. Matt Ridley, the author of this essay, is one of these economists. Through an analysis of various examples, Ridley attempts to explain that there are no limits to growth. According to Ridley, innovation will improve the environment.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304279904579517862612287156?KEYWORDS=environmental+economics&mg=reno64-wsj

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Islamabad (PK) to get a ‘circulator’ type bus by next year!

As you may know by now, I am from Islamabad (Pakistan), and one thing that has been lacking in this city has been a modern bus service for everyday commuters. Recently, the government announced plans to introduce a metro bus service in this city (as well as a neighboring one named Rawalpindi). This whole scenario is very interesting to me because for our group project, we are looking at the new circulator bus service in Carlisle. This article addresses a lot of the information we had researched. I also found it interesting how when this project was announced, there was a lot of dispute from the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) so it will be interesting to see how this project develops in the coming months. http://www.dawn.com/news/1095193/doubts-cloud-islamabad-section-as-metro-bus-launched-in-rawalpindi

This quote is very relevant to what we are studying in class today as well: According to Pak-EPA, the Environment Impact Assessment  (EIA) report prepared by National Engineering Services of Pakistan (Nespak) “does not discuss environmental degradation and mitigation costs of the project along with its sustainability nor does it discuss/consider making the Metro Bus Service a Clean Development Mechanism project where it can earn carbon credits from reduced emissions and sell those credits in international market and earn foreign exchange”.

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Vermont leading US in CMO labeling campaign

Vermont could be the first state to require labels on genetically modified foods. The House voted 114-30 in support of a bill that would require GMO labels on produce and processed foods. The Senate has also approved the bill, and once the Governor signs it in to law the requirements would go into effect July 2016 to give producers time to comply.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/vermont-leading-us-in-gmo-labeling-campaign/2014/04/23/9d46c384-cb46-11e3-b81a-6fff56bc591e_story.html

 

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Wildlife Response to Climate Change is Likely Underestimated

I found this article particularly interesting because it investigates the previous studies done on bird migration patterns in response to climate change.  Two effects were noticed, but previously were exclusive of one another, therefore experts believe that wildlife response to climate change is most likely underestimated.  Relating this to class material, we often discuss that it is difficult for firms to forecast future conditions and the costs they may incur.  Therefore, with a volatile predictive analysis, the government must also be reactive when new information presents itself.  Anyways, the bird article may be interesting because it sheds light into what new ecosystems may emerge as a result of climate change.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140422113443.htm

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New $5M prize gives towns and cities more incentives to promote energy efficiency

I though that this article was interesting especially since we have been discussing energy efficiency over the past few weeks.  This article discusses a $5 Million dollar incentive given by Georgetown University that is open to about 9,000 communities with a population between 5,000 and 250,000 residents.  The prize will be given to the winner in 2017 to the community that reduces its natural gas and electricity consumption the most.  This is a great idea because although one community will win, many others will reduce their electricity and natural gas consumption.  Here is the article:

E&E News 

 

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How much is clean air worth in China?

An artist from Beijing bottled air from Southern France as a piece of pollution protest art. He didn’t plan on selling it, but a fellow artist offered to pay around $860 American dollars for it. In the recent past, artists played dead in parks in Beijing to represent those who are dying from breathing in smog.

(You can LISTEN to the story at the link below)

http://www.npr.org/2014/04/11/301882556/when-is-bottled-air-worth-860-when-its-a-work-of-art-and-protest

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Oil companies call for carbon cap

Recent reports from the IPCC along with policies for renewable energy being adopted in some countries – for example the UK’s recent commitment to increase solar capacity – has created a division between oil companies. Some, such as BP and Shell are calling for governments to implement a cap on carbon emissions. Others, such as Exxon, remain committed to an oil-intensive energy future. These articles are part of The Guardian newspaper’s reporting on energy use in the UK.

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Climate Study Puts Diplomatic Pressure on Obama

This article from the New York Times offers several parallels to our class discussions on environmental pollution policy.

– Climate funds seem akin to the cost of marginal damages.

– Political feasibility will play a role in whether or not/how much the US contributes to said fund.

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Air Quality in Carlisle

Anyone looking for a quick synopsis of Carlisle air quality might want to reference this site: http://www.usa.com/carlisle-pa-air-quality.htm.

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Technological Improvements in the Salmon Industry

Because aquaculture is growing at a rapid rate (surpassing beef production in the past two years), it is important that the industry use sustainable methods. Experiments are being done regarding changing the diet of salmon and reducing fat content of the fish. Genetic engineering is touched upon in this article as well.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140319-salmon-farming-sustainable-aquaculture/#

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