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Sustainability, Politics, and Consumerism

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Steven Cohen on the shift to a clean economy

As 2011 ends and we find some time for reflection, I am thinking a lot about the issue of material consumption and sustainability. Many of my students believe that a key answer to the crisis of planetary sustainability is for individuals to reduce their material consumption. When they say this, they are not thinking of the planet's poorest people, but the planet's richest people. There is a case......read more

Melting Greenland: Opportunity and Risk

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Retreating ice unveils mineral treasures

In the Arctic, global warming is causing record ice melt and bringing with it massive economic and cultural changes. Reporting from Narsaq, a small town on Greenland's southern tip, NYT environment writer Elizabeth Rosenthal writes that the retreating Arctic ice cap is revealing rich mineral deposits that represent both potential and peril for the community.  For a sort-of nation that has......read more

The Real Economics of Clean Air and Water

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Author Gernot Wagner explains the EPA's exceptional performance

Gernot Wager at the Huffington Post: The Office of Management and Budget is nerd heaven: a bunch of people getting their professional kicks from analyzing federal regulation. This bean counting may sound painfully lacking in glamour, but it's incredibly important. OMB's annual report to Congress on the benefits and costs of all major rules adopted by most federal agencies over the past 10 years......read more

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