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Let There Be More Than Light

PRAGUE – For the well-off in both rich and poor countries around the world, lives are enriched by plentiful access to energy that provides light, …

Off-grid

What You Won't Find in the New National Climate Assessment

Under the U.S. Global Change Research Act of 1990, the federal government has been charged with producing large National Climate Assessments (NCA), …

The Trouble with Ecosystem Services

n the early 1990s, “bioprospecting” captured the imaginations of both the public and policy makers. Merck, the large US pharmaceutical company, …

Ecology

Activists Say Straws Should Be Banned Because They Are a 'Gateway Plastic'

Or so argue straw prohibitionists who want the little suckers outlawed in the hope of provoking environmentally friendly soul searching among …

Sustainability

Environmental Crusaders or Ambulance Chasers?

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice raised suspicions of litigation abuse under the Clean Water Act. In a rare move, it objected to several …

No, We Are Not Running Out of Forests

Recently on the BBC, Deborah Tabart from the Australian Koala Foundation noted that “85 per cent of the world’s forests are now gone.” Luckily this …

Organic vs conventional food fight: Focus on pesticides distracts from real environmental problems

Let the Farm Bill Stay Dead

Michael D. TannerOn Friday, as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives continued its descent into chaos and irrelevance, the farm bill …

Scott Pruitt’s Science Legacy

Patrick J. Michaels and Terence KealeyWhile Scott Pruitt’s tenure as EPA administrator is uncertain, no matter what is ultimately resolved, he will …

Earth Day and the Plastics Pollution Problem

Plastic marine debris is a classic example of the tragedy of the commons, in which users of unowned natural goods like the oceans have an incentive …

Saving Labor with Disposables, by Contributing Guest

<b>by Art Carden</b><i>"I wonder if they make disposable towels."</i>A few flicks of the thumb later, I had discovered that yes, in fact, they <i>do</i> make disposable …

Water

Jonathan Wood April 2, 2018<p>Free market environmentalism avoids excessive reliance on criminal enforcement and can address environmental issues before …

Restricting Trade Would Hurt Bangladeshi Factory Women

A tragic boiler explosion killed 10 Bangladeshi garment workers over the summer, an incident reminiscent of the catastrophic 2013 Rana Plaza building …

Carbon Solution

Working forests benefit our economy and our environment<p>Whether we’re driven by a desire to economical or by a concern for changes in our climate, …

Amazon Has a Chance to Redefine Corporate Responsibility

Its headquarters search should resist handouts and challenge cities to create better environments for all workers.<p>Amazon’s search for a second headquarters presents the opportunity to take seriously the much-abused concept of corporate social responsibility.<p>The ideal asserts that a good company …

Global Distribution of Economic Activity: Nature, History, and the Role of Trade 1 | The Quarterly Journal of Economics

We explore the role of natural characteristics in determining the worldwide spatial distribution of economic activity, as proxied by lights at night, …

Globalization

Price Is the Only Language that Everyone Speaks

Consumers and producers “speak” to each other through the prices that are offered on the market.<p>Open, competitive markets have a resilient capacity …

Unintended Consequences: Hurting When You Think You're Helping

I’ll be the first to admit that economics has its limitations. Economics <i>as such</i> can’t tell you what is good and what is evil. It can’t tell you what values, tastes, and preferences to have. In spite of these limitations, economics has a lot to teach us about the effects of policies governments …

Twelve Economic Concepts Everyone Should Know

When I tell people that I work at the Foundation for Economic Education, they sometimes ask: “What economic ideas should people understand?”<p>When I …

Foundation for Economic Education

Free Markets Increase Trust Among People

Competition is an essential part of a capitalist economy. It drives businesses to innovate and to provide consumers with cheaper and better products. …

Barnes & Noble

What Is Economics? | Free Online Course

Course Description<p><b>Economics in One Day</b><p>Economics is not just dry, statistical analysis or complex mathematical models. It’s fun and inspiring. And …

Economics

Socialism and Capitalism Work Together

In a recent article, I gave free markets much of the credit for the explosion of human well-being that has occurred during the past three or four decades. To some, this sounds like a story of socialism’s failure. And indeed, the kinds of socialism that China tried to implement during the reign of …

Income Inequality

Modern Chemicals, Health and Hunger

A recent article in the Federalist showed the ridiculousness of a popular television show’s vilification of chlorine. Chlorine helped to halt the …

How soon will the ‘ice apocalypse’ come?

I’m very happy to return to blogging here at PLoS after a long…pause. I talk about why after this post, which was originally published by the …

The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: 'There is reason for hope'

Until recently the battle to avert catastrophic climate change – floods, droughts, famine, mass migrations – seemed to be lost. But with the tipping point just years away, the tide is finally turning, thanks to innovations ranging from cheap renewables to lab-grown meat and electric …

Climate Change

Michael L. Davis, Price Gouging Is Fine but Humans Are Better | Library of Economics and Liberty

Not surprisingly, when it became clear that massive hurricanes were going to hit Texas and Florida, the attorneys general of both states announced …

Peter Boettke, “Hayek’s Epistemic Liberalism” (September, 2017)

Peter J. Boettke, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, argues that is a common trope to claim that F. A. Hayek …

Amplifying Oren Cass’s Critique of a Carbon Tax, Part 1

Somehow I missed it when it first ran, but two years ago the Manhattan Institute’s Senior Fellow Oren Cass wrote a masterful critique of the typical …

Seeing Forests for the Trees and the Carbon: Mapping the World’s Forests in Three Dimensions

Trees cool and moisten our air and fill it with oxygen. They calm the winds and shade the land from sunlight. They shelter countless species, anchor …

Can Property Rights Fight Forest Fires and Facilitate Conservation?

Forests have long been hotspots (pardon the pun) for environmental conflict because so much of their use is determined politically. In the United …