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Help Wanted: Build the Best Green Jobs Site Ever

Help Build the Best Green Jobs Site EVER! Important Media, our parent company, is hosting an IndieGoGo campaign to crowdfund the best green jobs site ever. Sounds audacious, right? Perhaps a little self-important? But with our global network of clean tech, clean transportation, healthy food, and sustainable living websites, we are confident that we can build […]

The Invisible Hand (Never Picks Up the Check)

Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you. You’re telling someone about some problem the world is facing, whether it’s global warming, animal cruelty in factory farms, sweatshop labor conditions, polluted rivers, e-waste, or some public health epidemic like diabetes, heart disease, cancer or obesity. In your mind, it’s clear as day: the cause […]

March 23rd

New Spending Bill Includes Environmental Setbacks

Several setbacks undermining environmental efforts and interests are tucked into the federal spending bill President Obama signed into U.S. law last Tuesday. This bill is one of the last acts of Congress under the Democratic-controlled Senate. Not boding well for environmentalists and climate change activists, Congress will return in January with Republicans in charge of […]

December 29th

John Kerry’s Economics of Climate Change Denial

Thanking the government of Peru for hosting the UN Climate Change Conference, or COP20, John Kerry applauded the delegates for their hard work to bring global warming under control. Approving the draft text of the climate treaty in Peru was a critical stepping stone to the agreement that must be reached in Paris next year. […]

December 17th

Amazon Shoppers, Start Your Devices! $61bn E-Sales Forecasted

Representing a 16 percent increase over last year’s holiday e-commerce spending, ComScore’s official forecast for US spending in November and December is $61 billion. Growing 25 percent over last year, mobile purchases are predicted to account for $7.9 billion of the $61bn. Gian Fulgoni, Executive Chairman Emeritus of comScore says, “The stock market is near all-time highs, […]

November 28th

World Food Program in DRC Says, “Let Them Eat Cash”

Life in Mole Refugee Camp in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been dramatically changing in the last few months for 13,000 refugees from Central African Republic. When the World Food Program (WFP) decided to end food distributions, and introduce cash grants instead, somebody should have guessed all hell could break loose. The […]

November 19th

Big Local Gains for States with Wildlife Refuge Recreation

Western Values Project released a new report, Recreation Spending & BLM Sagebrush Lands, highlighting the important economic effects associated with local recreation-related spending. Visits to BLM-managed lands in 11 western states resulted in an economic output of over $1 billion in 2013 alone. The report by Eugene, Oregon firm ECONorthwest, was prepared for Pew Charitable Trusts’ […]

October 17th

Jean Tirole Wins 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics (and Why)

Jean Tirole is the 2014 winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Tirole, of Toulouse 1 Capitole University in France, has been awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences “for his analysis of market power and regulation.” A Nobel Prize for Sowing Seeds of Corporate Social Responsibility […]

October 15th

A New Economy That Works for People, Place, and Planet

Welcome to the 2nd Annual “New Economy Week.” The many thousands of ways that people are creatively working to build a new and more sustainable economy are being celebrated from October 13-19. In this week, NewEconomyWeek.org is exploring what it takes to build an economy that works for “people, place, and planet.” Through a week-long […]

October 13th

A Permaculture Cryptocurrency

Originally published on Ecopreneurist. The use of cryptocurrency to support alternatives to the status quo is picking up steam, and while we’ve previously covered one that is backed by solar energy, one chosen by the Lakota, and another for the marijuana industry, this new digital currency promises to be the “first true asset-backed cryptocurrency on […]

April 16th

Should We Put a Price on Nature to Save it?

The first World Forum on Natural Capital was held in Edinburgh, Scotland last November. This comes at a time when there is increasing interest in the idea that we need to place a value on the services that nature provides us with for free if we are to prevent further environmental degradation. The conference attracted […]

April 14th