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  • What is a carbon tax? And could it work?

    It seems a perfect storm of events has lined itself up to create a political environment that *should* push forward a carbon tax. Will it happen, what would it do, and could it work? Let’s start with a quick definition. A carbon tax, in its simplest form, is simply a tax on polluting carbon emissions. […] More

  • Turtle Bay Resort: a sustainable place to host an event?

    Oahu’s recent Wanderlust Festival provided yoginis the opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the yoga world’s biggest names: Shiva Rae, Baron Baptiste, Shakti Sunfire, Eion Finn and Michael Franti were fixtures in the festivities. Given the yoga crowd’s penchant for mindfulness, organic foods, and all things green, the choice of location for such […] More

  • Boston vs. New York: which city is greener?

    Last week, I gave much love to the city of New York (see Green, New York Style, March 15th). Today it’s time to drive some good spirited competition into the mix, based on the following press release I received this morning. It was titled simply, “Boston Rules.” The full, very concise text read as follows, […] More

  • Green, New York Style: A Sustainability Tour of the Big Apple

    The Big Apple has moved decisively in the direction of being the green apple in recent years. Here’s the coolest green happenings in the big city. Transportation The city has moved aggressively to create an infrastructure that encourages cycling as a form of commuting, both to alleviate traffic and air quality issues and to facilitate […] More

  • Climate change related job losses

    In a potential sign of things to come, a west Texas meat packing facility has shuttered its operations as meat demand, and supply, drops. Demand for factory farmed meat is dropping for a variety of reasons, but the supply is dropping due to climate change, as persistent droughts sweep across formerly fertile farmlands. Cargill, one […] More

  • The Economic Argument Against GMOs: a Top Ten List

    Ask an economist to give an opinion about any controversial subject in society, and they’ll turn to the data and start digging for answers.¬†While I’ve covered the economics of GMOs in the past, Dr. Vandana Shiva, on a recent visit by the visionary sustainability guru to my home state of Hawaii, opened my eyes to […] More

  • Titans of eco-friendly industry, 2013 edition

    The environment has become an increasingly big concern for companies around the world. While many companies are begrudgingly forced to abide by local environmental regulations, the are other companies that are constantly looking for new and more efficient ways to be green. In addition to our recent America-centric article about corporate social responsibility in the […] More

  • Puppy Love: something money can’t buy…or can it?

    Love, hugs, good friends, walks in the woods….The best things in life are free, right? Well, maybe. If you’re an economist at heart, you tend to see the dollars and cents in pretty much everything. So recently when my girlfriend and I were debating the merits of moving in together, I, the incorrigible economist, pointed […] More

  • Holidays and positive uses of money

    Many of us are trying to make the world a better place. Some of us inspired economics-focused folks would say that the best way to do that is to drive money into the sustainable marketplace: provide an organic carrot for businesses, and they will drive their operations towards it. Many of us seem to also […] More

  • Buying Jewelry for Valentine’s Day? Avoid Conflict Diamonds

    The trend for men spending more than women in preparation for Valentines Day is a global one, as early figures released in the U.S. seem to confirm. According to the study cited above, male consumers are planning to spend an estimated 75% more than their female companions on gifts and events this year. On the […] More

  • With the failure of big money, is it really important to overturn Citizens United?

    Last week on our sister site Red Green and Blue, editor Jeremy Bloom argued that we people of all political stripes should rally around Senator Al Franken (D-MN), in his quest to overturn Citizens United. Last week was the third anniversary of Citizens United, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates allowing secret […] More

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