Category Archives: Ecological Economics

The economy is part of the environment, not vice versa.

Soil Erosion — is anyone paying attention?

Over a month ago, Reuters issued a widely-mentioned (but not widely discussed) press release on soils.“Only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues,” reads the release. It quotes some United Nations officials, warning of the problems of soil … Continue reading

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How can we ask them not to eat meat?

In a recent Go Vegan radio interview, Leslie Goldberg (author of the Vicious Vegan blog) gave an account of a conversation she had with Bill McKibben. (McKibben is a noted environmentalist and a co-founder of 350.org.) Leslie asked McKibben why … Continue reading

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5280 Magazine Misses the Meat of the Matter

By Kate Lawrence 5280 The Denver Magazine recently featured an article on “Everyday Environmentalists,” presenting over 40 ways to live greener.  Pointing out that Coloradans are not as environmentally virtuous as we may think we are, the article featured excellent … Continue reading

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Peak oil may be almost here

“Predictions are difficult, especially about the future.” This aphorism is nowhere more applicable than when predicting the date of “peak oil” — the maximum point of world oil production. In case you hadn’t noticed, oil prices are falling dramatically. Until … Continue reading

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Are the Economists Hopeless on Environmental Issues?

The world has serious problems, such as climate change, peak oil, and resource depletion generally. Economists should be leading the charge on these types of issues, but except for the very few “ecological economists,” like Herman Daly, they say increasingly … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges: Go Vegan for the Planet

Chris Hedges was a war correspondent, worked for the Greens in 2008 and 2012, and was part of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. He’s also, interestingly enough, a Presbyterian minister. He is known to me personally mostly as the author … Continue reading

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Ignoring Food Choices — Once Again

Richard Heinberg, a prominent member of the Post-Carbon Institute, has issued a 10-point plan on “How to Shrink the Economy Without Crashing It.” He makes plenty of excellent points, but it contains a glaring omission: it (once again!) leaves out … Continue reading

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Extracted (review)

Extracted. How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet. Ugo Bardi. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014. Many people have heard of “peak oil,” and are concerned that finite fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas cannot support … Continue reading

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Drilling Down (review)

Drilling Down. The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma. Joseph A. Tainter and Tadeusz W. Patzek. Springer, 2011. Remember the Gulf oil spill in 2011? This catastrophic and deadly failure has now begun to fade from the public memory, … Continue reading

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Are We Scared Yet?

The economy in Colorado is doing well. Population is growing, driving up housing prices. Fracking, livestock, and debt are providing jobs. Unfortunately, these are the very factors which are devastating the planet. Several months ago, Russian researchers reported a giant … Continue reading

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