Category Archives: Ecological Economics

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

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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Vegans at the local Climate Rally

“You vegans seem to be pretty well organized!” This is what one of the leaders of the Denver climate march said to Kate and me as we marched down the 16th Street Mall today. I had to smile. Basically, my … Continue reading

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Radicalization

The recently-concluded Denver event “Hoofin It” (August 17-20th) featured a different hoofed animal each day at different restaurants for customers to eat. The meat is from “responsibly raised hoofed animals,” and it was a benefit for the Colorado Food Guild, … Continue reading

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Our contribution to 350.org

Kate and I received an e-mail from Micah Parkin, the leader of Colorado chapter of 350.org, asking for people to submit stories about local action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  We submitted our story, which has now been published in … Continue reading

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Robert Goodland (1939 – 2013)

Dr. Robert Goodland died on December 28, 2013. He is best known as the lead author (with co-author Jeff Anhang) of “Livestock and Climate Change” (WorldWatch, November / December 2009), which made the case that livestock agriculture is responsible for … Continue reading

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Al Gore is Vegan

Methane is a lot worse than we thought, but there is some good news about the climate as well, already well publicized. Al Gore has gone vegan. In the past many people have complained about Gore’s lack of interest in … Continue reading

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Methane (Again)

There’s bad news on the climate front.  Methane emissions are quite a bit worse than previously thought. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science is now all over the internet and in the news. … Continue reading

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“Limits to Growth” and the Shutdown

Drama! Don’t you love it! The debt ceiling and government shutdown debates illustrate that what the government lacks in problem-solving ability, it makes up for in entertainment value. The government is running again, the debt limit has been raised, and … Continue reading

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Interview with John Howe

John Howe is a vegetarian who “walks the walk” concerning sustainability and simple living on his farm in Maine. He is the author of The End of Fossil Energy. His book is excellent and deserves more attention, especially from vegetarians. … Continue reading

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