Category Archives: Ecological Economics

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

Does Digitization Decrease Empathy?

James McWilliams recently asked whether the digitization of communications decreases empathy, and thus potentially our empathy with other humans and animals.  He talks about e-mail between students and professors, “butchered” grammar in e-mail being used to substitute for the student … Continue reading

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The Fire Blog

Politicians fiddle while Colorado burns.  We need to change our lifestyle if we want to avoid this fate or one like it. You can’t “grow the economy” without increasing fossil fuel use and without making climate change worse, not to … Continue reading

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Too Smart For Our Own Good

Too Smart for our Own Good: The Ecological Predicament of Humankind.  Craig Dilworth.  Cambridge University Press, 2009. Wow, what a book! Craig Dilworth, a Canadian professor of philosophy, has written a significant new book on our ecological predicament. I hope … Continue reading

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Why Isn’t “Peak Oil” Catching On?

Oil discoveries have been declining for decades.  We now consume much more oil than we discover.  Despite the fact that the price of oil is now over $100 a barrel, oil production hasn’t really budged since 2005.  There’s an obvious … Continue reading

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Increased Support for the “Livestock and Climate Change” hypothesis

Livestock is not just an important factor, but the key factor driving climate change.  Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang put forward this idea in their 2009 WorldWatch article “Livestock and Climate Change,” and it is now receiving increased support and … Continue reading

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EcoMind Thought Trap #3

EcoMind: changing the way we think, to create the world we want. Frances Moore Lappé. New York: Nation Books, 2011. In EcoMind, Frances Moore Lappé sets out seven “thought traps” which she seeks to defeat and replace with better ways … Continue reading

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EcoMind Thought Trap #1

EcoMind: changing the way we think, to create the world we want. Frances Moore Lappé. New York: Nation Books, 2011. In EcoMind, Frances Moore Lappé (most notably of Diet for a Small Planet fame, written in 1971) sets out seven … Continue reading

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The Economy and the Environment — Can We Have Both?

Can we have both economic progress and save the environment?Yes, we can have a sustainable economy and keep people employed, feed the hungry, and keep everyone warm during the winter. But the country as a whole will be poorer — … Continue reading

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Will we see change in our lifetime?

Change [in the direction of veganism] will come. This I believe. But (for those who live in sophisticated urban centers with large populations of enlightened vegans this will be harder to accept): we shouldn’t plan to see much of it … Continue reading

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Plenty of Something (review)

Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, by Juliet Schor (New York: Penguin Press, 2010). (Also published in paperback as True Wealth.) Plenitude argues for an “ecological economics” which turns a lot of what we think about wealth upside down.  … Continue reading

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