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Environmental Economics – If you have been appointed as the director of the Dept. of Environmental Economic?

Question by sukhichatha88: Environmental Economics – If you have been appointed as the director of the Dept. of Environmental Economic?
You need to discuss a few of these topics, what would you say?
Here are the topics: using economics/laws/regulations to increase environmental quality, full cost pricing, green taxes, earth-sustaining economies. What would you say about these topics?

At least a 2 paragraph answer please!!

Best answer:

Answer by theurchinman
Oh, BS- do your own homework!

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Details are few on how to pay for goals

Details are few on how to pay for goals
President Obama focused about 80% of his State of the Union Address on the economy, offering proposals designed to create jobs, make the United States more competitive with other developed nations and reduce future budget deficits. Those goals can conflict, however.
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Greenpeace founder touts developing nuclear energy
As an avowed anti-nuclear activist in the 1970s, Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore never dreamed he would become an advocate for the technology he once pledged to stop.
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On North Korea, the US and South Korea are ‘as close as sticky rice cake’
US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg had the perfect Korean saying Wednesday to convey the bond between the US and Korea when it comes to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program: “We’re as close as sticky rice cake.”
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Women’s global rights: 100-day action plan
The United Nations Organization’s UN Women has drawn up a 100-day action plan to promote women’s rights and full participation in global affairs, calling women’s wisdom one of the world’s greatest untapped resources.
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White House Forum on Environmental Justice (Part 2)

Senior Administration officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, hold a forum to discuss ways to ensure that overburdened and low-income communities have the opportunity to enjoy the health and economic benefits of a clean environment. December 15, 2010.
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Lincoln Institute and Peking University Establish Center for Urban Development and Land Policy in Beijing


Cambridge, Mass. (Vocus) December 16, 2007

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Peking University have established the Center for Urban Development and Land Policy on the campus of the university in Beijing. Joyce Yanyun Man, director of the Lincoln Institute’s China program, will serve as executive director.

“With this center we seek to develop institutional capacity in China to address the many challenges that the country’s rapid growth has for land,” said Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. “We want to continue to strengthen China’s expertise in land policy and planning for urban development, through research, fellowships and training.”

The Lincoln Institute has been actively engaged in China for the last five years, through its Program in the People’s Republic of China. Joyce Yanyun Man of Indiana University was earlier this year appointed director of the program, and is based in Beijing. The new center, which will be in operation in Peking University campus offices in early 2008, will complement the ongoing activities of the China program.

“I am excited to move ahead with this extraordinary challenge, and look forward to examining the critical issues in urban land policy now facing China,” said Man.

“I hope the joint center will offer a platform for international and Chinese scholars to share experiences and deepen understanding of urbanization, land and fiscal policies in China and around the world,” said Lin Jianhua, executive vice president and provost of Peking University. “I believe that such interactions and dialogue will not only help enhance the academic teaching and research quality in these areas at Peking University, but also will facilitate discussions, research and sound policy in the use, regulation, and taxation of land and urban development in China.”

Peking University was established in 1898 as the first comprehensive university in China, and today has 41 departments and programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral level in sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences and medicine.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, founded in 1974, conducts research and evaluations, holds conferences, provides education and training, supports demonstration projects, and publishes books and reports on policy issues relating to land. The Institute seeks to improve the quality of public debate and decisions in the use, regulation, and taxation of land by providing a nonpartisan forum for the integration of theory and practice. The international reach of the Lincoln Institute extends to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.


Anthony Flint, Director of Public Affairs

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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Top Green Title for Lancashire Furniture Manufacturer

One of Britain’s longest established furniture manufacturers, based in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, can officially lay claim to being among the country’s top green businesses, after securing a double victory in a prestigious awards programme.

HJ Berry Ltd took the ‘Best Manufacturing Company’ title at the Green Business Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Judges were so taken by the company’s commitment to sustainability that they also awarded them their prestigious ‘Best Small or Medium Enterprise (SME)’ accolade.

The company, formed in 1840, is a model of good environmental practice. Initiatives include planting their own woodland of more than 20,000 trees on the factory site – based in the picturesque village of Chipping – which will be ready to make furniture in 70 years’ time.

Offcuts of wood from the manufacturing process heat the factory and wood used for furniture is almost exclusively sourced from sustainable forests in the UK. Staff benefits include low-cost homes in the village for rent.

John Woodruffe, managing director of HJ Berry, said: “For us sustainability makes sense.

“By buying British, suppliers are not being stung by the poor Euro rate or paying high shipping fees to get stock in from overseas.

“They are also not getting a shipping container from China, containing broken or damaged goods, which they then have to send back.

“The quality of work is here, its evident, the price is competitive and British jobs and a whole way of life that has been in tune with the environment for well over one hundred years is being preserved.”

More than 130 companies entered the Green Business Awards, whose sponsors included CNN.

A spokesman from The Green Business Awards, said: “For a company with only 85 staff, HJ Berry has developed a remarkably holistic approach to sustainability.

“The company is committed to creating a positive contribution environmentally, socially and economically.

“At every level, they are turning this commitment into practical initiatives. Also striking is that, as well as short-term goals, HJ Berry has an ambitious long-term vision to become a truly sustainable green business.”

As well as success at The Green Business Awards, HJ Berry also topped off a productive week with the presentation of a Green Apple Gold Award for environmental excellence – one of a handful of companies in the UK to achieve the standard. Representatives from the company received the award at the Houses of Parliament.

HJ Berry is believed to be the oldest chair manufacturer in the country. Part of its factory in Chipping is based within a mill once used by industrial magnate, Sir Richard Arkwright. 

The site still retains a waterwheel, which powered the plant up to the 20th century.



Notes to Editors

Based in Kirk Mills, Chipping, near Preston, HJ Berry specialises in the manufacture of furniture for the nursing and healthcare sector, as well as leisure, commercial and residential markets.


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On April 2, 2008, Robert Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; www.irri.org ) appeared on BBC’s Asia Business Report to say that there is a need for a second Green Revolution. He also discusses the rice shortage in Asia and the tightening of supplies. The rice supply and price story has been ubiquitous in the news media in recent days. Go to http for a compilation of stories that quote or feature IRRI staff members.

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Economic growth, prosperity and sustainability: a contradiction?

Sustainable Consumption Institute is to host a public debate in London England entitled “Economic growth, prosperity and sustainability: a contradiction?”

Chaired by Professor Dale Southerton (Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester) and with panellists, Professors Tim Jackson (RESOLVE, University of Surrey) and Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute, University College London) , the debate is sure to be very interesting.

Global climate change is one of the greatest collective action problems facing mankind. Despite efforts by businesses, governments and households to ‘green’ their activities, the problem remains that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue to rise. As such, the search for ecological, social and economic sustainability in the future continues to raise a number of difficult questions. Can economic growth be decoupled from ecological damage? Is continued economic growth essential to finance ‘sustainability’ measures and invest in innovative ‘green’ technologies? Should we seek to re-shape our economic systems in ways which recognise that increased consumption may not lead either to greater well-being or sustainable ways of life? What would a low or zero economic growth future look like?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) public debate at Hoare Memorial Hall, Church House Conference Centre. Professors Tim Jackson and Paul Ekins will introduce the key issues, and their positions, before engaging in a public debate that promises to deal with some of the questions concerning the challenge to find paths towards a more sustainable future. Professor Dale Southerton of the SCI will moderate the discussion.

Paul Ekins is Professor of Energy and Environment Policy at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London. He has published extensively on sustainable development and environmental policy, including the influential book Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: the Prospects for Green Growth. In addition to founding the sustainable development charity Forum for the Future, he has served as a specialist adviser to the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons (1997-2005) and a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (2002-2008).

Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE) and the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG). His numerous publications and service on research and policy committees make him amongst the most influential academics on the fields of sustainable consumption and development. He is the Economics Commissioner to the UK Sustainable Development Commission, and his book Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet presents a fundamental challenge to conventional understandings of economic growth, consumption and well being.

Dale Southerton is an SCI Professorial Research Fellow and Professor of Sociology at The University of Manchester and Director of the ESRC Sustainable Practices Research Group (SPRG). Their work will focus on sustainable living practices in food, water-use and shelter. Dale is the Principal Investigator of three SCI funded projects: ‘Modelling consumer behaviour’, ‘Single person households and practices of consumption: the implications for sustainability’; and, ‘Alternative approaches to consumer behaviour’. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture (Sage, Forthcoming 2011). 

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For Businesses to Grow in a Fledgling Economy, Turn to Technology and Telecommuting, Says E-Geniuses

For Businesses to Grow in a Fledgling Economy, Turn to Technology and Telecommuting, Says E-Geniuses

Technology & Telecommuting

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 9, 2009

In today’s economic climate, achieving sustainable growth has become increasingly more difficult for business owners. Flaccid housing and investment markets have severely limited the resources and wherewithal of companies both large and small. Nonetheless, leading computer repair service company E-Geniuses shows business owners how making use of technological tools and telecommuting can enable companies to not only weather the storm, but realize real growth.

When newspaper headlines read “Government Spends 1 Trillion to Stimulate Economic Growth,” consumers should be worried about inflation, which leads to an across-the-board increase in pricing, says E-Geniuses. With the government committed to inflationary techniques, tough times are still ahead of us. However, E-Geniuses believes opportunities that have yet to be realized still exist in business and tough economic conditions make ignoring them much more costly.

One such opportunity is the use of innovative technology, which enables us to do more with the limited resources available and lead to economic health and a higher quality of life. According to E-Geniuses, telecommuting has become an efficient, cost-effective, and resourceful way to adapt business operations.

“I think that more businesses should start adopting a work-at-home strategy to productivity,” says Joey Mariano, owner of E-Geniuses, which services and repairs computers for local businesses and nearby USC and FIDM students. “The schools have understood this concept of ‘homework’ for a long time. Teachers don’t have to watch each student do their work, they simply manage by objective – was the work done on time? Was it done properly and did it achieve the end result? Businesses need to start thinking this way also.”

Telecommuting – the practice of working at home and communicating with co-workers through phone and computer – offers benefits for the employer, employee, and the environment. Jessica Jenkins, co-owner of TotalTelecommuting, says that telecommuting gives businesses a larger pool of potential hires due to the added perk of working from home; it can also make current employees happier, which increases efficiency and productivity.

“The employee can cut down on unpaid expenses such as time spent commuting and fuel consumption,” she explains. “Less commute means less traffic, less carbon dioxide, and is therefore better for the environment.”

According to Ariana at The Reserve Lofts in Downtown Los Angeles, in order to consolidate home and office expenses, many people whose homes have been foreclosed on are relocating to downtown L.A. lofts that are zoned for both residential and business use. “There is also the added advantage of being neighbors with other business owners and professionals. For employees of these businesses, there’s also the perk that they can use the building amenities such as the gym and a garden/spa.

“Whether you are working from a downtown Los Angeles penthouse or telecommuting from downtown to your home in the valley, the most important thing is to make efficient use of time and resources,” say JR and Aaron of medical consulting firm New Money Consulting. “A recession can affect how consumers budget their resources, but it cannot affect the resource of time – people may have less money or credit but time will keep ticking. Businesses and individuals need to pay attention to how they spend their day.”

In addition to telecommuting, e-commerce is another tool that can significantly boost revenue with an added marketing benefit.

Angela of Los Angeles web design company, online marketing, and SEO firm Splyce Media Group (SMG) advises traditional brick and mortar retail shops to create an e-commerce site to automate sales.

“A business that spends thousands of dollars a month on traditional print advertising should start considering investing in their website as a powerful and effective alternative,” she says. “If you aren’t showing up when someone does a Google search, then you are non-existent to most of the populations that is getting more tech savvy each day.”

Even in a down economy, E-Geniuses reminds business owners that there are multiple ways to ensure that a company survives, and sometimes even grows. Innovation and technology are keys to productive growth for many.

For more information on E-Geniuses, please visit the website at http://www.e-geniuses.com or call 877-694-3648.

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Joey Mariano


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An Introduction to Behavior-Economic Ecology

(PRWEB) October 12, 2002

The Management of Fate: An Introduction to Behavior-Economic Ecology

By Eric Graf

Behavior-Economics is a concept-system developed for exploring the nature of evolving human existence in which we recognize “our world”. The book emerged from the realization that the evolution of the modern human ecological condition is only comprehensible when we understand the dynamic that allows “us” to become “I”. It is written for readers who are intrigued by the questions of not only what this “being I” means, but also how we come to generate this experience in which terms such as “mind” and “free will” shape our understanding of ourselves. Management of Fate analyzes the different awareness-complexities that determine what we recognize as the ecological basis of existing. The analysis includes five central topics:

Behavior-Economics: The Study of the Organism-Process as Behavior

Communication: Human Sexuality, the Foundation of the Mind

Language: The Nature of the Mind

Community and Society: The Nature of Free Will

The Alienation-Dynamic of Anthropos-Mind.

For a review copy or author interview, contact:

Dr. Eric F. Graf


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Universal Publishers

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