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Ecological Economics

What Economists Don't Know About Physics -- And Why It's Killing Us

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Dave Pruett

For most of the time humans have inhabited the earth, our numbers were small, and the growth rate of our species was nearly zero. In other words, we were more-or-less in equilibrium with the natural world, as were most species. Not anymore.

Ecological Restoration Is a $25 Billion Industry That Generates 220,000 Jobs

Forest Trends | Posted 07.10.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

Critics like to portray environmental regulation as a job killer, but the restoration economy now provides more jobs than mining, logging, or steel production -- all while actually fixing the environment instead of destroying it

China: Ecological Civilization Rising?

John Fullerton | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
John Fullerton

I can't pretend to know how serious China's leaders are with respect to their stated goal of achieving an "ecological civilization," and one certainly can't help but notice the irony when looking at the pollution belching out of smoke stacks as you travel to and from the airport. But I was impressed with what I saw at a recent summit.

Kate Sheppard

Can Cutting Down Trees Actually Help Save The Planet? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

It may sound antithetical to what we usually hear about climate change, but cutting down some trees could actually be a good thing for our environment...

Supply Shock Reveals a Serious Problem: Economic Growth

Mike Sandler | Posted 07.15.2013 | Books
Mike Sandler

Economic growth is the real third rail of American politics. Question it and you are immediately branded an outsider (or even a Marxist). Who doesn't want a rising tide that lifts all boats? Well, this is a good question to ask, and author Brian Czech bravely asks it, and many others.

Supply Shock: The Journey

Brian Czech | Posted 07.07.2013 | Books
Brian Czech

Writing a book is like going on a journey. You explore the terrain, make discoveries, meet interesting people, and maybe learn a new language. The longer the book-writing, the longer the journey.

Facing Up to a Finite Planet

Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Green
Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D.

Eric Zencey went to graduate school 30 years ago with three big questions: "What have we done to the planet? What were we thinking? And what should we be thinking instead?" What we were thinking, he says, is bad economic theory -- and that's what he's been working to change.

Capsized by the Rising Tide

Paul O'Brien | Posted 03.25.2012 | Impact
Paul O'Brien

The world doesn't need to stop growing in order to avoid inequality and protect the planet. Rather, smart policy choices can mean that more people can reap the benefits of growth, and for the long run.

The "Super Committee" That's Not Meeting This Week

Robert Walker | Posted 01.16.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

In all probability, there will never be anything close to a global "super committee" to resolve our ecological debt crisis. We will have to rely upon a loosely-knit international framework to ward off any kind of ecological collapse. Let's hope it's enough.

President Obama's (Hoped For) "Amaze Speech"

Brian Czech | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Brian Czech

Fellow Americans, this evening I have a special message for you. It's an unprecedented and surprising message, but ultimately it will resonate with yo...

No Balanced Budget Without Independence From Wall Street

Keith Harrington | Posted 09.23.2011 | Business
Keith Harrington

"We need to balance the budget in order to grow the economy." In the midst of the federal budget debt ceiling food fight, this may be one of the only ideas both political parties can more or less agree on.

Infinite Wealth for All

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert David Steele

Last week, in the aftermath of the No Labels debacle, I focused on the Diversity of Voices & Values, while standing to salute Tom Atlee's proposition ...

8 Populations, 4 Methods

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Minister-Mentor Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore has said that demography, not democracy, is the defining element of the future, and I agree with him. This ...

What's Right with America? Let Me List the Books

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

I became the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction [or 32/216 overall including movies, software, and fiction) quite by accident, loading 300 reviews fr...

Mea Culpa! The Fallacy of Zombie Economics Revealed

Rebekah and Stephen Hren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rebekah and Stephen Hren

We're coming upon the secret formula for infinite growth: things that cannot be traded have no value! This is because they're priceless, and something with no price has no economic value.

Obama, Please Don't Hire Any More Dunderhead Economists!

Rebekah and Stephen Hren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rebekah and Stephen Hren

We must restructure the foundation of our economy from one of consumption and convenience to one of regeneration and maintenance.