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Adam Smith and a Steady-State Economy 4° (4 replies)

"Properly functioning markets allocate resources efficiently, but they cannot determine the sustainable scale; that can be achieved only by government policy." - Herman Daly Human beings are the strangest of creatures. We make observations about our surroundings or about our behaviors, these observations become cast into theory, and then these ...

Started by John V. in August 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Air Quality, Architecture, Consumerism, Economics, Energy Saving

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Can Our Economy Grow Forever? 49° (44 replies)

Over the last twenty years the government where I live (Ireland) has put a lot of emphasis on growing our economy. The economy has grown, but has it benefited the average person? Yes, people have more money, bigger houses and more stuff. However, they also have a lot more stress ...

Started by John P. in August 2008, about Consumerism, Economics, Health

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Do changing lightbulbs really help the environment? 33° (13 replies)

I've heard that high-efficiency bulbs actually contain rather nasty stuff like mercury. Is that true? And if so, which is better, using less electricity or keeping such nasties out of our landfills?

Started by Nick Lewis in June 2008, about Clean Technologies, Energy Saving, Health, Recycling

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The World Bank cites bio-fuels for causing 75% increase in food prices. How come food in US hasn't increased by this amount? 3° (3 replies)

World Bank points to food riots in Bangladesh and Egypt. Yet we've not been so badly effected here in the U.S. Why not?

Started by Brian O. in July 2008, about Food, Industry & Business

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What to do about rapidly developing nations... 30° (5 replies)

I think it's great that we're now moving towards a position where governments are seeing the need for a consolidated approach to addressing global warming. However, what should we do about those guys who don't want to play ball? Of course they have their own, shorter term interests in mind ...

Started by Matthew W. in June 2008, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Consumerism, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Population

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Mr. Coal Waste goes to Washington 1° (1 reply)

This time it's 4000 gallons of toxic coal ash slurry from a ruptured pipeline flowing directly into the Potomac and headed for DC. Read more at NRDC Switchboard http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/paltman/coal_ash_spill_upriver_of_wash.html Thanks to 1Sky on Twitter for the heads up.

Started by C Robb W. in March 2009, about Coal & Oil, Environmental Disasters, Industry & Business

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When it comes to power generation - Small is Beautiful 2° (2 replies)

Amory Lovins, chief scientist at Rocky Mountain Institute, negawatt guru and all around energy expert, has written a piece in the NY Times freakonomics blog regarding big power plants compared to small distributed generation power systems. It's fascinating stuff and the way forward. Yet another nail in the coffin of ...

Started by C Robb W. in February 2009, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Clean Technologies, Coal & Oil, Energy Saving, Green energy, Industry & Business, Nuclear, Smart Growth, Solar

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Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM). 3° (3 replies)

Voluntary carbon market (VCM) is still a problem many developing states. Can great investment on Climate change adaptation and mitigation knowledge make the 'sinking boat' float?

Started by Joseph Bukula in November 2012, about Air Quality, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Trading, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Economics, Emissions, Energy Saving, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Green energy, Pollution, Transport

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Green Business Start-up Cost 1° (1 reply)

Green businesses may take some investment initially, but for long run it is very much affordable and many government organizations may help them to expand through their affordable financing options. http://blog.unitedvirtualoffice.com/index.php/2012/10/17/top-5-ways-to-finance-a-startup-or-small-business/

Started by David Nikolic in October 2012, about Finance & Money

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Started by Mildred S. in September 2012, about Industry & Business

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