Charging the Wrong Cars

While electric vehicle subsidies create the incentives to buy more environmentally friendly vehicles, they might be targeting the wrong people.

A Tale of Wine and Weather

Because Italy, France, and Spain will have the smallest grape harvest in 56 years, we will be enjoying three billion fewer bottles of wine. You can see below that the heart of the world’s wine country was hit:   Our story…

The Honeybee and the Market

About much more than bees, the business response to colony collapse disorder demonstrates how we can adapt to environmental challenges.

How California Will Change a Cow’s Life

Methane emissions from cow burps have just been regulated in California because they are far more potent than carbon dioxide.

The Best Kind of Climate Change Law

The Washington state legislature will soon vote on a win/win emissions reduction law. But it could lose. U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Let’s first look at energy consumption and emissions sources. U.S. energy consumption is dominated by oil: Predictably, petroleum is a…

The Problem With Bovine Burps

Reducing environmental externalities from greenhouse gas emissions involves the methane that cows and other ruminants burp.

Opportunity Cost & The Meat Eater's Dilemma

Our Wednesday environment focus: Are you a meat avoider, eater or reducer? On a scale of meat consumption, we can place the avoiders at one end, the eaters at the other, and the reducers in the middle because they are meatless for at least one day each week. Where…

An Unexpected Cost of Climate Change?

Our Wednesday Environment Focus By Madeleine Vance, guest blogger and student at Kent Place School; edited by Elaine Schwartz Global Warming has become more than just a threat to the environment. In the movie “Carbon Nation,” former army colonel Dan Nolan…

A New Global Warming Perspective

Because of the holiday, our Wednesday environment blog will appear today.  During my daily 4-mile walk, I had an “Aha!” moment listening to 2 Great Courses lectures on the environment. Talking about the “Ruddiman Hypothesis,” Wake Forest’s Robert Whaple said…

Global Warming: A Growing Greenhouse Gas Problem

As most of us know, cow burps add to global warming. The problem is that the demand for cows and other livestock is soaring in developing nations. Producing nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, livestock production and distribution have a…