Could You Like a Carbon Tax?

Our Wednesday environment focus Here is my “To Do” list for reducing carbon emissions: Buy a Prius. Install solar panels. Take the train to NYC. Lower my thermostat to 60 degrees during the winter. Raise my AC thermostat to 78 during…

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…

The Big Impact of a Little Salamander

The woodland salamander made me think of Adam Smith. In North American forests, wherever it is dark and damp, under a rock or a log, a very hungry salamander could be devouring her daily diet. Eating 20 ants, 2 flies…

Cow Burps and Global Warming

As most of us know, cow burps add to global warming. So too do the methane releases of sheep, goats and other ruminant animals. In a recent opinion piece in Nature Climate Change, a group of researchers suggest we should…

An Unexpected Connection Between Bluefin Tuna and CO2

On the first Saturday in 2013, in Japan, at the Tsukiji auction, a 489 pound bluefin tuna was sold for $1.76 million. As a source of information, what does $1.76 million say to you? One journalist said it could mean:…

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…

A Pollution Tale With 2 Happy Endings

Sometimes green incentives can have unintended consequences. Our story begins in an airport. About to board a flight, an environmentally concerned individual purchases “carbon offsets.”  Yes, that flight will pollute the air but the offset could be used to fund…

Breaking An Environmental Law

Asked by the Pew Center for the People and the Press to rank 21 issues in terms of their significance, global warming was #21. Similarly pessimistic about climate change initiatives, one researcher asked, “How can one seriously suggest that the…