About this blog…Student run, professor supported class blog for ES-300 - Environmental Economics at Aquinas College. Topics will include Energy, Water, Food, Ecology, and Pollution. Each post will come at these issues from a decidedly economic viewpoint, incorporating topics covered in class and their applications to our current environmental predicament. Enjoy!
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Author Archives: aqwastegroup
It has become clear that human – particularly industrial – waste does more than damage the environment. It also creates inefficiencies in the markets in which it is involved, and inhibits economic success in several ways. For example, many valuable … Continue reading
The fashion culture of our modern day consistently enforces “More is better”. We are perpetually taught that we need the next new trend to avoid being faux pas. But where do all our endless attempts to fit in end up? … Continue reading
With the increasing threat of an exponentially growing population, another, often overlooked threat which goes hand in hand, is burial of the dead. Not only will future generations have to grapple with land use for the living, but also for … Continue reading
We’ve all heard, at some point or another, the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle.” This motto effectively sums our planet’s sentiments towards waste production. Companies and individuals alike are told that the best way to help the planet, and their wallet, … Continue reading
Recycling in the US has greatly increased in the past twenty years, but only 28% of all waste is recycled. Compared to Germany where 62% is recycled. On average across the European Union 40% of waste is recycled. Part of … Continue reading
“A city resident generates twice as much waste as their rural counter-part of the same affluence. If we account for the fact that urban citizens are usually richer, they generate four times as much” (Hoornweg, 2013). Considering this, global urbanization … Continue reading
Put Your Money Where Your *hippie*, *eco-friendly*, *cost-worthy*, *human rights advocate* Mouth Is: Buy Fair Trade.
Industries today continue to produce inexpensive goods for the ever-trend-changing world we live in, but are not taking responsibility for the environmentally and economically damaging effects of the materialistic lifestyles they produce. Through out this article I would like you … Continue reading