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    US factories are polluting less, but regulation rollbacks threaten air quality

US factories are polluting less, but regulation rollbacks threaten air quality

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Stringent environmental regulation explains most of the decrease in pollution emissions from US manufacturing, write Joseph S. Shapiro and Reed Walker.

In the 1960s, there were worries that U.S. economic growth would lead to increasingly dangerous levels of pollution, and that by the year 2000, air pollution would make cities like Los Angeles and New York uninhabitable. Instead, U.S. air […]

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    Book Review: Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour

Book Review: Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour

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In Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime, Bruno Latour explores the political and philosophical challenges proper to a time defined by an environmental and socio-economic crisis. Rodrigo Muñoz-González welcomes this energetic, compelling and provocative attempt to find an alternative vision to the contradictory and flawed project of modernity. 

Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime. Bruno Latour (trans. by Catherine […]

Choosing policies for higher fuel efficiency

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Policies combining fees and rebates perform consistently better than others even in different market environments, write Isis Durrmeyer and Mario Samano.

Throughout the world there have been efforts to reduce gasoline consumption and carbon emissions by changing the cost per mile traveled. One of the reasons to justify such efforts is the concern that emissions from conventional vehicles, which is […]

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    Why new tariff codes are necessary to improve trade and combat climate change

Why new tariff codes are necessary to improve trade and combat climate change

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Agricultural products are still traded with a generic tariff code that doesn’t differentiate biodegradable from non-biodegradable ones, writes Amanda Rosalia Aranda Novoa.

A key issue in the fight against climate change and for environmental protection is how to facilitate market access to environmental products (agricultural and non-agricultural ones). The world trading system has an alternative mechanism that can be very useful in that […]

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    Book Review: Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age by Nicole Seymour

Book Review: Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age by Nicole Seymour

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In Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age, Nicole Seymour turns attention away from despair at climate change and environmental devastation to instead look at gestures and responses rooted in the comical, the silly and the ridiculous and their capacity to offer sites of resistance. This is a powerful example of humanities scholarship that makes a forceful intervention into […]

What are green jobs and where are they?

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An exploratory study on the magnitude, geographical distribution and effects of green employment in the United States from Francesco Vona, Giovanni Marin, and Davide Consoli.

Addressing grand environmental challenges (e.g. climate change) entails adapting the skill base and, thus, the composition of the workforce. Recent interventions both in the form of environmental regulation or of subsidies – i.e. the American Recovery […]

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    Strategic silence: Why are some companies not publicising their environmental certifications?

Strategic silence: Why are some companies not publicising their environmental certifications?

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It’s for fears of accusations of greenwashing, argue Chad Carlos and Ben Lewis.

IKEA uses a lot of lumber. You may have become acquainted with that lumber when you sweated over assembling a Billy bookcase correctly. Is IKEA callously felling old-growth forests to prop up our old college textbooks? No, for years it has sourced its lumber from forests certified […]

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    Book Review: Heat, Greed and Human Need. Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing by Ian Gough

Book Review: Heat, Greed and Human Need. Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing by Ian Gough

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In Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing, Ian Gough places climate change at the centre of his discussion of the social dimensions of wellbeing. The book offers important and deep insight into the relationship between climate change and the global capitalist economy, finds Marianne Takle, and explores how the former demands a qualitatively new agenda in order for […]

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    Floods are not going to go away. Here’s how we can make them less costly.

Floods are not going to go away. Here’s how we can make them less costly.

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Devastating hurricanes in 2017 in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and the recent landfall of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas show that flood events are likely to affect the US with far greater frequency in the near future. Beverly A. Cigler takes a close look at why floods have become so much worse in recent years and what we […]

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    Book Review: California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader by David Vogel

Book Review: California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader by David Vogel

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California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader presents a political history of California’s environmental leadership. David Vogel carefully details how citizen mobilisation, business support and regulatory capacity have iteratively enabled progressive reforms. This is a fascinating case study in its own right, but it also provides broader insights about progressive policy change – both methodologically and substantively, […]

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