Archive for the ‘Environmental economics’ Category

A warning for parched China: a city runs out of water   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/21/world/warning-parched-china-city-runs-out-water

Summary: A northern city in China has run out of water, increasing pressure between the government and it’s constituents. Marketplace explores this multifaceted issue in regards to the future of China’s economic development.

Original Air Date: April 25, 2016

Length: 7 minutes 2 seconds

Lead contamination poisons a neighborhood’s home values   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/05/03/sustainability/lead-contamination-poisons-housing-prices-east-la

Summary: Lead contamination has serious economic consequences for home owners – not only for home values but health costs as well.

Original Air Date: May 6, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 25 seconds

Eagles vs. Chickens   Leave a comment

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Summary: One farmer had what seemed like a great environmentally conscious plan to fertilize his soil.  However, Eagles threw his plan of offering Whole foods consumers organic chicken into disarray.  Planet Money discusses how the unintended consequences impacted farmer’s plan.

Original Air Date: February 3, 2017

Length: 17 minutes 28 seconds

Discussion Question: What were the unintended consequences of the farmer’s choice to use chickens to fertilize the soil? Explain how unintended consequences are important to economics.

The Bees go to California   Leave a comment

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Summary: Bee stings hurt, but without bees, fruits and nuts wouldn’t be possible.  Every year, millions of bees travel from the east to California to pollinate fields.  Planet Money researches this unique business and how efficient trucking bees from Louisiana to California really is.

Original Air Date: February 24, 2017

Length: 22 minutes 54 seconds

Farmers Hack Their Equipment to Evade Tractor Company Policies   Leave a comment

Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water ConversationLink: https://www.marketplace.org/2017/03/27/tech/farmers-hack-their-equipment-evade-tractor-company-policies

Summary: Farmers are hacking into their own tractors in order to fix them, rather than pay for a dealer to fix it for them.  Marketplace introduces this situation and explains why tractor owners aren’t satisfied with this developing market concentration in the repair market and what they hope to do about it. .

Original Air Date: March 27, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 2 seconds

Discussion Question: What impact does forcing tractor owners to go through dealers for repairs do for competition in the market? Who benefits from this system more, the owner or the dealer?

Oil pushes out Venezuela’s agriculture   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/18/world/resource-curse/venezuela-ranchers

Summary: Venezuela’s oil dependent economy imports nearly 80% of its food, which is particularly worrisome  when oil prices are at an all time low.

Original Air Date: April 18, 2016

Length: 4 minutes 46 seconds

The Miracle Apple   Leave a comment

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Summary: Years ago, the only classifications for apples was based on color: red, green or yellow.  Planet Money discusses how one researcher from Minnesota changed the apple market by introducing an apple that was actually tasty for retail consumers.

Original Air Date: October 12, 2016

Length: 14 minutes 7 seconds

Discussion Question: By putting a patent or a trademark on a type of apple, how does that affect supply and demand? How does it affect competition in the market?