Archive for the ‘Environmental economics’ Category

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?

The Zoo Economy   Leave a comment

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Summary: Due to regulations and animal cruelty, the market for animals has almost disappeared over the years.  Planet Money discusses how zoos and aquariums use different methods to get their animals without having to pay a single dollar and avoiding a PR disaster.

Original Air Date: September 9, 2016

Length: 17 minutes 22 seconds

GMO acreage falls — along with commodity prices   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/13/world/gmo-crops-declineat-least-now

Summary: Due to falling commodity prices, the number of acres across the globe containing genetically modified crops has fallen for the first time in 20 years.

Original Air Date: April 13, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 4 seconds

Happy Saudi cows eat California alfalfa   Leave a comment

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Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/28/world/happy-saudi-cows-eating-california-alfalfa

Summary: A Saudi dairy company, Almarai, bought a total of 14,000 acres of land across Arizona and California with the intentions of growing alfalfa, a water intensive crop.  Almarai plans to export the U.S. grown alfalfa back to Saudi Arabia to be used as fodder.

Original Air Date: April 6, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 22 seconds

For our future, someone has to think about dirt   Leave a comment

dirtLink: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/28/world/our-future-someone-has-think-about-dirt

Summary: Nitrate pollution and soil erosion are common concerns when it comes to growing soy and corn. These crops are generally grown in the U.S. because farmers usually have an abundance of economic incentives such as crop insurance and the ethanol mandate, encouraging them to do so.

Original Air Date: March 29, 2016

Length: 3 minutes 44 seconds

The Chinese lake that’s ground zero for the bird flu   Leave a comment

chinese lakeLink: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/03/world/chinese-lake-has-become-ground-zero-bird-flu

Summary: Hundreds of thousands of birds migrate to China’s Poyang Lake each year, creating a breeding ground for the avian influenza virus. This virus has the ability to spread rapidly if wild birds connect with domestic birds found on farms within China. The implications this virus can have on human health, farmers, and the economy is deadly.

Original Air Date: March 30, 2016

Length: 5 minutes 16 seconds

Study finds that fracking contaminated a water supply   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/29/world/study-fracking-contaminated-water-supply

Summary:  Marketplace addresses the negative economic and health impacts fracking can have on a community, particularly those resulting from a lack of clean drinking water.

Original Air Date: March 29, 2016

Length: 3 minutes 20 seconds

Can you grow the economy without adding pollution?   1 comment

grow economyLink: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/18/sustainability/new-data-suggest-economy-can-grow-without-carbon-pollution

Summary: When the economy expands, there is an increase in economic activity that is fueled by the consumption of more energy (fossil fuels). How can global leaders commit to a lower carbon footprint and deliver on their promise for economic growth? The price of renewable energy needs to be lower to make it more attractive and the price of fossil fuels should be higher to reflect its environmental cost through policy.

Original Air Date: March 18, 2016

Length: 2 minutes and 32 seconds

The Less Deadly Catch   Leave a comment

less deadlyLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/11/04/454698093/episode-661-the-less-deadly-catch

Summary: The Planet Money team investigates a regulation the Alaskan government implemented to make fishing less frantic and more efficient.

Original Air Date: November 4, 2015

Length: 18 minutes 11 seconds