Archive for the ‘Environment’ Tag

So, Should we Recycle?   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/12/741283641/episode-926-so-should-we-recycle

China used to purchase the majority of waste that the United States could not (or did not want to) recycle by themselves. After China stopped purchasing U.S. recyclables, many cities have given up on recycling. Some economists even believe recycling may do more harm than good.

Original air date: July 12, 2019

Length: 23 minutes 6 seconds

Discussion prompt: What are the costs and benefits associated with recycling? Given this information, is recycling ‘worth it’? Can you think of any strategies based in economic-thinking that might approach this problem differently? 

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

A Rose On Any Other Day   Leave a comment

Long-stem red roses in EcuadorLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2015/02/13/386005044/episode-603-a-rose-on-any-other-day

The Planet Money Team investigates the logistics and risks that accompany the iconic Valentine’s Day flower, the rose. Additionally mentioned is cost of shipping and seasonal demand.

Original Air Date: February 13, 2015

Length: 17 minutes 37 seconds