Ecology VS. Environmental Science How It Relates To Our Economy

Environmental policies of a nation are without a doubt related to its economy. There are costs associated with energy resources and the effect of the resources on the environment, as well as costs and benefits associated with depletion of the environment that relates to air pollution, water pollution, solid waste management, toxic waste, fossil fuels, global warming, and so on. Environmental economics The field of economics that deals with the environment is referred to environmental economics. This is a sub field of economics, which emphasizes on economy and describes economy as a subsystem of ecosystem. Environmental economics also focuses on preservation of our natural capitals, such as land air, water, mining, fossils, and all other natural resources. Ecological economics Ecological economics is another field of economics which is defined as both interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary academic fields of study, aiming to focus on the co-evolution and interdependence of natural ecosystems and human economies over a given period of time and place. The difference between environmental economics and ecological economics is that environmental economics makes mainstream economic study of the environment. Economy is treated as a “subsystem” of the ecosystem, emphasizing on prevention of natural capitals. Ecology VS. Economics From definition of the two fields of economics, we can clearly see that both the fields of economics consider eco-system as the main system that controls economy of a given space and time. Many people thought about doing something good about the environment but it seemed to interfere with economy and how they build their wealth. Both ecology and economy was viewed as two separate and independent fields and most people thought...

Blog Highlights from 1/21/2014 – 2/3/2014

  2014 National Biodiesel Conference + Expo – Official Blog Highlights from January 27 Highlights from official blog of the 2014 National Biodiesel Our Sustainable Path To Success: A Progress Report – This report focuses on issues material to our business, organized into three primary sections: Environmental Stewardship, Social and Governance. WSP Media Highlights – 2013 – WSP research on the water soft path approach is mentioned in this December 2013 article in The Castlegar Source about the need to “think outside the box” when it comes to long-term planning for water use in B.C.’s Kettle River watershed Smart Blog On Food and Beverages – As packaging becomes almost as important as the product it holds, packaging design has been elevated to an art form. NRDC Blog Highlights Cornell’s Sports Greening Efforts | Cornell Sustainable Campus Blog highlights form Cornell University 2012 Highlights: Sustainable Forestry This week, we are celebrating our achievements from the past year, where we have seen our rates of growth soar. Today, we focus on our efforts in sustainable forestry…...

Changing our Name – the Center for Ecolonomic Excellence and Development (CEED)

Change is always hard, but most often needed.  We have decided it is important to change our name,    but it sure isn’t fun.  We want to have our community and tribe to relate broadly to the vision and dreams of the founder of the Institute of Ecolonomics, Dennis Weaver, as well as  to our current mission of enabling ecopreneurs to teach the world to feed itself.  We also want to be sensitive to another amazing entity – Worldwatch Institute, who have a program called Nourishing the Planet that has been around for a much longer period of time than Nourish the Planet. Finally, one of the partners of Nourish the Planet, Mountain Sky Group (MSG), is no longer in business.  Unfortunately, MSG encountered some very difficult financial situations when it attempted to become a “green” real estate developer and it could not overcome the losses it encountered.  Since MSG is no longer an operating entity, the leaders of the Institute of Ecolonomics, LLC, the other owner of Nourish the Planet, L3C, have decided to abandon Nourish the Planet and to pursue its mission and additional dreams of members and the legacy of Dennis Weaver through the Center for Ecolonomic Excellence and Development,...

Blog Highlights from 10/22/12 to 10/26/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed – The Johnny Appleseed story may be one of legend but it is also one of truth. Obama and Romney, Oil and Science – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth talks about the Second Presidential Debates mention of gas prices and the President’s lack of ability to do anything about them. Colorado Goes Fracking Free: We Have the Power – Mariel Hemingway of The Guardian gives her plea for Colorado to go “Frack Free.” Antarctic Ozone Hole Is The Second Smallest It’s Been In 20 Years – Our warm year in the arctic has caused the ozone hole to shrink, but how long will it take to disappear? Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year – Sweden is importing trash and getting paid for it, both in energy and in cash! An Airline Fleet Fueled by Natural Gas – Qatar is putting their massive reserves of natural gas to use and have developed a method of converting natural gas into liquid airline fuel. Vital Farms: Raising the Ultra-Organic Egg – Vital Farms is raising chickens and eggs the right way! Electric-Car Maker Tesla Bucks Traditional Dealership Network – Tesla is going against the grain and setting up their own stores to fully promote their electric cars. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Blog Highlights from 10/8/12 to 10/12/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: The Mattapan Mobile Farmstand Uses Pedal-Power To Bring the Farmers Market To Your Door – This bike allows farmers to bring produce to you without a huge truck or any carbon emissions! $6 Gas and Why We Can’t Let GM Fail – Shaahin Cheyene of Accelerated Intelligence, Inc. gives you his view of his new Chevy Volt and why electric cars should be our future (they’re already our past). A Bad Harvest, Rising Prices … Isn’t It Time To Change The Way Food Is Done? – Mike Small of The Guardian gives his take on why the way we do food production has got to change. SXSW Eco: Searching for a New Environmentalism – “BBQ, Hipster Honkey-Tonk,” and Environmentalism’s new direction. Paul Ryan vs. Joe Biden: The VP Debate Tackles “Green Pork,” Oil, & Solyndra – Last night’s Vice Presidential debates briefly touched upon America’s energy issues, but still no mention of climate change. Should Belugas Swim Wild and Free? – The Georgia Aquarium has proposed to take 18 wild belugas for the purpose of breeding and display at aquariums around the country. Should this happen? Photos: Seed Diversity: A Global Route To Food Security? – Look at these compelling photos of proponents for seed diversity in their daily lives. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Headlines 10/10/12

Hi All!  Here are the headlines for this week.  We have an interview with Lester Brown, the milk drought, world hunger, urban farming in Hong Kong, drought news and more. Food is the New Oil, and Land is the New Gold – video interview with Lester Brown and an accompanying article. Milk Cow Culling Accelerates as Prices Jump –  “U.S. milk production is headed for the biggest contraction in 12 years as a drought-fueled surge in feed costs drives more cows to slaughter.  Output will drop 0.5 percent to 198.9 billion pounds (90.2 million metric tons) in 2013 as the herd shrinks to an eight- year low, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates.” One in Eight Going Hungry –  “One out of every eight people in the world is chronically undernourished, the United Nations’ food agencies said on Tuesday, and aid groups warned that rising food prices could reverse gains in the fight against hunger.” Fearing Tainted Food, Hong Kong Turns to Urban Mini-Farms –  “As millions of Hong Kong consumers grow increasingly worried about the purity and safety of the fruits, vegetables, meats and processed foods coming in from mainland China, more of them are striking out on their own by tending tiny plots on rooftops, on balconies and in far-flung, untouched corners of highly urbanized Hong Kong.” Drought Leaves Cracks in Way of Life –  “Lost amid the withered crops, dehydrated cattle and depleted ponds that have come to symbolize the country’s most widespread drought in decades has been the toll on families whose livelihoods depend on farming.” Global Food Prices on the Rise –  “Global prices...