Resilience: Persistence, Adaptability and Transformability

Link to Text The idea of resilience, increasingly discussed, remains narrowly understood. Increasingly discussed: Google shows a sharp uptick in news references since the beginning of the year. Narrowly understood: That's the finding of a media content...
Ecological and Environmental Economics

Ecological and Environmental Economics

What are the differences between ecological and environmental economics? This table offers a good summary. It's from the paper, "Ecological Economics: Themes, Approaches, and Differences with Environmental Economics" (pdf), by Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh,...

Donella Meadows: The Power of Vision

There don't seem to be many videos online of Donella Meadows, lead author of the controversial and influential 1972 book, Limits to Growth. This one is from a 1994 talk at the International Society...

Ecosystem and Economy

From Herman Daly's Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development (1996): Once you draw the boundary of the environment around the economy, you have said that the economy cannot expand forever (p.7). Since the ecosystem remains...

John Berdes: Financing Energy Retrofits

Enterprise Cascadia, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), has been honored with the 2010 Wachovia Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance. From the award announcement: Enterprise Cascadia was formed in 1995 to promote economic...

Four Types of Goods

"There are two sets of important distinctions about goods, and they make four cross-classifications. Goods can be either rival or non-rival, and they can be either excludable or non-excludable," writes Herman Daly in the...

Kari Marie Norgaard: Cognitive and Behavioral Challenges

Link to Text Kari Marie Norgaard, author of the 2009 World Bank paper, "Cognitive and Behavioral Challenges in Responding to Climate Change," will visit Portland on November 2nd to speak at the PSU Center for...

Naomi Oreskes: On Scientific Knowledge

Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway tells the story of "how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming." The book has received a lot...

Anthony Giddens: Climate Change Politics

British sociologist Anthony Giddens, author of The Politics of Climate Change, speaking February 2010 at The Institute of International and European Affairs. My main thesis is that: no matter what happens on an international level,...

Clumsy Responses to Wicked Climate Problems

More and more, climate change is referred to as a wicked problem, one that is "difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements" (Wikipedia). From Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber's "Dilemmas...