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The flowers you buy your mom for Mother’s Day may be tied to the US war on drugs

What does Mother’s Day flowers have to do with cocaine? Very little, most people would think. But as an economist, I often explain to my students that the world is economically connected, often in strange ways. The flower business is one of those strange economic connections. By Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University The Conversation Mother’s Day, […]

Both conservatives and liberals want a green energy future, but for different reasons

Political divisions are a growing fixture in the United States today, whether the topic is marriage across party lines, responding to climate change or concern about coronavirus exposure. Especially in a presidential election year, the vast divide between conservatives and liberals often feels nearly impossible to bridge. By Deidra Miniard, Indiana University; Joe Kantenbacher, Indiana […]

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, and communities aren’t ready for both coronavirus and a disaster

Hurricane season is only weeks away, and many communities are only now considering how to handle a large-scale disaster on top of the coronavirus pandemic. Forecasters are warning of a more active than usual Atlantic hurricane season, which starts June 1, with one forecast calling for 16 named tropical storms, eight of them hurricanes, and a […]

Even during the coronavirus pandemic, we can’t forget about wildlife on the brink of extinction

Of the 112,432 species assessed for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, 30,178 are vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. The current animal endangerment and extinction crisis is mostly of our own making — we are responsible for years of animal habitat destruction, pollution, climate change, population growth, and other human activity […]

Australia: We can’t let coronavirus kill our cities. Here’s how we can save urban life

The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have reminded us of the vital role public space plays in supporting our physical and mental well-being. We need to move, to feel sunlight and fresh air, and to see, talk and even sing to other people. Lockdowns and “social distancing” have limited our participation in public life and public space. As […]

Leading economists: Green coronavirus recovery also better for economy

In the aftermath of the global coronavirus pandemic, governments are likely to mobilise significant spending to reinvigorate their economies. Our new research, based on surveys of more than 200 of the world’s most senior economists and economic officials, suggests that spending this money on climate-friendly “green” policy initiatives could not only help shift the world closer to […]

Top 3 reasons to invest in renewable energy NOW (yes, right in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic

As the human tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, global restrictions to stop the spread of the virus — including stay-at-home orders, business closures and travel prohibitions — may contribute to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The virus has already made an indelible impact on the energy sector: Global energy use is predicted to fall […]

S Korea is both battling Coronavirus AND fighting climate change. At the same time!

The Republic of Korea’s response to COVID-19 has been among the most effective in the world. By combining aggressive testing with early isolation and treatment of those who test positive, Korea has lowered its infection rate while avoiding the need to lock down entire cities. The government reorganized hospitals to prevent infection, effectively distributed face masks and will cover […]

Australia: Cutting ‘green tape’ may be good politicking, but it’s bad policy. Here are 5 examples of regulation failure

Debate about how Australia will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic is heating up. As part of the economic recovery, business groups have renewed calls to cut “green tape” – environmental regulation that new projects, such as new mines, must follow. In response, federal environment minister Sussan Ley wants to introduce new legislation to cut green tape […]