Posts Tagged ‘ Consumption ’

How Capitalism Stole Our Happiness

Apr 15th, 2014 | By
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By Anjie Cai, guest youth blogger for www.howmany.org Capitalism as we know it today came into force around the early 1700s when Adam Smith laid the groundwork for the free market system in his famous book The Wealth of Nations. It quickly gave power to corporations, allowing them to control much of our lives. In
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Bottled Water: An Economic Perspective

Mar 14th, 2014 | By
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By Anjie Cai, guest youth blogger for www.howmany.org. It’s frightening to look at bottled water from an economic perspective. Using cost-benefit analysis to examine the impact of bottled water, we realize how harmful it actually is. The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard reported that bottled water costs “up to 1,900 times more than tap
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Warning Issued on Food and Land Pressures in a Growing World

Jan 26th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org A United Nations report titled Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply highlights the pressing need to cope with changes in a growing and consuming world that is shifting quickly from the one we’ve known for decades. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the need to feed a
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A World of Waste: Hunger, Carbon and Consumption

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org If you want to have an impact on reducing carbon emissions and the effects of climate change, look no further than your kitchen. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year the world wastes a third of all food for human consumption – nearly 1.3 billion tons – equal
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Fertility in the Age of Extraction

Sep 10th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Slowly but surely, economists and other experts are beginning to see the light on the need to rethink society’s obsession with growth, be it population or economic. Dean Baker, an economist with the Center for Economic & Policy Research, took the New York Times to task for celebrating fertility rates in
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The Links between Trade and Population: A Look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Aug 14th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The relationship between trade and population is based on one main thing, and that is growth.  Growth of people, growth of goods and services, and growth of markets and capital. The latest population projection from the United Nations is for a world population of 8.1 billion people by 2025, and 9.6
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Does Anyone Care that 500 Scientists Think the Earth is at a Tipping Point?

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org At a conference in Silicon Valley, a consensus statement signed by over 500 of the world’s top global scientists was publicly released.  It outlines the main environmental issues – from climate change to pollution and population growth – that policy makers must address immediately to avoid an approaching global tipping point.
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400 Parts Per What? and Why You Should Care

May 2nd, 2013 | By
Tracking carbon emissions: the Keeling Curve

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org At some point in early May, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is expected to hit 400 parts per million (ppm).  It will fluctuate throughout the rest of the year, and for the next several years.  It is predicted to stabilize at the 400ppm mark by 2017, and
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A Week of Happiness: Prioritizing Well-being for Our World

Apr 17th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org As you recover from the stress of filing taxes, you can take some relief and pleasure in this being Sustainable Happiness Week.  It kicked off on April 13th, and runs through April 20th. Where is it easiest to feel happy?  Check out this infographic from Sustainable Cities Collective to see the
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Learning From Burning Man

Aug 28th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org.  Man to burn next weekend! Are those global warming pushers behind this? No, it’s Burning Man, and it happens every year. What, you may ask, is Burning Man? As some of you probably know, it’s an annual week-long gathering of artists in the Black Rock desert of Nevada (dubbed Black Rock
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