January 2011 Archives

Cognitive Barriers to Environmental Action: Problems and Solutions

January 23, 2011 18:13

Cognitive Barriers to Environmental Action: Problems and Solutions

Source:  Harvard Business School Working Papers

We highlight three cognitive barriers that impede sound individual decision making that have particular relevance to behaviors impacting the environment. First, despite claiming that they want to leave the world in good condition for future generations, people intuitively discount the future to a greater degree than can be rationally defended. Second, positive illusions lead us to conclude that energy problems do not exist or are not severe enough to merit action. Third, we interpret events in a self-serving manner, a tendency that causes us to expect others to do more than we do to solve energy problems. We then propose ways in which these biases could actually be used to our advantage in steering ourselves toward better judgment. Finally, we outline the key questions on the research frontier from the behavioral decision-making perspective and debunk the myth that behavioral and neoclassical economic perspectives need be in conflict.

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Source:[DocuTicker] Newsletter 165, Jan. 25, 2011

Alternative Energy eTrack -- New Database at Princeton

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"Statistical reports on alternative power sources including wind, hydro, solar, geothermal, bio, ocean, transportation biofuels, fuel cells along with energy storage, efficiency, and infrastructure; and carbon. Also includes electricity power prices."
 
Source: Dirag Committee & Bobray Bordelon
Taken from our Articles & Databases listings.

Environmental Science & Technology (ACS) -- special issue

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 "Environmental Science & Technology special issue on environmental policy now online - 06 Jan 2011

A special edition of the American Chemical Society journal, Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T), is available now for a limited time online without charge. The special edition will be accessible free during 2011, when the world celebrates the International Year of Chemistry.

Entitled 'Environmental Policy: Past, Present, and Future', the special issue of ES&T recognises closure of a 'green' decade in which people became more aware of environmental issues, and society marked the 40th anniversaries of Earth Day, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Topics range from the mysterious disorder decimating honey bee colonies to ways to choose and manage energy sustainably. Those marked "Feature" are written in a less technical style and suitable for general readers, including students and non-scientists.

In addition to scientific research articles and features, the issue will include articles on policy analysis and critical reviews on environmental science and engineering. It will also review the history and directions of environmental policies."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter of Jan. 6, 2011

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