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Writing memos won’t help the bees: cultural change might

In 2014 President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum setting up a task force to create a strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.  The strategy was launched a year later in May 2015. https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/Pollinator%20Health%20Strategy%202015.pdf As part … Continue reading

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Drought and saving water: we should value cultural dispositions.

A cultural predisposition has economic value.  We should try and calculate it in order to be able to assess the benefits of investing in cultural change. Reflecting on the Californian drought, I imagined a people which is thrifty with water … Continue reading

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Audubon and changing times

America’s greatest naturalist was John James Audubon, 1785-1851.  A first printing of his book, Birds of America (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birds_of_America), will fetch $8 million in auction.  His life-sized studies of the bird species of America are captivating. Today we revere him as … Continue reading

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