After my first attempt to compile a weekly collection of links to interesting articles I’ve read, I thought I’d make a fresh start for the new year.
Thankfully I’ve now discovered the handy Read It Later tool, which not only allows me to keep track of what I’ve been reading (and how time is frittered away), but spares my computer the energy of having a zillion tabs open in Chrome all at once.
Here’s a selection of articles for your perusal:
- Philip Mirowski: The Seekers, or How Mainstream Economists Have Defended Their Discipline Since 2008 – Part 1 and Part 2. From December last year, but I’ve just got around to it. Well worth a read – via naked capitalism (HT @agentdeclan)
- … And now for a bit of philosophy: On economics as a science of prosperity – via Eco-Transitions
- Naomi Klein’s Inconvenient Climate Conclusions – via Dot Earth
- In Search of Relevant Environmental Economics: Designing Practical, Just and Sustainable Policy – some interesting presentations from an E3 (Economics for Equity and Environment) graduate student workshop in 2009, including Richard Norgaard and Frank Ackerman.
…and journal articles:
- Farley, J. 2008. The Role of Prices in Conserving Critical Natural Capital. Conservation Biology 22:1399-1408. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.01090.x
One that had been stuffed into my ‘to read’ folder and forgotten. I’m glad I rediscovered it, as it covers a lot of issues to do with valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Farley argues that marginal valuation is inappropriate and potentially disastrous when ecosystems draw close to critical thresholds.
- Spash, C. L. 2011. Social Ecological Economics: Understanding the Past to See the Future. American Journal of Economics and Sociology 70:340-375. DOI: 10.1111/j.1536-7150.2011.00777.x
Interesting historical look at the emergence of ecological economics as a (trans)discipline, with some fantastic quotes and rather cutting critiques of everyone from conservation biologists to (all?) economists. A bit ranty, but worth a read.
- Verissimo, D., D. C. MacMillan, and R. J. Smith. 2011. Toward a systematic approach for identifying conservation flagships. Conservation Letters 4:1-8. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00151.x
Diogo outlines a framework for selecting flagship species (beyond tigers and pandas) as marketing tools for conservation – for raising awareness and much needed funds.