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The Artificial World

“In a very real sense our reigning neoclassical economic orthodoxy has been developed in an artificial world where resources are infinite, and waste, including garbage, pollution, toxins, and environmental degradation, don’t exist, and where our socioeconomic system functions in a void rather than being nested within the biosphere.”

~ Tom Wessels in this novel The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future (2006)

Clark, J.R., et al. 2010. “Internalizing Externalities Through Private Zoning: The Case of Walt Disney Company’s Celebration, Florida.” Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy.

Cordato, Roy E. April 2001. The Polluter Pays Principle: A Proper Guide for Environmental Policy. Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation.

Davenport, Coral. 10 November 2016. “Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’.” The New York Times.

Gould, Eric D. and Pashigian, B.P. April 1998. “Internalizing Externalities: the Pricing of Space in Shopping Malls.” The Journal of Law & Economics. (Read Online Free)

Gray, N.F. 20 August 2015 Facing Up to Global Warming: What is Going on and How You Can Make a Difference? Springer International Publishing.

Greenwald, Robert. 04 November 2005. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Brave New Films.

Harvey, Chelsea. 01 January 2016. “The staggering economic cost of air pollution.” The Washington Post.

Helbling, Thomas. 28 March 2012. Externalities: Prices Do Not Capture All Costs. International Monetary Fund.

Lewin, Peter. Spring 1982. “Pollution Externalities: Social Cost and Strict Liability.” Cato Journal.

November 2002. What is the difference between private and social costs, and how do they relate to pollution and production? Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Pigou, Arthur C. 1932. The Economics of Welfare. 4th edition. London: Macmillan and Co.


Intelligent Beings

“How could intelligent beings seek to control a few unwanted species by a method that contaminated the entire environment and brought the threat of disease and death even to their own kind?”

~ Rachel Carson, in her novel Silent Spring (1962)

Anderson, J., et al. July 1964. “Urban Land Runoff as a Factor in Stream Pollution.” Journal (Water Pollution Control Federation). (Read Online Free)

Bailey, R.Y. November 1944. Kudzu for Erosion Control in the Southeast. USDA Farmer’ Bulletin No. 1840

Brueckner, Jan K. April 2000. “Urban Sprawl: Diagnosis and Remedies.” International Regional Science Review.

Burchell, R.W., et al. 1998. The Costs of Sprawl—Revisited. Transit Cooperative Research Program.

CSUS Office of Water Programs. August 2008. Impacts of Sanitary Sewer Overflows and Combined Sewer Overflows on Human Health and on the Environment: a Literature Review. CSUS Office of Water Programs.

Dailey, Kate. and Nasaw, Daniel. 03 March 2012. “Five interpretations of The Lorax.” BBC News Magazine.

Griswold, Eliza. 21 September 2012. “How ‘Silent Spring’ Ignited the Environmental Movement.” The New York Times Magazine.

Mourdoukoutas, Panos. 09 December 2011. “The Unintended Consequences of Outsourcing.” Forbes Magazine.

Ruby, Emily. How Urbanization Affects the Water Cycle. California Water & Land Use Partnership.

Sahagian, Dork., and Vörösmarty, Charles J. September 2000. “Anthropogenic Disturbance of the Terrestrial Water Cycle.” BioScience.

Torres-Spelliscy, Ciara. 07 April 2014. The History of Corporate Personhood.  Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.


Pace of Progress

“Unfortunately, the current pace of progress is not nearly rapid enough, with many rich industrialized countries being slow to make the transition to cleaner and more efficient forms of economic growth.”

~ Nicholas Stern, in his article “Climate change is here now and it could lead to global conflict” (2014)

Aiken, Ann. 10 November 2016. Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana, et al. v. United States of America, et al. United States District Court, District of Oregon, Eugene Division.

Bowen, Alex. December 2011. The case for carbon pricing. Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment & The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

Brown, Lester R. 17 November 2001. Eco-economy: Building an Economy for the Earth. W. W. Norton & Company.

Brown, Lester R. 17 November 2001. Chapter 01: The Economy and the Earth, in Eco-economy: Building an Economy for the Earth. W. W. Norton & Company.

Downs, Anthony. 01 December 1994. New Visions for Metropolitan America. Brookings Institution.

Freilich, Robert H. and Popowitz, Neil M. Winter 2010. “The Umbrella of Sustainability: Smart Growth, New Urbanism, Renewable Energy and Green Development in the 21st Century. The Urban Lawyer. (Read Online Free)

Latouche, Serge. 03 June 2003. Sustainable Development as a Paradox.

Mayumi, Kozo. 07 September 2001. The Origins of Ecological Economics: The Bioeconomics of Georgescu-Roegen. Routledge. New York, NY

Mennillo, Seth D., et al. 2010. From Sprawl to Sustainability: Smart Growth, New Urbanism, Green Development, and Renewable Energy, 2nd Edition. American Bar Association.

Smart Growth America. April 2014. Measuring Sprawl 2014. Smart Growth America.

Varinsky, Dana. 13 November 2013. “The 7 biggest threats Trump poses to the environment.” Business  Insider.

Wessels, Tom. 09 April 2013. The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future. Revised & Expanded ed. University Press of New England.

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