Environmental Kuznets Curve

Written by Ryan McGuine // In the 1950s, Simon Kuznets postulated that as economies become wealthier, the level of inequality there would increase, then decrease. When plotted against income per capita, this creates the inverted-U shaped curve seen below. Around 1991, Gene Grossman and Alan Krueger noted a similar inverted-U shaped relationship between income levels … Continue reading Environmental Kuznets Curve

Energy Transitions

Written by Ryan McGuine // There have been numerous energy transitions in the past, all of which have been driven by economic imperatives or resource scarcity, and have moved in the direction of increasing power density. The current energy transition toward energy sources that emit less greenhouse gases is a departure from previous transitions in … Continue reading Energy Transitions

Corn, Cows & Carbon Dioxide

Written by Ryan McGuine // In August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released a new special report. While the report is long and jargon-rich, it is at its core a charge to alter the way people interact with land. Titled Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land … Continue reading Corn, Cows & Carbon Dioxide

How We Use Energy in 2019

Written by Ryan McGuine // Every June, BP releases its annual benchmark publication, the Statistical Review of World Energy, which details trends in energy production and consumption over the course of the previous year. Interested readers can see my summaries of past Statistical Reviews for comparison. The year 2018 was another disappointing one as far … Continue reading How We Use Energy in 2019

Energy & Air Pollution

Written by Ryan McGuine // Many sources of energy generate air pollution when consumed. Air pollution is a concern because it has harmful effects on both human health and natural ecosystems. Thus, air pollution generates what are referred to as "negative externalities." In the case of air pollution, that can be anything from healthcare for … Continue reading Energy & Air Pollution