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Squirrely history

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | December 3, 2013

See that cute critter below on the right? It’s an eastern gray squirrel in what seems to be its natural habitat – near a tree, on a garbage can, in a town. The squirrel, so ubiquitous in eastern cities, seems to have been around forever. In fact, Etienne Benson tells us in the December issue of the Journal … Continue reading »

Hooray for sustainable development

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | December 9, 2011

While this may seem like a cheesy title it represents a newly acquired appreciation for the term ‘sustainable development’. Years ago, my Dean asked me to join the Center for Sustainable Resource Development and as a young faculty member I did not fully comprehend what it meant but I knew that one shouldn’t refuse the … Continue reading »

Sustainability and the pursuit of happiness

Dan Farber, professor of law | September 7, 2011

There’s a common vision of environmentalism that mostly involves giving things up, the basic image being one of ascetic sacrifice for the benefit of the environment and future generations. Some people actually are ascetics, and most people are willing to make big sacrifices in emergencies. But by and large, people aren’t willing to give up … Continue reading »