New York Times article on global air pollution and the fight against it

The New York Times: See How the World’s Most Polluted Air Compares With Your City’s Article published: Dec 2, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (market failure, negative externalities of production, sustainability, equity in the income distribution, economic development) This is a fantastic and interactive article about air pollution - a global problem. As such, it touches upon [...]

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Calorie Reduction Plan in England

BBC: Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials Article published: Aug 18, 2017 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (market failure, negative externalitites) Public Health England plans to introduce targets to cut the current level of calories in popular foods. Following the reductions of [...]

By |2018-10-25T04:12:02+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Micro|Comments Off on Calorie Reduction Plan in England

Sugary drinks should be taxed according to WHO

NY Times: W.H.O. Urges Tax on Sugary Drinks to Fight Obesity Article published: Oct 11, 2016 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (negative externalities of consumption) The World Health Organization urges countries to introduce taxes on sugary drinks. Quote from the article: “If governments tax products like sugary [...]

By |2018-10-24T03:42:10+00:00October 12th, 2016|Micro|Comments Off on Sugary drinks should be taxed according to WHO

Officials in England plan to introduce regulation to cut back childhood obesity

BBC: Childhood obesity plan 'to include 20% sugar cuts' Article published: Aug 17, 2016 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (negative externalities of consumption) The consumption of food and drink with high sugar content leads to many negative externalities. In the first place, it leads to [...]

By |2017-08-23T11:16:25+00:00October 5th, 2016|Micro|Comments Off on Officials in England plan to introduce regulation to cut back childhood obesity

A prospective future for electric cars

Reuters: Automakers race to double the driving range of affordable electric cars Article published: Mar 24, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (demand/supply, oligopoly, negative externality of production) Demand for electric cars are very low relative to demand for conventional ones. This might change in the [...]

By |2017-08-23T10:53:02+00:00March 25th, 2015|Micro|Comments Off on A prospective future for electric cars

Irish govt’: price floor on alcohol to decrease the negative externalities of its consumption

Irish Examiner: 200 fewer deaths with minimum €1 alcohol price Article published: Mar 13, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (market failure, negative externalities) By setting a minimum price on alcohol, the Irish govt' aimed at reducing the consumption of this demerit good. They seem to [...]

By |2017-08-23T11:15:58+00:00March 22nd, 2015|Micro|Comments Off on Irish govt’: price floor on alcohol to decrease the negative externalities of its consumption

Oil transportation taxed in Canada

Reuters: Canada demands oil trains carry more insurance, levy imposed Article published: Feb 21, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics The negative externality of railway oil transportation is taxed by the Canadian Transport Minister. Perfect topic to look into the negative externality of production. Another recent [...]

By |2017-08-23T11:00:58+00:00February 22nd, 2015|Micro|Comments Off on Oil transportation taxed in Canada

Pollution causes numerous deaths in Chinese village

The Guardian: Chinese government investigates 'cancer village' pollution case Article published: Dec 10, 2014 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (market failure, negative externalities) The negative externalities of production (in the form of severe pollution) is causing people to die of cancer in the Chinese village of Taoyuan. Source of [...]

By |2017-08-23T11:03:06+00:00December 10th, 2014|Micro|Comments Off on Pollution causes numerous deaths in Chinese village

E-cigarette – causing negative or positive externalities?

BBC: 'Ban E-cigarette use indoors,' says WHO Article published: Aug 26, 2014 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Section 1, Microeconomics While it is pretty obvious that cigarettes cause negative externalities of consumption, what about e-cigarettes? An interesting article if you are into market failure, health regulations, [...]

By |2017-08-23T11:04:09+00:00August 31st, 2014|Micro|Comments Off on E-cigarette – causing negative or positive externalities?
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