Monday, October 23, 2006

Encyclopedia of Earth

This sounds interesting. Sent to me by Cutler Cleveland of Boston University;

A new electronic reference has launched that needs input from the environmental economics community. With the recent public release of the Encyclopedia of Earth (, scientists from around the world are joining to create a comprehensive, authoritative source of information about the environments of Earth and their interactions with society. The Encyclopedia is written and governed by experts working in a unique collaborative environment, and it has been released through the initial work of about 350 Authors and 120 Topic Editors. All content is free to the public and free of advertsing. The Encyclopedia's oversight comes from an outstanding group of international scholars, our International Advisory Board (see below).

The Encyclopedia is built, maintained, and governed by experts like you via a specially adapted "wiki," an online resource that allows users to add and edit content collectively. Significantly, unlike other wikis, access to the Encyclopedia wiki is restricted to approved experts, and all content is peer reviewed and approved prior to being published at the free public site.

From the study carbon taxes to the valuation of ecosystem services, envirionmental economics is central to charting a sustainable course for society. I urge you visit the Encyclopedia and to consider joining our community.

Contributing is easy: visit Encyclopedia of Earth, click on CONTRIBUTE TO THE EOE, and follow the guidelines there. The site also contains additional information about the project.


Adam said...

By God you could use a comment! Good stuff chaps! Keep it up!

Rob Elliott said...

Thanks for the comment Adam. We are not too proud to take “sympathy” comments – the more the merrier. The reason we do not get more comments could be related to one or more of the following:

1. We do not post on topics that are suitably controversial.
2. The majority of posts are tedious and uninspiring.
3. No one actually reads this blog so there is nobody out there to comment.
4. The quality of our posts is so high that we leave nothing unsaid.
5. We do not actively elicit comments.

Please comment below to vote for a reason 1-5 or have another option that we need to include ;-))

Adam said...


Perhaps a kick start towards cumulative causation is required. Try a bit a devils advocate... have had a lot of success with equity issues and fairness....anything that pisses the greenies off is a good one and very much appreciated by me.

Unfortunately, my vote is probably for 2, which has strong implications for 3 and of course, i'm sure 2 and 3 are strongly correlated.

To address 5, perhaps a more informal and accessible style of language...try pretending you are American or something.

Personally, I'd like a post on David's work on the mafia. Since i'm out of uni (temporarily, i might add), my access to journals is limited to abstracts.

Also, for reading purposes, i've flicked through Pearce and Turner (as shown in your library): found it too basic. Perman is too complicated. Do you think that urban book in your shop will be good for me? Just to maintain my interest for a year.

Matt Cole said...

thanks for the flattering comment :-)

our readership is growing nicely so we're hoping not everyone shares your view.

Seriously though, our aim is to post interesting articles and we're not at all fussed by a lack of comments. We don't wish to play devil's advocate or court controversy simply in order to attract comments.

Adam said...

Fair enough. I respect your integrity.

I will see if I can start a discussion at some point, and I agree with you; "comments" are not important at all, however an active discussion should be very important. After all, this is a blog and not a newspaper.

Rob Elliott said...

I think we were better off with no comments - only joking.

I would highly recommend Matt Kahn's Urban book. It has a Freakanomics feel to it and is more like bedtime reading than a textbook. I will review it in detail soon on this blog.

Finally, this blog is provided partly for educational purposes, partly to aggregate information for those interested in globalisation and how it impacts the environment, partly to provide an economist's view on certain issues and finally so we can post irreverent items from anywhere that interest us.

I am not sure having "greenies" and "brownies" throwing insults back and forth is necessarily conducive to the success (or otherwise) of this blog.