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The magazine of Free Market environmentalism

Volume 26, No.4, Winter 2008

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The Carbon Market

Markets fluctuate. In the past year, I have ridden a market roller coaster in an environmental arena that has seen high peaks, which led to my dream job, and low valleys, which put me among the unemployed.

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Gauchos go in style

In the shanty towns of Buenos Aires and other impoverished communities, many children go barefoot. Blake Mycoskie changed that paradigm with the creation of a new business - Toms shoes. Now, children wearing bright-colored canvas shoes can be found on four continents.

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Sunny Californ-I-A

California utility companies are investing heavily in solar power. The utilities, along with many industry experts, expect the tax breaks for solar producers will make the cost of solar energy competitive with power from coal and natural gas by 2016 when the credits expire.

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Tree-free paper

As paper overflows wastebaskets and flutters from dumpsters in office parks, many people have rallied to the cry for a paperless office to save trees.

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Save the Fisheries

The world’s ocean fisheries are in decline. Since 1950, nearly 30 percent of all fisheries have collapsed, and some scientists project that in 40 years, all of the world’s fisheries could collapse.

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Markets for Biodiversity

The Malua Wildlife Habitat Conservation Bank (Malua BioBank ) recently was launched in Malaysia by a forestry investment management firm that is at the forefront of developing and commercializing environmental products.

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Markets for Snow Leopards

About 3,000 wild snow leopards now roam the pristine areas of Himalayan mountain regions. Despite conservation measures, most of which aim to establish protected areas, the long-term survival of this beautiful mountain cat is far from assured.

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Perpetuating Small Farms

In North Carolina, productive land is being lost to development while more people are seeking locally grown foods. Triangle Land Conservancy, a community land trust, is encouraging the use of its lands for food production by offering long-term leases to new farmers.

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