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Google collaborated with NASA's Landsat program to generate video of man's impact on the earth's surface. TIME magazine got the exclusive rights to write it all up in an article, which was released today. Here is the link:
Lots of environmental economics in this. My favorite is the expansion of the Aurora phosphate mine on the south shore of the Pamlico River in North Carolina.
The video shows the mine growing southward on the left hand side and then northward on the right hand side back up to the river. Back in the 1990s I worked with the Tar-Pamlico River Foundation (serving on "anti-PCS" committee and then the board for awhile) opposing all of that. It looks like the legal battle continues. One of my greatest failures as an economist was not suggesting some Coasian resolution.
I'll be rolling out other "greatest failures" posts all summer.