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Doubling Down on a Better Environment for Us All

Jun 14, 2017 by ideas42

  The current administration’s recent announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris accord on climate change is an undeniable setback for environmental conservation efforts worldwide. The Paris agreement gives world a fighting chance of ensuring that the global temperature increase this century does not exceed 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. There … Read more.

Nudge to Action: Behavioural Science for Sustainability

Mar 6, 2017 by UN Environment

This post originally appeared on UN Environment’s blog. In Kibera, Africa’s second-largest informal settlement, located in Kenya, researchers were puzzling over the low uptake of a water purification solution. This was a place where water-borne diseases were rampant and sometimes lethal, so why didn’t more residents buy this simple, cheap answer to a chronic health … Read more.

Introducing the ideas42 Directory of Academic Experts in Behavioral Science

Sep 3, 2015

We probably don’t need to tell you, savvy reader, that behavioral science is fascinating. The insights on human behavior that have come from the last few decades of research are not only profound and compelling, but can also delight. Take loss aversion. First demonstrated by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, this principle says we dislike … Read more.

Testing the Waters: Using Simple, Low-cost Nudges to Reduce Water Consumption

Apr 20, 2015

With a six-fold increase in global water use over the last century, the availability of fresh water has emerged as a critical issue for environmental sustainability. Water scarcity is an issue that policymakers must address with urgency — states like California already face one of the worst droughts in history. The United Nations estimates that by … Read more.

Behavioral Economics and the Energy Efficiency Paradox

Apr 13, 2012

Spend enough time working on energy efficiency in the U.S. and you will eventually arrive at a curious fact. Despite the best efforts of government to encourage conservation, Americans leave an estimated $130 billion on the table every year in energy-saving opportunities. That’s more than the operating budget of every federal department except for defense. … Read more.