Jun 11, 2016 3 Comments
Brian Davey explores the decision of Ineos, one of the world's largest chemical companies, to promote fracking. The Ineos majority shareholder, Jim Ratcliffe, claims fracking could regenerate northern Britain despite evidence that the strategy is "a mirage that would lead to a mountain of debt and a mountain of garbage".
Jun 05, 2016 Comments Off on Tackling climate, poverty and inequality together: managing the share in CapGlobalCarbon on a global level
Caroline Whyte draws on development theory, recent technological developments and research on inequality to argue that the share in CapGlobalCarbon could and should be distributed to individuals globally. The impact on poverty and inequality worldwide could be massive.
May 29, 2016 Comments Off on Consumerism, Collective Psychopathology, Waste
This chapter of Credo by Brian Davey discusses conspicuous consumption and the consumer society, branding and the manufacture of wants. The role of advertisers is explored as well as the way that attention grabbing has become an economic sector that affects the quality of life radically and for the worse.
May 20, 2016 Comments Off on CapGlobalCarbon, Keep It In The Ground and the divestment campaign
Caroline Whyte argues that while the Keep it in the Ground and divestment campaigns both have the potential to achieve significant progress on climate change, they need structural support in order to ensure that their actions actually have teeth. This support could be provided by CapGlobalCarbon.
May 14, 2016 Comments Off on Labelling as a stepping stone to zero fossil fuels
Caroline Whyte describes a possible way to ease the transition to 100% renewables: labelling of fuel that is produced by companies who have signed up to CapGlobalCarbon, undertaking to completely eliminate their fossil fuel production by 2050 at the latest.
May 05, 2016 Comments Off on Inequality, epidemiology and economics
In chapter 13 of his book Credo, Brian Davey points out that public health is an alternative indicator of well-being and is strongly correlated to levels of equality or inequality. Greater equality means greater well-being for everyone and a smaller need for the state – yet inequality has been increasing dramatically.
Apr 26, 2016 Comments Off on Closed loop agriculture for environmental enhancement: returning biomass nutrients from humanure and urine to agriculture
This report by Féidhlim Harty argues that closed-loop agriculture would not only stop the waste of nutrients to watercourses as pollution, it would also stop the high energy inputs needed for artificial nitrogen production, would enhance biodiversity, and could go a significant way towards reducing overall agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
Apr 13, 2016 Comments Off on The strange idea of negative interest
This article by Graham Barnes addresses the role of demurrage (negative interest) in the design of new currencies. But it takes a roundabout route with diversions around the zero and negative interest rates being currently applied to fiat money; and a detour via positive interest which is itself a stranger idea than we have been led to believe. It suggests that demurrage is worth a place in the designer's kitbag, but not for the reason normally postulated.
Mar 29, 2016 Comments Off on Unconventional gas field development and optimism bias: submission by Brian Davey to the UK Environment Agency
Mar 23, 2016 Comments Off on Shale Euphoria: The Boom and Bust of Sub Prime Oil and Natural Gas
Mar 19, 2016 Comments Off on Cheap Food Costs Dear: review of the Compassion in World Farming report by Martin Peck
Martin Peck comments that "anything I write could not do justice to this report. I can only urge everyone to read it and to try to ensure that policy makers are made aware of it." It draws attention to interrelated aspects of the many externalities of agriculture and the food system, including soil erosion and greenhouse gas emissions.
Mar 12, 2016 Comments Off on Submission to UNFCCC on climate adaptation measures and productivity in agriculture
The Feasta Climate Group, in collaboration with Stop Climate Chaos, argue in this submission that the right to food needs to be at the heart of agricultural policy. Increased productivity is not a valid goal in itself. Emphasis should instead be placed on meeting nutritional needs, agro-ecology, closed-loop agriculture, gender rights and supporting small farmers.
Feb 26, 2016 Comments Off on Privatising Air