Negative Emissions Technologies: Curse or Salvation?

Jul 08, 2017 No Comments by
Barry McMullin, who prepared this presentation, is involved an Dublin City University-based project that examines the potential for Negative Emissions Technologies in Ireland. He warns us to beware of "magical thinking".
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Biomass is a Common

Jul 03, 2017 No Comments by
In this excerpt from his book Towards a Convivial Economy, Patrick Noble critiques the widespread assumption that carbon sequestration is a virtue: "the central consideration for atmospheric carbon dioxide projections is not the mass of carbon. It is the mass of life."
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Using energy to extract energy – the dynamics of depletion

Jun 21, 2017 No Comments by
"Transferring resources out of the luxury consumption of the rich is a necessary part of the process of finding the wherewithal for energy conservation work and for developing renewable energy resources," writes Brian Davey in a chapter from Credo that was written in 2014 but is still relevant now.
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End the Burning – Begin the Growing

Jun 14, 2017 Comments Off on End the Burning – Begin the Growing by
Patrick Noble writes "Biofuels are a part of a fossil-fuelled hubris that cannot see why its extraordinary way of life must end. It turns blindly from burning one thing to wildly burning another. We’ve powered a way of life by combustion. It is the combustion (internal and external) which must end."
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The Future Monetary Ecosystem

Jun 08, 2017 Comments Off on The Future Monetary Ecosystem by
Over the next generation or two, there will be increasingly visible turf wars between money-suppliers with four very different motivations. It's not really a fair fight, but it isn't as one-sided as it used to be. By Graham Barnes.
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Three generations left: human activity and the destruction of the planet: review

May 30, 2017 Comments Off on Three generations left: human activity and the destruction of the planet: review by
This book gives a useful summary of the environmental and social challenges we're facing and emphasises their interconnectedness, while providing some glimpses of where we could go from here. By Caroline Whyte
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Economics as priesthood – a religion based on assumptions

May 22, 2017 Comments Off on Economics as priesthood – a religion based on assumptions by
Some of the ridiculous assumptions on which much of mainstream economics is constructed are explored in this chapter of Credo, by Brian Davey – for example the methodology that stresses individual decision-making, the assumption that decision-makers have the information that they need, the assumption of honesty, the default assumption of competition.
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Brexit and complexity

May 10, 2017 Comments Off on Brexit and complexity
Brian Davey draws on the work of Joseph Tainter and cybernetics research to argue that the least risky approach to Brexit is to follow Yanis Varoufakis' advice and go for an interim, off the peg solution.
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The Joke

Apr 26, 2017 Comments Off on The Joke
"How do we form a whole social system – its economy settling nicely inside its ecology? We don’t. Everyone does. Where economy meets ecology, is precisely where a tool meets its materials – that is by the fingertips and grasp of one pair of hands – that is - one’s own intelligent hands." By Patrick Noble.
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Limits to economic growth?

Apr 18, 2017 1 Comment
In this presentation given at the University of Nottingham on April 4, Brian Davey investigates the historical roots of the growth-based economy. He critiques the assumption that renewable energy could take over from fossil fuels while maintaining economic growth, and goes on to discuss some ways forward.
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Limits to Incentives

Apr 14, 2017 Comments Off on Limits to Incentives
Means of exchange are never neutral as orthodox economists assume. Intentional Currencies respond by being explicit about the values they seek to promote and the outcomes they seek to achieve. An analysis of the use of incentives in currency design helps to guide that design. It also indicates strategies to utilise incentives to motivate intentional communities, NGOs and other volunteer-based organisations. By Graham Barnes.
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Reclaiming Commons through Land Value Tax, or a Wing and a Prayer

Apr 06, 2017 Comments Off on Reclaiming Commons through Land Value Tax, or a Wing and a Prayer
Patrick Noble suggests some ways in which "ordinary people may steer a course back into history and with luck – a course towards a newly egalitarian and convivial culture." In particular he focusses on basic income combined with a land value tax, as he believes these two initiatives could together "provide the simplest, most elegant regenerative tool for social justice."
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CapGlobalCarbon and basic income: How could climate action be coupled to economic empowerment?

Apr 01, 2017 Comments Off on CapGlobalCarbon and basic income: How could climate action be coupled to economic empowerment?
A global basic income, funded from commons-based revenue including the revenue from CapGlobalCarbon, could help to heal the divisions that are currently plaguing us. By Caroline Whyte.
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