Qualitative Easing : The Urgent Need to Pick Winners

Nov 13, 2017 No Comments by
Graham Barnes identifies some of the challenges to effective investment that we're currently facing, and suggests two potential remedies: the re-emergence of the direction-setting state and the growth of value-based currencies.
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Feasta submission to the Irish National Planning Framework for 2040

Nov 13, 2017 No Comments by
We welcome the Plan’s emphasis on revitalising brownfield and other disused urban sites, on regional development, and on strengthening public transport and bicycle infrastructure. We would urge that more emphasis be placed on the economics of energy - specificially, the easing of pressure on the transport sector - and on the need to democratise infrastructure.
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In search of the good ordinary wine and the good ordinary household

Nov 07, 2017 No Comments by
"[The] life of verbs – of individual contributions to a culture, which together make the whole is what beckons me. The complexity and sheer number of verbs are more powerful than any single mass of nouns which government or corporation (as a verb) could coerce from its people, or those people could amass as property, " writes Patrick Noble.
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Ireland’s first climate lawsuit is potentially a historic turning point

Oct 24, 2017 1 Comment by
Feasta climate group members warmly welcome the news that Friends of the Irish Environment has launched a legal action campaign against the Irish government’s failure to take the required action to avert dangerous climate change. We hope this will lead to substantive action by the government.
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Significant discrepancies between Irish peoples’ overall well-being and Irish GDP levels during the period 2000-2014, according to new study published by Feasta and FEST

Oct 18, 2017 4 Comments by
A newly-developed National Well-being Index finds that well-being in Ireland flatlined and even diminished slightly during peak GDP years 2001-2004. The index takes housework, voluntary work, healthcare, education and environmental damage into account.
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Reflections on the Compassion in World Farming conference, October 5-6 2017

Oct 15, 2017 Comments Off on Reflections on the Compassion in World Farming conference, October 5-6 2017 by
Martin Peck questions the wisdom of replacing industrially-farmed and processed meat with industrially-farmed and processed plant-based food. Instead he argues that farmers should adopt agroecological, organic, regenerative and mixed farming practices. This would significantly lower their carbon footprint and would also result in healthier food for everyone.
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Ireland continues on its grotesquely unjust and irresponsible trajectory with regard to climate change

Oct 14, 2017 Comments Off on Ireland continues on its grotesquely unjust and irresponsible trajectory with regard to climate change by
There are so many positive things the Irish government could be doing about climate change - instead of its current mealy-mouthed, unrealistic approach. By Caroline Whyte.
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Democracy In Chains : A review of Nancy MacLean’s book subtitled ‘The deep history of the radical right’s stealth plan for America’

Oct 10, 2017 Comments Off on Democracy In Chains : A review of Nancy MacLean’s book subtitled ‘The deep history of the radical right’s stealth plan for America’
"Other reviewers have called this book 'unsettling'. I'd go along with that. For those of us who tend to favour the cock-up interpretation of history over conspiracy theories, its a discomforting wake-up call." By Graham Barnes.
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The future of renewable energy

Oct 02, 2017 1 Comment
Brian Davey argues that it will be difficult to bring a new, renewables-based energy sector into existence when the economy is stagnant and people will struggle to afford expensive innovation. Paradoxically in these circumstances it is likely to be many older technologies that will make sense again - perhaps in a reworked form.
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The tyranny of enlightenment

Sep 18, 2017 1 Comment
"My new tale to call us back (and then forward) is no less than a journey to reclaim the soul – that is personally and communally as a culture. It is not how to steer clear of the iceberg, but how to return our tickets and disembark," writes Patrick Noble.
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Submission on the Irish bioeconomy

Sep 15, 2017 Comments Off on Submission on the Irish bioeconomy
This submission to an interdepartmental group in the Irish government argues that much greater emphasis needs to be placed on maintenance, stability and resilience when developing policy on the bioeconomy. It also describes some programmes and changes to the tax system that we believe could help with this.
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Submission on the River Basin Management Plan

Sep 01, 2017 Comments Off on Submission on the River Basin Management Plan
We propose that the Irish government incorporate tree-planting and soil-building measures into the next round of water framework directive works, in order to shift the focus from Irish agriculture as a net environmental problem to Irish agriculture as a world leader in ecologically sustainable methodologies and practices.
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The climate crisis as seen by the economics mainstream

Aug 25, 2017 Comments Off on The climate crisis as seen by the economics mainstream
This article from 2014 by Brian Davey - part of his book Credo - critiques the ways in which economists generally try to calculate the costs associated with action on climate change. Unfortunately, it is still relevant now.
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