Labelling as a stepping stone to zero fossil fuels

May 14, 2016 No Comments by
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.
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Inequality, epidemiology and economics

May 05, 2016 No Comments by
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.
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Closed loop agriculture for environmental enhancement: returning biomass nutrients from humanure and urine to agriculture

Apr 26, 2016 Comments Off on Closed loop agriculture for environmental enhancement: returning biomass nutrients from humanure and urine to agriculture by
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.
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The strange idea of negative interest

Apr 13, 2016 Comments Off on The strange idea of negative interest by
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.
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Unconventional gas field development and optimism bias: submission by Brian Davey to the UK Environment Agency

Mar 29, 2016 Comments Off on Unconventional gas field development and optimism bias: submission by Brian Davey to the UK Environment Agency by
In this submission made in response to a drilling application by iGas, Brian Davey argues that the judgements made on behalf of IGas are flawed by what occupational psychologists and management theorists call “optimism bias”.
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Shale Euphoria: The Boom and Bust of Sub Prime Oil and Natural Gas

Mar 23, 2016 Comments Off on Shale Euphoria: The Boom and Bust of Sub Prime Oil and Natural Gas by
In this update to his book Credo, Brian Davey argues that the shale industry, whether extracting oil or gas, has never been financially sustainable. How could this be? It seems paradoxical and defies ordinary economic logic.
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Cheap Food Costs Dear: review of the Compassion in World Farming report by Martin Peck

Mar 19, 2016 Comments Off on Cheap Food Costs Dear: review of the Compassion in World Farming report by Martin Peck by
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.
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Submission to UNFCCC on climate adaptation measures and productivity in agriculture

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.
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Privatising Air

Feb 26, 2016 Comments Off on Privatising Air
We seem to have entered an era of 'reductio ad absurdum' capitalism. Many of life's fundamentals such as land, water and energy have been or are being enclosed and privatised. @GrahamJBarnes asks if there is any natural limit to this. Could air be privatised?
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The psycho-dynamics of the financial market

Feb 19, 2016 Comments Off on The psycho-dynamics of the financial market
"When we look at the financial markets from an emotional and mental health angle, we don’t find optimal equilibrium states and rational people adapting to them. Instead, we come across a large number of unhappy, dysfunctional and disorientated people," writes Brian Davey in an excerpt from his book Credo.
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The climate and the commons

Feb 08, 2016 Comments Off on The climate and the commons
Over the course of several decades Elinor Ostrom and her colleagues carried out extensive research on effectively managed commons around the world, and drew up a set of guidelines that could be applied to the atmosphere as well. This article by Caroline Whyte is the second of a series discussing precedents for CapGlobalCarbon.
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A Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) for Ireland

Jan 27, 2016 Comments Off on A Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) for Ireland
If implementation of an FTT is indeed a no-brainer, as suggested at yesterday's launch in Dublin of RobinHoodTax.ie, it is because of its potential influence in creating a more stable and balanced economy within a fairer society. These may not be the lead messages of a campaign featuring the #MakeBankersPay hashtag and emphasising the dogoodability of FTT tax receipts. But arguably they should be. By Graham Barnes.
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Putting moral philosophy back into economics

Jan 22, 2016 2 Comments
"The first step to putting ethics back into economics is to take centuries of PR spin out of it and describe the world as it is, not the comfortable ideas that we would prefer to believe." This article by Brian Davey can be read to get a summary overview of many of the ethical themes in Credo.
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