Brexit, fracking and Einstein

Nov 20, 2018 No Comments by
"Watch how our politicians demonstrate Einstein's definition of madness - trying over and over again what has already failed - because they cannot grasp that the time is for degrowth - and a lot of sharing - rather than their insane attempts to grow more powerful at the expense of others in a disintegrating world." writes Brian Davey.
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Culture and climate

Nov 06, 2018 No Comments by
"I see the shadow of a proper economy everywhere....decayed towns and villages, drained by corporate retail park, entirely oil-powered suburbia and the falsely-egalitarian call of the internet, await the returning flow of ingenious, convivial humanity," writes Patrick Noble in a foreword to his new book.
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the IPCC 1.5 Degree Report and the Nobel to Nordhaus

Oct 12, 2018 Comments Off on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the IPCC 1.5 Degree Report and the Nobel to Nordhaus by
"We should celebrate the positives from those news stories in raising general awareness. But for those who recognize the bad and ugly parts of those news stories, we must turn the resulting feeling of powerlessness into a political movement to form a Global Climate Trust and implement Cap Global Carbon," writes Mike Sandler.
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The climate crisis as seen by the economics mainstream

Oct 10, 2018 Comments Off on The climate crisis as seen by the economics mainstream by
Economist William Nordhaus is currently much in the news after winning a major economics prize. However, Brian Davey argues that Nordhaus's views reflect an "elite fantasy of growth combined with R&D and techno-innovation to resolve the climate crisis, [which] can do a lot of damage." From Credo.
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Outdated framing by the European Commission lessens our chances of keeping to 1.5 degrees

Oct 08, 2018 Comments Off on Outdated framing by the European Commission lessens our chances of keeping to 1.5 degrees by
"If we're to have any chance if keeping to the 1.5 maximum target, the European Commision will need to be much more realistic about its priorities. I very much hope that the next time the EC does a consultation call on climate change, its framing will have shifted," writes Caroline Whyte.
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Submission to the European Commission on a strategy for long-term greenhouse gas reductions

Oct 08, 2018 Comments Off on Submission to the European Commission on a strategy for long-term greenhouse gas reductions by
In this submission we argue that the EC's overall goals need to be re-examined if it is truly to eliminate greenhouse gases. The focus now needs to be on wellbeing, not on growth.
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Stating our values and what we know

Oct 03, 2018 Comments Off on Stating our values and what we know by
"People with political agendas are inundating us with information overload, and calling into question basic facts in an attempt to impose anti-democratic control over disoriented populations," writes Mike Sandler. "We must practice stating our values and defending them and advancing them in the public square."
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Decarbonising the Irish energy system: cards on the table?

Sep 28, 2018 Comments Off on Decarbonising the Irish energy system: cards on the table?
Barry McMullin argues that decarbonising Ireland will require an enormous reduction in overall energy consumption, with bioenergy developmemt playing only a cautious and secondary role. (This is a Beamer presentation; please click on the slides to access sources and more information.)
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First steps towards CapGlobalCarbon: potential partner countries and useful programmes

Sep 24, 2018 Comments Off on First steps towards CapGlobalCarbon: potential partner countries and useful programmes
This is a brief overview of research carried out by CapGlobalCarbon intern Paul Faisant over the summer of 2018, in which he explored the idea of the EU forming a partnership with a group of Asian countries so as to completely eliminate the production and import of fossil fuels on all of their territories, while also reducing poverty and inequality.
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End of the Oilocene: the roar of the oil-fizzle dragon king

Sep 20, 2018 Comments Off on End of the Oilocene: the roar of the oil-fizzle dragon king
"Ireland’s policymakers exist in an insulated bubble; congratulating themselves on reducing the debt-GDP ratio and high employment due to the sleight of hand of low corporate tax rates, " writes Tim Clarke. He argues that Ireland is hugely vulnerable to a global financial crash triggered by net energy decline, coupled with rapidly rising extreme global debts and many other factors: "Talk of a 'Celtic Phoenix' excites dull short memories, and another property bubble is in the making."
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On being conservative for the common against those who are conservative for enclosure

Aug 25, 2018 Comments Off on On being conservative for the common against those who are conservative for enclosure
Patrick Noble warns us to "beware of grown-ups – the grown-up in ourselves as much as in others. Our true coming of age is into the spirit of the common; into the responsibilities of the rule of return and the maintenance of the joys of precious things."
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Money through the looking glass

Aug 08, 2018 2 Comments
Caroline Whyte argues that the only way to achieve degrowth without crashing the global economy is to change the way that money is issued. Yet, paradoxically, it would be advisable for central bankers to continue to publicly disagree with the Vollgeld and other debt-free-money campaigns’ suggested financial reforms - and for the campaigners to continue their campaigns regardless, not letting themselves be discouraged by the officials' stance.
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On faiths, keeping them and losing them…

Jul 29, 2018 Comments Off on On faiths, keeping them and losing them…
"If we are going to survive the turmoil of the years ahead, we are going to need a deeper understanding of ourselves and what makes for our emotional well-being." write Brian Davey in the first chapter of his book Credo.
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