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Challenging (Un)certainties – the Future of Education and Sustainability – May 23-25

May 15, 2011 Comments Off on Challenging (Un)certainties – the Future of Education and Sustainability – May 23-25
The second annual conference on education for sustainable development. Uppsala, Sweden, May 23-25
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ODAC newsletter – 13 May 2011

May 14, 2011 Comments Off on ODAC newsletter – 13 May 2011
This week's newsletter includes discussion of fracking and of the change in policy on nuclear power by Japan and Germany.
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France to ban fracking

May 14, 2011 Comments Off on France to ban fracking
A Business Insider article. France could become the first country to ban the controversial practice that involves using 'slick' water, a combination of water, chemicals and mud, to fracture the rock with hairline cracks and prop open underground fissures.
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Radio programme on fracking

May 14, 2011 Comments Off on Radio programme on fracking
This discussion from RTE's Drivetime includes interviews with groups opposed to fracking in the West of Ireland, along with excerpts from Gasland, a documentary that criticises fracking.
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The psychological roots of resource overconsumption

May 10, 2011 Comments Off on The psychological roots of resource overconsumption
The psychological roots of resource overconsumption

by Nate Hagens, from Fleeing Vesuvius.Humans have an innate need for status and for novelty in their lives. Unfortunately, the modern world has adopted very energy- and resource-intensive ways of meeting those needs. Other ways are going to have to be found as part of the move to a more sustainable world.

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Building a greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sinks development programme into the CAP

May 09, 2011 Comments Off on Building a greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sinks development programme into the CAP

This submission was made by the Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network. It describes a possible framework for a Rural Environmental Protection-type framework which would reward farmers for practices that were likely to lead to their reducing their GHG emissions and also increasing the carbon content of their soils and the biomass growing on them. It suggests that best farming practice is re-assessed in the light of its climate effects and sequestration potential and re-defined if necessary. Farm payments would be made conditional on the adoption of these new best practice standards. No attempt would be made to pay farmers for …

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Breaking free from enforced dependency

May 07, 2011 Comments Off on Breaking free from enforced dependency
“Enforced dependency” is the term sociologists use for the creation of a class or group of people who are forced to rely on another more powerful class or group for the essentials of life. Tina Evans thinks that the global economic system has deliberately created this sort of dependency as one of its a key organising aspects.
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Mike Haywood’s Banking Crisis Digest of April 18th

Apr 19, 2011 Comments Off on Mike Haywood’s Banking Crisis Digest of April 18th
Among other topics, this week's digest covers Bretton Woods II, protests against austerity measures and Ireland's debt crisis.
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Should the United States try to avoid a financial meltdown?

Apr 17, 2011 Comments Off on Should the United States try to avoid a financial meltdown?
Should the United States try to avoid a financial meltdown?Appendix to the US edition of Fleeing Vesuvius. Many Americans believe that the US cannot avoid hyperinflation or a catastrophic financial crash. Tom Konrad‘s position is slightly different. He thinks that while a crash is possible, the system is more likely to end with a whimper rather than a bang and that any progress towards [...]
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Richard Heinberg describes Fleeing Vesuvius as a ‘goldmine’

Apr 17, 2011 Comments Off on Richard Heinberg describes Fleeing Vesuvius as a ‘goldmine’
Preface by Richard Heinberg (North American edition)Preface to the North American edition of Fleeing Vesuvius. “What a goldmine!” That was my first reaction upon digging into the contents of this book. Others might have said something more along the lines of, “Oh my God! I had no idea our predicament was this terrible! What a pit we are in!”
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Offshore banking and tax havens

Apr 16, 2011 Comments Off on Offshore banking and tax havens
A Democracy Now interview with Nicholas Shaxten, who examines the key role played by offshore banking and tax havens in the world economy.
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An Introduction to peer-to-peer – May 8th

Apr 15, 2011 Comments Off on An Introduction to peer-to-peer – May 8th
Will open source product design underpin a new type of creative economy in which some things will be available in abundance mostly for free? Theorist Michel Bauwens and the P2P foundation believes so. But is the future he envisages compatible with the ecological limits that humanity is encountering in almost every field?
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The Climate Crisis: What Next? – April 30th

Apr 09, 2011 1 Comment
The international negotiations on a global climate treaty seem to be making very little progress. After a review of the current situation and the reasons for it, this meeting will explore alternative proposals for dealing with the situation which do not simply involve restricting fossil fuel use.
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