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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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Low External Input Agriculture: the only road to a sustainable food supply – April 28th

Apr 08, 2011 Comments Off on Low External Input Agriculture: the only road to a sustainable food supply – April 28th
Two public lectures hosted by the Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network and Gorta. The first lecture, "Organic farming's role in improving food security and combatting climate change", features Gundala Azeez as the speaker. The second, "Biochar's role in increasing fertility and reducing fertiliser use", will be presented by Dr. Witold Kwapinski and David Friese-Greene.
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What organic and low-input has to offer growers, their customers and the planet – April 30th

Apr 08, 2011 Comments Off on What organic and low-input has to offer growers, their customers and the planet – April 30th
Public meeting which has been planned to suit people who are already farming organically or who are thinking of doing so. Featuring Gundula Azeez, a former policy adviser to the Soil Association, Martin Peck, who raises sheep organically in Wales, and Joe Condon, who raises cattle organically in South Tipperary, selling the beef direct to the public.
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A three-step emergency plan for Ireland

Apr 07, 2011 Comments Off on A three-step emergency plan for Ireland
A three-step emergency plan for Ireland

by Richard Douthwaite, from Fleeing Vesuvius. This plan for bringing Ireland out of its current financial crisis brings together many of the ideas described in the book. It suggests two ways of introducing debt-free money into the economy. It then explains how the financial system could be restructured by means of new banking regulation and the use of equity partnerships, and finally it advocates a move towards energy independence in Ireland.

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The economy – is stupid!

Apr 07, 2011 Comments Off on The economy – is stupid!
by Lothar Luken. Just had a crash, wrote off two cars. Now where's my medal for stimulating the economy? Two replacement cars have been bought; one driver seen by a doctor; an assessor coming to inspect the wreckage; state keeps motor tax for the old cars; insurance (UK-based!) pays scrapper for wreck crushing. Nice stimulus package - according to official theory.
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The Transition Towns Movement; its huge significance, and a friendly criticism

Apr 06, 2011 Comments Off on The Transition Towns Movement; its huge significance, and a friendly criticism
by Ted Trainer. The only way the alarming global sustainability and justice problems can be solved is via a Transition Towns movement of some kind. At present the rapidly growing movement is inspiring, but there is an urgent need for critical thought about vision, goals, and means. There is a serious risk that without this it will not make a significant contribution to solving our problems.
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