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An introduction to ecological economics

Sep 14, 2015 3 Comments
This updated essay by Brian Davey forms part of a Nottingham University open source radical engineering course. It explains where economic growth comes from, rival understandings of it in economics and what problems it causes. It also introduces “ecological economics” which is a concept system that recognises these problems and seeks solutions to them within the bio-physical carrying capacity of the planet.
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Approaching a global deflationary crisis?

Aug 15, 2015 Comments Off on Approaching a global deflationary crisis?
"Anyone with any sense for global economic trends ought to be worried. The signs are everywhere of a serious deflationary crisis. It is obvious that Chinese growth is falling" writes Brian Davey in another update to his book Credo. He goes on to describe four processes that are driving this crisis.
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Preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in Greece – by issuing state IOUs

Jul 07, 2015 Comments Off on Preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in Greece – by issuing state IOUs
Brian Davey writes "Whatever the arguments the Greek government have run out of time. There is a point where they must act to create substitute financial instruments - if they are called IOUs it is up to the ECB to prove that they are another currency and against the rules."
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The Greece and Eurozone crisis made simple

Jul 07, 2015 1 Comment
Brian Davey argues that the missing component in most discussion of the Eurozone crisis is the fact that it is linked to energy supply and the limits to growth.
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Shale Gas and Fracking: The science behind the controversy – review by Brian Davey

Apr 09, 2015 Comments Off on Shale Gas and Fracking: The science behind the controversy – review by Brian Davey
Brian Davey writes "the central theme of this book - that 'science can be allowed to decide through peer reviewed debate' - is at best innocent in the naive sense, pious and misleading. It evokes a world where issues are decided on by politicians and the public guided by neutral scientists who deliver the facts. But this fairy tale for the children begs all the difficult questions."
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Greece and the Eurozone Crisis

Feb 17, 2015 Comments Off on Greece and the Eurozone Crisis
How should the Greek government approach its mandate to end austerity? What pitfalls need to be avoided? Brian Davey has some suggestions.
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Reflections on the Rights of Nature conference

Feb 10, 2015 Comments Off on Reflections on the Rights of Nature conference
Brian Davey discusses some of the differences between indigenous and non-indigenous people and how this affects global ecological politics.
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The Fracking “Matrix”: Which “frame” gives the more relevant picture?

Jan 28, 2015 Comments Off on The Fracking “Matrix”: Which “frame” gives the more relevant picture?
In this presentation given to Derby City Council on January 13th, Brian Davey identifies some of the ways in which fracking has been framed in order to make it seem innocuous.
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Brian Davey responds to Giorgos Kallis on degrowth

Jan 14, 2015 1 Comment
"A process that starts off largely involuntarily can end up steered more directly" writes Brian Davey in a continuation of his discussion on degrowth with Giorgos Kallis, editor of the book "Degrowth: Vocabulary for a New Era".
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Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era: Review

Dec 18, 2014 Comments Off on Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era: Review
While Brian Davey found many of this books' chapters to be "excellent as short pithy descriptions of the key concepts of degrowth", he also found a mismatch between some of the words chosen for inclusion in this book and the constellation of concepts which match the overall range and types of degrowth ideas that exist.
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The oil price collapse and climate policy

Dec 15, 2014 Comments Off on The oil price collapse and climate policy
Brian Davey explains why, despite current shifts in the oil market, the need for a global carbon cap imposed in an equitable fashion is still as strong as ever.
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Ebola and the management of mass psychology: public health or public relations crisis?

Oct 08, 2014 Comments Off on Ebola and the management of mass psychology: public health or public relations crisis?
In the discussion about Ebola there appears to be a public relations message that we are all expected to accept: that it is far less likely to run out of control in "developed countries" which have healthcare systems. But is this attitude dangerously complacent? By Brian Davey.
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Critique by Clive Spash of the “Better Growth, Better Climate” report

Oct 07, 2014 Comments Off on Critique by Clive Spash of the “Better Growth, Better Climate” report
In this discussion paper Clive Spash of the University of Economics and Business in Vienna critiques the much publicised document released in September: "Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report" . This report, in which Lord Nicholas Stern was a leading author, is the elite perspective on climate change - that of the most senior politicians, bankers and financiers. The report is a call for continued growth and, as Spash shows, it is deeply flawed theoretically.
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