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Schools of thought on degrowth

Oct 02, 2014 1 Comment
Brian Davey provides some reflections on the recent Degrowth conference, identifying different strains of thought within the Degrowth movement. He believes that "the diversity between the left and the greens can give rise to complementary relationships rather than being sources of deep division and antagonism."
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Poster on fracking and ethics

Sep 11, 2014 Comments Off on Poster on fracking and ethics
Unconventional Gas produces money for some people and risks and harms for others. People are confronted with difficult choices between immediate personal interests and obligations to the wider society and to the environment. There is a great temptation to deny these dilemmas exist.
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Anti-fracking poster for farmers

Aug 02, 2014 Comments Off on Anti-fracking poster for farmers
Brian Davey has produced another poster with information about fracking, and also provided some links to resources.
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Peak Oil Revisited…

Jun 03, 2014 1 Comment
Brian Davey presents evidence that the peaking of conventional 'legacy' oil production back in 2005, and its subsequent decline, is inexorably leading to a transfer of resources from discretionary consumption to investment in energy infrastructure throughout the industrialised world. He believes that there is no way out of the Catch 22 within the growth economy model and that this is why de-growth is needed.
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Employment in theory and in real life: Services and Government in a world in difficulties

Apr 26, 2014 10 Comments
In this excerpt from his book Credo, Brian Davey examines the true nature of service-based work, which accounts now for about half of the world's employment. He describes the problems inherent to work in which appearances frequently count for more than actually getting on with the job, placing these issues in the broader context of the extreme instability of the world economy.
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How Radical was the Radical Emissions Reduction Conference really?

Feb 22, 2014 Comments Off on How Radical was the Radical Emissions Reduction Conference really?

In this article about the Tyndall Centre’s Radical Emissions Reductions Conference I want to write the things that I wanted to say in this conference but was unable to.

First of all though I want to say why I was not able to say these things. The reason was that this conference was organised in such a way that I had no opportunity to say them. It was organised almost entirely in plenary sessions with no break out discussions at all. Those of us who were not speakers could put our hands up but when we did get the opportunity …

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Getting real about regulation – why it won’t make fracking safe

Feb 11, 2014 4 Comments
The British government has acknowledged the potential harms of fracking for unconventional gas - yet claimed that regulation in Britain is more stringent than in other countries and that it is therefore possible to prevent negative impacts. However in this article Brian Davey argues that in the light of all the evidence the only safe way of managing this issue is to ban fracking altogether as has happened in a number of other countries.
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The Unacceptable Impacts of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas Extraction

Dec 10, 2013 Comments Off on The Unacceptable Impacts of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas Extraction
Brian Davey marshals evidence from the USA and Australia in order to make the case against fracking, an industry with a track record of alienating communities and doing a great deal of environmental damage.
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The market for delusion on climate change

Oct 07, 2013 Comments Off on The market for delusion on climate change
With economism functioning as a foundational religion underpinning the general orientation of market based society, it is incredibly unsettling to the faithful to hear the message of climate science because it implies that the free market does not, after all, automatically deliver collective well being. A third extract from Brian Davey's book Credo.
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Entrepreneurship – the narrative of destructive creation

Sep 16, 2013 Comments Off on Entrepreneurship – the narrative of destructive creation
Entrepreneurs are often assumed to play a heroic role in the economy, with some shades of tragedy. In a second excerpt from his new book Brian Davey argues that the heroism of entrepreneurs may be somewhat exaggerated, whereas the tragedy is probably downplayed. Co-operative approaches to doing business generally prove to be more compatible with the real world.
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Syria and the Limits to Growth

Sep 06, 2013 Comments Off on Syria and the Limits to Growth
Why is Syria experiencing so many problems, and why are some Western governments so eager to intervene? Brian Davey argues that Syria's woes are actually rooted in the ecological crisis.
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Information, preferences, knowledge and belief

Aug 10, 2013 1 Comment
It is often not appreciated that human attention is a scarce good. The everyday life of many people precludes their getting much information about ecological systems and nature, or forming deep “preferences” that would mean that they would seek to protect it. By contrast, the aboriginal mentality tends to assume that land care is the main purpose of life. Rather than land belonging to them, they belong to the land. By Brian Davey.
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Earth, Air, Fire and Water: Evolving Global Commoning

Jun 06, 2013 Comments Off on Earth, Air, Fire and Water: Evolving Global Commoning
This short presentation was prepared by Brian Davey for a side event at the recent "Economics and the Commons" conference held in Berlin. It provides practical suggestions for the formation of a global commons partnership of participants and practitioners in existing commons, in order to help defend them and to develop new commons-based projects.
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