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Julian Darley – Influencing Power: Factors Involved In High-Level Decision-Making For Sustainable Change.

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on Julian Darley – Influencing Power: Factors Involved In High-Level Decision-Making For Sustainable Change.
Julian Darley reviews the non-economic factors that influence decisions making. He explains how a knowledge of them can be used to get new systems introduced. The factors include culture, social and individual psychology, business and political fashions, perceptions of what will be publicly acceptable, and what other opinion leaders and decision-makers are thinking and doing.
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The New Emergency Workshop – Climate Change and Global Governance

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency Workshop – Climate Change and Global Governance
Recording of parallel workshop with John Jopling and Alex Evans. This video is available to Feasta Members and attendees of the conference only. Please contact website @ feasta.org for access.
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The New Emergency Workshop – Food Security and Landuse Management

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency Workshop – Food Security and Landuse Management
Recording of parallel workshop with Annie Sugrue and Bruce Darrell. This video is available to Feasta Members and attendees of the conference only. Please contact website @ feasta.org for access.
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The New Emergency Workshop – Energy and the Economy

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency Workshop – Energy and the Economy
Recording of parallel workshop with Richard Douthwaite and Chris Vernon. This video is available to Feasta Members and attendees of the conference only. Please contact website @ feasta.org for access.
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Alex Evans – Global Framework for Climate Change

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on Alex Evans – Global Framework for Climate Change
Alex Evans' report on climate change and global institutional reform was published by the Center on International Co-operation earlier this year. He presented the case for basing a framework for dealing with the climate crisis on a scientifically derived stabilisation target. Such a framework should also share the global carbon budget out between the world's nations according to a transparent, equitable formula.
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Bruce Darrell – The Future of our Food Supply

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on Bruce Darrell – The Future of our Food Supply
Bruce Darrell gave a talk on food systems in which he surveyed the effects of strategic global influences on the future of our food supply. (His talk replaced that of Kate Bailey, who was unable to travel to attend the conference).
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Chris Vernon – Net Energy, Energy Scenarios & Climate Change

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on Chris Vernon – Net Energy, Energy Scenarios & Climate Change
Chris Vernon surveyed the prospects for oil, gas and coal supplies over the next 50 years. He argued that, because the energy cost of producing these fuels is rising as more difficult sources have to be used, the actual amount of energy that will be available for other purposes will fall off more quickly than has been recognised so far.
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Richard Douthwaite – Emergency? What Emergency?

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on Richard Douthwaite – Emergency? What Emergency?
Richard Douthwaite looked at the problems created by the availability of cheap energy. He believes it shaped capitalism and our monetary systems, led manufacturers and farmers to adopt unsustainable technologies, and permitted a six-fold increase in the human population while creating a concentration of power and wealth in very few hands.
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Minister Eamon Ryan – Conference Opening

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on Minister Eamon Ryan – Conference Opening

Conference Opening address by Eamon Ryan, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Ireland.


Recorded on day one of The New Emergency Conference: Managing Risk and Building Resilience in a Resource Constrained World. Held on 10-12 June 2009, All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland.

Full Conference Proceedings
Recordings of all presentation.…

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The New Emergency Conference – Detailed Proceedings

Jun 09, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency Conference – Detailed Proceedings

Tuesday June 9th, 7.30pm The Davenport Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Public Lecture by Dmitry Orlov
Seizing the Mid-Collapse Moment


Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse, explored the question “What is it that we are looking at here, and what can we do about it?” He believes that there is not much hope for a global financial system and economy, nor should there be given the huge problems it is causing with the environment. If this is the case, then what can people do, in terms of coping with financial collapse, creating community resilience, and re-skilling for …

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Dmitry Orlov – Seizing the Mid-Collapse Moment

Jun 09, 2009 Comments Off on Dmitry Orlov – Seizing the Mid-Collapse Moment
Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse, explored the question "What is it that we are looking at here, and what can we do about it?" He believes that there is not much hope for a global financial system and economy, nor should there be given the huge problems it is causing with the environment. If this is the case, then what can people do, in terms of coping with financial collapse, creating community resilience, and re-skilling for the new, local, self-reliant, highly manual age that is coming?
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The New Emergency: June 2009 conference

Jun 08, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency: June 2009 conference

Almost 70 years ago, the outbreak of World War II forced the Irish Government to declare a state of national emergency. The Emergency Powers Act of September 1939 gave it the authority “to make provisions for the maintenance of public order and for the provision and control of supplies and services essential to the life of the community.” Today a similar attitude is needed to address an emergency of a different and even more compelling kind: global economic collapse, combined with crises in climate change, water and energy supply, soil erosion, and the massive over-exploitation of natural resources. The extraordinary …

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Potential Impacts of a Global Cap and Share Scheme on India

Nov 24, 2008 Comments Off on Potential Impacts of a Global Cap and Share Scheme on India

This Report on India was prepared by Anandi Sharan, and follows Jeremy Wakeford’s model on the effects on South Africa that Cap and Share might have if introduced as part of a global climate settlement. Conditions in India are unique, as indeed they are in every country. Some elements of the pilot study, especially the impact on trade, have been shortened, whilst the section on the impact on households is given more prominence. The introduction of Cap and Share would mean that Indian households received a direct payment for their share of each year’s global emission rights. Such payments …

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