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The Pope Calls for New Global Institution to Protect the Commons, Tackle Climate and Poverty

Jul 03, 2015 Comments Off on The Pope Calls for New Global Institution to Protect the Commons, Tackle Climate and Poverty

Mike Sandler, who is heading the CapGlobalCarbon delegation to COP-25 in Paris in December, has just posted an article in the Huffington Post that explains how CapGlobalCarbon would help to achieve the Pope’s vision. …

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“Even the pope gets it – carbon markets won’t fix the climate”

Jun 23, 2015 Comments Off on “Even the pope gets it – carbon markets won’t fix the climate”

Good article on the problems with carbon offsets: “Carbon markets are in fact designed to seek out cheap emissions reductions such as HFC-23 destruction over fundamental structural changes to energy systems away from fossil fuels and towards renewables.” But see also Aubrey Meyer’s comment at the end: the root of the problem is that there is currently no “budget” – ie limit or cap – for carbon. …

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Up for the Game at Croke Park

Jun 20, 2015 Comments Off on Up for the Game at Croke Park
Theresa O'Donohue has a memorable blog post on her reaction to a consultation at a recent energy coneference on “Energy Projects – Community and Stakeholder Engagement”. It's encouraging to read how a bit of frank talk can actually lead to more openness to collaboration from all sides.
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Framing the Paris climate change summit

Jun 19, 2015 Comments Off on Framing the Paris climate change summit
Caroline Whyte suggests some re-framing of the climate crisis in order to reveal possibilities for action on climate change that could have widespread positive effects.
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Framespotting: Review by Caroline Whyte

May 12, 2015 Comments Off on Framespotting: Review by Caroline Whyte
What do climate change, sports teams and your family's achievements have in common? Read Laurence and Alison Matthews' new book 'Framespotting' to find out.
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Migrant shipwrecks, land grabs and the commons

Apr 26, 2015 Comments Off on Migrant shipwrecks, land grabs and the commons
Could we imagine a world where the packed migrant boats heading towards Europe from Africa were a thing of the past? Where the centuries-long wealth gap between Europe and Africa, which has so much injustice at its root, was finally addressed in an effective way? By Caroline Whyte
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Live stream for second Climate Conversation

Mar 26, 2015 Comments Off on Live stream for second Climate Conversation

The second Climate Conversation with the subject ‘A New Economy’ is taking place tonight at 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. You can watch a live stream of it here:

Speakers for Session II include:

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of International Trade Union Confederation
Gabriel Darcy, CEO Town of Monaghan Co-Op
Dr Rory O’Donnell, Director of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC)
Sean O’Driscoll, CEO Glen Dimplex
Robert Watt, secretary general, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform
Chair: Emma McNamara, RTE

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Climate Conversations

Mar 11, 2015 Comments Off on Climate Conversations
Feasta members Willi Kiefel and Seán Conlan have been involved in a unique collaboration between charities, unions and other organisations, with a goal of "promoting greater understanding of what a low carbon future might bring for Ireland "
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Video of Paul Mobbs being arrested for trying to carry out a citizen’s arrest of politicians over fracking

Mar 08, 2015 Comments Off on Video of Paul Mobbs being arrested for trying to carry out a citizen’s arrest of politicians over fracking
You can watch an entertaining video that Talk Fracking have produced of Paul Mobb's arrest on March 5, featuring bemused-looking police officers trying to figure out what to do about this courteous but determined and highly articulate protestor.
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Quantatitive Easing – a Simple Proposal

Feb 19, 2015 Comments Off on Quantatitive Easing – a Simple Proposal

Feasta’s Mark Garavan suggests in an article in his blog that QE should be used only to buy new Solidarity Bonds issued by the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund which then should only be used to invest in developing new Green economic activities and Green research. He goes on to suggest that the distribution mechanism should be the nation states but also, if not primarily, new regional co-operatives which co-ordinate local investment programmes in Green energy, food and social network provision.…

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Greece and the US Senate: Economics for the 99 percent

Feb 10, 2015 Comments Off on Greece and the US Senate: Economics for the 99 percent

Feasta member Mike Sandler has published an article in the Huffington Post on the new and encouraging attention being given to Modern Monetary Theory in US politics. …

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UK House of commons Environmental Audit Committee calls for moratorium on fracking

Jan 28, 2015 Comments Off on UK House of commons Environmental Audit Committee calls for moratorium on fracking
The UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has just come out with a report on the environmental risks of fracking which makes it clear that committee members, who represent a cross-section of the British political parties, have serious doubts about the safety of fracking.
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IIEA seminar on resilience and nutrition: strengthening the links: Nov 17 at 12:45

Nov 14, 2014 Comments Off on IIEA seminar on resilience and nutrition: strengthening the links: Nov 17 at 12:45

This seminar, organised by the Institute of European and International Affairs in Dublin, will explore how the need to build resilience to economic, environmental and political shocks in the developing world is intrinsically connected to investment in nutrition and food security. Dr. Fan and other panelists will discuss the links between these twin challenges and explore concrete policy measures that can be taken to combat chronic malnutrition in post-crisis settings.

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