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Update on the climate change litigation mock trial

Sep 19, 2015 Comments Off on Update on the climate change litigation mock trial by
Here's an update from David Knight on the mock trial that Feasta climate group members are organising along with a team of legal collaborators, which will take place in January 2016 at University College London, as a precursor to a real trial. The team is inspired and encouraged by the recent legal victory in the Netherlands on climate change. David writes "the mock and real trial are likely to cause a stir in Westminster and generate a lot of useful publicity".
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Divestment from fossil fuels: a critical appraisal

Dec 18, 2014 Comments Off on Divestment from fossil fuels: a critical appraisal by
David Knight considers four possible reasons for divestment from fossil fuels. He concludes that divestment can help to bring about changes needed to tackle the negative impacts of fossil fuel production and use, but it cannot substitute for concerted and rigorous action at international and national governmental levels to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
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Update on the “Sink or Sue” climate litigation project

Nov 06, 2014 Comments Off on Update on the “Sink or Sue” climate litigation project by
Here's an update by David Knight on the Feasta climate group's plan to organize a mock trial next year, in partnership with a large group of allies, many of whom already have legal experience relating to climate change. The mock trial will be an initial step towards a real court action and would develop and test a claim against a fictitious British Fossil fuel company for contributing to the damage caused by climate change.
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The 21st century population crash

Sep 06, 2013 Comments Off on The 21st century population crash by

Chris Nelder’s post on the Smart Planet blog is provocative but largely omits the impact of income and wealth on resource use.…

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Economic growth, population growth and climate change

Aug 26, 2013 5 Comments by
This newly-updated paper by David Knight presents abundant evidence that economic growth, rather than population growth, is the main determinant of increased fossil fuel emissions. Planned carbon and economic descent and a more even distribution of income between the richest individuals and countries and the poorest would provide the quickest, fairest and most effective means of reducing emissions.
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Climate Change and Peak Oil: two sides of the same coin?

Jul 13, 2012 Comments Off on Climate Change and Peak Oil: two sides of the same coin? by
This talk given by David Knight on July 4th describes three possible future scenarios: runaway climate change; collapse triggered by peak oil; and "green future". He takes into account recent claims that peak oil can be postponed by the adoption of unconventional methods of oil production, and he concludes by presenting a wish list of actions by governments and citizens.
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Fracking good or fracking bad?

May 26, 2012 3 Comments by
At the Feasta climate weekend in Wales last month David Knight gave a presentation on 'fracking': the use of unconventional methods for extracting natural gas. Fracking has become the subject of much controversy on both sides of the Atlantic as the energy industry lobbies for its widespread adoption. Knight discussed its viability in terms of energy return on investment, its potential as a pollutant and its effect on climate change. You can download his powerpoint slides from this site now, along with the script he used while giving the presentation.
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How are rising CO2 emissions linked to a rising world population?

Jun 06, 2011 4 Comments
Many discussions on sustainability rarely mention the world's growing population and whether current or projected future levels are – or can be made – compatible with living within the limits set by the Earth's regenerative capacity. David Knight's paper shows that the growing population is not incompatible with lower levels of energy use, but that the rising levels of consumption in rich countries and “emerging” ones like Brazil, India and China certainly are.
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