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Ecocide for climate safety: Setting up a system to Keep It In The Ground

Aug 30, 2016 Comments Off on Ecocide for climate safety: Setting up a system to Keep It In The Ground by
Erik-Jan Van Oosten discusses the relationship between CapGlobalCarbon and ecocide law: "A global law against ecocide and a global cap on fossil carbon extraction seem to me the two key, mutually reinforcing, conditions for a sustainable society."
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Why negotiations and the IPCC are unlikely to make sure we’ll be safe

Sep 21, 2015 Comments Off on Why negotiations and the IPCC are unlikely to make sure we’ll be safe by
"It is astounding to realise that the international community has failed 20 times to sufficiently address climate change. For how long do we have to keep telling ourselves that it all will be different this time around?" asks Erik-Jan Van Oosten. He explores the reasons why the current negotiation process is unlikely to succeed before going on to propose a Plan B: CapGlobalCarbon.
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Can the law protect us from climate change?

Jul 21, 2015 Comments Off on Can the law protect us from climate change? by
Can the law protect us from climate change? Do we have a legal right to a stable climate? Are governments responsible for preventing dangerous climate change within their borders? One month ago I would have answered these questions with "most likely not", but one extraordinary court case changed that to "hopefully, yes!". By Erik-Jan Van Oosten.
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Community Energy in Ireland (Part 3)

Aug 23, 2014 Comments Off on Community Energy in Ireland (Part 3) by
In the final part of his report, Erik-Jan Van Oosten reminds us that technologies aren’t neutral and that their complexity needs to be taken into account when planning for future energy production.
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Community Energy in Ireland (Part 2)

Aug 09, 2014 Comments Off on Community Energy in Ireland (Part 2) by
In the second part of his commentary on the Community Energy Position Policy Paper, Erik-Jan van Oosten suggests some creative means to achieve financing for renewable energy projects.
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Community energy in Ireland (Part 1)

Jul 26, 2014 Comments Off on Community energy in Ireland (Part 1) by
Former Feasta intern Erik Jan van Oosten argues that the community energy paper (CEPPP) which was recently produced by a group of 18 Irish organisations including Feasta is an important step forward but that there are nuances and aspects that deserve further attention. In this first of three articles he discusses the societal aspects of energy production: who should have the ownership and control?
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