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Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era: Review

Dec 18, 2014 No Comments by
While Brian Davey found many of this books' chapters to be "excellent as short pithy descriptions of the key concepts of degrowth", he also found a mismatch between some of the words chosen for inclusion in this book and the constellation of concepts which match the overall range and types of degrowth ideas that exist.
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Divestment from fossil fuels: a critical appraisal

Dec 18, 2014 No Comments 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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The oil price collapse and climate policy

Dec 15, 2014 No Comments by
Brian Davey explains why, despite current shifts in the oil market, the need for a global carbon cap imposed in an equitable fashion is still as strong as ever.
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CapGlobalCarbon: a global response to a global problem

Dec 01, 2014 Comments Off by
In an article originally published by Scientists for Global Responsbility, John Jopling provides a succinct overview of Cap Global Carbon: a radical back-up plan for curbing global carbon emissions.
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The psychological dimension to sustainability

Nov 26, 2014 Comments Off by
Mark Garavan explains why sustainability must include not only the social, political, economic and ecological but also the psychological. The new language and praxis of a sustainable politics must include care and well-being – focusing on the welfare of all of us.
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You’ve Been Framed

Nov 18, 2014 Comments Off by
If we all want cars, or to fly, then climate change is all our fault, really, isn't it? Or is it? Perhaps we need to discuss how the issue of climate change is being framed. Laurence and Alison Matthews have written a quick and clever guide to 'framespotting' and Laurence, a long-time member of Feasta's climate group, has provided a short overview of their book.
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Capital without Capitalism: A Currency Design Perspective

Nov 11, 2014 Comments Off by
The recent surge in interest in the design of new currencies is partly informed by a creeping realisation of the unfairnesses of the so-called free-market and its associated monetary dysfunction. Re-engineering money offers us the chance to imagine and create a more sustainable economic infrastructure. By Graham Barnes
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Theresa Carter on empowering the disempowered

Nov 09, 2014 Comments Off

Theresa attended the Nov 4 workshop held by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on the national white policy paper on energy. Overall she found the workshop “a well run event, plenty of interaction with online input as well as those in the room”. But the power of the energy lobby made itself felt too. In her blog she writes “My only hope is that more public participation will dilute the energy lobby willing to capitalise on our planets resources for their own profits while they pollute the land, air and water. It is true that as consumers …

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Update on the “Sink or Sue” climate litigation project

Nov 06, 2014 Comments Off
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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This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein: Review

Oct 26, 2014 1 Comment
Naomi Klein's new book is well worth a read by anyone interested in the relationship between the growth-based economy and runaway greenhouse gas emissions. It also provides some suggestions for finding our way out of this morass. By Caroline Whyte
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23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang: Review

Oct 16, 2014 Comments Off
Graham Barnes writes "There were so many tweetable gems in the 260 pages of this book, that I had to exercise self control or be suspected of agency status."
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Ebola and the management of mass psychology: public health or public relations crisis?

Oct 08, 2014 Comments Off
In the discussion about Ebola there appears to be a public relations message that we are all expected to accept: that it is far less likely to run out of control in "developed countries" which have healthcare systems. But is this attitude dangerously complacent? By Brian Davey.
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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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