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What if Janet Yellen joined Todd Stern in Paris?

Oct 08, 2015 No Comments by
Mike Sandler argues that the only way to get a binding cap on fossil fuel extraction onto the agenda in Paris is to add a few key people to Todd Stern's entourage, starting with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and President Obama's economic advisers.
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Precedent for CapGlobalCarbon: the International Campaign to Ban Landmines

Oct 08, 2015 No Comments by
CapGlobalCarbon may seem dauntingly ambitious, but it isn’t by any means the first global-level initiative to be led by civil society, and important lessons can be learnt from past experience. In a series of blog posts on the CapGlobalCarbon site Caroline Whyte will be examining several of these precedents, starting with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).
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Environmental NGOs: be more specific for Paris

Sep 27, 2015 No Comments by
If the NGO community can unify its cacophony of demands, a major outcome from Paris may be a citizen's movement calling for a Global Climate Trust that will keep the fossil fuels in the ground and give humanity a chance to stabilize the climate. By Mike Sandler.
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Why negotiations and the IPCC are unlikely to make sure we’ll be safe

Sep 21, 2015 No Comments 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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An introduction to ecological economics

Sep 14, 2015 3 Comments by
This updated essay by Brian Davey forms part of a Nottingham University open source radical engineering course. It explains where economic growth comes from, rival understandings of it in economics and what problems it causes. It also introduces “ecological economics” which is a concept system that recognises these problems and seeks solutions to them within the bio-physical carrying capacity of the planet.
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From our archives: using common resources to solve common problems

Aug 31, 2015 No Comments by
In this article that was originally published in the second Feasta Review in 2004, James Robertson provides a useful summary of the reasons for making a switch to a commons-based economy, which is the backbone of initiatives such as CapGlobalCarbon, community currency, basic income and land value tax.
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Approaching a global deflationary crisis?

Aug 15, 2015 No Comments by
"Anyone with any sense for global economic trends ought to be worried. The signs are everywhere of a serious deflationary crisis. It is obvious that Chinese growth is falling" writes Brian Davey in another update to his book Credo. He goes on to describe four processes that are driving this crisis.
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Austerity and degrowth – dealing with the economic crisis and the ecological crisis together

Aug 12, 2015 No Comments
In this updating article for the website of his new book Credo Brian Davey explores the relationship between degrowth, one of the themes of Credo, and the kind of austerity policies that we are seeing imposed on Greece.
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Cap & Share in the run-up to Paris

Aug 09, 2015 Comments Off on Cap & Share in the run-up to Paris
Is it realistic to insist, as Feasta climate group members are doing, that world citizens could set up a global trust that would issue fossil fuel extraction permits , thus ensuring that greenhouse gas emissions gradually reduce to zero? What about politics? Cartel pressure and greed? And how can we get the word out about Cap & Share in the first place? Laurence Matthews makes some practical suggestions.
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From our archives: the freedom to be frugal

Aug 07, 2015 Comments Off on From our archives: the freedom to be frugal
In a compelling article from the second Feasta Review, published in 2004, Molly Scott Cato questions common assumptions about the consumption-based economy. "Wants do not arise from human nature, or even from a social agreement, for the most part they are created by an advertising industry that has no other purpose." The central problem, as she sees it, is actually inequality - something that Feasta proposals such as CapGlobalCarbon and land value tax would directly address.
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New currencies and their relationship with fiat currency

Jul 29, 2015 2 Comments
Graham Barnes writes that "creating and maintaining a currency without any interaction with fiat is clearly a challenge. It's like asking fish to reinvent water while they are swimming around in it. But if we consider the main forms of interaction with fiat, some clues as to the management of the difficulties may emerge."
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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?
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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Preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in Greece – by issuing state IOUs

Jul 07, 2015 Comments Off on Preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in Greece – by issuing state IOUs
Brian Davey writes "Whatever the arguments the Greek government have run out of time. There is a point where they must act to create substitute financial instruments - if they are called IOUs it is up to the ECB to prove that they are another currency and against the rules."
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