Archive for Briefing Papers

Divestment from fossil fuels: a critical appraisal

Dec 18, 2014 Comments Off 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 Comments Off 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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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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Update on the “Sink or Sue” climate litigation project

Nov 06, 2014 Comments Off 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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Schools of thought on degrowth

Oct 02, 2014 1 Comment by
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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Sustainable Water Use

Sep 19, 2014 2 Comments
How can we break our water supply's current dependency on fossil fuels ? Feidhlim Harty provides some suggestions at the local, community and wider levels.
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Poster on fracking and ethics

Sep 11, 2014 Comments Off
Unconventional Gas produces money for some people and risks and harms for others. People are confronted with difficult choices between immediate personal interests and obligations to the wider society and to the environment. There is a great temptation to deny these dilemmas exist.
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Anti-fracking poster for farmers

Aug 02, 2014 Comments Off
Brian Davey has produced another poster with information about fracking, and also provided some links to resources.
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Powerpoint and posters on unconventional gas

Jul 01, 2014 Comments Off
This powerpoint and series of posters were prepared by Brian Davey for Frack Free Notts (an anti-fracking campaign in Nottinghamshire in the UK). They provide a succinct overview of the problems with fracking.
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Getting real about regulation – why it won’t make fracking safe

Feb 11, 2014 4 Comments
The British government has acknowledged the potential harms of fracking for unconventional gas - yet claimed that regulation in Britain is more stringent than in other countries and that it is therefore possible to prevent negative impacts. However in this article Brian Davey argues that in the light of all the evidence the only safe way of managing this issue is to ban fracking altogether as has happened in a number of other countries.
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From Our Archives: The Problem with Economic Growth

Feb 05, 2014 Comments Off
This article, written by Richard Douthwaite in May 1997, outlines some of the basic ideas that led to the founding of Feasta. It's interesting to note how ahead of his time he was in his criticisms of growth as a measure of progress, many of which are now quite well known. Sadly, the widening inequality he describes and the many problems related to that have only worsened over time.
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