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Getting real about regulation – why it won’t make fracking safe

Feb 11, 2014 3 Comments by
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 No Comments by
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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Keys to the Future: Feasta’s track record

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments by
Analysis of current dysfunctional systems has enabled Feasta to anticipate problems, issue warnings and recommend appropriate and timely action. We’ve just published a run-through of our achievements since 1998, the year Feasta was founded, and our plans for the future.
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Universal Basic Income: A brief overview of a support for intelligent economies, quality of life and a caring society

Apr 17, 2013 3 Comments by
Basic financial security should be a right for all members of society, yet our present social-welfare system does not adequately support this right and has many other serious flaws. Anne Ryan explains how a universal basic income would increase everybody’s capacity to cope with financial shocks and uncertainties far more effectively than the current system and how it would also improve general quality of life, while supporting many different kinds of work, with or without pay.
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Co-creating a Global Climate Commons regime

Mar 19, 2013 5 Comments by
In this presentation given at Maynooth last week, John Jopling explains why governments cannot be expected to adequately address the climate crisis and instead proposes a commons-based approach that would involve a wide range of non-governmental organisations in a cooperative and participatory process.
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Economics and Moral Philosophy

Sep 10, 2012 No Comments by
In this talk given to the Cafe Economique in Nottingham on August 30 Brian Davey takes us on a lightning tour of economic thought from the ancient Greeks onwards, describing the increasingly shaky relationship between economics and moral philosophy.
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Climate Change and Peak Oil: two sides of the same coin?

Jul 13, 2012 No Comments 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
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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The biofuel delusion: synopsis of the argument and implications for ZeroCarbonBritain 2030’s land use proposals

Apr 20, 2012 1 Comment
Nick Bardsley, a Feasta member and lecturer in climate change economics at the University of Reading, has prepared a slideshow presentation for the recent Feasta Climate Group weekend which is now available for download. In it he discusses the problems associated with a biofuel-based economy, drawing on the work of energetics analysts Mario Giampietro and Kozo Mayumi. Nick also discusses his own challenges as a lecturer in ecological economics.
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An introduction to ecological economics

Apr 11, 2012 No Comments
This 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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Posters available for the Occupy movement

Nov 11, 2011 No Comments
Feasta member Brian Davey has produced several posters for use at Occupy camps which can be downloaded for free here. They make use of creative graphics in order to explore the nature of the current financial crisis, the energy and banking crises, financial predation, and the connection between the Occupy movements and climate change.
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Climate governance – a new paradigm

Sep 17, 2011 No Comments
This paper, prepared by members of Feasta, asserts that the climate crisis demands a new paradigm of global governance. It was written with specific reference to a project currently being undertaken by the World Resources Institute which arose out of an initiative by members of Feasta and the United Nations Environment Programme and is supported by the Government of Ireland. The WRI project “aims to highlight the best proposals for the institutional design of an international climate change regime”.
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Site Value Tax Brochure – Read Online

Aug 16, 2011 No Comments

Site Value Tax is a tax policy proposed by Smart Taxes Network. It would be an annual charge on zoned land, based on its market value, which would fund government expenditure and encourage productive and sustainable investment. Smart Taxes have created this brochure to offer a clear and simple explanation of what the tax is, how it works and the benefits it offers.

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