May 05, 2016 No Comments
In chapter 13 of his book Credo, Brian Davey points out that public health is an alternative indicator of well-being and is strongly correlated to levels of equality or inequality. Greater equality means greater well-being for everyone and a smaller need for the state – yet inequality has been increasing dramatically.
Mar 29, 2016 No Comments
In this submission made in response to a drilling application by iGas, Brian Davey argues that the judgements made on behalf of IGas are flawed by what occupational psychologists and management theorists call “optimism bias”.
Mar 23, 2016 No Comments
In this update to his book Credo, Brian Davey argues that the shale industry, whether extracting oil or gas, has never been financially sustainable. How could this be? It seems paradoxical and defies ordinary economic logic.
Mar 19, 2016 No Comments
Martin Peck comments that "anything I write could not do justice to this report. I can only urge everyone to read it and to try to ensure that policy makers are made aware of it." It draws attention to interrelated aspects of the many externalities of agriculture and the food system, including soil erosion and greenhouse gas emissions.
Feb 26, 2016 Comments Off on Privatising Air
We seem to have entered an era of 'reductio ad absurdum' capitalism. Many of life's fundamentals such as land, water and energy have been or are being enclosed and privatised. @GrahamJBarnes asks if there is any natural limit to this. Could air be privatised?
Feb 19, 2016 Comments Off on The psycho-dynamics of the financial market
"When we look at the financial markets from an emotional and mental health angle, we don’t find optimal equilibrium states and rational people adapting to them. Instead, we come across a large number of unhappy, dysfunctional and disorientated people," writes Brian Davey in an excerpt from his book Credo.
Feb 08, 2016 Comments Off on The climate and the commons
Over the course of several decades Elinor Ostrom and her colleagues carried out extensive research on effectively managed commons around the world, and drew up a set of guidelines that could be applied to the atmosphere as well. This article by Caroline Whyte is the second of a series discussing precedents for CapGlobalCarbon.
Jan 27, 2016 Comments Off on A Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) for Ireland
If implementation of an FTT is indeed a no-brainer, as suggested at yesterday's launch in Dublin of RobinHoodTax.ie, it is because of its potential influence in creating a more stable and balanced economy within a fairer society. These may not be the lead messages of a campaign featuring the #MakeBankersPay hashtag and emphasising the dogoodability of FTT tax receipts. But arguably they should be. By Graham Barnes.
Jan 22, 2016 2 Comments
Dec 20, 2015 Comments Off on The forks in the road after the Paris agreement, by Mike Sandler
Dec 15, 2015 Comments Off on Not a fair COP…a report from Paris by Robert Hutchison
"The climate change threat will only be fully met – and the opportunity for greater human wellbeing only fully realised - when the collective courage of humanity forces governments to face up to their responsibilities. Climate change remains everyone’s issue; we need to tread more lightly, more softly, while listening and responding to the most vulnerable."
Dec 15, 2015 Comments Off on The Paris agreement: a Christmas truce, or a new beginning?
During the Christmas Truce of 1914, German, English and French ground troops temporarily stopped fighting and instead exchanged greetings and gifts, and sang Christmas carols together. There was a certain amount of musing about the absurdity of the war. And yet they went right back to fighting afterwards. How can we prevent a similar dynamic from happening after COP-21?
Dec 10, 2015 Comments Off on Commoning