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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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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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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 by
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 by
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 by
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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The Greece and Eurozone crisis made simple

Jul 07, 2015 1 Comment
Brian Davey argues that the missing component in most discussion of the Eurozone crisis is the fact that it is linked to energy supply and the limits to growth.
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Greece to be a debtors’ prison: email exchange

Jul 06, 2015 Comments Off on Greece to be a debtors’ prison: email exchange
In the interests of transparency we're publishing this exchange of emails relating to the Greek financial crisis.
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Framing the Paris climate change summit

Jun 19, 2015 Comments Off on Framing the Paris climate change summit
Caroline Whyte suggests some re-framing of the climate crisis in order to reveal possibilities for action on climate change that could have widespread positive effects.
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