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Greece to be a debtors’ prison: email exchange

Jul 06, 2015 No Comments by
In the interests of transparency we're publishing this exchange of emails relating to the Greek financial crisis.
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“Even the pope gets it – carbon markets won’t fix the climate”

Jun 23, 2015 Comments Off on “Even the pope gets it – carbon markets won’t fix the climate” by

Good article on the problems with carbon offsets: “Carbon markets are in fact designed to seek out cheap emissions reductions such as HFC-23 destruction over fundamental structural changes to energy systems away from fossil fuels and towards renewables.” But see also Aubrey Meyer’s comment at the end: the root of the problem is that there is currently no “budget” – ie limit or cap – for carbon. …

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Art of Commoning: the P2P Summer School

Jun 16, 2015 8 Comments by

August 25th – 27th, 2015
Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary, Ireland
www.openeverything.ie

This event, which is organised by the Peer to Peer Foundation, WeCreate and Cultivate, builds on the experience of The Art of Commoning, held in autumn 2014 in Montréal and the Open Everything – Collaborative Economy Convergence held in Ireland in September 2014.

The Summer School will be grounded in the actual practice of collaboration and finding synergies. Some theoretical input, both on P2P and Art of Hosting, will also be offered – mostly in short modules. New developments in P2P and commoning will be shared by Michel Bauwens, Silke …

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Basic income (BI) & intentional currencies

Jun 10, 2015 Comments Off on Basic income (BI) & intentional currencies by
If a Basic Income is indeed a Good Thing, then new currencies will increasingly seek to build it into their design from the outset. This article by Graham Barnes looks at the rationale for BI and at implications for currencies that incorporate BI as one of their currency issuance mechanisms.
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Septic Tank Options and Alternatives: Review by Seán Conlan

Apr 17, 2015 Comments Off on Septic Tank Options and Alternatives: Review by Seán Conlan by
Seán Conlan writes "The overall objective of the book as an ‘unapproved’ pathway and guide is admirably achieved and offers unique insights for those who are struggling with sewage systems which are either poorly installed, or who are burdened with soils which are unsuitable for percolation."
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Shale Gas and Fracking: The science behind the controversy – review by Brian Davey

Apr 09, 2015 Comments Off on Shale Gas and Fracking: The science behind the controversy – review by Brian Davey by
Brian Davey writes "the central theme of this book - that 'science can be allowed to decide through peer reviewed debate' - is at best innocent in the naive sense, pious and misleading. It evokes a world where issues are decided on by politicians and the public guided by neutral scientists who deliver the facts. But this fairy tale for the children begs all the difficult questions."
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CapGlobalCarbon: a new global system for addressing climate change

Feb 25, 2015 Comments Off on CapGlobalCarbon: a new global system for addressing climate change by
CapGlobalCarbon is a proposal for non-governmental actors to create a new global system as a back-up to the inter-governmental negotiations to make sure the necessary reductions in global carbon emissions are achieved. This idea has been developed by members of Feasta's climate group and we've just launched a website to promote it.
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Reflections on the Rights of Nature conference

Feb 10, 2015 Comments Off on Reflections on the Rights of Nature conference
Brian Davey discusses some of the differences between indigenous and non-indigenous people and how this affects global ecological politics.
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The Mainstream Money Mess – three aspects… and what they mean for new money-forms

Feb 02, 2015 Comments Off on The Mainstream Money Mess – three aspects… and what they mean for new money-forms
This article by Graham Barnes looks at three of the most poisonous aspects of Mainstream Money from the perspective of a currency designer exploring new money-forms.
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Beyond Globalization: The Legacy of Richard Douthwaite (1942 – 2011) for a Degrowth Economy

Jan 07, 2015 Comments Off on Beyond Globalization: The Legacy of Richard Douthwaite (1942 – 2011) for a Degrowth Economy
To usher in the New Year, here's a paper by Willi Kiefel on Feasta co-founder Richard Douthwaite's profound and lasting impact on the green movement in Ireland.
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Response by Giorgos Kallis to Brian Davey’s review of Degrowth

Dec 22, 2014 Comments Off on Response by Giorgos Kallis to Brian Davey’s review of Degrowth
"A social change, if it is to take place, requires desire, materialized into an alternative political vision, a vision driven by a quest for the enjoyment of life, not by fear of a looming disaster, or a pure survivalist spirit," argues Giorgos Kallis, one of the editors of Degrowth. A Vocabulary for a New Era. We're publishing his detailed and thought-provoking comments as a guest post.
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Divestment from fossil fuels: a critical appraisal

Dec 18, 2014 Comments Off on Divestment from fossil fuels: a critical appraisal
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 on The oil price collapse and climate policy
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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