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Towards climate safety and justice: briefing and discussion about CapGlobalCarbon

Apr 15, 2016 No Comments by
June 8th, 2016, 2-4.30pm, Carmelite Community Center, Dublin. The purpose of this afternoon is to brief attendees on CapGlobalCarbon, set it in a context of the commons and social justice, and to generate ideas about how to implement it.
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The Strange Idea of Negative Interest

Apr 13, 2016 No Comments by
This article by Graham Barnes addresses the role of demurrage (negative interest) in the design of new currencies. But it takes a roundabout route with diversions around the zero and negative interest rates being currently applied to fiat money; and a detour via positive interest which is itself a stranger idea than we have been led to believe. It suggests that demurrage is worth a place in the designer's kitbag, but not for the reason normally postulated.
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Unconventional gas field development and optimism bias: submission by Brian Davey to the UK Environment Agency

Mar 29, 2016 No Comments by
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”.
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The psycho-dynamics of the financial market

Feb 19, 2016 Comments Off on The psycho-dynamics of the financial market by
"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.
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The climate and the commons

Feb 08, 2016 Comments Off on The climate and the commons by
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.
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Draft report: Promoting Closed Loop Agricultural Practices for Biodiversity Enhancement

Jan 12, 2016 Comments Off on Draft report: Promoting Closed Loop Agricultural Practices for Biodiversity Enhancement by
We welcome comments on this draft report which has been submitted to the Irish Environmental Network by Feidhlim Hardy, on behalf of Feasta.
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Commoning

Dec 10, 2015 Comments Off on Commoning by
In a second excerpt from his book Credo, Brian Davey explores the features of sustainable commons and the extent of commons today. He describes the practice of commoning as a possible response to the ecological crisis - a topic of much relevance to the current COP21 negotiations on climate.
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Feasta co-founder John Jopling steps down as Trustee

Nov 23, 2015 Comments Off on Feasta co-founder John Jopling steps down as Trustee
On 21st November 2015 a significant event took place at the Feasta AGM in Dublin. John Jopling, who was instigative in the foundation of Feasta in 1998, attended his last Feasta meeting as a Trustee.
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The Paris agenda: leave fossil fuels in the ground, auction permits, protect people

Oct 29, 2015 Comments Off on The Paris agenda: leave fossil fuels in the ground, auction permits, protect people
Mike Sandler writes that the math is clear: there is a carbon bubble. The science on climate change indicates that there is no time for low initial national "contributions" with "ratcheting up ambition" after 5 or 10 year review periods.
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Environmental NGOs: be more specific for Paris

Sep 27, 2015 Comments Off on Environmental NGOs: be more specific for Paris
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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Update on the climate change litigation mock trial

Sep 19, 2015 Comments Off on Update on the climate change litigation mock trial
Here's an update from David Knight on the mock trial that Feasta climate group members are organising along with a team of legal collaborators, which will take place in January 2016 at University College London, as a precursor to a real trial. The team is inspired and encouraged by the recent legal victory in the Netherlands on climate change. David writes "the mock and real trial are likely to cause a stir in Westminster and generate a lot of useful publicity".
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An introduction to ecological economics

Sep 14, 2015 3 Comments
This updated 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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CapGlobalCarbon will co-host a side event at COP-21 in Paris

Sep 12, 2015 Comments Off on CapGlobalCarbon will co-host a side event at COP-21 in Paris

We’re delighted to announce that our application to co-host a side event at the UN climate change summit in December has been accepted. Feasta’s delegation will be collaborating with Columbian NGO DeJusticia and the Sequoia Foundation, based in California. The event will be titled “Climate Justice: Coal and Human Rights in the South, Community Choice Energy, Global Carbon Pricing” and will take place on Saturday December 5. You can see the full programme of side events here. We have also applied to host an event in the civil society area, close to the summit, which will be open to …

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