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Septic Tank Options and Alternatives: Review by Seán Conlan

Apr 17, 2015 No Comments 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 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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The Bank-State Bargain

Mar 31, 2015 Comments Off by
Banks create money out of nothing when they extend loans and then charge borrowers interest on this newly created capital. The result is an ongoing multi-billion pound/ dollar subsidy breaking the basic rules of capitalism. What is perhaps even more surprising is that there appears to be no explicit description of the 'bargain' underlying this important arrangement. By Graham Barnes.
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Reflections on the first Climate Conversation

Mar 24, 2015 Comments Off by
Seán Conlan writes "The main theme of the evening was the challenge of engaging with the general public in the acceptance of climate change, and this provoked some interesting insights from both panelist and audience."
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From our archives: The supply of money in an energy-scarce world

Mar 22, 2015 Comments Off by
In 2011, Richard Douthwaite wrote in Fleeing Vesuvius that "Money once bought energy. Now energy, or at least an entitlement to it, will actually be money and energy firms may become the new banks." His suggestions for achieving this transition in the fairest way possible have a clear relevance now.
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Climate Conversations

Mar 11, 2015 Comments Off by
Feasta members Willi Kiefel and Seán Conlan have been involved in a unique collaboration between charities, unions and other organisations, with a goal of "promoting greater understanding of what a low carbon future might bring for Ireland "
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CapGlobalCarbon: a new global system for addressing climate change

Feb 25, 2015 Comments Off 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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The Fracking “Matrix”: Which “frame” gives the more relevant picture?

Jan 28, 2015 Comments Off
In this presentation given to Derby City Council on January 13th, Brian Davey identifies some of the ways in which fracking has been framed in order to make it seem innocuous.
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FEASTA Guest Lecture & Discussion: Creating & Directing Public Money by Mary Mellor

Apr 07, 2014 Comments Off
Friday 25th April 2014, 6pm for 6.30 start at Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Sq. , Dublin. Mary Mellor is Emeritus Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle. One of her primary interests is in developing radical alternative models of money, finance and economic development.
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The Money Mess conference

Oct 31, 2013 Comments Off
You can now see videos from the one-day conference hosted by Feasta and Sensible Money on May 31st to explore the consequences of our malfunctioning money system and some of the proposals for its reform, replacement or supplement.
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Earth, Air, Fire and Water: Evolving Global Commoning

Jun 06, 2013 Comments Off
This short presentation was prepared by Brian Davey for a side event at the recent "Economics and the Commons" conference held in Berlin. It provides practical suggestions for the formation of a global commons partnership of participants and practitioners in existing commons, in order to help defend them and to develop new commons-based projects.
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Degrowth in Slovenia

May 02, 2013 1 Comment
This talk given by Brian Davey last month in Slovenia describes many of the challenges faced by small peripheral states in the current world economy and provides an overview of solutions put forward by Feasta and its partners.
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Co-creating a Global Climate Commons regime

Mar 19, 2013 5 Comments
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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