Apr 13, 2016 Comments Off on The strange idea of negative interest
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.
Mar 29, 2016 Comments Off on Unconventional gas field development and optimism bias: submission by Brian Davey to the UK Environment Agency
Mar 23, 2016 Comments Off on Shale Euphoria: The Boom and Bust of Sub Prime Oil and Natural Gas
Mar 19, 2016 Comments Off on Cheap Food Costs Dear: review of the Compassion in World Farming report by Martin Peck
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.
Mar 12, 2016 Comments Off on Submission to UNFCCC on climate adaptation measures and productivity in agriculture
The Feasta Climate Group, in collaboration with Stop Climate Chaos, argue in this submission that the right to food needs to be at the heart of agricultural policy. Increased productivity is not a valid goal in itself. Emphasis should instead be placed on meeting nutritional needs, agro-ecology, closed-loop agriculture, gender rights and supporting small farmers.
Feb 26, 2016 Comments Off on Privatising Air
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.
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Jan 16, 2016 Comments Off on Extracted – How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet: Review
Jan 12, 2016 Comments Off on Draft report: Promoting Closed Loop Agricultural Practices for Biodiversity Enhancement
Dec 20, 2015 Comments Off on The forks in the road after the Paris agreement, by Mike Sandler