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
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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The forks in the road after the Paris agreement, by Mike Sandler

Dec 20, 2015 Comments Off on The forks in the road after the Paris agreement, by Mike Sandler
"The only thing missing from the Agreement is who, what, and how," writes Mike Sandler. "Like a zen koan, the Agreement is a riddle that just leads to more questions."
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Not a fair COP…a report from Paris by Robert Hutchison

Dec 15, 2015 Comments Off on Not a fair COP…a report from Paris by Robert Hutchison
"The climate change threat will only be fully met – and the opportunity for greater human wellbeing only fully realised - when the collective courage of humanity forces governments to face up to their responsibilities. Climate change remains everyone’s issue; we need to tread more lightly, more softly, while listening and responding to the most vulnerable."
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The Paris agreement: a Christmas truce, or a new beginning?

Dec 15, 2015 Comments Off on The Paris agreement: a Christmas truce, or a new beginning?
During the Christmas Truce of 1914, German, English and French ground troops temporarily stopped fighting and instead exchanged greetings and gifts, and sang Christmas carols together. There was a certain amount of musing about the absurdity of the war. And yet they went right back to fighting afterwards. How can we prevent a similar dynamic from happening after COP-21?
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Commoning

Dec 10, 2015 Comments Off on Commoning
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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Concepts for a fenced off world

Dec 10, 2015 Comments Off on Concepts for a fenced off world
"Private property in land means enclosure and exclusion. Economists typically assume that economic choices involve inevitable trade-offs. However, it is not true that alternatives must always be forgone. There is often a potential for sharing and mutual accommodation that is being ignored. Not all choices are rivalrous," writes Brian Davey in en excerpt from his book Credo.
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Motivations for New Currency Design

Nov 19, 2015 Comments Off on Motivations for New Currency Design
Those developing new currencies will want to explore the various motivations behind what they're doing and set out for themselves - ideally explicitly - their balance of motives. Graham Barnes identifies some of the main 'flavours' of motivation.
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The four questions we should ask about emissions cuts, and CapGlobalCarbon’s answers

Nov 04, 2015 Comments Off on The four questions we should ask about emissions cuts, and CapGlobalCarbon’s answers
Griffin Carpenter recently posted a blog article on the New Economics Foundation website which brings up some good questions with regard to emissions cuts. Caroline Whyte provides some answers from the CGC perspective.
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The attention seeking economy, information and the manufacture of ignorance

Oct 30, 2015 Comments Off on The attention seeking economy, information and the manufacture of ignorance
In this chapter from his book Credo, Brain Davey describes how "much of what we take for granted is actually better understood as 'consensus trance'. To orientate to the world properly we need to have a proper feel for the huge amount of what we don’t know – and there are multiple categories of unknowing."
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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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Living in the anthropocene – a frame for new activism

Oct 26, 2015 Comments Off on Living in the anthropocene – a frame for new activism
Mark Garavan writes "we have emerged from the geological epoch of the Holocene into a new epoch designated as the Anthropocene. This notion of the Anthropocene refers to a profound realisation that human aggregate activity is now the single most decisive force shaping the planet."
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Is Localism a sufficient focus for Intentional Currencies?

Oct 16, 2015 4 Comments
There are good reasons to want to improve the health and diversity of your local economy. But should locality-based currencies scale, or perhaps replicate - networking micro to build macro (HT @cjenscook)? And is localism enough or is there a role for limited-scope value-based Intentional Currencies? @GrahamJBarnes anticipates some architectural aspects of a new monetary ecosystem.
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What if Janet Yellen joined Todd Stern in Paris?

Oct 08, 2015 Comments Off on What if Janet Yellen joined Todd Stern in Paris?
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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