This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein: Review

Oct 26, 2014 No Comments by
Naomi Klein’s new book is well worth a read by anyone interested in the relationship between the growth-based economy and runaway greenhouse gas emissions. It also provides some suggestions for finding our way out of this morass. By Caroline Whyte
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Press release: Feasta climate group response to the Working Group 3 contribution to the IPCC’s fifth assessment report

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments by
We find the latest IPCC report’s emphasis on climate as a “global commons problem” helpful and constructive. However, the economy must break its dependency on GDP growth in order to achieve emissions reduction without economic collapse. Fortunately the potential exists for significant co-benefits from climate mitigation, including poverty alleviation and reduced inequality. Grassroots legal action could help give teeth to the international institutions needed for cooperation.
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Making the most of climate change??

Apr 08, 2014 2 Comments by
There’s a pervasive assumption that climate change policy can never achieve anything more than damage control. But what if we were to think much bigger than this? By Caroline Whyte.
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Lessons learnt from the not-so-radical Tyndall emissions conference

Feb 22, 2014 No Comments by
Several Feasta climate group members attended the Tyndall Radical Emissions Reduction conference in December 2013. Three of them – Nick Bardsley, Brian Davey and Laurence Matthews – have shared their reactions to the way the conference was organised. You can also download posters that were displayed at the conference by John Jopling, Nick Bardsley and Brian Davey.
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Nick Bardsley’s reflections on the Tyndall Centre “Radical Emissions Reduction” conference

Feb 22, 2014 No Comments by

I was in two minds whether to attend this conference or not. In common with the other members of the FEASTA Climate group that had submitted paper proposals, mine was rejected. Though I was allocated a poster presentation this is usually not a great use of one’s time. In the end I decided that this was probably sour grapes on my part and that it would be good to attend to meet other like minded people, if nothing else.

If I had mixed feelings beforehand, they were more mixed afterwards. It was a good way of meeting people, and although …

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How Radical was the Radical Emissions Reduction Conference really?

Feb 22, 2014 No Comments by

In this article about the Tyndall Centre’s Radical Emissions Reductions Conference I want to write the things that I wanted to say in this conference but was unable to.

First of all though I want to say why I was not able to say these things. The reason was that this conference was organised in such a way that I had no opportunity to say them. It was organised almost entirely in plenary sessions with no break out discussions at all. Those of us who were not speakers could put our hands up but when we did get the opportunity …

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Laurence Matthews: Thoughts on the Tyndall ‘Radical Emission Reductions’ conference

Feb 22, 2014 No Comments by

This 2-day conference in London left me with mixed feelings. I’ve listed some good points below, and then some points where I think it could have been a whole lot better.

On the plus side

There were some positive signs, among (at least some of) the academics and others present, of a realisation that we need to get real about the politics.

One speaker for example emphasised that if the organisers were keen to have an evidence-base, the one piece of evidence they should look at is that scientific evidence is being completely ignored and that therefore something else is …

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Using the law to heal a diseased energy system

Jan 18, 2014 No Comments
Roger Cox, author of the book Revolution Justified and participatant in the Feasta climate group meeting last summer, has given a TED talk on the use of legal action against climate change. As he puts it, “the decline of conventional oil production over the last years has already literally made us crack our stones and cook our soil so we can squeeze some drops of unconventional oil from it”.
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Legal action in response to coastal flooding

Dec 14, 2013 No Comments
This letter to the Guardian was written by a group of activists including several Feasta members. It advocates legal action by low-lying communities in order to require governments to achieve greenhouse gas emission targets. A new group, the Climate Litigation Network, has been formed to provide support to these vulnerable communities.
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The Arctic 30 case: hooliganism, piracy or worse?

Nov 13, 2013 No Comments
The 30 Greenpeace activists who were initially charged with piracy after boarding a Russian ship in the Arctic in order to protest oil drilling are now facing a charge of hooliganism instead. But what if the case really does involve piracy – or worse?
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Economic growth, population growth and climate change

Aug 26, 2013 5 Comments
This newly-updated paper by David Knight presents abundant evidence that economic growth, rather than population growth, is the main determinant of increased fossil fuel emissions. Planned carbon and economic descent and a more even distribution of income between the richest individuals and countries and the poorest would provide the quickest, fairest and most effective means of reducing emissions.
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Cap and Share: managing the share on a global level (from Sharing for Survival)

Feb 07, 2013 1 Comment
In this article Caroline Whyte makes a case in favour of global per-capita allocations of funds from the share in Cap and Share: a sort of worldwide cash transfer programme. She draws on recent development theory, technological innovations and research on social and economic equity to bolster her argument.
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A New Age of Risk

Oct 02, 2012 No Comments

Jim Hansen’s latest power point can be loaded directly from this URL (pdf document, 2.4 MB). It provides useful evidence that sea level rise is accelerating; net flux of heat into the sea; the arctic and Antarctic losing mass etc. His proposed programme for cutting carbon emissions, ‘fee and dividend’, has many similarities to the Feasta climate group’s Cap and Share programme. He advocates adopting a carbon tax rather than quotas, however.…

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