Outdated framing by the European Commission lessens our chances of keeping to 1.5 degrees

Oct 08, 2018 No Comments by
"If we're to have any chance if keeping to the 1.5 maximum target, the European Commision will need to be much more realistic about its priorities. I very much hope that the next time the EC does a consultation call on climate change, its framing will have shifted," writes Caroline Whyte.
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First steps towards CapGlobalCarbon: potential partner countries and useful programmes

Sep 24, 2018 No Comments by
This is a brief overview of research carried out by CapGlobalCarbon intern Paul Faisant over the summer of 2018, in which he explored the idea of the EU forming a partnership with a group of Asian countries so as to completely eliminate the production and import of fossil fuels on all of their territories, while also reducing poverty and inequality.
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Feasta submission to the Post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy consultation process

Mar 23, 2018 Comments Off on Feasta submission to the Post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy consultation process by
We argue that in order to achieve its new objectives, CAP policymakers need to collaborate with other high-level EU and global bodies so as to establish a core economic framework that would include Cap and Share, a basic income, land value tax, debt-free money issuance and reforms to the international trading organisations.
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The great agricultural resettlement or the next chapter of the fall

Mar 09, 2018 Comments Off on The great agricultural resettlement or the next chapter of the fall by
Patrick Noble is unconvinced by the widespread idea that we can achieve negative emissions through clever agricultural practices. He argues instead that to eliminate emissions we "must end the burning".
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There’s no Feasta in the USA, but there is this new blog

Feb 13, 2018 Comments Off on There’s no Feasta in the USA, but there is this new blog by
We're delighted to welcome long-time Feasta member and trustee Mike Sandler as a regular contributor to our blog. Here you can read an overview of his background in climate action in the US and get links to some of his many articles published by the Huffington Post over the past decade.
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More thoughts on the good life

Feb 09, 2018 Comments Off on More thoughts on the good life by
"There is, and never has been a technology which has disrupted anywhere near the degree of either aviation, or the family car," writes Patrick Noble.
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The good life or the ballot? Both you say? I say the good life first, the ballot second.

Jan 23, 2018 Comments Off on The good life or the ballot? Both you say? I say the good life first, the ballot second. by
Patrick Noble argues that political engagement should be secondary to discovering what is the good life and then living it. "That will be a process of trial and error – new truths are discovered by new errors. How do we know where to begin? Why not start with the question – what is happiness?"
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Submission on the Irish bioeconomy

Sep 15, 2017 Comments Off on Submission on the Irish bioeconomy
This submission to an interdepartmental group in the Irish government argues that much greater emphasis needs to be placed on maintenance, stability and resilience when developing policy on the bioeconomy. It also describes some programmes and changes to the tax system that we believe could help with this.
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CapGlobalCarbon submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on climate

Aug 13, 2017 Comments Off on CapGlobalCarbon submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on climate
In this proposal, Ireland would form a bilateral partnership with a Global South country in order to eliminate fossil fuel emissions, support the energy transition and work towards climate justice. It would be relatively straightforward to implement and would establish Ireland as forward-looking, global-minded and fundamentally ethical in its approach to climate stabilisation.
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Feasta submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on climate

Aug 11, 2017 2 Comments
Instead of playing catch-up to other EU countries as is currently the case, we believe Ireland could leapfrog them and establish itself as a visionary leader by taking a global view of the climate challenge and incorporating action on climate with substantive action on inequality and poverty, significant improvements to the quality and freshness of food, and greater overall prosperity and stability in Ireland and elsewhere.
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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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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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Cap & Share in the run-up to Paris

Aug 09, 2015 Comments Off on Cap & Share in the run-up to Paris
Is it realistic to insist, as Feasta climate group members are doing, that world citizens could set up a global trust that would issue fossil fuel extraction permits , thus ensuring that greenhouse gas emissions gradually reduce to zero? What about politics? Cartel pressure and greed? And how can we get the word out about Cap & Share in the first place? Laurence Matthews makes some practical suggestions.
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