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King Donald and his Court

Brian Davey argues that Trump's administration is a symptom of a crisis in US democratic institutions and US society, arising from over-complexity. This administration has made clever use of both old and new forms of media to galvanise support. Resistance needs to start on a local level.

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.

Theresa O’Donohue on empowering the disempowered

Theresa attended the Nov 4 workshop held by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on the national white policy paper on energy. Overall she found the workshop “a well run event, plenty of interaction with online input as well as those in the room”. But the power of the energy lobby made itself felt too. In her blog she writes “My only hope is that more public participation will dilute the energy lobby willing to capitalise on our planets resources for their own profits while they pollute the land, air and water. It is true that as consumers …

Poster on fracking and ethics

Unconventional Gas produces money for some people and risks and harms for others. People are confronted with difficult choices between immediate personal interests and obligations to the wider society and to the environment. There is a great temptation to deny these dilemmas exist.

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

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 …