They have pursued GDP growth with little or no investment in human, social and natural capital. This does not bode well for the future of the world economy.
summary of an excellent report by Demos and others which can be found here: http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/BRICS.pdf
See on www.opendemocracy.net
The umpteenth study confirms that natural gas simply has no net climate benefit whatsoever in any timescale that matters to humanity. In the real world, natural gas is not a “bridge” fuel to a carbon-free economy.
Very informative reading for all those (including Shell, of course) who claim gas is better than coal for climate policy.
See on thinkprogress.org
“I suggest that the report illustrates the futility of relying upon the WHO to comprehend what is occurring, let alone to lead in protecting public health. This is important because the WHO is not just another think tank or academic institute; it is the appointed champion[xviii] of world health issues. If it will not speak truth to power[xix] for the European public –which means unequivocally rejecting austerity policies and growing inequalities in income and wealth as destructive of the social determinants of health- at this critical moment, there is no reason to expect it to do so as neoliberal governments continue to cannibalize their citizens to maintain a world politically ruled by a numerically tiny financial elite.”
Brilliant must-read analysis of Dan Bednarz (‘Health after Oil’) on the futility of the WHO’s critique of austerity policies and its impact on health. "The WHO abandons the European health crisis".
See on healthafteroil.wordpress.com
Tough austerity measures in Greece leave nearly a million people with no access to healthcare, leading to soaring infant mortality, HIV infection and suicide
Austerity measures imposed by the Greek government since the economic crisis have inflicted “shocking” harm on the health of the population, leaving nearly a million people without access to healthcare, experts have said.
New shocking report explains why the European Union is now viewed as the problem instead of the solution.History will judge the leaders who destroyed the European project.
See on www.independent.co.uk
There’s a growing effort to merge economic-justice and climate activism. Call it climate democracy.
Interesting but flawed article in The Nation about the difficulties to bridge the struggle for climate stabilisation with the fight for more economic democracy and equality. There is an urgent need to clearly define the ‘just transition’. The problems for the Left are related to the fact that they also have little enthusiasm to question our current way of life and the consumption society.
See on www.thenation.com
Labour leader says UK is ‘sleepwalking to a crisis over climate’ as storms bring more major disruption and flooding
Why was climate change NOT an issue of national security before, Ed? Waking up for electoral gains now? And what when you are in power? Climate policies on the backburner again?
See on www.theguardian.com
A series of recent developments highlight the way we are losing ground in the epic struggle to slow global warming.
Excellent but bleak analysis by Michael Klare on how we are losing (have lost?) the war on carbon.
See on truth-out.org
A regenerative economic model—the circular economy—is starting to help companies create more value while reducing their dependence on scarce resources. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
Excellent McKinsey article on the circular economy highlighting some of the challenges, but still overlooking some basic bio-economic principles (planetary limits, energy limits).
See on www.mckinsey.com
A liberal, she would be keen to complete the single market, promote free trade and cut the burden of regulation..
While I agree with the Economist that Europe needs new leaders and the current candidates for commission president are "an uninspiring list of Eurocrats, still mouthing nostrums about ever-closer union", the magazine’s lobbying for "technocrat" Lagarde is dead wrong. Yes, Europe needs new leaders, but even more it needs new policies if it is to regain citizens’ trust.
See on www.economist.com
Chris Hedges: The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s ”Moby Dick.”
Absolutely brilliant but bleak analysis of the state of our world. Must-read article for all with the courage to see…
See on truth-out.org