On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming

Population should come back as a major world priority. There’s a need for the world as a whole to support families and governments in high-fertility countries improve access to contraception and education.

Source: mobile.nytimes.com

Very good article by Andrew Revkin on the global population challenge.

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Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says

A global commission is challenging the widespread belief that efforts to reduce global warming would carry a steep price.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Another one of those reports written by a team of wise men, some of whom created the problem in the first place. No need to question our ways of producing and consuming, no need to change our ways of life, no need to stop the fossils. This kind of reports is what makes climate deniers win the debate.

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EU polluters to land €5bn windfall under ‘carbon leakage’ proposal

European commission report assumes an unrealistically high carbon price, in move expected to cost governments billions

Source: www.theguardian.com

Polluters pay? Of course not, in the EU the polluters get paid … and big time. Curious what are children and grandchildren will think about this  when they will suffer from climate chaos.

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How new EU climate chiefs can make a green energy union

COMMENT: An open letter to Alenka Bratušek, vice president for Energy Union, and Miguel Arias Cañete, European commissioner for climate action and energy

Source: www.rtcc.org

Good recommendations for one of the new big priorities of the @Juncker team: the Energy Union. I strongly support the idea of a European Energy and Climate Security Observatory.

Energy and Climate Security Observatory

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Degrowth and the Carbon Budget: Powerdown Strategies for Climate Stability – Part 1

In order to keep within a ‘safe’ temperature threshold, deep and rapid decarbonisation is required, and yet existing trends show that global emissions are still growing rapidly.

Source: www.resilience.org

I believe this must-read analysis is absolutely correct – sticking to the carbon budget implies degrowth, but I do not see how this can be implemented within our democratic systems. Planned contraction will inevitably lead to eco-fascism.

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Crisis and recovery: the threat to western elites

“Every effort must be made to restore economies to growth. Every effort must be made, too, to ensure that a similar crisis will not recur without eliminating those aspects of an open world economy and integrated finance that are of benefit. This will require more radicalism than most recognise. We must not only learn the lessons about how the world economy went awry. We must also act upon them. If we do not, next time a big crisis arrives even our open world economy could end in the fire.”

Source: www.prospectmagazine.co.uk

Extract in Prospect from the FT’s Martin Wolf latest book. Good analysis of how the economic crisis has undermined the trust in elites. But as member of this elite, Wolf continues to prescribe the wrong medicine, the one these elites blindly stick to, the one which has caused the crisis in the first place: ‘economic growth’.

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Global Warming Is Just One of Many Environmental Threats That Demand Our Attention

Our scientific priorities as well as our ethical commitments demand more—and multi-directional—engagement. Global warming, extremely important as it undoubtedly is, has to be seen as one part of a much larger picture of worrying threats as well as positive possibilities. .

Source: www.newrepublic.com

Long and challenging for environmentalists, but this New Republic article by Amartya Sen, is an absolute must-read.

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Three Limits to Growth

“From the graph it is evident that increasing production and consumption is rightly called economic growth only up to the economic limit. Beyond that point it becomes uneconomic growth because it increases costs by more than benefits, making us poorer, not richer. Unfortunately it seems that we perversely continue to call it economic growth!”

Source: steadystate.org

New Herman Daly article explains the reality of our current economies.

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A thinker whose heft impressed Bill Gates

“Prof Smil’s conclusion is that while dematerialisation in the sense of reduced material use for every dollar of gross domestic product has been a trend for decades and can continue into the future, an absolute reduction in the world’s use of natural resources is highly unlikely. If growth continues, at some point those resources will run low.”

Source: www.ft.com

Good article by FT’s Ed Crooks on Vaclav Smil. I do not like to title as Gates does not seem to understand Smil well enough when he talks about material limits to growth.

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