“The message couldn’t have been clearer if it had said “up yours”. It is an example of the way in which all governments collaborate in the disaster they publicly bemoan. They sagely agree with the need to do something to avert the catastrophe the panel foresees, while promoting the industries that cause it.”
George Monbiot points to the overwhelming responsibility of governments who should now better but continue to be under the spell of the fossil-fuel industry. When are we going to take them to account?
See on www.theguardian.com
The world’s largest CEO sustainability study shows most companies are not integrating social, environmental and governance issues into their core strategies
Very good article once more from Guardian’s Jo Cofino on the lack of real sustainability transformation of large companies. Even if CEOs understand the challenges, they cannot make the business case in these times of austerity and economic crisis.
See on www.theguardian.com
“The economic ‘theories’ underpinning our current society developed exclusively during the short period labeled ‘A’ on the graph, on a planet still ecologically empty of human systems and when increasing amounts of extraordinarily powerful fossil energy was applied to an expanding global economic system.”
Brilliant insights from economist-trader turned ecologist Nate Hagens on why our economists and our economies are in such a sorry state.
See on www.theoildrum.com
A leaked copy of the world’s most authoritative climate study reveals scientific forecasts of imminent doom were drastically wrong. the Mail on Sunday has revealed.
Get ready for the full-on communication attack by climate deniers when the new IPCC report on the science of climate change gets released next week.
See on www.dailymail.co.uk
Over the past few centuries mankind’s economic growth has caused many of the problems that other species face. But as our special report this week argues, greater human prosperity now offers other species their best chance of hanging on.
Very smart but deceptive article in the Economist on the link between biodiversity and economic growth. Two problems: it equates ‘greater human prosperity’ with growth and leaves out the social justice factor as an important dimension of why poor countries do even worse on biodiversity protection.
See on www.economist.com
12/09/2013 – Further delay in the implementation of comprehensive international climate policies could substantially increase the short-term costs of climate change mitigation.
Current climate policies stalemate could cost -7% economic growth if effective global agreement only from 2030; ‘only’ 2% if climate deal reached by 2015. This should be a wake-up call for the growth cornucopians.
See on www.pik-potsdam.de
A renowned former physics professor at the University of Colorado Boulder who was famous for a lecture he delivered over 1,700 times died on Saturday at the age of 90. According to The Daily Camera, he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.
Death of one of the world’s greatest sustainability thinkers – "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function"
See on www.huffingtonpost.com
If the experts at the U.S. Department of Energy are right, the startling “new” fuels of 2040 will be oil, coal, and natural gas — and we will find ourselves on a baking, painfully uncomfortable planet.
Would be better to call this ‘our fossil-fueled non-future’
See on www.resilience.org