Economists Are Blind to the Limits of Growth

“For all their calculating nature, economists are surprisingly optimistic about humanity’s ability to have as much prosperity as it wants. Express concern about the negative impact of excessive growth on our planet’s ecosystems, and many will simply chuckle and say you don’t understand what growth means.”

Source: www.bloombergview.com

Excellent article in Bloomberg views.

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Getting Beyond the 2-Degree Threshold on Global Warming

An author of a commentary questioning the value of a hard danger threshold for planetary temperature defends his views.

Source: dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com

A fascinating debate has started on the 2 degrees climate target. Andrew Revkin in the NY Times summarises. I agree that it is time to look beyond this political target.

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Record year for fossil fuel emissions pushes carbon budget to the brink

Graham Readfearn: Scientists release multiple journal papers showing increased challenge of cutting emissions as coal and China dominate growth

Source: www.theguardian.com

Great Guardian article with some interesting figures. We put 36 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere in 2013 (new record) – Our remaining carbon budget is 120Gt – at this rate we will have used it up in about 30 years. For all the nice ‘patting ourselves on the back’ in New York, this week, climate chaos continues to speed up. Try to remain positive and optimistic if you can handle these realities.

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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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