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Why green growth won’t transform the economy | openDemocracy

Why green growth won’t transform the economy | openDemocracy | Growth Mania | Scoop.it

"Green growth is a myth. Because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep enough into the structures of self and society to secure solutions to the crises that we face."


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Oh, the Woes of Global Growth!

Oh, the Woes of Global Growth! | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Global Growth Woes Threaten to Beset U.S. Economy. This Wall Street Journal report earns a spot on the Wall of Shame as a textbook example of pro-growth bias in the media. It’s evident writers Josh Zumbrun and Nick Timiraos were suckled on the Kool-Aid of growth worship:“The specter of deflation in Europe and a slowdown in China and other emerging ...
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Fastest Growing Cities Celebrated - No Critical Thought

Fastest Growing Cities Celebrated - No Critical Thought | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Today’s example of unexamined assumptions in the media about the goodness of growth is one of those very painful ones. I just want to reach out and slap Richie Bernardo for writing 2014s Fastest Growing Cities without thinking critically about the mythology it celebrates.A story like this could be approached factually, without any of the common ass...
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How can we hope to achieve sustainable equilibrium in a world full of cities competing to be the fastest growing? This kind of thinking needs to stop. This website is working to dispel the myth of prosperity from growth.

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WWF Misses #1 Way to Reduce Carbon Footprint

WWF Misses #1 Way to Reduce Carbon Footprint | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
I like World Wildlife Fund. Each year this global organization publishes the Living Planet Report, a thorough and eye-opening assessment of human impact on the Earth. But even an organization doing such amazing work can be guilty of political correctness, which I’m afraid may be the reason 7 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint finds itself on the ...
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Growth Profiteer: Keep Calm and Party On

Growth Profiteer: Keep Calm and Party On | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
You can always count on a headline like this to attract the magnifying glass of the Truth Squad here at Growth Bias Busted: Don’t Fear Growth – It’s No Longer The Enemy Of The Planet. It’s not a joke. It’s simply another effort by growth-pushers to reassure us that we can be selfish, greedy, and gluttonous, and the world will still go round. In thi...
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Press Club, Australian Media, Dick Smith and Graham Turner Top the Week

Press Club, Australian Media, Dick Smith and Graham Turner Top the Week | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
What a week! After a long stretch of pitiful excuses for journalism, keeping us occupied on the Wall of Shame, we got to spend this entire week on the Wall of Fame. It was a very close horse-race to determine the top Famer of the week, so I’m going to list them all, in the order of Fame you, the voters, bestowed upon them:1. Smith & Turner Lead...
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A week of decent media items that don't exhibit growth-mania.

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The American Dream: What Do We Want for Our Kids?

The American Dream: What Do We Want for Our Kids? | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Robert Samuelson’s latest syndicated column expressed the very real concerns of parents in the U.S., perhaps in most developed nations:“I have three 20-somethings, and although all are now gainfully occupied in jobs or school, I am awash in anxiety about their future. Will jobs be there? Will they be stable? Will they pay enough? Will they encourag...
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AP Trifecta of Pro-Growth Bias in Reporting

AP Trifecta of Pro-Growth Bias in Reporting | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Associated Press offered so much judgment in recent days that more spending, consumption and economic growth are desirable, I’m having to spotlight three stories at once here on the Wall of Shame:In New US Home Sales Plunge 8.1% In June, there is a clear assumption that building more houses is an unalloyed good. A drop in the number of new houses s...
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GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth» Blog » World Population Day 2014: I’ll Have What She’s Having

GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth» Blog » World Population Day 2014: I’ll Have What She’s Having | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth is a feature-length documentary examining the beliefs and behaviors preventing us from becoming a sustainable civilization. It is the first in a series of films planned by the non-profit GrowthBusters public education project.
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Herman Daly: Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better

Herman Daly: Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Seed Magazine recently reposted a 2009 interview with noted economist Herman Daly that is so spot-on I just had to honor it here on the Wall of Fame at Growth Bias Busted. Kudos to Seed, and to environmental science journalist Maywa Montenegro, who interviewed Daly. As always, Herman Daly had a way with words:“What is growth? Is it a temporary proc...
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This interview, originally published in 2009, holds up well today as an outstanding explanation of sensible economics that doesn't ignore the laws of science.
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Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious

Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Should this story in Sunday’s New York Times be on the Wall of Fame because it offers good news (even though the reporter apparently didn’t see it that way)? Or should it be on the Wall of Shame because reporter Thomas Erdbrink failed to explore the view that lower fertility rates actually offer hope for future generations? I’m going with Shame bec...
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More govt. hand-wringing over declining fertility raises serious doubts about the intelligence of policymakers worldwide.

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Is a Shrinking Economy Bad News?

Is a Shrinking Economy Bad News? | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
A shrinking U.S. economy was mourned, across the board, by journalists last week. But for a country responsible for roughly 25% of the world’s resource use, isn’t a contracting economy a positive step - toward sustainable, one-planet living?Last Thursday’s Commerce Department revision of 1st quarter gross domestic product (GDP) provided yet another...
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The news media keep playing these tapes to us in our sleep.

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GDP: Vital Gauge or Testosterone Supercharged Distraction?

GDP: Vital Gauge or Testosterone Supercharged Distraction? | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Last Sunday’s New York Times made our Wall of Fame on Monday with an intelligent op-ed about how declining fertility rates is more good news than bad. Our global obsession with economic growth, however, joins overpopulation on the list of humankind’s suicidal behaviors. So my delight on Sunday was tempered somewhat by the Off the Shelf book review ...
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Maine Voices: Growing Maine's workforce is a critical part of economic growth - Press Herald

Maine Voices: Growing Maine's workforce is a critical part of economic growth - Press Herald | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Maine Voices: Growing Maine's workforce is a critical part of economic growth
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... needs to be addressed now.
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Paul Krugman Digging Way to China

Paul Krugman Digging Way to China | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
New York Times columnist and Princeton economics professor Paul Krugman finds himself once again on the Wall of Shame at Growth Bias Busted. Over the past few weeks Krugman has been providing a delicious demonstration of the old Will Rogers adage:“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.”At the risk of over-cooking, to...
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The debate over limits to growth heats up!

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Consumer Spending Showing Renewed Life

Consumer Spending Showing Renewed Life | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
USA Today’s Paul Davidson fell into all the classic traps in reporting that, “The American consumer has a pulse, after all.” This news story goes beyond reporting the facts about rising U.S. retail sales. The assumption that more consumption is good news is evident throughout. “The improvement marks a shift from a couple of months ago, when rising ...
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Overpopulation in U.S. Tops Overpopulation in Philipines

Overpopulation in U.S. Tops Overpopulation in Philipines | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
The news often reports on which cities are growing the fastest, and always with the fundamental assumption that this growth is a measure of success. This is malarkey, of course, since most cities have expanded well past the point where growth becomes uneconomic, costing the citizens much more than it benefits them. This week’s top-voted piece was o...
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Earth Overshoot Day: Media Coverage Underwhelms

Earth Overshoot Day: Media Coverage Underwhelms | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Earth Overshoot Day came and went yesterday with very little fanfare. Considering the very serious ramifications of humanity being in overshoot, it should have been the lead story on every newscast and in every newspaper. Since that was not the case, I have no choice but to put the world’s news media on the Wall of Shame, en masse.“Global Footprint...
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The Global Economy’s Groundhog Day

The Global Economy’s Groundhog Day | Growth Mania | Scoop.it

"Just as Bill Murray’s character could not escape Groundhog Day without radically changing his life, we cannot expect different economic outcomes without fundamentally different growth models."


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Great observations, though I think the proper response is to embrace the end of growth and begin developing a sustainable economic system.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 8, 11:26 AM

Good article by Ashoka Mody in Project Syndicate, criticising the belief that the global economy can return to the growth model of the past. But Mody still thinks a new growth model is conceivable. What if we have moved into the post-growth era? Then we do not need a new growth model but a new model to share prosperity in a world with planetary and social limits.

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Economy Sizzles; Media Celebrate Return to Robust Destruction

Economy Sizzles; Media Celebrate Return to Robust Destruction | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
This morning the United States Department of Commerce released its advanced estimate of 2nd quarter National Income and Product Accounts – GDP. An annualized growth rate of about 3% was widely anticipated, so the 4 percent figure reported today will undoubtedly be celebrated – by the White House, growth profiteers counting their money, growth proph...
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Nevada: Lack of Water a Mere Speed Bump on Road to Eternal Growth

Nevada: Lack of Water a Mere Speed Bump on Road to Eternal Growth | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Yesterday I featured a story on the Wall of Shame about the water level in Lake Mead hitting a record low. The story brought up the fact that the Colorado River was already over-appropriated before Hoover Dam was built, but made no further mention of population growth’s role in slowly killing this river. I scolded reporter Henry Brean for failing t...
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Lake Mead at record low levels isn't stopping the state of Nevada from shopping for more businesses and people to feed the growth-addicted state's economy.

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Tony Abbott Encourages G20 to Drive Economic Growth

Tony Abbott Encourages G20 to Drive Economic Growth | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Political leaders’ remarks are reported widely, so they are among the chief storytellers of our time. That's why we’re quick to put politicians in the spotlight when they deliver rhetoric that reinforces growth=prosperity mythology. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott gets the honor today, for this statement released to the news media two days ag...
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“If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”

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The Economist Voted Tops for Shrinking Population Option

The Economist Voted Tops for Shrinking Population Option | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Our readers were impressed with The Economist’s exploration of the possibility that a shrinking population doesn’t have to disrupt our economic system (even our current, growth-addicted economy). This is precisely the type of journalism we try to encourage here, by shaming unimaginative reporting that assumes growth is essential and beneficial, and...
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Pope Francis Urges Couples to Raise Kids, Not Cats and Dogs

Pope Francis Urges Couples to Raise Kids, Not Cats and Dogs | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Pope Francis said that staying childless will ultimately bring married couples nothing but "the bitterness of loneliness"
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GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth» Blog » 5 Things You Wouldn’t Do on a Spaceship

GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth» Blog » 5 Things You Wouldn’t Do on a Spaceship | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth is a feature-length documentary examining the beliefs and behaviors preventing us from becoming a sustainable civilization. It is the first in a series of films planned by the non-profit GrowthBusters public education project.
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This is a video worth seeing and sharing on Earth Day, and beyond!

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Why green growth won’t transform the economy | openDemocracy

Why green growth won’t transform the economy | openDemocracy | Growth Mania | Scoop.it

"Green growth is a myth. Because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep enough into the structures of self and society to secure solutions to the crises that we face."


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