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Eurozone stagnation is a greater threat than debt

Eurozone stagnation is a greater threat than debt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It would be wrong to think last week’s global market gyrations signal a return of the eurozone debt crisis. Sovereign bond spreads in the eurozone did not move by much, except in Greece. What happened last week is something rather different.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 19, 2014 11:04 AM

Interesting that the 'secular stagnation' narrative is convincing more economists and pundits. How long before they will recognise that we have entered the post-growth era?

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Malign Confusion About Growth, Economic Growth or "Degrowth": Which Way Forward?

Malign Confusion About Growth, Economic Growth or "Degrowth": Which Way Forward? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
climate scientists have suggested that intentional ''de-growth'' is the only hope to stop the rising emissions associated with economic development and growth.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, December 31, 2013 4:39 AM

Long but excellent must-read analysis by Michael Hoexter of New Economic Perspectives on the need for degrowth strategies to tackle climate chaos.

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World Population May Reach 11 Billion By 2100

World Population May Reach 11 Billion By 2100 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"The model predicts that the population will likely reach between 9 billion and 13 billion by 2100."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, June 18, 2013 2:09 PM

And still, this issue remains the biggest taboo for policymakers and media.

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Three (more) things they don’t tell you about capitalism

Three (more) things they don’t tell you about capitalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Professor Ha-Joon Chang has two things in common with Karl Marx. Firstly he’s right in much of his economic analysis of the ills of capitalism and secondly his prescriptions of the solutions to these ills are lacking.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 19, 2013 4:12 PM

Very good article by Jules Peck of Citizen Renaissance

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What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos

What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What We Know helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 18, 2014 1:58 PM

The scientific community is getting more vocal and outspoken(about time), but the more policy makers will understand what they will need to do (questioning the Western way of life), the more they will hide themselves in ideology and denial.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 18, 2014 4:33 PM

The whole thing is about to break down, unless there is a significant coup against the existing private interests and their hold on policy makers' decisions.

 

One has to wonder how mentally healthy these people are who think that wealth is more valuable than health, regardless of the reasoning or justification for that wealth.

 

Think about it.

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The Fracking of “The Limits to Growth”

The Fracking of “The Limits to Growth” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Does a new extractive technology arrive before or after limits to growth in resource throughput are in place?

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 21, 2013 4:20 AM

Interesting article by Herman Daly on the death of a American proponent of 'limits to growth' who went over to the fracking side - Darth Vader?

 

"If we were to first enact limits to growth in resource throughput, then even a violent extractive technology such as fracking would be constrained in its ability to wreck the planet on a large scale. The lower carbon content of natural gas might reduce global warming enough to make up for additional extraction damage to the environment. However, if we insist that unlimited growth must remain our first goal, then fracking will just increase total greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention groundwater depletion and pollution. With growth in first place, even soft technologies, those that increase efficiency of resource usage, are likely (thanks to the Jevons Paradox) to promote growth in resource throughput to a scale that is on balance harmful."

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Governance in the Long Emergency

Governance in the Long Emergency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Might there be more agile, dependable, and less awkward ways to conduct the public business in the long emergency that do not require authoritarian governments, the compromises and irrational messiness of politics, or even reliance on personal sacrifice?"


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, May 17, 2013 1:29 PM

I am afraid the answer to the above question is 'no'. Nevertheless one of the most interesting chapters in the latest Worldwatch Institute's State of the World. Title of this year's book 'Is sustainability still possible?'. Easy answer: no way.

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New Lens Scenarios - Shell Global

New Lens Scenarios - Shell Global | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"With the world’s population headed toward 9 billion at mid-century and millions of people climbing out of poverty, global energy demand could increase by as much as 80% by 2050. That’s according to Shell’s latest scenarios, which look at trends in the economy, politics and energy in considering developments over the next half a century."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 9, 2013 3:35 AM

In its latest New Lens scenarios, Shell recognises the existence of "ecological limits" to growth and confirms 2 degrees warming target is unreachable.