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Population of world 'could grow to 15bn by 2100'

Population of world 'could grow to 15bn by 2100' | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Nearly 7 billion people now inhabit planet but projections that number will double this century have shocked academics...
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European Union: The referendum is an absurd sideshow

European Union: The referendum is an absurd sideshow | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The UK's new political fight over its place in the EU might be an "absurd sideshow" but could also become the seed for a new European project.

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Occupy Wall Street Humor: Great Cartoon Plus The Onion

Occupy Wall Street Humor: Great Cartoon Plus The Onion | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
This hilarious cartoon is making the rounds: “I am the 1%.
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Course Review (or why Daniel Yergin needs to do his homework)

Course Review (or why Daniel Yergin needs to do his homework) | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Richard Heinberg provides a good summary of why the Golden Age of Gas might run out of gas soon, why it does only postpone peak oil for a few years and how declining net energy is leading to the end of economic growth and pain for the overblown financial sector

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When politicians distort science | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Recently, presidential candidate Rick Perry made misstatements not only about climate science -- but the scientists behind the science. How should scientists respond to such distortions?

 

So much for science-based policy-making. It is not too difficult too predict that more scientific facts on the unsustainability of our economic model will be denied because they do not fit into the narrative of the establishment.

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New Canadian Index of Wellbeing reveals how Canadians are really faring

New Canadian Index of Wellbeing reveals how Canadians are really faring | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The new Canadian Index of Wellbeing will measure not just the economy, but how people and communities, the environment and our democracy are faring.

 

Canada has presented a new metric showing a big discrepancy between GDP growth and citizens' wellbeing. When will the EU have its own "BeyondGDP" metric?

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EU launches €9 billion energy infrastructure plan | EurActiv

EU launches €9 billion energy infrastructure plan | EurActiv | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The EU executive has announced its first ever plan to use €9.1 billion from the EU’s 2014-2020 budget to help upgrade Europe’s energy infrastructure, according to strategic climate and energy needs.

 

The Commission is to invest in the smart grid, gas projects and carbon capture and storage. Does this really square with its "decarbonisation" strategy?

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To Reform Capitalism, CEOs Should Champion Structural Reforms

To Reform Capitalism, CEOs Should Champion Structural Reforms | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Climate change, natural resource shortages, the growing gap between haves and have nots, and the fragility of financial systems are but a few of the critical problems it has spawned, and these are conspiring to become a perfect storm. We need to respond urgently, and the choices before us range from dramatic course correction on one extreme, to facing "overshoot-and-collapse" on the other.

Great article in Harvard Business Review blog on how to save capitalism by focussing on "for-benefit" enterprises instead of "for-profit" business. Must-read.

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Food Sovereignty Report Launched | War on Want

Food Sovereignty Report Launched | War on Want | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

New report contrasts the UK government’s preferred approach of ‘food security’, based on free markets supplemented by aid, with the positive alternative of food sovereignty, which returns control over the food system to farmers.

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The peak oil brigade is leading us into bad policymaking on energy

The peak oil brigade is leading us into bad policymaking on energy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Dieter Helm: One can't assume energy prices are going ever upwards.

Weird comment by the guy who is advising the EU Commission on its 2050 energy roadmap. I did not see any peak oil guys in the advisory body.

 

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Carbon: What price simplicity?

Carbon: What price simplicity? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Is there a simpler way to put a price on carbon emissions than unwieldy trading schemes?

BBC's Richard Black looks at the EU's Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and a better alternative.

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EU leaders say youth protests are 'totally legitimate'

EU leaders say youth protests are 'totally legitimate' | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
In the wake of massive protests across Europe and the world against the financial sector, EU leaders have said they understand the frustration and that greater financial regulation is necessary.

The cynicism of EU leaders: the young people are right but we know better and we are "responsible" therefore we will continue to save the banks and protect the rich.

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Why the insurance industry won’t save us from climate change

Why the insurance industry won’t save us from climate change | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Could pricey premiums deter people from living in high-risk areas and prompt action on climate change? The evidence so far suggests not.

Very good article on why market-driven solutions to climate change do not work.

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23rd October. 27 Politicians. One Man Missing.

23rd October. 27 Politicians. One Man Missing. | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Oxfam urged European leaders to endorse the Financial Transaction or Robin Hood Tax during their crisis meeting on the Eurozone in Brussels.

 

 

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The Fracking Industry's War On The New York Times -- And The Truth

The Fracking Industry's War On The New York Times -- And The Truth | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Superb investigative journalism by the New York Times has brought the paper under attack by the natural gas industry, whose spinning and obfuscation is impeding leaders striving to institute sensible regulations.
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The false gospel of green marketing

The false gospel of green marketing | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The companies that are the heaviest resource depleters are often the first to declare how 'sustainable' their practices are...
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Declining Energy Quality and Economic Recession - Scientific American Blog Network

Declining Energy Quality and Economic Recession - Scientific American Blog Network | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
According to many, downturns in the U.S. and European markets are primarily the result of unsustainable behaviors in the financial industry. But, some critics are asking – was declining energy quality a major contributor to these negative turns?

 

Very good introduction to the concept of declining energy quality and the link with our current economic contraction.

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Report: World in Transition - A Social Contract for Sustainability

Report: World in Transition - A Social Contract for Sustainability | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

This contribution to the Rio+20 conference 2012 was written by the German Advisory Council on Global Change. It is one of the best documents on the urgent need for a global post-fossil fuel economy

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IEA sees dire energy future for the planet

IEA sees dire energy future for the planet | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

During its annual ministerial meeting held on 18-19 October in Paris, ministers and officials of the IEA’s 37 member countries heard a very gloomy analysis of the world’s big energy challenges. According to the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2011 (which will be officially launched on 9 November in London) the world is facing an expensive, dirty and climate-changing energy future.

 

Interesting to see the clash between the pessimistic analysis IEA ministers make and their continuing dreams that gas and technology will be able to provide answers.

 

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The Oil Drum | The Role of Energy in Economic Growth

Summary of an excellent research paper on the role of energy in economic growth and how an environmentally or resource constrained world might limit growth in the future.

 

 

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Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?: Scientific American

Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?: Scientific American | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A five-step global plan could double food production by 2050 while greatly reducing environmental damage...

Excellent recent article in Scientific American on the challenges of sustainable food production for the future.

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Kritik an der Finanzbranche - Professoren attackieren Wall Street

Kritik an der Finanzbranche - Professoren attackieren Wall Street | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

German article in Financial Times Germany - many economy professors are becoming increadingly critical and radical about the role of Wall Street. 

 

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We can recycle plastic

"Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled -- compared to almost 90% of metals -- because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic."

TED presentation by Mike Biddle: too good to be true?

 

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Green Leaders of the Future

Green Leaders of the Future | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
For the next generation of change, advises John Elkington, watch for disruptive ventures from the margins.

Another great Elkington article

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Debt cancellation without chaos – a programme for the Occupy movement?

Debt cancellation without chaos – a programme for the Occupy movement? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"... we need a scheme with a pattern of rewards and incentives that is more appropriate to the times that we live in. This could be achieved by giving people the wherewithall to reduce their debts if they have debts, but also giving the same amount to people who have no debts, or have low debts, which they could use too – not on a consumption binge, but on green investment to bring down our ecological debts (the carbon intensity of our lifestyles)."

Very interesting article on debt cancellation.

 

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