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New report: Taking environmental limits seriously: The need to reshape environmental policy

New report:  Taking environmental limits seriously: The need to reshape environmental policy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Despite this large untapped potential, a sufficient degree of decoupling may not be achieved. As part of a precautionary strategy, policy and society should therefore also reflect on conditions of social and political stability under conditions of low economic growth.

 

This new report from the German Advisory Council on the Environment is one of the few reports which looks beyond the "decoupling" paradigm and puts forward ideas to adapt economic and social practices and institutions for a coming post-growth world.

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Thoughts on why energy use and CO2 emissions are rising as fast as GDP

In this great article on the Oil Drum Gail Tverberg explains why worldwide "decoupling" is not happening and has even been reversed in the last decade.

 

She also puts her finger on the weakness of the Kyoto Protocol. It has probably increased CO2 emissions worldwide because of the shift of manufacturing industries to coal-centered Asia.

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Weighing the Environmental Costs of Economic Recovery

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Another worrying article based on the GreenBiz State of Green Business report showing that sustainability trends have gone in reverse as a result of the economic recession.

 

"For the first time we have made no improvement in our rate of decarbonization. We have in fact increased the carbon intensity of growth. The economic recovery, where it has occurred, has been dirty.” (Source: Forbes)

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Why is our consumption falling?

Why is our consumption falling? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Everyone believes that consumption is out of control. But is it? From food to paper and water, Britain has gradually been guzzling less over the last decade. Why?

 

Exciting article in the Guardian: has the UK reached "peak stuff" and do we see the first signs of real decoupling between economic growth and resource use? Chris Goodall, Tim Jackson and Andrew Simms take on the debate.

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