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Four Must-See Charts Show Why Renewable Energy Is Disruptive – In A Good Way

A common refrain, from skeptics to allies alike, is that renewable energy is a great idea, but not feasible because oil, gas, and coal will always be cheaper.
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The price of renewable energy has always been the false debate. If political and economic elites would have understood the real challenge of finite energy, the price tag would be the least of their worries. The REAL problem with renewables is the non-renewable scarce resources you need to produce, manufacture and deploy them.

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'Cornucopians in Space' Deliver a Dangerously Misguided Message

'Cornucopians in Space' Deliver a Dangerously Misguided Message | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Is mankind on the treshold of a new "age of abundance" or are we entering an era of resource scarcity and limits to growth?

 

On the Chris Martenson blog, Gregor MacDonald reflects on the abundance versus scarcity debate. Very interesting read.

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Solutions for a cultivated planet : Nature

Solutions for a cultivated planet : Nature | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Today, approximately a billion people are chronically malnourished while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity and climate on a global scale. To meet the world’s future food security and sustainability needs, food production must grow substantially while, at the same time, agriculture’s environmental footprint must shrink dramatically. Here we analyse solutions to this dilemma, showing that tremendous progress could be made by halting agricultural expansion, closing ‘yield gaps’ on underperforming lands, increasing cropping efficiency, shifting diets and reducing waste. Together, these strategies could double food production while greatly reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture."

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On the link between resource scarcity, financial fraud and the failure of austerity policies

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This is an absolute must-read commentary written by Jin Chen and James Galbraith explaining how rising energy and resource constraints have led to the extreme fraudulous financialisation of global economy and why austerity policies but also a return to Keynesianism will not work.

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Water's Economics as Muddy as Ever

Interesting article in Harvard Business Review on the economic costs of water scarcity and efforts by big companies to measure their "water footprint" and draw the necessary lessons.

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Scarcity as the 'mother of invention': can we consume less and still grow?

Scarcity as the 'mother of invention': can we consume less and still grow? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
For over 200 years, since the industrial revolution, we have seen economic growth strongly coupled with the consumption of more and more resources.
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