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The global financial crisis and the prospects for ‘Green Growth’

The global financial crisis offers a big opportunity for progressive politicians to reenergise the green agenda.

 

British energy expert Dieter Helm provides a good analysis of why EU climate policy has failed to make a difference but his plea for "green growth" suffers from technology optimism and belief in the overhyped gas eldorado.


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Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion

Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations' 2011 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, global urban population is expected to gain more than 2.5 billion new inhabitants through 2050. Such sharp increases in the number of urban dwellers will require considerable conversion of natural to urban landscapes, resulting in newly developing and expanding megapolitan areas. Could climate impacts arising from built environment growth pose additional concerns for urban residents also expected to deal with impacts resulting from global climate change?

 

Contrary to some sustainability thinkers (most of them brought up in cities, I suppose) this study rightly questions further urbanisation as the path towards a more sustainable world.


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Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion

Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations' 2011 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, global urban population is expected to gain more than 2.5 billion new inhabitants through 2050. Such sharp increases in the number of urban dwellers will require considerable conversion of natural to urban landscapes, resulting in newly developing and expanding megapolitan areas. Could climate impacts arising from built environment growth pose additional concerns for urban residents also expected to deal with impacts resulting from global climate change?

 

Contrary to some sustainability thinkers (most of them brought up in cities, I suppose) this study rightly questions further urbanisation as the path towards a more sustainable world.


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Energiewende: Stoppt den Bioenergie-Wahnsinn

Energiewende: Stoppt den Bioenergie-Wahnsinn | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it
Kraftstoffe vom Acker können den Klimawandel nicht aufhalten. Sie verschärfen stattdessen das globale Hungerproblem, attestiert nun die Nationale Wissenschaftsakademie.

 

A comprehensive new study published by the German National Academy of Sciences concludes that "Germany should not focus on Bioenergy to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and GHG emissions". Germany's Die Zeit has an excellent summary of this interesting "Bioenergy – chances and limits" study.

 


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