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Used clothes from wealthy countries on sale at Nanyuki Market, Kenya. Photo: Konrad Glogowski via Flickr.

Anti-consumerism is not enough

Oliver Williams

25th May 2014

Our economies and our jobs depend on mass consumption, argues Oliver Williams. If we all consume less to save the planet, the economy will tank and millions will lose their jobs. The answer is not frugality, but reductions in population. more...
No longer such a hot investment? Oil pumps in California. Photo: CGP Grey via Flickr.com.

FTSE and Blackrock join to fight fossil fuel investment

Rebecca Cooke

1st May 2014

One of the world's biggest fund managers has joined forces with London's FTSE group, writes Rebecca Cooke, to steer investors away from putting their money into risky oil and coal investments. more...
Well-being is far too important to be set aside in the 'nice fluffy things' category. Photo: Alison Curtis via Flickr.com.

Well-being, not growth, must be our economic purpose

Christine Berry

30th April 2014

Well-being is not just a luxury for good economic times, writes Christine Berry. Reducing poverty and promoting equality are more important economic goals than the pursuit of endless growth. more...
A sunrise industry: wind turbines in Texas. Photo: Chrishna via Flickr.com.

Wind power booms in oil-rich Texas

Ian Partridge

13th April 2014

One evening in March, wind delivered over 10,000 MW of electricity to Texas's power grid, almost 30% of total demand, reports Ian Partridge, and another 18,500 MW of capacity is under construction. So just why is Texas going so big on wind? more...
Synthetic biology for everybody? What a wonderful world that would be ... at a lecture by Dr. Manuel Selg, Photo: Martin Hieslmair / Ars Electronica via Flickr.com.

It's time to get a grip on technology!

David King

12th April 2014

The issues surrounding powerful new technologies from GMOs to nuclear power appear disparate, writes David King - but look harder and most are linked by common threads. Key among them are issues of profit, control and socialisation of cost ... more...
Green growth in lower Manhattan - but is it enough? Photo: Alyson Hurt via Flickr.com.

Green growth cannot make a sustainable world

André Reichel

14th April 2014

Green growth is a myth, writes André Reichel, because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability. Instead we must plan for economic 'de-growth' - and go for growth only in the areas that really matter, like culture, learning and joy. more...
Talis Kalnars in 1999, in the Dinam Estate woodlands in mid-Wales. Photos: Oliver Tickell.

An inspirational forester

Phil Morgan

14th May 2014

Talis Kalnars was a pioneer of 'continuous cover' forestry in Britain, writes Phil Morgan. His woodlands were not only beautiful but profitable, as he nurtured the 'natural capital' of the forest ecosystem, and only harvested the dividend of high value timber. more...
Hinkley Point nuclear plant, viewed across the reedbeds from Steart. Quantock Hills in the background. Photo: Mark Robinson via Flickr.com.

Hinkley C - a nuclear subsidy too far

Paul Dorfman

8th April 2014

As the European Commission considers the £100 billion subsidy package the UK has offered EDF to build and operate Hinkley C nuclear power station, Paul Dorfman explains why the 'deal' is illegal, anti-renewables, and ruinous to energy users and tax payers. more...
Eradicating giant hogweed, an invasive plant whose sap inflicts painful blisters on skin contact. It grows vigorously - but that does not make it good. Photo: NYS DEC via Flickr.com.

Challenging 'growthism'

Rupert Read

21st March 2014

The basic premise of this week's budget is that 'growth is good' and must be sought at all costs. But as Rupert Read writes, this is transparent nonsense. Growthism is an outdated ideology that must be thrown out - and replaced with 'ecologism'. more...
Two thirds of the energy companies coal, oil and gas resources will have to stay in the ground to protect the climate. Photo: eastcolfax via Flickr.com.

Financial markets should get serious on climate policy

Sam Fankhauser

22 March 2014

Climate policy could bite on fossil fuel resource values much faster than financial markets anticipate, writes Sam Fankhauser. It's time investors wised up to the hazards of investing in fossil fuels, when two thirds of them may have to remain unexploited. more...
The closing still from The Money Trap (1965). Metro Goldwyn Mayer via marsmet472 / Flickr.com.

Breaking the despotic power of finance

Ann Pettifor

14th March 2014

Orthodox economics and finance have promoted a false account of money, writes Ann Pettifor. Change is necessary and possible. But it will come only through a revolution in the general public's understanding. more...
Poundland jubilee flag maker by Banksy. Photo: Duncan Hull via Flickr.com.

Fracking is the death spasm of a defunct economic order

Paul Mobbs

5th March 2014

Political support for fracking is not just about energy, writes Paul Mobbs. It reflects the greater ecological and resource crisis at the root of our current economic woes - and only postpones the essential shift to a new kind of economy. more...

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Making Sustainability Work - second edition, front cover.

Making Sustainability Work

Finn Jackson

14th March 2014

'Business' has to made sustainable - but how is the transformation to be achieved? Finn Jackson reviews a key book on the topic - but finds that amid the checklists of criteria, the authors have somehow missed the point of it all. more...
Saffron, a 15 year old schoolgirl from Cadishead, arrested by Greater Manchester Police at the Barton Moss drilling site last weekend. Photo: SalfordStar.com.

Planners' pension funds set to win from fracking permissions

Jan Goodey, Will Cottrell & Ed Jones

24th February 2014

Two Councils at the front line of fracking protests - Greater Manchester and West Sussex - have pension funds investing in the major fracking operators - while decisions on planning applications to frack are pending. more...
Mmm ... a wholesome freegan breakfast.  Photo: Maria Evrenos.

My 'freegan' week in London - surviving without money

Maria Evrenos

22nd February 2014

Maria Evrenos left her wallet at home for a week to discover that even an inexperienced urban forager can survive without money for a week by treasuring other people's trash. more...
Flooding on the Somerset Levels and Moors. Watercolour by Lord Otter via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - the real battle is getting the Government to pay

Oliver Tickell

9th February 2014

Right wing media and politicians have chosen the Somerset Levels as their battle field for fighting the 'green' agenda. There is just one problem - the facts. On the Levels themselves, there is a remarkable consensus about the way forward - and the future is Green. more...

Norwegian pension giant drops investments in coal, tar sands, palm oil

Sophie Morlin-Yron

30th January 2014

Scandinanvia's biggest pension fund manager will cut all its investments in 'climate villains', writes Sophie Morlin-Yron - including 40 companies in the coal, tar sands and palm oil sectors. more...
An African yam market. Photo: terriem via Flickr.com.

What if ... economics became a science?

David Boyle and Andrew Simms

3rd February 2014

Economics claims to be a science - yet it fails to engage with the world's only real economic actors - people, not theorems. It's time to rethink economics, write David Boyle and Andrew Simms, and ask the revolutionary question: 'What if ... ?' more...
Time for radical changes in our pensions! Photo: Olha Afanasieva / Shutterstock.

Our pensions can change the world

Rebecca O'Connor

11th January 2014

The UK's pension funds are worth a colossal £3 trillion - yet few have any idea what 'their' pension money is doing. As Rebecca O'Connor reports, activist pension holders can now shift their funds towards green, ethical investments ... more...
Winston Churchill. Photo: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons.

Climate change is about survival - not economics

Tom Burke

11 December 2013

Climate change is an existential threat to humans and our civilisation. A rapid transition to a renewable energy system must take place if we are to survive, argues Tom Burke - never mind the economics. more...
Patrick Holden / Sustainable Food Trust.

True-cost accounting in food and farming

Patrick Holden

29th November 2013

Unsustainable farming systems that damage the environment and public health thrive at the expense of sustainable producers. Patrick Holden makes the case for "true cost accounting" ... more...
Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com

The revolution is already happening

Michael Townsend

28th November 2013

We do not have to be constrained by our current dysfunctional system of capitalism, argues Michael Townsend. People are already finding and implementing more attractive alternatives. A quiet revolution is under way ... more...
Keith Taylor and a volunteer at the Kings Church food bank in Portsmouth.

Food banks in southeast England: struggling to meet demand

Keith Taylor MEP

19th November 2013

Green MEP Keith Taylor represents the people of 'prosperous' south-east England in Europe. But as he found visiting food banks in Portsmouth, not everyone shares in the prosperity around them. more...

COP19: Poor countries in the dark on climate finance

Oliver Tickell

14th November 2013

Poor countries are being left with little idea about what money is available to help them cope with climate change because of murky accounting and a lack of transparency by rich countries, according to an Oxfam study. more...
John Sinfield

Mr Cameron: will it be heating or eating this winter?

John Sinfield

12th November 2013

The MD of Britain's largest insulation company demands: back warm, efficient homes now, or condemn millions to cold, damp and sky-rocketting fuel bills. more...

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