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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 Growthism is an outdated ideology that must be thrown out - and replaced with 'ecologism'.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...
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...

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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...
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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...

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...
Nick Clegg

Staying the course on the environment

Nick Clegg

7th November 2013

As the UK Government's green policies come under sustained attack from Tory and UKIP right-wingers, Lib-Dem Leader Nick Clegg nails his green colours to the mast. more...
Lord Stern

Lord Stern snubbed as free trade trumps climate change

Alex Stevenson

November 6th, 2013

Lord Stern's bold initiative to tackle climate change "unhelpful" says UK Government: free trade and economic growth take precedence over climate change ... more...

RWE's green energy revolution

Oliver Tickell

3rd November 2010

German energy giant RWE will transform into a decentralized energy provider and enabler of renewable technologies. more...
Solar panels

Small investors pile billions into UK renewable energy

Rebecca O'Connor

4th November 2013

A revolution is under way in personal finance. Investment in clean energy projects is going retail, as people plough their savings and pension funds into renewable energy ventures offering much greater returns than bank deposits. more...

Save the Co-op Bank!

Oliver Tickell

1st November 2013

A campaign has been launched to force the UK's Co-operative Bank to retain its ethical and green principles - in the face of a hostile takeover by hedge funds and financial speculators. more...
Bill McKibben speaks at Rochester Institute of Technology

Bill McKibben: time for the climate movement to get on the front foot

Adam Ramsay

31st October 2013

Bill McKibben, founder of the 350.org network, is one of the world's most effective climate change campaigners. And he is in the UK this week. Adam Ramsay of Open Democracy caught up with him ... more...
Borneo Lumbung Mine near Maruwei:

Borneo's rainforest coal: City of London profit.

John Vidal writing for the Guardian

30 October 2013

The development of coal mines in East Kalimantan is having a huge impact on local and indigenous populations, destroying the forest and displacing communities. London banks and City financiers take the profit. more...

Go fossil-free, urge investment managers

Kieran Cooke

28th October 2013

Fossil fuel companies are feeling the heat from investors concerned that many of their assets may prove worthless. more...
Grangemouth oil refinery

Ecology is the meaning of life

27th October 2013

Dr. Glen Barry

Dr. Glen Barry tells the Ecologist why he believes that ecology is far more than just the study of life and its environment......
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