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Back to basics

Andrew Simms

22nd April, 2009

Uncontrolled growth of financial debt is currently laying waste to large parts of the global economy. An explosion of ecological debt looks set to do the same, but worse, to a biosphere friendly to human civilisation. more...
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Nature's free for all

Paul Kingsnorth

8th April, 2009

With the worst summer on record decimating his potatoes, onions and other allotment crops, Paul Kingsnorth turns to nature’s abundance in foraged food more...
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Capital Growth: London’s floating gardens

Louise Downing

26th February, 2009

Capital Growth and British Waterways have teamed up in a bid to convert London’s canals into flourishing floating vegetable gardens. more...
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Allotments are not for building on

Paul Kingsworth

28th January, 2009

Paul Kingsnorth on the battle to keep land for people to grow their own food, rather than for developers to grow rich. more...
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Goodbye to growth

Richard Heinberg

7th January, 2009

The contraction of the global economic system bodes nothing but good for global ecosystems. Growth is dead – long live sustainability more...
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Less is more - the move to a saner happier economy

Andrew Simms

1st April, 2008

Don’t be afraid of the recession, says Andrew Simms , it may just be the lucky break we need to get our heads around a more sane economy and a better quality of life more...
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Carbon Trading and the limits of free-market logic

Kevin Smith

3rd October, 2007

Carbon trading, its backers claim, brings emissions reductions and supports sustainable development in the global south. But, argues Kevin Smith, it may do neither, and is harming efforts to create a low-carbon economy. more...
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Old-growth forests must be protected, say scientists

News

7th June, 2007

Forty-two biologists and botanists have sent a signed petition to the governments of British Columbia and Canada calling for full protection of the country's old-growth forest. more...
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Taking account of China’s growth

Pan Yue

29th March, 2007

China boasts the fastest growing economy in the world. But how to calculate this development’s impact on natural resources, on public health and the environment? Pan Yue sets out the case for green GDP accounting more...
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Not so much 'green' as 'cabbage looking'

Molly Scott Cato

22nd March, 2007

Gordon Brown's Budget was disappointing. But not just because of its economic niceties. It fails to address key issues which have become taboo amongst economists - money, debt and economic growth. Molly Scott Cato, a green economist and Senior Lecturer in Social Economy at the Cardiff School of Management, addresses all three... more...

'Build on the green-belt' says think-tank

News

23rd January, 2007

A new report by the Policy Exchange think-tank has advocated scrapping the green-belt and simplifying the planning system. more...
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Re-writing the pre-budget report

Paul Kingsnorth

7th December, 2006

The Chancellor's pre-budget report on Wednesday 6th December was a green-washed shambles. Paul Kingsnorth gives Gordon a helping hand with the re-write more...

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Growing pains

Stephan Harding

7th December, 2006

Stephan Harding, coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science at the Schumacher College, explains why standard economic growth is not the answer, and why personal Tradable Energy Quotas are... more...
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Economic growth - the elephant in the room?

Aidan Rankin

1st December, 2005

‘Religion is the opium of the people’ is one of Marx’s best-known aphorisms. It is memorable because it tells us so much about the manipulation of faith in the industrial era more...
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Permanent Global Summertime

Joanna Blythman

1st September, 2004

As the supermarket doors glide open there they are – cosmetically perfect, irresistibly firm, brilliantly coloured fruit and vegetables. And yet, when you get them home, they taste of nothing. Is it the way you cooked them, or have you just selected badly? No, you’ve been conned. more...
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Why you can't develop a nation

Gard Binney

11th June, 2000

Gard Binney examines the need for an alternative to the dominant development paradigm of globalisation. more...

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