Items in Archive 'Culture and Social Brains'

Why are CEOs struggling to prove sustainability value to investors? >> 05 Dec 2013

A new study reveals mounting challenges in quantifying the impact of green initiatives. But there are ways to overcome the issue

Empa: Der lange Weg zur 2000-Watt-Gesellschaft >> 25 May 2013

Die Vision einer Gesellschaft, in der jeder Erdbewohner mit 2000 Watt auskommt, gibt es bereits seit 15 Jahren. In dieser Zeit ist das Umweltbewusstsein in der westlichen Welt stetig gestiegen. Die Technik ist effizienter geworden, einem nachhaltigen Lebensstil scheint wenig im Wege zu stehen. Wie eine Studie der Empa und der ETH Zürich nun zeigt, [...]

The battle against Big Energy’s rush to ruin our planet | by Daryl Hannah >> 01 Nov 2012

The energy industry tries to sell us ‘ethical oil’, ‘clean coal’ and ‘natural gas’, but this extreme weather is mobilising people to act

Unlocking Africa’s Renewable Energy Potential >> 03 Oct 2012

With the right stimuli, delivered through a multi-pronged strategy, renewables will take off in sub-Saharan Africa.

Speed of Ocean Acidification Unparalleled >> 02 Oct 2012

"Ocean acidification has happened before sometimes with large consequences for marine ecosystems. But within the last 300 million years, never has the rate of ocean acidification been comparable to the ongoing acidification"says Dr Daniela Schmidt,   a geologist from the University of Bristol  
She added that the most comparable event, most likely 10 times slower than the current acidification, was 55 [...]

“I Have a Planet” – Do We Need a Martin Luther King for Climate Change? >> 26 Jun 2012

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
– Martin Luther King
The Rio+20 Earth Summit ambled towards a conclusion at the end of last [...]

Burning Down the House: The Shocking Economics of Energy >> 30 May 2012

Imagine if Mitt Romney's sons burned through their entire family fortune in less time than it takes to watch Titanic in 3D. That would be crazy, right?
But that's exactly what we're doing when it comes to energy: we're burning our inheritance instead of collecting our income.
We don’t normally see it expressed in these terms. Yet a quick [...]

Game Over For the Climate >> 30 May 2012

On May 9, well-known NASA climate scientist James Hansen wrote (in an opinion piece in the New York Times) that: “If Canada proceeds (to harvest Alberta tar sands), it's ‘game over  ’ for the planet.”
Hansen, who has admitted that he was troubled by a comment from President Barack Obama which suggested that Canada would exploit its [...]

The Great Carbon Bubble >> 22 Feb 2012

If we could see the world with a particularly illuminating set of spectacles, one of its most prominent features at the moment would be a giant carbon bubble, whose bursting someday will make the housing bubble of 2007 look like a lark.
As yet—as we shall see—it’s unfortunately largely invisible to us.In compensation, though, we have [...]

Where are the economists when we need them? >> 16 Feb 2012

February 15, 2012 by Jonathan Rowson

Simon Jenkins’s typically trenchant piece in yesterday’s Guardian opened with a strong assertion, followed by a striking assumption, leading to a pertinent question:
“Inflation is falling, debt is rising, growth is static and credit is edgy. All these are facts. There must be an economic equation that says what to do next. So where are [...]

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