Indigenous land rights key to forest protection, which is key to limiting heating to 1.5 C

Excerpt from Climate Progress, May 2019 A new book published by Springer Nature presents a pathway to meet the internationally recognized goal of limiting planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. As part of the study, scientists studied scenarios that avoided deforestation and the role that restoration of intact ecosystems would need to play. “What we have done is the first global study quantifying the …

But how do we pay for it (or we can’t pay for it)…

Excerpt, Business Green and The New Economics Foundation, April 2019 It would be remiss not to point out that the guy in charge of President Kennedy’s budget didn’t think the country could afford to put a man on the moon, and the UK Treasury didn’t want to build the Victoria Line (or set up a Green Investment Bank, as just one more …

The next egg: Investing our retirement savings in our local communities

If you’d like to learn more about that and about the nuts & bolts of SD IRAs and solo 401(k)s, join us for a webinar on April 11, 2019 at 11:30 am (Pacific), presented by author Michael Shuman and co-sponsored by LIFT Economy, Sustainable Economies Law Center, and Shareable. On that webinar, you’ll also learn about how Michael, LIFT, and the Law Center are planning to bring …

Highlights from The Patterning Instinct

Highlights from The Patterning Instinct Alexander and Ashoka: Two divergent ​conceptions of power:  A Study In Contrasts A pattern that emerges from history is the propensity of Europeans to use innovative technologies to change the rules of the game and thus gain a power advantage. This proclivity seems to arise from a deep structure in European cognition that identifies power as a …

We see the ongoing pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonialism in the continuing devastation that a capital-centered economy, with its extractive industries that destroy the air and water

We see the ongoing pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonialism in the continuing devastation that a capital-centered economy, with its extractive industries that destroy the air and water we all rely on for survival, threatens the very future of global humanity. The stakes could not be higher.  We had hoped the UN’s creation of the Permanent Forum and passage …

Short book highlights from Concrete Economics, a New Consensus recommendation

Central to Hamilton’s view was protecting America’s infant industries, so up went the tariff, about 25% in 1816  Given the huge costs of shipping in the early 1800s, this was a formidable exercise in protectionism as well as a major source of federal government revenues.  And up it stayed, over the opposition of agriculturalists who were buyers, not producers, of …

‘Coal is on the way out’: study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind ‘we can move a lot faster to replace coal’

Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a new study.  “Even without major policy shift we will continue to see coal retire pretty rapidly,” said Mike O’Boyle, the co-author of the report for Energy Innovation, a renewables analysis firm. “Our analysis shows that we can move …

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalities

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalitiesm, by Alycee Lane in Common Dreams March 21, 2019  For most of the 20th century, these communities could not participate equally with the white majority in direct and indirect fossil fuel consumption. (Photo:Pinterest) Critics of House Resolution 109 (H. RES. 109)—the “Green …