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No incentive to innovate?

Industry glibly says: “The low carbon price means there is no incentive to innovate.” Hell no, there really isn’t an incentive to innovate.  How about solving a really big problem called “how does man live comfortably without smashing up the … Continue reading

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Stimulus and response in the EU ETS

We use a carbon tax or an emission trading scheme to stimulate investment in clean technology.  The logic of this idea is based on several steps: we charge people for emitting CO2 and as a result some will find ways … Continue reading

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Priming as policy: forest schools and nuclear power

It takes five years to educate a child from the age of five to ten.  It takes between ten and twenty years to build a nuclear power station in a democracy.  We should consider carefully the implications of this in … Continue reading

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Prosperity, possessions and flying

In a recent article published in the Guardian, L Hunter Lovins describes how a new narrative might be emerging about the economy.  http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/oct/10/challenge-narrative-possessions-equal-prosperity In the rich world we are realising that we don’t need possessions to achieve prosperity, happiness and … Continue reading

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Beauty in the wrong place is ugliness: conversation with a (nice) psychogardener

Walking back from the shops this afternoon, down Németvölgyi út in Budapest, I saw a lady pulling up all the grasses, wild carrot, plantain, wood sorrel and other “weeds” lining the edge of the pavement. Since I like lots of … Continue reading

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