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Emissions from eating meat and dairy – we need a number!

A large portion of the work of climate policy people is to measure emissions.  It is a tedious and nerdy labour but nonetheless important.  We are talking about science, about predictions and models, so we need rigorous monitoring and measurement … Continue reading

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Exxon: the cow’s best friend

51% of greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to animal husbandry.  Here is the original paper (http://www.worldwatch.org/files/pdf/Livestock%20and%20Climate%20Change.pdf) and an update (http://www.chompingclimatechange.org/uploads/8/0/6/9/8069267/a_fresh_look_at_livestock_ghg_emissions_published.pdf).  Even if the guys are a bit off, it’s a very big number. Climate policy people talk a lot about … 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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