Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker: Comment / December 2012 Kolbert argues the United States should implement a tax on carbon as a way of generating revenue to cover the deficit and to deal with climate change. She explains the idea of a Pigovian tax is […]
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What is the carbon footprint of the richest 1% and how can it be reduced? This article is a response to a report by Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel on unequal carbon footprints. I also explore how policies to redistribute wealth could potentially increase or decrease an individual’s carbon footprint.
Stockholm Environment Institute / January 2014 This briefing explores the consequences of continued investment in fossil fuel infrastructure given that the majority of fossil fuels cannot be burned if we are to keep global warming below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The authors base their findings on […]
International Institute for Environment and Development / November 2013 This briefing looks at the importance of clarifying carbon rights in REDD+ projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With the world’s second largest tropical forest effectively controlling deforestation in the DRC will be crucial to reducing emissions […]
Responding to Climate Change / January 2013 The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme is the reference point for future schemes that could begin in China (the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases), India and the Republic of Korea. Recently launched carbon trading schemes that […]
In April 2016 a group of academics and representatives from NGOs met at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London to discuss the challenge of reducing inequality and unsustainable consumption. I presented my research on the ecological footprint of the richest people and set out what I saw as the priority questions to focus on.
Dieter Helm / Policy Network Observatory / October 2012 Dieter Helm (Professor of Energy Policy, University of Oxford) warns we are headed for a world where carbon emissions reach 500 parts-per-million (ppm) and we fail to tackle climate change. He proposes a rapid take up […]
How do we deal with the world’s urgent interconnected economic and environmental crises? Different people are talking about the green economy as the solution – but not everyone agrees on what it is.
Why Green Economy? is the meeting point for ideas from the global North and South on economics, energy, environment and climate change as we try to find a sustainable model on a finite planet.
What should a green economy look like in practice? As awareness about the ecological crisis and climate change has increased in recent years there is growing agreement we need to make changes to the global economy. The debate around the green economy will be crucial in determining […]
Extreme inequality and the wealth concentrated in the hands of the richest 1% is gaining increasing attention. However, these debates often do not include discussion of unsustainable levels of consumption (referred to as overconsumption) that are contributing to dangerous climate change and another potential mass extinction.