Transnational Institute / January 2013 TNI examines the increasing global importance of fracking arguing it has negative environmental impacts and is a dangerous distraction from producing renewable energy. What is fracking? See infographic for the basics It is being promoted as a means to secure […]
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Democracy Now! / January 2013 This heated debate looks at the benefits and negative impacts of hydraulic fracturing known as “fracking”. What is fracking? See infographic for the basics “Fracking” involves pumping huge amounts of water, chemicals and sand several miles underground at high pressure […]
A central theme of this book is that the “concept of the Green Economy offers a new model, based primarily on large-scale technological solutions. But the Green Economy cares little about politics, barely registers human rights, does not recognize social actors and suggests the possibility of reform without conflict. It suggests that the world as we know it can continue with green growth.”
The introduction notes that: “Green Economy is a source of both hope and controversy. For some, it points the way out of permanent environmental and economic crises and promises to reconcile – a long cherished Utopia – ecology and economics. It fosters the hope that we can hang on to our current high standard of material prosperity.”
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.
Fossil fuel divestment campaigns are gathering momentum. What if investors were convinced to divest? In the long-term they will probably shift their investments to renewable energy but we cannot rely on the assumption that divesting from fossil fuels will automatically reduce global emissions fast enough to tackle climate change. This is because investors may switch to carbon intensive non-energy investments and might not choose the cleanest forms of renewable energy.
The Social PreCOP climate change summit brought together representatives of over 40 governments and nearly 80 civil society organisations. The meeting was held in Venezuela between 4- 7 November 2014. It was an unprecedented meeting of grassroots groups with governments in the build up to the official UN climate change negotiations, the next major conference will be held in Peru during December 2014
Statement released ahead of the UN Climate Summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in September 2014. Endorsed by over 330 civil society organsiations. The declaration makes a clear distinction between the policies that should be adopted and those that should be rejected.
Emily Benson and Oliver Greenfield (Green Economy Coalition) / September 2012 This briefing looks at the work and perspectives of a diverse range of actors on the green economy after the Rio+20 conference held in June 2012. Read article There is on-going debate about what […]
International Energy Agency / May 2012 The IEA believes there is great potential to exploit the world’s unconventional natural gas but for this to happen companies and governments must overcome public opposition by adequately addressing environmental and social concerns. Read report What is fracking? See […]
Alan Riley / Op-Ed for the New York Times / August 2012 In this Op-Ed Alan Riley (Professor of Energy Law, City University London) argues unconventional Shale Gas – extracted through a process known as fracking – could be the answer for the rapid reduction […]