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Living Planet Report 2016 (WWF)

This report sets out how we are losing biodiversity at a faster rate than ever. According to the report global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles have already declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012. And this trend is expected to continue due to our overexploitation of ecological resources. The report argues that “transitioning toward a resilient planet entails a transformation in which human development is decoupled from environmental degradation and social exclusion.”

Inside the Green Economy (HBS)

Inside the Green Economy (HBS)

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.”


Green Growth Knowledge Platform

The GGKP was established in January 2012 by the Global Green Growth Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank. It is a global network that “offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and […]

Pro-poor, Inclusive Green Growth

Pro-poor, Inclusive Green Growth (GGGI)

This report states that: “for green growth to fulfill its promise” it needs to “address the drivers of poverty and social exclusion”. It argues that green growth policies need to get support from across society to pressure policymakers to act.


Reducing emissions from aviation: carbon offsetting?

In October 2016 member countries of the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will meet to discuss how to reduce emissions from aviation. These two briefings offer opposing views on whether carbon offsetting should be included in this agreement via a global market-based mechanism.

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Blue carbon: ecosystem services or ocean grabbing?

Does recognising that coastal and marine ecosystems capture carbon emissions mean an economic value should be placed on them? Or will this lead to more competition to control these areas?   The Blue Carbon Initiative hosted by Conservation International and IUCN defines blue carbon as “the […]

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Introductory Learning Materials on Green Economy (PAGE)

Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) / 2016 These introductory learning materials provide basic information about different areas of the green economy. PAGE notes that “green economy is gaining momentum and attracting the attention of policy-makers, civil society stakeholders, and business agents from around […]

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Contemporary Discourses of Green Political Economy (Hayley Stevenson)

A study into the diverse perspectives on how we should pursue economic development under conditions of continuing environmental degradation. The aim is to look beyond labels of ‘green economy’, ‘harmony with nature’, ‘sustainable development’ etc. to identify genuine points of agreement and disagreement.

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Climate crisis? We can’t solve it without tackling inequality too (Richard Dyer)

Richard Dyer is a campaigner in the Economics and Resources Programme, Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is his response to the working paper: The inequality of overconsumption: The ecological footprint of the richest (published in November 2015 by the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin […]

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