Tag Archives: climate change


Defining the research agenda on inequality and unsustainable consumption

Source: Extreme Carbon Inequality (Oxfam, December 2015)

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.

The politics of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDGs

What were the key debates at the heart of the process to agree on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Central areas of contention included how to interpret the universal nature of the SDGs and who will fund their implementation.

Reducing inequality and carbon footprints within countries

Lear Jet, NASA, Public Domain

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.

The inequality of overconsumption: The ecological footprint of the richest

Ecological impact of the richest (Dario Kenner, Why Green Economy)

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.

Europe’s carbon price crash and future carbon markets

(Coal plant, creative commons)

Prices in Europe’s flagship carbon market have crashed and are not going to recover anytime soon. As global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, new carbon markets are being developed in major polluting countries like China and the United States.

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