Richard Matthews

Metrics for the Triple Bottom Line

Many are suggesting that our metrics need to assess the triple bottom line  (TBL). The health of the planet and measures of human happiness are not included in the leading economic indicators. The most commonly used measure of a nations health is gross domestic product (GDP) which refers to the market value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period. …

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The Quest for Sustainability: Ecological Economics and Creative Capitalism

Creative capitalism may be the last best hope to balance economies, with social justice and ecology - the triple bottom line

The environmental and economic crises make it abundantly clear that we need an alternative to business as usual. Here are two approaches to developing a more sustainable economy. The first explores the shortcomings of the free market and the second leverages the strengths of capitalism. Current economic approaches have failed to reverse environmental degradation. There are many reasons why we have thus far failed …

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US Climate Denial versus European and Asian Sustainable Growth

sharing the facts with climate change deniers

While much of the rest of the world seems to see the dangers of climate change, many Americans appear to be woefully oblivious. Embracing a green, low-carbon economy is a sustainable way of dealing with the problems of resource depletion, economic uncertainty and climate change. Europeans understand the severity of the threat posed by climate change far better than Americans. An October 2011, Eurobarometer poll found …

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Regulation not Revolution: The Economics of Combating Climate Change

Dissatisfaction with business-as-usual threatens the needed reforms for creating a sustainable green economy

Angry revolutionary sentiments are undermining the very instruments required to stabilize the economy and manage climate change. Massive demonstrations are taking place all around the globe. The rage on the streets is coalescing into a global movement that threatens the economic system. There have been revolutionary protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Israel, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman, and minor protests in Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Western Sahara. …

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Who Are Climate Change Deniers and who are Friends of the Earth?

Defining who are climate change deniers and who are friends of the Earth

Who are the people who deny climate change science and who supports efforts to combat environmental degradation? There is a stark contrast between those who deny climate change and those who support a healthier environment. Overall, deniers tend to be conservative white males over 50, and while friends of the environment tend to be much more diverse, they tend to be younger and more educated. …

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Solar is Dead – Long Live Solar!

Despite the spate of solar bankruptcies in August 2011, rumors of the demise of the U.S. solar industry are entirely unfounded. Far from being dead, solar power is the fastest-growing industry in America. The bankruptcies of Solyndra, Evergreen Solar and SpectraWatt are not evidence of the end of solar, they are evidence of a new beginning. According to a Guardian article titled, “Reports of the Death of …

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Science and Pernicious Ignorance of Climate Change Denial

Willful ignorance of the reality of climate change

It is nothing short of tragic that so many Americans continue to dismiss the scientific veracity of climate change. Deniers are not moved by the coherency of the research that weaves together the different points of measurement. The plethora of data includes higher global mean surface temperatures, melting glaciers, retreating sea ice, increasing water temperature, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and extreme weather. The …

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