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Decoupling Resource Consumption from Economic Growth and Human Prosperity

UNEP report makes the case for a new prosperity based on economic decoupling from resource consumption

In a report released last week, the United Nations Environmental Program projects that aggregate natural resource consumption could triple from current levels by 2050, to an average total of 140 billion tons  of ores, minerals, biomass, and fossil fuels per year.  The report warns that “the prospect of much higher resource consumption levels is far beyond what is likely sustainable” and calls on governments …

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Global Warming and the Spread of Disease

Westerners instinctively think that the worst effect of global warming is the melting ice cap of the North Pole. We tend to reserve the other effects of global warming for developing nations. But now that politicians also have woken up to the fact that we’re already halfway down the path toward causing a 2 degree rise in temperatures by injecting some 520 billion tonnes …

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Will Europe Become Energy Independent in a Generation?

The Europeans seem confident they’re at a competitive advantage in the current climate and economic crisis because they’ve been playing by the (environmental) book for the past decade. Brussels has just adopted an Energy and Climate Package (pdf) that insiders boast will set the scene for a “new global industrial revolution”.  Those are the very words the European Energy commissioner used to describe the …

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Copenhagen Aims To Be Carbon Neutral By 2025

Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, announced it will aim to become the world’s first carbon neutral capital by 2025. The city launched a new climate plan last week which incorporates 50 specific measures to reduce carbon emissions. The first stage of the plan will be to slash 20% off Copenhagen’s net CO2 output by 2015. We are launching an ambitious plan containing very specific initiatives to …

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