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Paul Romer on Charter Cities… can you spot the flaws? » Transition Culture

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 29, 2009

Paul Romer on Charter Cities… can you spot the flaws?

Am home for a couple of days, and spotted that some of the TED talks have started going up. Here, as a sort of Transition Culture Summer Homework, is Paul Romer’s talk on ‘Charter Cities’ which I was so critical about in my write up. It offers a fascinating taste of unbridled human hubris, of an economist with no sense of economic or resource constraints, no sense of living within our means or of peak anything, no sense that perhaps unbridled neo-liberal free trade economics have been anything other than to the dazzling wellbeing of everyone. Have a look. Be fascinated to hear your thoughts on it. My two highlights are his raising the question as to why no-one else has thought of building cities in deserts, and the bit near the end where he says …“there is no roadblock, there is no impediment, other than a failure of imagination that will keep us from delivering on a truly global win win solution”. See what you think.

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www.350.org – campaigning to reduce the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 29, 2009

350 campaignOur mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis-to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis–the solutions that science and justice demand.Our focus is on the number 350–as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. But 350 is more than a number–it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.

Future Climate Australia

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 25, 2009

‘Climate Change: What we know and what it means’ – View Powerpoint presentation 4.28 MB pdf Key messages from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, prepared by leading Australian climate scientist Dr Graeme Pearman, 2007.

Opencast coalmine rise ‘makes UK a joke’

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 15, 2009

Opencast coalmine rise ‘makes UK a joke’

from Environment news, comment and analysis | guardian.co.uk by Severin Carrell

Britain will be a joke at Copenhagen, warns Nasa scientist James Hansen, as government authorises more mines

Coal production in Britain has increased sharply after a surge in new opencast coal mines, undermining the government’s claim to be a world leader on combating climate change.

Dozens of opencast coal mines have been authorised by ministers and local councils across the UK, reversing a decade-long decline in coal production in Britain and often against intense local opposition.

As a result, mining companies are now sitting on 71m tonnes of coal in licensed opencast mines, compared with 55m tonnes in 2007. And over the next few months, the industry is likely to win permission to mine another 15m tonnes from across the UK.

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UN chief warns of Copenhagen failure

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 15, 2009

UN chief warns of Copenhagen failure

from Environment news, comment and analysis | guardian.co.uk by David Adam

Yvo de Boer says process too slow to reach deal at close of meeting in Bonn aimed at trimming 200-page draft treaty

A new global treaty on climate change is unlikely unless negotiations accelerate, the UN’s top climate change official warned today. Speaking at the close of another meeting intended to lay the ground for a new deal, Yvo de Boer, head of the UN climate secretariat said there was a real risk of failure.

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Oil Lobby to fund phoney campaign

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 15, 2009

Oil lobby to fund phoney campaign against US climate change strategy

from Environment news, comment and analysis | guardian.co.uk by Suzanne Goldenberg

Email from American Petroleum Institute outlines plan to create appearance of public opposition to Obama’s climate and energy reform

The US oil and gas lobby are planning to stage public events to give the appearance of a groundswell of public opinion against legislation that is key to Barack Obama’s climate change strategy, according to campaigners.

A key lobbying group will bankroll and organise 20 ”energy citizen” rallies in 20 states. In an email obtained by Greenpeace, Jack Gerard, the president of the American Petroleum Institute (API), outlined what he called a “sensitive” plan to stage events during the August congressional recess to put a “human face” on opposition to climate and energy reform.

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