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Will capitalism bore itself to death?

As I mentioned on Monday, I’ve recently been reading William Davies’ book The Happiness Industry. There’s a chapter in the book about worker dissatisfaction, pointing out that two thirds of US employees do not feel engaged in their jobs, and one in five is actively undermining their workplace. Engaged workers are those who are interested […]

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The risks and opportunities of negative emissions

Over the last three weeks I’ve been looking at negative emissions, and the various ways to draw CO2 back out of the atmosphere. I’ve done it in three stages because it’s very important not to see negative emissions as one broad category of climate change action. To recap, here are those three: Land management – […]

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The Happiness Industry, by William Davies

You don’t have to explore too far into the topics of consumerism or postgrowth economics before you bump into happiness metrics. It’s a popular theme, pointing out that happiness levels have been more or less the same for decades, despite a doubling of income and rising consumption. That has led some people to call for […]

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What we learned this week

Data was transmitted across the UK electricity grid this week, a world first and a milestone on the way to a smarter and responsive grid. The Washington Post has a great multimedia article on cobalt mining in the Congo. Bill Mollison, the co-creator of permaculture, died a couple of weeks ago aged 88, and The […]

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Building of the week: the Clif Bar bakery

You may be familiar with the Clif Bar, a cereal bar that markets itself to outdoor enthusiasts. I don’t come across them very often in the UK, but I look out for them. They’re one of those companies with a solid ethical culture, committed to going the extra mile for people and planet. They use […]

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Three radical negative emissions techniques

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been writing about ways to draw CO2 back out of the atmosphere. The first post looked at natural ways to do it, the second at negative emissions technologies, and this week there’s a third category of techniques that I want to look at. Next week I’m going to […]

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Five questions for effective altruism

The effective altruism movement is dedicated to getting more out of its philanthropy. Those who are really into it aren’t just out for more effective giving, but the scientifically demonstrable best option: what is the most good you can possibly do? I wouldn’t pursue that question as religiously as some in the movement, but it’s […]

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Aviation emissions: do we have a deal?

We’re still waiting for Britain to sign the paperwork*, but enough other countries have now ratified the Paris Agreement for it to be officially in force. Notably, the US and China signed on ahead of the G20 summit last month. That’s good news, but one thing that isn’t covered by the global climate agreement is […]

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Three carbon negative technologies

Last week I wrote about four ways to draw CO2 out of the atmosphere, something we are almost certainly going to have to do to stabilise the climate in the long term. All of those techniques were natural ones, better ways of managing land to expand its capacity to lock up carbon. To my mind, […]

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It’s time to stop digging

“One of the most powerful climate policy levers is also the simplest: stop digging for more fossil fuels.” That’s the conclusion of a new report from Oil Change International and a coalition of partners. It’s taken the best available figures of known fossil fuel reserves, and compared them to the carbon budgets. The result is […]

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