Archive for the ‘National economy’ Category

  • Foundation proposes innovative approach to creating the circular economy, phosphorous emission-free society

    STOCKHOLM APRIL 7th.  Last month, the foundation together with a consortium of scientists and sustainability practitioners, including The Natural Step and The  Stockholm Environmental Institute, submitted  a project proposal to study Gotland as a Sweden in miniature, as a place to create the circular economy, emission-fee island. The work is based upon the foundation’s innovative flexible fee mechanism and work […]

  • Climate scientist calls for rising carbon fee as economic solution

    Writing in the Huffington Post, climate scientist Dr. James Hansen calls for a progressively rising tax on fossil carbon. This is a similar approach to the one proposed by the Foundation – flexible emissions fee mechanism. This kind of fee levying is good for the economy in many ways, not least it stimulates entrepreneurs to […]

  • Flexible Fees applied to phosphorous and nitrogen

    Inorganic phosphorus in the form of the phosphate PO3−4  is required for all known forms of life, playing a major role in biological molecules such as DNA and RNA where it forms part of the structural framework of these molecules. For humans it is essential in food and  Sweden imports some 730,000 tons of fertilizer a year, […]

  • Power down and degrowth models show the possibilities.

    Professor Peter Victor explores degrowth. Actually, if you divide work, tax carbon and redistribute fees to the people we all end up better. All 8 billion. Excellent work in economic modelling. There is no excuse to not explore this seriously as a political option. Which party will move first?

  • Flexible emission fees set new direction towards sustainable development?

    A recent report from The Nordic Council of Ministers ( title: Flexible emission fees - An incentive for driving sustainable production and consumption) is optimistic that growth and environmental goals can be reconciled. If the conclusions of the report can be implemented, it could set a new direction towards sustainable development. The starting point for the […]

  • Bobby Kennedy saw the limitations of blindly pursuing economic growth 44 years ago

    One of the more recent challengers to the GDP (growth) consensus was Robert F Kennedy. RFK’s speech was forty-four years ago yesterday. On 18 March 1968, RFK directly challenged growth and the use of GDP as a barometer of success for nations in his University of Kansas speech: “Too much and for too long, we […]

  • The dilemma

    We are facing a dilemma: on the one hand we need to continue to ensure that our economy is sound, preferably with continued growth in the economy and increase in prosperity. On the other hand we need to transition our economic activities into a mode that halts climate system disruption, ensures precious elements like nitrogen […]

  • Water depletion will negatively impact world economies: Richard Heinberg

    Writing on the Energy Bulletin blog on March 4th, Richard Heinberg lays out the likely effects of the industrial growth economy on water supplies: depletion. And the effects of this will be the severe curtailment of economic growth. According to Heinberg: “By itself, water scarcity is not likely to be an immediate limiting factor for […]

  • Talking about population pressure.

    We publish this fascinating interview with Joel E.Cohen who has been researching population issues for many years.

  • New Yorker article: Banks do nothing useful