Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bolivian politicians reverse time

In keeping with an indigenous view of time that is not necessarily linear but cyclical, and along the lines of world map projections that show the southern hemisphere at the top instead of the bottom, this is for me a … Continue reading

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FIFA and a new measure of gross global happiness

An Economist’s Guide to World Cup Rooting: The Leaders Dean Karlan, a Yale economist, has calculated a score for each World Cup team, based on its population, poverty level and interest in soccer. He argues a Nigeria championship would bring … Continue reading

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NYT: Carbon cuts now won’t stop climate change

Climate change is not an event in your children’s future. It is bearing down upon you now. And there is nothing you — or anyone else —can do to prevent the hit. Over the next quarter-century, heat-related death rates will … Continue reading

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What Piketty Forgot: The Crisis of Capitalism Isn’t Just about Inequality

Thomas Piketty’s “Capital” is an extremely important contribution to the study of economics and inequality over the last few centuries. But because it fails to address the real limits on growth—namely our ecological crisis—it can’t be a roadmap for the … Continue reading

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Stern: Climate change will ‘cost world far more than estimated’

The Independent Monday 16 June 2014 Lord Stern, the world’s most authoritative climate economist, has issued a stark warning that the financial damage caused by global warming will be considerably greater than current models predict. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/climate-change-will-cost-world-far-more-than-estimated-9539147.html

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Cost of global violence hits more than $10 trillion

Not a degrowth article but not unrelated and I thought important to circulate. Bob June 20, 2014 – 6:00 am ET The economic cost of global violence during 2013 exceeded $10 trillion Australian ($9.4 trillion), an increase of more than … Continue reading

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Degrowth Downunder: A Movement Gathering Momentum

This article was written for the 2014 International Degrowth Conference. Australia’s two-speed economy, in which those engaged in mineral extraction flourish while the rest flounder, seems to have only one direction: up. Not that people really stop to think why. … Continue reading

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