We need economic ‘degrowth’ to stop a carbon budget blowout

SamuelAlexander Research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne

A newly released report called Better Growth, Better Climate draws the seductive conclusion that “we can create lasting economic growth while also tackling the immense risks of climate change”. But while the report, spearheaded by former Mexican president Felipe Calderón and UK climate economist Nicholas Stern, wisely points out the importance of efficiency improvements and renewable energy, it fails miserably to back up its core message. The fact is that the world has a finite carbon budget, and we’ll blow that budget – sooner rather than later – if economic growth remains our objective.

http://theconversation.com/we-need-economic-degrowth-to-stop-a-carbon-budget-blowout-31228

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