Author Archives: Bob Thomson

From the Amazon to Australia, why is your money funding Earth’s destruction? | George Monbiot | The Guardi an

In every conflict over the living world, something is being protected. And most of the time, it’s the wrong thing. The world’s most destructive industries are fiercely protected by governments. The three sectors that appear to be most responsible for … Continue reading

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UN Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services highlights planetary limits

While more food, energy and materials than ever before are now being supplied to people in most places, this is increasingly at the expense of nature’s ability to provide such contributions in the future, and frequently undermines nature’s many other … Continue reading

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Nordic banks increase finance for Arctic oil and gas, new report finds

Nijmegen, November 22nd 2022 Major Nordic banks have increased their financing for companies active in Arctic oil and gas production, endangering a vulnerable ecosystem and worsening the climate crisis. This is the key finding of a report by BankTrack, ActionAid … Continue reading

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NYT: Obesity and degrowth

An interesting take on physical degrowth. A nutritional biologist among others presented ‌th‌e idea that all the carbohydrates and fat in our food today dilute the protein our bodies need, driving us to eat more calories to make up for … Continue reading

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Megalopolis: how growth in coastal west Africa will shape the coming century | Africa | The Guardian

By the end of the century, Africa will be home to 40% of the world’s population – and nowhere is this breakneck-pace development happening faster than this 600-mile stretch between Abidjan and Lagos https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/27/megalopolis-how-coastal-west-africa-will-shape-the-coming-century

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Energy requirements and carbon emissions for a low-carbon energy transition | Nature Communications

Achieving the Paris Agreement will require massive deployment of low-carbon energy. However, constructing, operating, and maintaining a low-carbon energy system will itself require energy, with much of it derived from fossil fuels. This raises the concern that the transition may … Continue reading

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Our leaders had a final chance to halt climate breakdown. They failed each and every one of us | George Monbiot | The Guardian

How have heads of government chosen to use this miracle? To extend our time on Earth, earning the gratitude of all the improbable humans of the future? No. They have chosen to do nothing. Nothing that has a realistic chance, … Continue reading

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New York Times highlights degrowth

Lately, one word has cropped up again and again in conversations about fashion and climate change: degrowth. Why Does Fashion Love This Radical Anticapitalist Concept? “Degrowth” has been the buzzword of sustainable fashion conversations in 2022. But is it a … Continue reading

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“Climate Collateral”: How Military Spending Fuels Environmental Damage | Democracy Now & TNI

“The richest countries…have dedicated $9.45 trillion to military spending in the last eight years, between 2013 and 2021. And that is 30 times more than they have dedicated to climate finance. … this military spending, it is very much tied … Continue reading

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NGOs reveal the companies and financiers behind fossil fuel expansion in Africa

Berlin/Sharm El-Sheikh, November 15th, 2022 Oil, gas and coal companies are exploring or developing new fossil fuel reserves in 48 African countries. 89% of new LNG capacity in Africa is planned for export. International investors hold over US$ 109 billion … Continue reading

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