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Investigative documentary sheds a light on the World Bank’s role in helping ExxonMobil exploit one of the biggest fossil fuel discoveries of our time.

Berlin, Washington D.C. | October 16th 2020 As the World Bank conducts its Annual Meeting, an investigative documentary sheds a light on the Bank’s role in helping ExxonMobil exploit one of the biggest fossil fuel discoveries of our time. [Canadian … Continue reading

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Guardian: Could covid degrowth have helped save the planet?

Slowdown of human activity was too short to reverse years of destruction, but we saw a glimpse of post-fossil fuel world. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/29/could-covid-lockdown-have-helped-save-the-planet?utm_term=8e65cf71ab81da53711a2aa69b324337&utm_campaign=GreenLight&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=greenlight_email

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The Transition to a Post-Capitalist World

Bob Thomson, April 10, 2017 An exciting new paradigm of transition to a post-capitalist world is unfolding in the forms of platform cooperativism, open source peer to peer manufacturing, agricultural and production technologies and convivial degrowth. It proposes a reduction … Continue reading

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Are humans in a swarm stage of development?

We’re in an outbreak currently. But we don’t mean the COVID pandemic. It turns out that outbreak has a second definition: it means when populations grow dramatically large, beyond their carrying capacities. As David Quammen details in his book Spillover, … Continue reading

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Reuters NEXT: Capitalism plans a post Covid future

Sorry to bother those of you who may have received several notices of this post to the web site. I have tried to just send a link to the Reuters web page, but for some reason the link will not … Continue reading

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Discrimination and Bias in Economics, and Emerging Responses

I thought followers of this site would find this post interesting. Bob Opening the Miami Institute’s economics forum, Jayati Ghosh presents severe and persistent forms of discrimination and power imbalances in economic analyses, and underscores older and newer networks of … Continue reading

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Greenhouse gases set new record, despite Covid-19 lockdown

During the most intense period of forced confinement in early 2020, daily global CO2 emissions may have been reduced by up to 17% compared to the mean level of daily CO2 emissions in 2019. As the duration and severity of … Continue reading

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Amber Waves: The Extraordinary Biography of Wheat, from Wild Grass to World Megacrop

I have regularly said that the gold and silver of the Incas and Aztecs financed the industrial revolution in Europe, but that the potato also was important. The introduction of the potato to Europe, a crop which produces more kilocalories … Continue reading

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Book: An urgent and passionate plea for a new and ecologically sustainable vision of the good life

Recommended by a friend The reality of runaway climate change is inextricably linked with the mass consumerist, capitalist society in which we live. And the cult of endless growth, and endless consumption of cheap disposable commodities, isn’t only destroying the … Continue reading

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The internet of threats and promise: Can big data help define an alternative transition?

Bob Thomson Draft 12 January 2020 Abstract Social media and the internet provide us with both “information” and “fake news”. Our growing capacity to analyse old and new economic and political models brings both despair and hope that we can … Continue reading

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