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Scientific paper • 2021

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Talk renewables, walk coal: The paradox of India's energy transition

By: Anke Schaffartzik, Brototi Roy

Coal is on the rise in India: despite the devasting impacts of the climate crisis, the awareness for land and forest rights, and political talk of a coal phase-out. In this article, we demonstrate that despite the renewables-led rhetoric, India is in the midst of a transition to (not away from) greater use of coal in its fossil energy system and in the electricity system in particular. We inv...

Report • 2020

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Beyond economics-as-usual: treating a crisis like a crisis

By: Lea Trogrlic, Marc Beckmann, Maria João Pimenta, Sam Butler-Sloss

In this new report, the authors try to get a grip on what it takes for the economics profession to treat the climate crisis like the crisis it is. For that, we interviewed nine leading economists - all coming from different geographies and exposing different levels of optimism about the changes that are possible. They include Jayati Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Yanis Varoufakis (Helleni...

• 2020

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A response to McAfee: no, the "environmental Kuznets curve" won't save us

By: Jason Hickel

Jason Hickel's response to Andrew McAfee's piece for Wired ('Why degrowth is the worst idea on the planet')

• 2020

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Why degrowth is the worst idea on the planet

By: Andrew McAfee

Despite still growing over the last 50 years, we already figured out how to reduce our impact on Earth. So let's do that.

• 2020

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The stories Michael Shellenberger tells

By: Sam Bliss

"Men in power have rationalized all those forms of domination by claiming that they facilitate economic development, which is purportedly great for people and nature. Sound familiar?"

Scientific paper • 2020

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Electrification of light-duty vehicle fleet alone will not meet mitigation targets

By: Alexandre Milovanoff, Daniel I. Posen, Heather L. MacLean

Climate change mitigation strategies are often technology-oriented, and electric vehicles (EVs) are a good example of something believed to be a silver bullet. Here we show that current US policies are insufficient to remain within a sectoral CO2 emission budget for light-duty vehicles, consistent with preventing more than 2 °C global warming, creating a mitigation gap of up to 19 GtCO2 (28...

Scientific paper • 2020

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Differences in carbon emissions reduction between countries pursuing renewable electricity versus nuclear power

By: Andy Stirling, Benjamin K. Sovacool, Goetz Walter, Gordon MacKerron, Patrick Schmid

Two of the most widely emphasized contenders for carbon emissions reduction in the electricity sector are nuclear power and renewable energy. While scenarios regularly question the potential impacts of adoption of various technology mixes in the future, it is less clear which technology has been associated with greater historical emission reductions. Here, we use multiple regression analyse...

Scientific paper • 2020

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The limits of transport decarbonization under the current growth paradigm

By: Carmen Duce, Ignacio de Blas, Iñigo Capellán-Pérez, Margarita Mediavilla

Achieving ambitious reductions in greenhouse gases (GHG) is particularly challenging for transportation due to the technical limitations of replacing oil-based fuels. We apply the integrated assessment model MEDEAS-World to study four global transportation decarbonization strategies for 2050. The results show that a massive replacement of oil-fueled individual vehicles to electric ones alone ...

• 2020

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How ‘Degrowth’ Pushes Climate and Well-Being Over GDP

By: Akshat Rathi

"In recent years, a group of economists, ecologists, and anthropologists has gained attention for trying to overturn a core tenet of economic policy — that growth is good for everyone. Known as the “degrowth” movement, these scholars suggest a reframing of humanity’s goals along ecological lines to address the climate crisis, along with a reconsideration of using gross domestic product as a met...

Scientific paper • 2020

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Quantifying the potential for climate change mitigation of consumption options

By: Biljana Macura, Diana Ivanova, Dominik Wiedenhofer, Felix Creutzig, John Barrett, Max W. Callaghan

Around two-thirds of global GHG emissions are directly and indirectly linked to household consumption, with a global average of about 6 tCO2eq/cap. Changes in consumption patterns to low-carbon alternatives therefore present a great and urgently required potential for emission reductions. In this paper, we synthesize emission mitigation potentials across the consumption domains of food, hou...

Interview • 2020

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Techno-socialism or de-growth?

By: Gareth Dale, Jack Copley, Javier Moreno Zacares

The second in a three-part interview on capitalism and climate breakdown from Political Economy for the End Times.

Scientific paper • 2020

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Editorial - Deep Restoration: from The Great Implosion to The Great Awakening

By: Barry Gills

In this short essay for Globalizations I wish to make some initial reflections in response to the present ‘triple conjuncture’ of global crises. This triple conjuncture is an interaction among three spheres or vectors of global crises, together constituting a crisis of capitalist world order. The three spheres of the global crisis are: climate change and ecological breakdown; a systemic crisis ...

• 2020

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Coronavirus in times of climate change: a reflection

By: ASEED

"What is is that you value and want to keep? What do you have to let go of in order to stop making matters worse? What is it that we have lost in our industrial society and need to bring back?"

Scientific paper • 2020

The Blue Fix: What's driving blue growth?

By: Castren Pedersen, Mads Barbesgaard, Zoe W. Brent

This article explores the politics behind the promise of ‘blue growth’. Reframing it as a ‘blue fix’, we argue that the blue growth discourse facilitates new opportunities for capital accumulation, while claiming that this accumulation is compatible with social and ecological aims as well. The blue fix is made up of three underlying sub-fixes. First of all, the conservation fix quenches the...

Scientific paper • 2020

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Growth in the docks: ports, metabolic flows and socio-environmental impacts

By: Borja Nogué-Algueró

Shipping carries virtually all internationally traded goods. Major commercial ports are fully integrated into transnational production and distribution systems, enabling the circulation of massive flows of energy and materials in the global economy. Port activity and development are usually associated with positive socio-economic effects, such as increased GDP and employment, but the indust...

Scientific paper • 2020

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Blue degrowth and the politics of the sea: rethinking the blue economy

By: I. Ertör, M. Hadjimichael

Editorial to the Special Issue in Sustainability Science (15, 2020)

• 2020

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Wachstum schadet dem Klima. Wir brauchen neue Wege zum Wohlstand

By: Joël Foramitti

Technologische Wunschträume und die Fixierung auf ewiges Wachstum verhindern seit Jahrzehnten eine effektive Klimapolitik

Scientific paper • 2020

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Feasible alternatives to green growth

By: André Cieplinski, Kristofer Dittmer, Simone D'Alessandro, Tiziano Distefano

Climate change and increasing income inequality have emerged as twin threats to contemporary standards of living, peace and democracy. These two problems are usually tackled separately in the policy agenda. A new breed of radical proposals have been advanced to manage a fair low-carbon transition. In this spirit, we develop a dynamic macrosimulation model to investigate the long-term effect...

• 2020

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Opinion - Amplifying Voices of Climate Activists of Color

By: Esther Ngumbi

"Highlighting activists of color is good for everyone. Convincingly, a growing body of evidence shows that when minorities and underrepresented voices are included, and their voices and actions displayed, including in science, everyone benefits."

Scientific paper • 2020

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Fiddling while the planet burns? COP25 in perspective

By: Olivia Taylor, Peter Newell

With fires, storms, social protests, and climate strikes sweeping the world, 2019 should have been a tipping point in how the world responds to global heating. This was the backdrop to the COP25 climate change summit which took place in Madrid in December 2019. This paper assesses the outcomes of the meeting and the path towards the critically important meeting in Glasgow at the end of 2020...