Susan George décrit le «piège triangulaire» social, financier et écologique en train de se refermer sur l’humanité, et propose des issues originales pour s’en échapper, inspirées d’un keynésianisme d’un genre nouveau.
The current financial crisis provides the ideal opportunity to implement tax reforms that would finance the conversion to eco-friendly industry: an environmental Keynesianism that would pull the world out of economic ruin and social chaos while getting the runaway global financial system under control.
After the UN decided to allow more efficient coal-fired power stations to gain carbon financing as an offset project, the carbon market is now being used to support new coal in the South as well as the North, writes Kevin Smith.
In 2007, the UN decided to allow more efficient coal-fired power stations to gain carbon financing as an offset project through the Clean Development Mechanism.
We stand at a crossroads. The facts are clear. Global climate change,
caused by human activities, is happening, threatening the lives and
livelihoods of billions of people and the existence of millions of
species. Social movements, environmental groups, and scientists from all
over the world are calling for urgent and radical action on climate
On the 30th of November, 2009 the governments of the world will come to
Copenhagen for the fifteenth UN Climate Conference (COP-15). This will be
the biggest summit on climate change ever to have taken place.
If South Africa is to seek a major transition from an energy-intensive to a low-carbon economy, it needs to completely replace fossil fuels by 2050 - so why does its government remain committed to new coal and nuclear power plants?
The South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk recently described his government's new plan to mitigate climate change as “progressive, ambitious and far-reaching”.
The approach speaks of a scenario in which action taken now will see greenhouse gas emissions peaking by 2020-25, then reaching a plateau for a decade
The carbon-offsets market is gathering pace at a frenzied rate, notably in Asia. While it seems a good solution to the growing climate crisis on the face of it, look beneath and it may all just be hot air.
There’s a global gold rush taking place, with a stampede of investment galloping towards the various forms of carbon trading and offsetting that have been rolled out to supposedly deliver global emissions reductions in the most cost-effective way.
In the face of the looming spectre of climate change, current World Trade Organisation negotiations amount to arguing over the arrangement of the deck chairs while the Titanic is sinking. In fact, one of the most important steps to deal with climate change would be to bring to an end an unsustainable free trade system.
There’s something surreal about the ongoing World Trade Organization talks in Geneva, which aim at coming up with a new agreement to bring down tariffs in order to expand world trade and resuscitate global growth.