Rolling Stones - 27 Mar 2018
This article focuses on the US but portends a much larger global trend: climate migration. Last year in the US, extreme weather events displaced more than a million people from their homes. As the journalist explains, thus is about to reshape the country and its people in many different respects: economically, financially, socially, and also psychologically for those concerned (reads in more than 15 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 March 2018
The Conversation - 8 Feb 2018
The answer is no! The ecological economist explains that if everyone on Earth were to lead a good life within our planet’s sustainability limits, the level of resources used to meet basic needs would have to be reduced by a factor of two to six times. Worryingly, the more social thresholds that a country achieves, the more biophysical boundaries it tends to transgress. The logical conclusion: wealthy nations must move beyond the pursuit of GDP growth: it no longer improving people’s lives in these countries, but is pushing humanity ever closer towards environmental disaster (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 16 February 2018
World Economic Forum - 18 Jan 2018
The need to go ‘beyond GDP’ in measuring economic progress and welfare is now well understood. The economist proposes to replace GDP with the measure of six kinds of capital (financial, human, physical, intangible, natural and social). The rationale is obvious: in terms of our wellbeing, human capital (education and skills), natural capital (clean air, green space, a healthy ecosystem), and social capital (a well-functioning community or nation) matter considerably more than the production of goods and services (reads in 4-5 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 January 2018