Bloomberg - 26 Sep 2018
This is an intriguing extension of the “peak oil” idea (the idea that we’ll eventually run out of oil). The argument: renewable energy (wind, solar and hydropower), at higher penetration, subverts the way we think about the world’s energy consumption. By displacing not only useful thermal energy but also the waste, renewable sources add to the overall level of useful energy while simultaneously slowing and even reversing the growth in primary energy consumption (reads in 6-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 28 September 2018
World Economic Forum - 5 Sep 2018
This is a powerful response to the spate of books and articles arguing that the world is better off than ever (we included some of them in previous editions). Not quite so simple, says Chandran! The real progress that has been made in poverty alleviation, public health and living standards does not account for the costs of these achievements. Progress is in fact divorced from its impact on the planet, and rooted in the illusion that human society is separate from the natural world (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 8 September 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