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Recent resources for Ecological Economics

A bit of a grab-bag of stuff that I’ve seen over the last few weeks that has some relevance / bearing / context in relation to the final assessments for the module…

Interface is now offering ‘carbon negative’ carpet tiles. As a firm they have been pursuing sustainabilty in a significant fashion, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen a carbon negative product – ie one that actually means less carbon emitted than if the product had not been made.

The FT had interesting results from a survey of 21,000 consumers about what things individuals could do to reduce their own climate impact, illustrating a ‘perception gap’, with most people failing to identify the most impactful ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

The return of the US to the global stage in terms of environmental policy under Biden has had a fair bit of attention recently, given the virtual climate summit the administration ran:

Though not without some criticism of some concerns – eg the polar opposites of Greta Thunberg on fossil fuel subsidies and US industry groups on the absence of carbon pricing in Biden’s plans. Less recently, but still pertinent, is William Lamb’s article on How ‘discourses of delay’ are used to slow climate action.

The term NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) is now one being used a lot: So what has the rest of the world promised to do about climate change?

Whilst the UK’s CCC’s has set revised targets under the sixth carbon budget that the UK government has just agreed to adopt, James Dyke, Robert Watson and Wolfgang Knorr have recently written about issues with ‘net zero’ – Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap and this FT article on carbon capture can also be seen as relevant.

In a wider sense, the extent to which economics as a discipine is adressing the scale of the climate emergency is explored by Sam Butler-Sloss and Marc Beckmann. Summary: it isn’t, and Noah Smith offers some commentary on this.


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