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Tag : Resource depletion (31)

Nate Hagens asks: Where are we going?

Great Simplification / 30 April 2018

After gaining a Masters degree in Finance at U of Chicago and then 10 years of work as an investment banker on Wall Street, Nate Hagens had some insight that changed his life direction. His next step was a PhD in Natural Resources from U of Vermont. This is his 9th Earth Day talk.

Green growth explained

TheRulesOrg / 26 March 2018

Green Growth is the big plan to deal with environmental damage while still growing the global economy. Can we trust it?

The curse of energy efficiency

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 26 February 2018

Energy efficiency is a technological illusion that secures and sustains what is arguably a one-way freeway to resource depletion and atmospheric chaos. Contrary to Carr’s fairy tale notions, energy efficiency actually encourages the use of more energy and more resources. As such it merely sustains the dangerous status quo, albeit one illuminated by lots of energy-efficient digital signage.

Even Canadian government reports unwittingly acknowledge the starkness of the problem while calling for more efficiency. A 2013 study on energy trends, for example, lamented that “Canada was producing economic values more efficiently” but each household was using “a greater number of energy‐consuming goods and services per capita than in 1990.”

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Old age and societal decline

Museletter / Richard Heinberg / February 2018

People grow old and die. Civilizations eventually fail. For centuries amateur philosophers have used the former as a metaphor for the latter, leading to a few useful insights and just as many misleading generalizations. The comparison becomes more immediately interesting as our own civilization stumbles blindly toward collapse. While not the cheeriest of subjects, it’s worth exploring.

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We need a richer picture of the human ‘economy’

Paul Arbair / 17 February 2018

Mainstream economics seems to have learned little and changed nothing in the last decade, despite the fact that the financial crisis and its aftermath laid bare a number of important issues with its theories and models. Failure to address these issues is making the economics discipline increasingly incapable of informing us about the trajectory and situation of our world.

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Energy, money and technology – from the lens of the superorganism

KAUST Official / Streamed live on 23 January 2018

In his #WEP2018 keynote, Nate Hagens discusses how all of our lives will be influenced by how we react to the coming era of harder to extract and more costly fossil fuels that will be combined with cleaner but more stochastic energy types.

Special thanks to our Platinum #WEP2018 sponsors: Saudi Aramco and Sabic.

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