Posts tagged “the guardian”
August 1, 2013
In an article published on July 24th, The Guardian discusses the accelerated melting of Arctic sea ice. The article is in response to a recent scientific report examining the imminent economic catastrophes of the sea ice phenomenon.
The study focuses specifically on the dangerous release of methane from melting permafrost. Methane, which is approximately 25x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere than carbon dioxide, would be disastrous if released at all, and “could come with a $60tn global price tag” if released in a giant “pulse.”
The article explains that economists aren’t taking climate change ramifications seriously, though melting sea ice alone could completely “undermined the global financial system.” Furthermore, “much of those costs would be borne by developing countries in the form of extreme weather, flooding and impacts on health and agricultural production.”
In 2012, Arctic ice covered only 40% of the area it did in the 1970s.
November 13, 2012
“I want to light a fire under the economic students around the world,” says Kalle Lasn.
Today is the official on sale date of the new book from Kalle Lasn and Adbusters, Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics, which takes aim at the ideologues and institutions behind the world’s most dangerous economics ideas.
As global civilization tips ever closer toward ecocide, social nightfall, and industrial burnout, Meme Wars offers a blueprint out of the maze. It calls for the one thing that may save us all: a paradigm shift in the theoretical foundations of economics science.
In the high-energy, stunning visual style of Adbusters, the book is filled with full-color images, gravitas photos essays, telltale graphs, radical commentary and provocative features by leading heretical thinkers committed to creating a better alternative to our current manifestation of capitalism: Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, George Akerlof, Lourdes Benería, Julie Matthaei, Manfred Max-Neef, David Orrell, Paul Gilding, David Batker, Bill Rees, and the father of ecological economics, Herman Daly, among others.
October 5, 2011"She laughs, but her voice is weary. It is clearly painful for her to keep talking about Larsson's death, and the ugliness and upheaval that has come since. I suspect she feels she has little choice though. The tussle between her and Larsson's family continues, and she feels bound to highlight the legal morass unmarried people face when their partner dies intestate. "
March 2, 2011All over America, there are many roads without sidewalks. Many communities are built just for the car. Lawns, often vast, encroach right to the curbs. America's 307 million people own about 150m cars. Entire blocks are reserved for parking garages. Walking on a road shoulders, one can feel like a vagrant or a prowling criminal.