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Does income inequality cause decreased economic growth?

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  Beyond that, short people got no reason to live*. ' One of Reich's basic premises in Inequality for All is that income inequality causes decreased economic growth.  Rather than read before I go to bed, I have taken to watching Netflix documentaries on the iPad. 

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil - 53 min - Jul 6, 2008 [link] When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Transportation halted, people went hungry and the average Cuban lost 30 pounds. "In

Chart: The Black Triangle Suffocating Beijing | Mother Jones

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In 2008, Beijing pulled off what some (myself included) considered a miracle: banishing choking smog to reveal an Olympic city bathing in blue. 2008 December. Inspiring, relevant, smart audiobooks: sustainability, progressive economics, health, engaging fiction.

Maintaining Healthy Forests Takes More than Planting Trees

Nature Conservancy - Science

This example depicts the Dry Douglas-fir forests from a single watershed within the interior Pacific Northwest Forest illustrations adapted with permission (Van Pelt, 2008). People realized that something was out of whack.

State of the world 2008

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Table of Contents Beyond the Book Get more out of State of the World 2008 with additional resources from Worldwatch Institute, including: Interactive Polls A Discussion Guide A list of key innovations State of the World Briefs Photo Slideshow Chapter 1. Underpinned by a handful of key Big Ideas, economic innovations might just remake our world. A New Bottom Line for Progress John Talberth, Redefining Progress GDP tells an important, if one-dimensional, economic story.

The Economics of Desire

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First, just a little history of how we got to this current economic consequence. The current economic crisis has its roots in the housing bubble that peaked in 2006, when many "subprime" lenders offered mortgages with low teaser rates to borrowers who were not qualified to repay them. The Feds lowered interest rates by a half a percentage point, injected $41 billion into the financial system, and initiated a $170 billion 'economic stimulus package.

Economic Crisis as a Catalyst for Spiritual and Community Renewal

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by Richard Flyer - November 03, 2008 People take notice when “officialdom” makes pronouncements like this one from Bank of England Deputy Governor Charles Bean regarding the economic situation “This is a once in a lifetime crisis, and possibly the largest financial crisis of its kind in human history." It is obvious that there is no "center" holding our economic system together--there is no foundation other than getting us to buy and consume more stuff.

“Green Economics”: Turning Mainstream Thinking on Its Head

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He said, “You people and all your stupid rules—you’re trying to turn this place into a desert!” That’s especially true about mainstream economics, which is based in part on ideas that made a lot of sense at some point in the last 250 years but that have outlived their time and usefulness. But in recent decades, economics theoreticians and researchers have suggested a variety of reforms that would make economics truer, greener, and more sustainable.

Why do Coastal Communities Invest in Nature? It’s Not Science.

Nature Conservancy - Science

Decades of evidence build a strong case for natural infrastructure – ecologically and economically. Conservationists once believed that if we just offered enough evidence, that would convince people,” says Nature Conservancy behavioral economist Sheila M.W.

Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy

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can create two million jobs by investing in a rapid green economic recovery program, which will strengthen the economy, increase energy independence, and fight global warming. labor market conditions in July 2008). students in Economics and Research Assistants at PERI.

Living Wealth: Better Than Money

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Empire Prosperity Story The prevailing prosperity narrative has many variations, but these are among its essential elements: Economic growth fills our lives with material abundance, lifts the poor from their misery, and creates the wealth needed to protect the environment.

The Olduvai theory and catastrophic consequences

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Published Jun 24 2008 by Energy Bulletin Archived Jun 24 2008 The Olduvai theory and catastrophic consequences by James Leigh Introduction Our century-old industrial civilization and its luxurious standard of living may be about to end. Tags: Future Energy Economics

THE END OF SUBURBIA

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Anthony Lappe, Guerrilla News Network The End of Suburbia is a perfect tool for introducing people to peak oil. Few people are aware of how their lives are dependent on cheap and abundant energy. Tags: Documentary Energy Economics Oil

One Planet Living

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[link] Guiding Principles - Take action Individuals Government Businesses Guiding Principles of One Planet Living ® To achieve a sustainable future, we need to design communities which enable people to live sustainably. Tags: Sustainable-development Urban Economics Green Community

Community Solutions for Peak Oil and Post Carbon

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We expect that, as people became aware of the system's benefits, any sense of sacrifice would diminish, replaced by a sense of excitement. Click on any question for the answer: Q: What is Peak Oil? Q: Why should I be concerned about Peak Oil? Q: Will this just mean higher prices at the pump?

APO ebooks on Green Productivity

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GP can foster the creative exchange between people to: achieve a better quality of life for all, support social justice and fairness for citizenry, and enhance prosperity for their enterprises. Tags: Sustainable-development Ebook Economics Green Education

Ecotechnic economy and relocalisation

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So that people will be eating just as much food overall, but more fruit, vegetables and legumes, and less grains, meat, dairy and sugar. Relatively smaller farms closer to cities will have an economic advantage over large farms far from cities.

Gandhi's Legacy

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Yet millions of people in India and around the world are captivated by his life and his achievements. Sarvodaya includes the care of the Earth: of animals, forests, rivers and land as well as all people. Work for him is as much a spiritual necessity as it is economic.

Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty

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For local governments -responsible for managing local public services, planning for future land use and transportation, and protecting the community's economic and social health- this uncertainty creates a wide variety of risks and vulnerabilities. Local economic activity.

A Call for a Green Enlightenment

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The Worldchanging Canada Team November 11, 2008 7:40 AM This article was written by Lynn McDonald in February 2007. The great advances in social justice (human rights, women's equality, religious toleration, the end of slavery ), great as they are, apply only to people in the here and now.

Redefining Prosperity

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The economy is currently geared, above all, to economic growth. Does it mean sustainability plus economic growth? Economic growth, measured by increases in Gross Domestic Product, which basically means total national income in a year, looks attractive because it links closely with the assumption that most individuals aspire to increase their income. Or will they be forced to because of economic pressures creating long-term recession?

Act Now - Global Day of Climate Action December 6

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The UNFCCC is an agreement reached in a time where people was conscious enough to understand the consequences of our way of living. Emissions are raising, vulnerable people are dying, cropland is disappearing and the sky is becoming darker. People will do things if we are asked to.

New Solutions reports (communitysolution.org)

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New Solutions 15 | November-December 2008 This, the first in our new format New Solutions, looks at applying the concepts put forth in our "Plan C" approach to the problems of Peak Oil and climate change.

Rewilding Canada Through Vertical Farming

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Karl Schroede r November 10, 2008 5:00 AM [link] Rewilding Canada was written by Karl Schroeder in July 2007. If the population of the Toronto area is, say, 3 million people (it's more or less depending on where you draw your lines) then 3,000,000/50,000=60.

A 'Green New Deal' can save the world's economy,

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The Report makes an important contribution to the wider economic, social and environmental research communities and NGOs and others, including local authorities interested in these issues.

Is water the new oil?It's the world's most precious commodity, yet many of us take it for granted. But that's all about to change. Special report by

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Special report by Juliette Jowit Juliette Jowit Sunday November 2 2008 [link] Wadi Faynan, Jordan: This Palestinian Beduin Family of 11 live in the desert. And it all began when people settled down and began to chop wood and farm.

Our Key To Happiness: Generosity

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By Tess - The Bold Life photo credit: Wonderlane It’s abundantly clear from a number of studies that people who live generous lives also live happier lives,” states Stephen Post, bio ethicist, Case Western Reserve University. How can you be good to the people in your life?

Beyond the Bailout: Agenda for a New Economy

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by David Korten The financial crisis has put to rest the myths that our economic institutions are sound and markets work best when deregulated. Our economic institutions have failed, not only financially, but also socially and environmentally. The real need, however, is a bottom-up transformation of our economic values and institutions to align with the imperatives and opportunities of the 21st century. Economic power must be equitably distributed.

Building a Green Economy

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Link on ENN -- Know Your Environment When leaders of the 20 largest economies gather in Washington this week , a centerpiece of their deliberations should be a Global Green Deal that capitalizes on the current economic crisis to build economically and environmentally sustainable economies. The perfect storm of today's economic, environmental, and social ravages requires a robust, multi-pronged response. Despite the global economic contraction, the answer may well be yes.

Beyond Simplicity

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Today, people of all stripes seek more. Currently we are concerned about global trade, distrust and breakdown of communal relationships, poor working conditions, AIDS, and crushing national and personal economic debts. [link] TOUGH ISSUES FOR A NEW ERA by Al Fritsch, S.J.

UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative

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Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said: "The financial, fuel and food crises of 2008 are in part a result of speculation and a failure of governments to intelligently manage and focus markets". billion people still living on less than $2 a day and possible in terms of our ecological footprint". Tags: Future Sustainable-development Economics Green

Inaugurate Change

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WorldChanging Team November 6, 2008 1:15 PM [link] Dear President-Elect Obama, On January 20th, 2009, you will have the opportunity in your inaugural address to speak to the whole world at a moment of grave crisis. We also encourage you to drive home the point that the things we must do to fight climate change are also the things we need to do to generate a strong economic recovery. Tags: Sustainable-development Economics Green

Overcoming What Ails Us!

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[link] From: Richard Flye r | Posted: Monday, September 15th, 2008 1 Comment Category: Success | Sub-Category: Living Your Purpose | Tags: Community , Love , World Every four years in the U.S. It’s time to face the reality: All social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic issues are interrelated and have spiritual root causes. With all these groups and people doing good, why does it seem that the forces of negativity are overwhelming them?

Free Energy from Tesla’s Wireless Electricity

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Tesla wrote: “That electrical energy can be economically transmitted without wires to any terrestrial distance, I have unmistakably established in numerous observations, experiments and measurements, qualitative and quantitative.

Mitigation strategies for Peak oil

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However, on the level of the individual/family there is much that can be done at relatively low cost to not only prepare for an economic crash, but to leapfrog past it to a post oil paradigm. And most people feel sexy in a corset."

Entrepreneurs of the Natural World Show Case Their Ground Breaking Solutions to the Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century

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The Nature’s 100 Best List, a mixture of innovations at various stages of commercialization from the drawing board to imminent arrival in the marketplace, is set to be completed by October 2008 in time for the IUCN Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Humpback Heart Pacemakers Over 350,000 people in the United States alone are fitted with new or replacement pacemakers annually. The 100 Best List will be launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona in October 2008.

Building a Just and Sustainable World (YES magazine)

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January/February 2008 “The average U.S. Live Free—Do It Yourself Share how people are creating spaces for community, for learning, and for fulfilling their own dreams while supporting the aspirations of others. Get your students talking about what would happen if policymakers measured what really matters to people. Tags: Future Sustainable-development Economics Education person now consumes twice as much as they did 50 years ago. Ask your grandma.”

Energy Future Scenarios

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Archived on 25 May 2008. Holmgren uses a scenario planning framework to bring to life the likely cultural, political, agricultural and economic implications of peak oil and climate change. From Energy Bulletin.

Masdar City Will Be World's First Zero-Carbon, Zero-Waste, Car-free City

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Abu Dhabi’s Future Energy Company is the project sponsor and will locate its headquarters in the city, which will also include a new university, special economic zones, and an Innovation Center.

Making a Life (Green Living)

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For many people, their identity is so closely associated with their job that when they stop working, they end up passing away not long afterwards, lacking hobbies, social connections or life purpose.