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February 16, 2020 preprint on Biorxiv: “The environmental impacts of palm oil and its alternatives” investigates how the environmental impacts of palm oil compare to other crops, Palm oil has a very high yield per unit of land, compared to rapeseed, soybean and sunflower but is connected to large scale loss of tropical rainforest and […]
Behaviour change as a driver for climate change mitigation has both merits and limits, according to this study. Article explores offsets and reinforcements according to table 1 in the article: (quoted). Rebounds (financial resources) Spillovers (moral resources) Time-use rebounds (temporal resources) Offsets the initial energy savings Positive rebound (e.g. if cycling is less expensive than […]
Overview article: land use for energy crops, solar and so on. Increasing land use conflicts with the needs of combating biodiversity loss, that requires large tracts of undisturbed land. No amount of eco-friendlyness will compensate enough to be on par with that.
Study by dutch government agency PBL finds that The Netherlands is not doing so badly re recycling of materials (13% of materials recycled as of 2019).PBL further asserts the limits of further increases of this percentage as materials are locked up in long-lasting structures, exported, and so on. In addition to more recycling, other strategies […]
Author Roxane van Iperen delivered this year’s Machiavelli Lecture (Dutch only) PDF via this link Core concepts: – Deceit and bending the truth are nothing new in politics, as Macchiavelli had shown. – The current situation exacerbates the outlook for strong democracy: globalisation undermines accountability of business, both financially and environmentally; the public domain has […]
According to this overview article on foodsource.org, 87% of global soy production is processed into soybean oil (19%) and soy meal or ‘cake’. Of this, 99% is used as animal feed for (factory) livestock farming. About a fifth of Soybean oil production is used as biofuel, the rest is for human consumption f.i. cooking oils. […]
The history of Biosphere 2, an attempt to recreate the Earth’s 7 biomes in a bubble. What both deep ecologists and ecomodernists might learn from it. Quote: ‘ “Deep ecologists” see all of nature as intrinsically valuable: it’s simply impossible to substitute for the unique and irreplaceable value of any given organism. For other ecologically […]
Quote: “But how much do human rights and other sources of law require each state to do to reduce emissions, even in the absence of a specific treaty?” The Oslo Principles [PDF], launched in 2015, answer that question. Refers to succesful lawsuit of environmental group Urgenda (dutch) against the State of the Netherlands and other […]
Over 100 billion tonnes of stuff churned through the global economy in 2017. That’s actually more, not less than the previous estimate from 2015. Dutch newspaper Trouw: “Humanity has never used up so much primary resources” (possible paywall) The Guardian: “unsustainable use of resources is wrecking the planet” The full report from The Circularity Gap […]