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.
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 […]
Loss of the Amazon Rainforest, the West Antarctic ice sheet or melting of permafrost, once seen as hypothetical, seem to become more plausible each year. Global events such as these are seen as climate tipping points: irreversible changes that, in their turn, lead to irreversible exacerbation of climate change. The IPCC ‘s risk assessments for […]