Climate change

Behaviour change as a driver for mitigating climate change: wins substantially offset by losses

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 […]

Lessons learned from Biosphere 2 for ecomodernists and deep ecologists alike

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 […]

Oslo Principles set out Human Rights based obligations to reduce GHG emissions

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 […]