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There's pretty near nothing in modern life that doesn't have fossil energy embedded in it. At a minimum it got hauled in a truck, boat, train, airplane, or possibly all of the above, for any object. The supply chain, the machine that puts stuff where we can buy it, is fossil fuel
Our drinking water has fossil energy embedded in it. It's been processed, pumped, stored high up so it can run out of everybody's faucets. Not everyone, obviously, but - almost everyone. Me, for sure. I can see the water tower from here. Electricity puts the water in it.
3. Electricity in the US is 85% fossil fuel. And here it is. Still lots of coal burns in Missouri.
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Vor wenigen Tagen kam eine ziemlich krasse Studie vom @PIK_Klima raus. Es geht um nicht mehr und nicht weniger als die Lösungen, mit denen das globale Ernährungssystem bis 2100 CO2-neutral werden kann.

Was haben die Forschenden herausgefunden? 🧵1/13
Vorab: Wo stehen wir?
Über die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette versursacht unser Essen ein Drittel(!) aller globalen Emissionen. Darüber hinaus ist es der Hauptgrund für Artensterben und Zerstörung von Ökosystemen wie dem Amazonas.
Alarmstufe dunkelrot also für eine Transformation von unserem "Food System".
Daher untersuchten die Forschenden bei drei Haupt-Faktoren die Auswirkungen auf die Treibhausgas-Emissionen:

1) Degrowth
2) CO2-Steuer für Lebensmittel
3) Flexitarische Ernährung
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1/5) Out now @NatureFoodJnl : Integrating #degrowth and efficiency perspectives enables an emission-neutral #food system by 2100…
* First quantification of food system degrowth proposals
* Comparison with GHG pricing
* Together: emission-neutral food system
(2/5) Key findings:
* degrowth understood as only reducing GDP/capita in rich countries won't reduce food system emissions much
* shift to sufficient, healthy and sustainable diets leads to large emission reductions, even larger than pricing greenhouse gases in the food system
* dietary change leads to shrinking/stabilizing economic size of food system. This is a consequence (not the cause) of a qualitative transformation of the food system
* Degrowth proposal for the food system are synergistic with GHG pricing -> sustainable transformation
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It was a pleasure to present first thoughts of my master's thesis on #MMT and #degrowth at the @WSSAcon in Denver. I’m currently writing my thesis at @presseunikassel and @LevyEcon. I’d happy for any comment and feedback. A thread 1/
When the government spends, it must either collect #taxes or take on #debt – so the widespread assumption. A growing economy does not pose a problem, as long as g > r the debt-to-GDP ratio declines over time, particularly if loans have low interest rates and long maturities 2/
However,if the economy stops growing or if it even declines, the debt ratio rises and tax revenue declines. If one assumes that the economy should not grow endlessly for socioecological reasons #degrowth @timparrique @MGSchmelzer, how can government spending then be financed? 3/
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Hace un año escuché por primera vez la palabra
DECRECIMIENTO, y a día de hoy se ha convertido en una obsesión. En Occidente hemos querido vivir los últimos 60 años un sueño, el sueño americano, tan presente en nuestra vida cotidiana que nos impide ver alternativas.
Educación para ser un buen peon que maximice el PIB, y crear la fantasía materialista para soltarnos a la arena y compitamos entre nosotros.
Invito a todos a experimentar vivir en algún tipo de comunidad decrecentistas durante unas semanas: eg ecoaldea, granja de permacultura, o algo similar. Algo ocurre: la mente para por su obsesión de optimizar conseguir dinero y aumentar su productividad.
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Over the past 14 months that Will Falk and I have been fighting the Thacker Pass lithium mine, one of the most common questions we're asked by journalists has been "So if you oppose electric cars, what is your solution?"
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At first, the question seems to be asking "how can we save the planet?" But that's not actually what most people are asking, as becomes clear when we answer that question.
Most people are actually asking "how can I still have a car, or the luxury that a car provides me, and not destroy the planet?"

And of course, the answer is, you can't.

What they're really saying is, "I like cars and I rely on them for my lifestyle, my work, and my enjoyment."
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The idea of #degrowth made it to the latest IPCC report.

The term “degrowth” is mentioned 27 times in the 3,675 pages of the full report (12 of these mentions occur in the bibliography). There is no mention of it neither in the 96 pages technical summary nor in the 36 pages summary for policy makers.
The first mention of the term happens in “Chapter 1: Point of Departure and Key Concepts,” in the penultimate section titled “Facilitating Long-Term Transformation," where degrowth is contrasted with ecomodernism on the issue of decoupling.
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I'm live-tweeting today and tomorrow from the #SustainabilityFrontiers conference. Follow for insights on where #SustainabilityScience is now, gaps, and how we create just nature-society relations.
Hosts: @LUCSUS_LU & @SEIresearch, inspiration: @theNASEM,…
Don't miss the graphic recording of the #SustainabilityFrontiers conference here:…
The conference is NOT being recorded-- welcome to follow and engage live! 2/
Sustainability science is still defining itself, argues Vasna Ramsar. Concepts like #foodsovereignty drawn from Indigenous knowledge are gaining ground as part of #decolonizing the field. #SustainabilityFrontiers /3
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One of my favourite papers of 2021: "The social shortfall and ecological overshoot of nations" by @AndrewLFanning, @DrDanONeill, @jasonhickel, and Nicolas Roux.

The paper looks at 11 social and 6 environmental indicators for 140 countries between 1992 and 2015. It also models 'business-as-usual' projections up to 2050.
This donut-shaped figure shows which ecological boundaries are transgressed: the 'OVERSHOOT' (the red bits outward), and which social foundations are unreached: the 'SHORTFALL" (the red bits inward).
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This recent study by @C_Dorninger et al. shows that economic growth in high-income nations occurs at the expense of poorer countries.

Across the embodied flows of materials, energy, land, and labor, rich countries (in purple) used more resources from a consumption perspective than they provided through production.
For example, high-income countries are the largest net appropriators of land (of approximately 0.8 billion hectares per year). Their land footprint correspond to 31% of total global land used.
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To all who have panned @GhostPanther's #DontLookUp, i have another set of metaphors for you:

The wreck of the Estonia in Sept. 1994

(excerpted below)

Re. your criticisms of #DontLookUp:…

@GhostPanther 'Survival that night was a very tight race, & savagely simple. People who started early & moved fast had some chance of winning. People who started late or hesitated for any reason had no chance at all. Action paid. Contemplation did not.'

@GhostPanther Re. #degrowth, #solarpunk, & #walkaway:

'The mere act of getting dressed was enough to condemn people to death, & although many of those who escaped to the water succumbed to the cold, most of the ultimate winners endured the ordeal completely naked or in their underwear.

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The global concentration of capital is extreme: The richest 10% own around 60-80% of wealth, the poorest half less than 5%, according to just published World Inequality Report. Image
Economic growth does *not* lead to a more equal world. Image
While what we need to increase equality, combat the climate emergency and create the conditions for a good life for all is private sufficiency and public luxury, the opposite has been happening Image
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Out in @NatureGeosci ‘A clean energy future isn’t set in stone’. Co-authored with @MandydeWilde. We hope to foster conversations between social and geoscientists about the ways in which sociotechnical visions for a sustainable future shape research:
We argue that scientific research always draws on sociotechnical visions of the future which shape research problems and questions. The clean-energy future is such a vision, originating in ecological modernization, that aspires to establish an economy that grows in a clean way
However, such a clean-energy future relies heavily on high-tech innovations that use a lot of metals, more than we currently extract from the Earth. This vision of the future sparks particular research questions (for instance, how to find and extract more metals?)
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The #HS2GravyTrain is all set to be a massive failure because we're in a #ClimateAndEcologicalEmergency, so Britain will have to move, this coming decade, to a #Degrowth economy, a #4DayWeek, lots more #WorkingFromHome, much less #LongDistanceCommuting…
For any chance of human survival through a #ClimateAndEcologicalEmergency that will soon bring crop failures, hunger, chaos, all airport expansion must be halted and air travel massively cut back.
#Birmingham #AirportExpansion…
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To: #EthiopiaPrevails
Remember when I promised you some longterm economic consequences?

"Ethiopian sovereign dollar-bonds dropped on Tuesday after Moody’s slashed the country’s rating to Caa1, citing a rising risk that private creditors were in line for losses ... The ratings agency kept Ethiopia’s rating on review for a further downgrade."…
"Asked if the meagre interest showed lack of confidence in the government’s liberalisation effort, the person said: “When nobody shows up how else do you interpret it? When you refuse to write a cheque, you’re making a statement.”"…
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New paper out now @NatureComms, open access:

1.5°C #degrowth scenarios suggest the need for new mitigation pathways

I’m super excited to share this with you. Here is a thread on the paper. 👇👇👇 /1
The starting point is that almost all scenarios by the integrated assessment modelling community, summarized by the IPCC, assume continued economic growth even in wealthy countries, while lack of growth is assumed to hamper mitigation. #Degrowth scenarios are neglected. /2
But empirical evidence shows that growth is connected to increasing energy & material use, making decarbonization harder – like fighting an uphill battle. To reconcile growth with the climate targets, established scenarios assume controversial & risky technological changes. /3
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"Capital is back because low growth is back" @PikettyLeMonde said, stating that decreasing growth leads to increasing #inequality. If that would be true, we have a social-ecological dilemma #degrowth. I wrote my BA about it and got the #GSÖBW price for it yesterday. Thread. 1/14
Yesterday was #GlobalClimateStrike. Many studies show: The #ClimateCrisis can only be solved if economic growth rates in the North decrease rapidly. @timparrique, @g_kallis, @jasonhickel. If decreasing growth necessarily leads to increasing inequality, we have a problem. 2/14
True,since the 1980s economic growth has decreased in Germany, while income and wealth inequality have increased @CharlyBartels @MiriamRehm. But is it a correlation or causality? I argue, political decisions led to increasing inequality, not declining growth. Four arguments: 3/14
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Frauen sind in der Ökonomik stark unterrepräsentiert. Doch das Problem ist noch tiefgreifender. In Standardmodellen bleiben Frauen oft unberücksichtigt oder gelten als irrationale Marktteilnehmer. Ein Thread 👇 #EconTwitter #econ4future
Wer redet über Ökonomik? Der Anteil von Professorinnen in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften beträgt an den deutschen Unis nur ca. 20 Prozent.
Weibliche Wiwi-Wissenschaftlerinnen müssen höhere Standards in ihrer wissenschaftlichen Arbeit erfüllen, verglichen mit männlichen Kollegen. Damit dauert es im Schnitt länger bis ihre Arbeiten publiziert sind. @erinhengel…
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Despite COVID, emissions are still way too high.
To limit global warming to 1.5 C, we need to *rapidly*
(i) decarbonise energy use AND
(ii) reduce energy use AND
(iii) decarbonise land use AND
(iv) reduce land use
Yes, ALL of these things SIMULTANEOUSLY.
How are we doing?
1/ To limit warming to 1.5 C, global energy use must be completely decarbonised.

But the opposite is happening! Emissions per unit of energy use (‘carbon intensity of energy’) have been INCREASING since 2000 (largely due to increases in the share of coal, primarily in China).
2/ Rapid decarbonisation of energy use requires both a rapid roll-out of renewables AND a rapid phase-out of fossils. Not either-or: both-and.
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Hey #ClimateJustice and #Degrowth twitter: Five years after #ParisAgreement the world is heading to 3°C hothouse earth.

Yet its not too late. Here's a new global 1.5°C mitigation scenario that, without relying on growth and risky technologies models a social transformation ⬇️
The «Societal Transformation Scenario» shows the immense potential of reducing energy consumption in the global North, while at the same time increasing equality and well-being
The study produces concrete annual emission reductions for various sectors such as transport, food and housing and outline proposals for a socio-ecological transformation.

This way, global emissions can be reduced by 50 percent from 2020-30 and by a further 22 percent by 2050
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 08/15/2020…
Post-COVID, should countries rethink their obsession with economic growth?…

#EconomicGrowth #degrowth #environment #ClimateChange #PostPandemic
Should We Conserve Parasites? Apparently, Yes…

#parasites #insects #biology #environment
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Unendliches Wachstum ist auf einem endlichen Planeten nicht möglich.

Das aktivistisch-künstlerische Kollektiv @Peng hat bei deutschen CEOs nachgefragt, was das eigentlich für die Zukunft des Kapitalismus heißt. Genial. Verbreitet den #Klingelstreich 1/…
"Die Klimakatastrophe ist in vollem Gange, eine globale Rezession rast auf uns zu. Wenn wir nicht bald einen radikalen ökonomischen Plan entwickeln, der sozial und ökologisch gerecht ist, können wir damit rechnen, dass unsere Gesellschaften auseinanderreißen. " /2
"Doch die Politik traut sich nicht, die Ökonom*innen sind darauf offenbar nicht vorbereitet. Worte wie Suffizienzwirtschaft, solidarische Ökonomie und Postwachstumsökonomie sind noch immer Fremdworte aus dem Katalog der Utopien." /3
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