Category Archives: ecology

After peak capitalism: the livelihood challenge.

This is my new working paper. It attempts to deal with the question of peak capitalism and ecological crisis on two levels – the post-industrial wastelands of the core capitalist countries and the global exhaustion and toxicity of capitalism as … Continue reading

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How much greenhouse gas has been emitted in your lifetime?

This simple tool allows you to calculate how much annual global emissions have increased since a certain date, e.g. your year of birth. It also calculates the proportion of all time cumulative global emissions during your lifetime. It also shows … Continue reading

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Italy by train

By train to Milan and Como, via France and Switzerland. Another European journey by train: this time to Milan, going via Zurich, Chur and the Bernina Express and returning via Lausanne and Dijon. Full cost and carbon analysis below. (more … Continue reading

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Labour again: Corbyn’s victory and the growth narrative

This is a short post to note Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership re-election and ask some fundamental questions.  Despite some misgivings in the last post, I’m delighted.  This is all about rejecting the politics and economics of the last … Continue reading

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Biodiversity day – a diverse salad

Salad from the garden on biodiversity day, 22 May, 2016 We ate this green salad – we have one of these most days in the growing season.  The ingredients vary. Some are cultivated, some are edible weeds (you do need … Continue reading

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Progress as a trap.

Craig Bennett is the Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth UK. Last night (11/2/2016) he gave a lecture at Manchester Business School, “What is Progress: how are we doing and where next?” It was an interesting topic for a … Continue reading

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Corbynomics: let’s be sceptical about the growth rhetoric.

“So all our emphasis and work and campaigning is about an expanding economy and investing in an expanding economy” Jeremy Corbyn, quoted by The Independent, 29 February 2016 “El socialismo puede llegar sólo en bicicleta.” Socialism can only arrive by … Continue reading

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Malmö: re-imagining the city

Our cities have grown up as the result of a number of factors. Manchester, with its origins in the Roman period, was a relatively small centre until particular geographical, historical, social and economic factors coincided to make it the world’s … Continue reading

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Responses to the Ecomodernist Manifesto

Responses to the Ecomodernist Manifesto (3/12/15:  I update this piece as new material comes in). I recently came upon An Ecomodernist Manifesto, and was staggered by the scale of its unwarranted assumptions and errors. It argues that the malign human … Continue reading

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A new approach for our cities?

Originally posted on Steady State Manchester:
I attended a two hour seminar on Future Climate organised by the North West Climate Change Partnership It was a rather depressing affair since it seems quite clear that we are rushing headlong towards…

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