Provocation # 210 People climate and economy What seems left out of most climate discussions is the impact of necessary changes on ordinary people. It is treated as though we could switch energy from fossil to wind/solar without a ripple. If it costs more the family gets a subsidy to make up … Continue reading post #2048 People economy and climate
People are caught up in anxiety and thought, but little action, about CO2. But in doing so they conveniently ignore eco-destruction. Making eco-destruction central is not easy. Some thoughts floating out there. autonomous cars don't need headlights for seeing but they ae currently needed to signal other cars. Another part of the reason who controls … Continue reading Post # 2047. Mix of plus and minus
Time to start posting significant facts from a variety of sources. Temperatures in Concord have warmed by 3 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past century. In this same time period, tree and wildflower leaf-out dates have shifted significantly. "Wildflowers are now leafing out about one week earlier than 160 years ago, but the … Continue reading Post # 2046. Tree and flower trouble
Provocation # 202 Society, climate change and economics If the use of fossil fuels are not going to cut sufficiently (eliminated) to prevent a 3 or 4° rise are we willing to discuss how such a failure might unfold? If economy is embedded in society, that just means complex feedback loops between the two. Discussing … Continue reading post #2045. Society, climate change and economics
"Economists should stop pretending to be scientists and go back to the core of the discipline—as a field of inquiry and way of thinking"
gets the facts righter than most. http://www.frbsf.org/economic-research/publications/economic-letter/2019/march/climate-change-and-federal-reserve/ But there is some waffling. "While the effects and risks of climate change are relevant factors for the Fed to consider, the Fed is not in a position to use monetary policy actively to foster a transition to a low-carbon economy. Supporting environmental sustainability and limiting climate change … Continue reading 2043. The Fed and Climate change
Freedom is not allowed by much of science. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/41180882/posts/2225316476 but is core to philosophy and politics. does this prove that it is worthwhile to move in things that are scientifically untenable? This is worth a lot of thinking because of data, for example, is moving into another room where is the tell you … Continue reading post 2042. freedom and science.
if we were managing the world every one of these would be taken on for consideration. https://www.monbiot.com/2019/03/30/law-of-nature/ The difficulty with managing the world is that it gets in the way of democracy. Democracy implies that different opinions have voice and leverage, but what then happens to the coherence management requires? Our solution has been to … Continue reading post #2041.managing the world.
Provocation # 208 Crises and imagination. Arnold Toynbee, in his research into the fate of civilizations, explored the idea that the response of a civilization to crises was the most important part of determining what the future can be. Climate change is being faced by a political system and economics that seem unable to respond … Continue reading Post # 2040 Economics, crises and imagination
Provocation #207. Leisure and economics. Early economics was concerned with the well being of society, of all the people. This was limited because people acquiesced to the view that the population was divided between the rich and the poor and then into capitalists land owners, and the laborers. But there was still a vigorous discussion … Continue reading Post # 2039 Leisure and economics