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Decoupling for conservation

A few months ago I wrote about the EcoModernist Manifesto, which suggests a radical new approach to nature: rather than trying to live in harmony with nature, as traditional environmentalism has advocated, we should seek to transcend it. 800 more words


Some more thoughts on Ecomodernism

Since I’ve mentioned Ecomodernism before, I thought I would highlight a post I’ve just encountered called Dark thoughts on Ecomodernism (lengthier version here). There’s also a follow up post in which the author… 353 more words

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Green Romantics

Following from my last blog post, a comment from Steven Blackthorne:

One sentence stood out among many good ones in this post: “Permies don’t do numbers.” Right.

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Round up the usual suspects: The MacArthur Foundation's "big bet" on climate

Best known for its “genius” grants, the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation gave away $214 million last year across a dizzying array of programs. 1,790 more words


EPA took nuclear out of the Clean Power Plan

Yesterday, an amazing thing happened. Yes, President Obama released the first real climate action policy in the U.S. ever. But that’s not all. The incredible thing—the one that will be most important in the years to come—is … they got it basically right. 1,404 more words

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Flawed arguments: A critique of “Upper Limit to Variable Renewable Energy”

My readers will pardon that I am, for the third time in a row, writing a piece inspired by a post by David Roberts of Vox. 2,748 more words


The Encyclical Letter

I don’t have much to say about the Encyclical Letter. It’s long and full of words. I am pleased that the Catholic Church is taking this seriously, but not because it’s the Catholic Church specifically, but because I think everyone should be taking this seriously. 726 more words

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