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Global Warming and the Fight Against Poverty: A Common Cause

By Michel Derdevet / 14 November, 2015

When it comes to navigating the murky waters of climate change, we are not all in the same boat. Some 2.2 billion people around the world already live in poverty, but the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Bank fear their ranks may swell even further with the rising...

Paris Climate Talks Offer Direct Route to Zero-carbon Economies

By Geneviève Pons / 14 November, 2015

In comparison to COP15 in Copenhagen (2009) there is much more optimism on the zero-carbon front, and a strong movement for a global renewably-powered economy. New legislations in energy efficiency and skyrocketing renewable energy targets by many countries are on the rise; and a global divestment campaign is urging financial...

Energy Transition and Market Pragmatism

By Mark Campanale / 14 November, 2015

The arguments Fergus Green lays out in this working paper clearly demonstrate that clean energy installation is better economically than using brown energy systems and that the sooner we deal with the climate problem the less it will cost. Many are trying to delay action on clean energy by arguing...

Climate and EU-UK referendum, appeal for leadership in Europe

By Massimo D’Alema / 14 November, 2015

Appeal for action – Last chance for a real deal to address the defining challenge of our century. It is significant progress that 146 countries, covering almost 87% of global emissions have submitted their reduction plans ahead of the climate summit in December. However this will still not be enough...

International Climate – Cooperation is critical, but not for the reasons you might think

By Fergus Green / 10 November, 2015

It is often assumed that comprehensive international cooperation is essential to tackling climate change. After all, it is a global problem and action by all countries is necessary to avoid potentially catastrophic changes to our planet. But the greatest barriers to avoiding dangerous climate change can be found at home,...

The Circular Economy Opportunity

By Ellen MacArthur / 10 September, 2015

Today’s linear economy – in which resources are extracted, made into products, sold and ultimately thrown away – arguably faces its biggest challenges, on a number of fronts. A range of global trends suggest that the future economy could be circular, with opportunity awaiting those progressive enough to make an...

Do Progressive Economics Still Influence Politics?

By Patrick Diamond / 13 July, 2015

Economic ideas always have the potential to influence politics, but the relationship is hardly straightforward. Indeed, it was John Maynard Keynes, one of the most celebrated progressive economists of the twentieth century, who once wrote: ‘Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually...

Beyond Incomes – Social Inequalities

By Massimo D’Alema / 13 July, 2015

The North Atlantic financial crisis and the severe economic slowdown which is afflicting several parts of the world has reignited the debate on the negative consequences of rising inequalities of income and wealth. Several well-renowned economists such as Thomas Piketty have well documented how the growth in income and wealth...

Digital Single Market Ontology

By Jean Pisani-Ferry / 13 June, 2015

A digital shift is taking place. Innovation is changing our lives. The effects of the Internet are extending to sectors that used to be protected from international competition, like transport and hotels. Tomorrow, public services like education and health will be concerned. Europe is lagging behind in this field. Not...

Raising Climate Ambition Through Forests

By Nigel Purvis / 13 June, 2015

Paris climate talks should help end natural forest loss, the biggest, cheapest and fastest way to cut carbon pollution. Europe should partner with developing nations by agreeing to finance 1 billion tons of emission reductions from tropical forests per year by no later than 2020. Paris is shaping up to...

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