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Ecological Economics: The Battle to Preserve the Natural World

Ecological Economics: The Battle to Preserve the Natural World

Feb 09, 2012 at 16:27 | Breakthrough Institute

In September of 1982, a group of scholars met in Stockholm intending to reform -- even to revolutionize -- the study of economics. The new ecological economists saw the economy…

Is a Reduction in Population Numbers the only Sustainable Solution?

Is a Reduction in Population Numbers the only Sustainable Solution?

Jan 30, 2012 at 17:32 | Gail Tverberg

In a recent post, I talked about why we may be reaching Limits to Growth of the type foretold in the 1972 book Limits to Growth. I would…

Out of Africa - Portugal solicits Angolan investment

Out of Africa - Portugal solicits Angolan investment

Jan 16, 2012 at 22:07 | John Daly

The following is an interesting and cautionary tale for investors looking at relatively "stable" Old Europe and Africa, seemingly mired in perennial crisis. Since last year the Portuguese government has…

Argentina's Booming Economy Proves There Can be Life After Default

Argentina's Booming Economy Proves There Can be Life After Default

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:59 | John Daly

Quick. Name the country whose economy despite the global recession nevertheless expanded 9.2 percent in 2010 and has kept growing in 2011 at an annual rate of about 8 percent.…

G20 and BRICs - Who's in Charge?

G20 and BRICs - Who's in Charge?

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:57 | John Daly

As the representatives of G20 nations gather in Cannes, thrashing out a new way forward for the ailing European Union's economies, a major yet little observed economic sea change is…

The Faustian Bargain has Enabled an Unsustainable Economic System, but Not for Much Longer

The Faustian Bargain has Enabled an Unsustainable Economic System, but Not for Much Longer

Jan 09, 2012 at 17:08 | Gail Tverberg

Historically people have shifted their belief systems in various ways. The Greeks and Romans believed in numerous gods and goddesses and attributed all kinds of powers to them. Then the…

Is a Green Economy too Expensive in the Current Environment

Is a Green Economy too Expensive in the Current Environment

Jan 09, 2012 at 16:59 | Gary Hunt

There is a looming battle over the cost of energy between the ‘green at any cost’ versus the ‘green enough at a reasonable cost’ where wind/solar forces will battle

China's Bubble of Rapid Economic Expansion Could Soon Burst

China's Bubble of Rapid Economic Expansion Could Soon Burst

Dec 15, 2011 at 17:40 | Al Fin

China's problems are piling up, just when the celestial kingdom is attempting an orderly handover of power. Since China's wild grab for commodities over the past 2 years has been…

Iraq: An Army of Soldiers to be Replaced by an Army of Businessmen

Iraq: An Army of Soldiers to be Replaced by an Army of Businessmen

Dec 14, 2011 at 17:54 | James Burgess

After nearly nine years, all US Forces are mandated to withdraw from Iraqi territory by 31 December 2011 under the terms of a bilateral agreement signed in 2008. Now the…

What Does China's Reduction in Oil Imports and Trade Suggest?

What Does China's Reduction in Oil Imports and Trade Suggest?

Dec 14, 2011 at 17:31 | Stuart Burns

Several articles have come out recently drawing on November oil imports, trade and electricity data to suggest China is slowing rapidly and potentially heading for a hard landing. The FT…

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