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Things Are Good: Economy Continues to Grow Despite Decrease in Emissions

Economists used to measure progress using emission rates correlated to GDP, now that comparison is ridiculous. A few years ago we looked at how carbon output is shrinking while economies grow and that is continuing to be the case. Earlier this year it was predicted that the global economy will continue to see a . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Economy Continues to Grow Despite Decrease in Emissions

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Eshe Nelson interviews Richard Baldwin about the future of globalization and the possibility that the worst disruptions to workers are just beginning: What happens to the chart on global income distribution during this phase of globalization? It keeps going down. It will be disruptive in the G7, but . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Things Are Good: Standing Rock Sioux Achieve a Victory

This is proof that direct protest action works.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has decided to not grant permission to allow the Dakota Access pipeline to be built as planned. The pipeline was meant to go through burial lands of the Standing Rock Sioux which is offensive in itself, but there’s more to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Standing Rock Sioux Achieve a Victory

The Disaffected Lib: Here’s One You Might Not Have Heard Of – the "Technosphere"

Think of it as everything man has built on Earth that’s still standing. That includes the pyramids and everything older provided it’s still around.

Now I’m going to throw out a number that’s pretty hard to digest – thirty – trillion – tons. That’s the estimated weight of the stuff we’ve built. Those pyramids, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Here’s One You Might Not Have Heard Of – the "Technosphere"

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Stephen Hawking discusses the urgent need to address inequality and environmental destruction as people are both more fearful for their futures, and more aware of what’s being taken away from them: (T)he lives of the richest people in the most prosperous parts of the world are agonisingly visible . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

wmtc: before the flood: good information but ultimately a weak message

Tonight we watched “Before the Flood“, Leonardo DiCaprio’s film about climate change, which I had heard such good things about.

It’s well done, and is chock full of appropriately terrifying and depressing information. But in the end, the film delivers yet another “it’s up to each of us” message, focusing on individual actions, rather than . . . → Read More: wmtc: before the flood: good information but ultimately a weak message

Canadian Dimension: Energy producers have an obligation to improve environmental reporting

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The social and environmental concerns over pipeline economics and oil transportation projects are growing across the continent. After losing the public relations battle with military tactics, the U.S. Army Corps is threatening to “close” the Standing Rock opposition camp to the Dakota Access Pipeline in early December.

Opposition to . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Energy producers have an obligation to improve environmental reporting

Things Are Good: 47 Developing Countries Leapfrogging to Renewables

At the tail end of the Marrakech UN conference on the climate 47 countries formed the Climate Vulnerable Forum to share the one goal: getting to 100% renewable energy as fast as possible. Previously, economists and politicians argued that developing countries will need to use coal or other destructive carbon-based energy before upgrading to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: 47 Developing Countries Leapfrogging to Renewables

Canadian Dimension: Maude Barlow: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis

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Winnipeg, Nov. 24, 2016 – Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow discusses her latest book, Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis with Paul Moist at McNally Robinson Booksellers. Barlow is one of the world’s foremost water activists and she has been on the front lines of . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Maude Barlow: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis

Things Are Good: It’s Time for the Economy to Shrink

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With the frequent boom and bust cycles the economy goes through it is rare for people to argue that perhaps the downward portion of cycles should continue. Shrinking the economy can actually be a good thing when done with good direction. DW has gathered many examples of places and people around the world . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: It’s Time for the Economy to Shrink

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Janice Fine discusses how the decline of organized labour as a political force has opened the door for the likes of Donald Trump: Just when we need them most, the main institutions that have fought for decent jobs are a shadow of their former selves. Unions that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

A Puff of Absurdity: Monbiot’s Impossible Crises

George Monbiot lists 13 crises, but warns you should only read the list if you’re feeling very strong. It’s an appropriate warning.

He’s barely even talking about climate change here, so this list could be so much longer including the degradation of the oceans, poisoned waterways, messed up ecosystems…  His list is more political . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Monbiot’s Impossible Crises

Things Are Good: Canada to Phase Out Coal Power Plants

The Canadian government has decided to end the use of coal for electricity by the year 2030. To make up the lost production the provinces which still use coal will have to replace their power plants with sustainable alternatives. This makes a lot of sense since using coal for electricity is really (really really . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Canada to Phase Out Coal Power Plants

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada after Trump: Harold Innis and What to Do When Empires Go Crazy

The Americans shocked the rest of the world by electing Donald Trump last Tuesday. Pierre Trudeau suggested that Canada’s proximity to the US was like “sleeping with an elephant”, and thus Canadians are particularly concerned about what this means.

Canada’s most preeminent political economist, Harold Innis, can offer some lessons. Innis is known for the . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada after Trump: Harold Innis and What to Do When Empires Go Crazy

Things Are Good: Celebrating Resiliency

The Rockefeller Foundation has produced a new documentary celebrating areas humans live in that are designed to be resilient to climate change. By building our cities and countries around the concept of resiliency we can better prepare for what’s ahead when it comes to unpredictable and extreme weather. It’s design thinking applied on a . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Celebrating Resiliency

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s $3.3bn fossil fuel subsidies undermine climate action: Report

Canada’s $3.3 billion in federal and provincial subsidies to fossil fuel companies undermine climate action, says a new study by four prominent Canadian environmental groups.

The post Canada’s $3.3bn fossil fuel subsidies undermine climate action: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Andrew Nikiforuk highlights how Donald Trump’s election is just one more predictable consequence of the end of shared growth – even as it figures to perpetuate that reality. And Andrew Coyne argues that Trump’s win under the U.S.’ warped electoral rules should thoroughly debunk the theory that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Action vs. Action Plans #GivePollutionAChance

The Liberals would like to tell you that they’ve spent a year making Real Change (TM) in Canada, since being elected in October, 2015. Undeniably, Canada has some notable differences and improvements since Harper was booted. Still, there are promised changes, not hard to make, that are forever being dangled like carrots, potentially left to . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Action vs. Action Plans #GivePollutionAChance

A Puff of Absurdity: On Character

Now that I’ve sufficiently survived surgery physically, the psychological stuff is creeping in.

Creeping is apropos.

People keep telling me I’m so brave or so strong to go through it all and then to be up and at ’em so soon after. But I just happened to survive. There was nothing brave about it. . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Character

A Puff of Absurdity: Sorry, but You’ve Been Duped into Denial

In the U.S., about 70% believe climate change is real, 35% believe it’s caused by humans, and 16% are worried about it. The 30-minute film, “The Doubt Machine: Inside the Koch Brothers’ War on Climate Science” explains how you’ve been tricked into false belief. It features Michael Mann, who was also in recent films . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Sorry, but You’ve Been Duped into Denial

Cowichan Conversations: The Case of the Vanishing Site C Video-Includes A Revised Video

The Site C Dam project offers a number of similarities with the Dakota Access Pipeline-(DAPL) the subject of ongoing massive protest led by the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota.

It may be a

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A Puff of Absurdity: Before the Flood

First of all, I love that this Leo DiCaprio film, directed by Fisher Stevens, is free to watch everywhere on the National Geographic Channel. (Or was free – I’m not sure how long it will last. I can’t seem to embed the film at all.)

Without ads, it’s 90 minutes, jampacked with information. . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Before the Flood

Cowichan Conversations: WTF is going on in the USA, and excuse me, Canada as well?

The Standing Mountain Sioux Nation have a treaty over the lands where the Dakota Access Pipeline (DPL) is approved to be built, yet the state of North Dakota police, national guard, and police forces

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Things Are Good: Global Carbon Output Decreases

In order to avert catastrophic climate change we need to dramatically cut global carbon output. That’s what the Paris Agreement is all about and it comes in to force in just three more days. The really good news is not just that we have decreased carbon output it’s also that the Paris Agreement is . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Global Carbon Output Decreases

Things Are Good: Watch Before the Flood Right Now

When I started this website about good news I never thought I would be mentioning Leonardo DiCaprio, but here we are. The award winning actor teamed up with Fisher Stevens to create a really good documentary about the state of climate change. The documentary weaves together the historical context we find ourselves in and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Watch Before the Flood Right Now