Environment

CAMPAIGN

Get your Mayor to take climate action!

Get your Mayor to take climate action!

The mayoral elections were on May 6th. The elected Mayors have power that could be used to take action on the Climate Emergency. This is a Friends of the Earth briefing on the subject.

BIODIVERSITY

Concern for the natural world should include a willingness to take action against the economic causes of its decline.

Natural Capital

Natural Capital

a Global Perspective

Why this concept is viewed as problematic in many parts of the world.

Is there a place for ‘natural capital’?

Is there a place for ‘natural capital’?

Links to my and other perspectives on the idea of nature seen as ‘natural capital’.

TREEB: Real Economics of Biodiversity

TREEB: Real Economics of Biodiversity

The Real Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity

A response to the TEEB reports, adding some realism about the economic causes of the extinction crisis.

Why This Sort of Economics Can’t Fix the Extinction Crisis

Why This Sort of Economics Can’t Fix the Extinction Crisis

Response to the Dasgupta Review interim report on biodiversity loss.

Economics versus Biodiversity?

Economics versus Biodiversity?

‘The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review’ (just published!)

The Treasury commissioned a leading economist to produce a report on biodiversity loss. How did that turn out?

Dasgupta’s Economics Can’t Fix the Extinction Crisis.

Dasgupta’s Economics Can’t Fix the Extinction Crisis.

Another response to the Dasgupta Review written for the Green Economy Coalition.

Debating Nature’s Value

Debating Nature’s Value

book edited & co-authored by me with many other contributors

What does ‘natural capital’ have to offer in the debate about the loss of biodiversity?

IPBES
Guest Article

IPBES

The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2019).

Summary of the most thorough survey ever of the state of the biosphere.

ANTHROPOCENE & PLANETARY BOUNDARIES

Going beyond the planet’s ecological boundaries is bringing us all into a new and dangerous period of Earth’s history.

A Safe and Just Space for Humanity

A Safe and Just Space for Humanity

Review of Kate Raworth’s original ‘Doughnut’ Oxfam discussion paper.

Economics and planetary boundaries

Economics and planetary boundaries

There are several ecological limits but total world GDP isn’t one of them.

Food production hits the boundary

Food production hits the boundary

How ecological limits are impacting on the availability of food.

Book review of ‘Earth System Science: a very short introduction’

Book review of ‘Earth System Science: a very short introduction’

Tim Lenton’s book summarises the natural science view of how the world works.

Book review of ‘The Human Planet’

Book review of ‘The Human Planet’

Rave review for Simon Lewis & Mark Maslin’s book about the Anthropocene.

The Great Acceleration – Updated

The Great Acceleration – Updated

World trends in the Anthropocene.

What’s New About the Planetary Boundaries Update?

What’s New About the Planetary Boundaries Update?

The hugely influential Rockstrom et al. 'planetary boundaries' analysis was published in 2009. They produced a second version in 2015.

What Planetary Boundaries 2.0 mean for the green economy

What Planetary Boundaries 2.0 mean for the green economy

Economic implications of the 2015 update of 'planetary boundaries' analysis.

Anthropocene: Journey of a Concept

Anthropocene: Journey of a Concept

How an idea from geology travelled across disciplinary boundaries to make a big impact in politics and the humanities.

Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity
Guest Article

Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity

JOHAN ROCKSTROM et al.

The original 2009 analysis.

CLIMATE & ENERGY

The climate crisis is the most serious problem our species has ever faced.

Energy Efficiency Policies

Energy Efficiency Policies

Now-rare book on combining policies to promote efficient use of energy.

Refugees: is this the future?

Refugees: is this the future?

Why agreements on climate change must include provision for environmental refugees.

Controlling Carbon

Controlling Carbon

Report for Molly Scott Cato MEP on emissions trading and other policy approaches.

Infrastructure for London 2021

Infrastructure for London 2021

Report for the London region of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Building back better - for London's infrastructure - based on my initial draft. The report was amended by London ICE, who commissioned it, but most of it I still agree with! It highlights the importance of climate crisis adaptation for London's future.

IPCC:
Guest Article

IPCC:

Summary for Policymakers Understanding Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C

2018 report on the prospects for near-future impacts of the climate crisis.

UNSUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The United Nations has set 17 goals for the world in 2030. How’s that going?

Rio+20 and the importance of planetary boundaries.

Rio+20 and the importance of planetary boundaries.

What can an international conference do for the planet?

What happened at Rio?

What happened at Rio?

Outcomes from the 2012 global sustainability conference.

Following up Rio + 20.

Following up Rio + 20.

Opportunities & problems after Rio.

How hard is it to score the 17th goal?

How hard is it to score the 17th goal?

UK Government failure to organise for implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

United Nations
Guest Article

United Nations

The Sustainable Development Agenda

UN webpage on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.