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December, 2016
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Are we sure that ecosystem services alleviate poverty?

Dan Brockington - ESPA

It may seem like a stupid question, but why should we be interested in the role of ecosystem services in poverty alleviation? I am playing devil’s advocate here. If you have, like me, spent time with farmers in Tanzania, then the central role of ecosystem health in their agricultural work, ... Continue reading

November, 2016
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Can the steel industry ever go green?

Chris Beauman

The Steel industry is one of the major contributors to global CO2 manmade emissions - about 2.75Gt, or 6-7% of the total. Cement is not far behind. These two sectors are the giant emitters, way ahead of other industrial sectors.  They are, of course, dwarfed by the power sector and the autom... Continue reading

November, 2016
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STUDY: How is the Green Economy faring in the Mediterranean?

Chris Hopkins - Green Economy Coalition

As part of a civil society initiative to support the transition towards a green and fair economy in the Mediterranean, the study examined existing publically available GE/SD strategies and the perceptions of key Green Economy and Sustainability practitioners across the region.

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October, 2016
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GE in brief: Swiss vote down Green Economy proposal

Chris Hopkins - Green Economy Coalition

On 25th September 2016, Switzerland become the first country to explicitly vote on whether to implement green economy policies.

What was proposed?

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October, 2016

Why Value Nature? It’s Better to be Roughly Right than Really Wrong

Hunter Lovins - Natural Capitalism Solutions

“NATURAL CAPITAL!” the famous author snarled at me, “It’s NATURE! It’s PEOPLE! not capital. You can’t call them capital; they’re... they’re...spiritual,” he spat at me. “You can’t put a price tag on them. It’s immoral.”... Continue reading

October, 2016

Inclusive green economy: racket or a symphony?

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

The tiny South Korean island of Jeju has big ambitions: by 2030 it plans to be carbon free. The province is busily expanding solar and wind technology, installing renewable storage capacity and scaling up the number of charging stations for over 300,000 electric cars over the next fifteen years.<... Continue reading

September, 2016
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The Price is Right? Signals, Distortions and Patches in Greening Finance

Steven Stone - UNEP

Does anyone remember the tacky and blatantly consumerist American TV show launched in the early 1970's, when the host would ask a group of panelists to guess the price of a range of new products? Sometimes I feel that for all our advances in estimating the hidden costs of some of our products... Continue reading

August, 2016
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Why social inclusion matters for green growth

Chris Hopkins - Green Economy Coalition

Ordinary people in many parts of the developing world are feeling more and more left out. While hundreds of millions have been lifted out of extreme poverty since the 1990s, particularly in places like China and Latin America, many have stayed behind.

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August, 2016
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A Green Economy Must Be A Fair Economy First

Bill Kerry - Equality Trust

On Tuesday 26th July, I went along to the latest conference of the Green Economy Coalition (GEC) which was very informative and cautiously encouraging. The transition to a green world economy still has a very long way to go but the process is underway and gaining support all the time. The GEC its... Continue reading

July, 2016
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MWM Report - Global Goals that work: For business, government and people

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

The report describes how the SDGs offer an opportunity – not just as an innovation map for markets, but as a dashboard of indicators to monitor macro trends, opportunities and risks that face our global systems.

In an increasing interconnected world where issues such as climate chan... Continue reading