<p>The left should embrace de-growth, but it’s the rich that need to sacrifice… </p>
Jason HickelIt's been a big month for #degrowth, with a number of high-profile endorsements. People are increasingly taking it seriously as the only coherent and feasible approach to rapid ecological transition in high-income economies.
Jason HickelI just finished reading Professor Ben Selwyn's excellent book "The Struggle for Development". Chapter 2 offers a devastating critique of the World Bank's poverty metrics. For anyone interested in the global poverty debate, this is a must-read.
Carbon dioxide emitted by commercial flights rose by 32% from 2013 to 2018, study shows
Jason HickelAnd this despite big improvements in fuel efficiency. Why? Because growth outstrips efficiency gains. It's clearly time to start thinking about how to scale down the airline industry. #degrowth
The scientist and author on why humanity’s endless expansion must stop.
Jason Hickel"Without a biosphere in a good shape, there is no life on the planet. That’s all you need to know. Economists will tell you we can decouple growth from material consumption, but that is total nonsense."
Brilliant interview with Vaclav Smil on #degrowth
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels.
Jason HickelWe need a rapid transition to 100% clean energy. But clean energy is not a ticket to "green growth".
Clean energy requires a huge increase in extractive mining. And the more we grow, the more aggressive it will be.
The strongest storm to reach the northwestern Bahamas, with wind gusts up to 220 m.p.h, Hurricane Dorian brings “devastating” conditions.
Jason HickelIt is a cruel irony of geography that the country that has contributed the most to global heating is protected from its most violent effects by countries that have contributed the least.
American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) from the American Public Health Association (APHA)
Jason HickelFor those who believe capitalist growth drove progress in human health, Szreter offers a reality-check:
"Indeed, in almost every historical case, the first and most direct effect of rapid economic growth has been a negative impact on population health."
Jason HickelIf we want to stop climate breakdown, technology won't be enough. We also need dramatic reductions in energy demand.
This team of scientists offers a full range of options for how to do that - looking at transport, housing, agriculture, etc. #degrowth
Campaign group Mighty Earth says aerial drones, satellite imaging and field research show farmers carried out forest-burning for fast food giant’s soy suppliers
Jason HickelThis research from 2017 demonstrates that over the course of only four years Burger King's suppliers were responsible for burning more than a million acres of tropical forest in Brazil and Bolivia. It's high time the beef majors face a reckoning.
Steve Schwarzman is the CEO of the Blackstone Group, which partially owns a Brazilian firm that is helping to transform the Amazon from jungle to farmland.
Jason HickelThis story is a real bombshell. Reporter Ryan Grim reveals that one of the biggest culprits of Amazon destruction is a US company, Blackstone, whose CEO is close friends with Trump and bankrolls the US Senate leader Republican Mitch McConnell.
On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch.
Jason HickelSome food for thought here. We use the term Anthropocene to define the present as a new geological epoch shaped by humans, but in reality it's not an epoch at all. In geological terms, it's an event - a mass extinction event - that is unfolding at speed.
Lithium is being mined in Chile to make batteries, but at what cost to the local environment?
Jason HickelLithium mining for electric cars is already generating an ecological crisis in the Andes, burning through water tables, draining lakes, destroying ecosystems and driving indigenous farmers off their land.
Could nuclear power be rapidly expanded on a global scale? There are a number of practical limiting factors, including site availability and acceptability, nucl...
Jason HickelThe physicist Derek Abbott argues that nuclear power can deliver at most 5% of global energy demand. For those who know this literature better than I do, I'm curious to hear what you think.
It’s not just that climate change is ravaging the world’s agriculture. Agriculture is also ravaging the climate.
Jason HickelMy latest for Foreign Policy:
"Cutting beef consumption in favor of nonruminant meats or plant proteins like beans and pulses could liberate almost 11 million square miles of land—the size of the United States, Canada, and China combined."
Jason HickelIndustrial agriculture is fundamentally irrational. Focused on growth at all costs, it is divorced from any conception of human need and pours scorn on the principles of ecology. What would it mean to apply #postgrowth principles to our food system?
Jason HickelAs the Amazon burns, we need to talk about phasing out beef - just as we seek to phase out fossil fuels. This might sound ambitious, but there are plenty of precedents: We've ended the sale of whale and shark fin for environmental reasons... why not beef?
Over 100 organisations and academics sign a letter demanding a fair selection process for the next IMF managing director.
Jason HickelThe IMF is a deeply undemocratic institution - and it's time for this to end. I'm proud to join dozens of academics in this letter calling for a fair and open selection process for the next IMF director. It's a vital first step toward democratization.
Jason HickelMany of the fires are man-made... set by farmers who have taken up Bolsonaro's call to raze the Amazon for feedlots.
The city of Sao Paulo was plunged into smokey blackness in the middle of the day.
Brazil's space research agency says fires in the rainforest rose 83%, amid increased deforestation.
Jason HickelNews outlets are finally reporting on the unprecedented fires that have been tearing across the Amazon over the past couple of weeks.
If only the Amazon was as important as Notre Dame, there might be some kind of coordinated response.