Things have been a bit crazy since my last post. Apart from dealing with some ‘interesting’ comments on my piece in The Conversation, I’ve become involved in a new project which sits at the nexus between conservation planning, climate and economics, which means some interesting times are ahead (the excitement dulled slightly as I realised how much literature I now need to wade through).
I have some in depth posts currently on ice which I hope to return to soon, but for the benefit of my two readers here’s a some things which have caught my eye recently:
- Great article by Graham Readfearn discussing Earth Overshoot Day and including interviews with economist John Quiggin, environmental psychologist Kellie Fielding, Chuck Berger from ACF’s New Economics program and Donnie Maclurcan from the Post Growth Institute:
Not buying it: Could saving your cash also save the planet? (see also my post over at Climate Shifts from Earth Overshoot Day in 2010)
- Thorough and provocative piece on GDP as an insufficient indicator for economic progress: Neoclassical Economist Recants Key Article of Faith
- Important article about the value (or not) of biodiversity offsets:
A tree for a tree: can biodiversity offsets balance destruction and restoration?
- A new Indigenous Protected Area has been created in the Northern Territory:
Green deal landmark for traditional owners
Not so good news:
- The fishing ban may have been lifted, but with the dredging, dead dugongs and turtles, diseased fish, fishermen breaking out in boils – can anything else go wrong in Gladstone harbour?
Fisherman want Qld dredging stopped
- The EIS for the China First coal project in Alpha has been released. Things do not look good for biodiversity:
Waratah Coal Galilee Basin project’s mark on landscape ‘irreversible’
For anyone who is aware (or not) of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity reports, keep an eye out for some video streamed lectures from the new TEEB graduate course being delivered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. I’ll post the links here when they appear, or else check the Yale website. Here’s the TEEB leader Pavan Sukdev addressing the London School of Economics on ‘Ending the Economic Invisibility of Nature’