A handful of U.S. utilities have discovered they can save money by encouraging small rooftop solar projects—the same projects utility industry leaders have insisted were too expensive and unreliable to be practical.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in New York, for instance, is paying developers to build solar panels on top of buildings in tiny towns that are experiencing population booms but don’t have enough electric grid
via Why Are Some Big Utilities Embracing Small-Scale Solar Power? | InsideClimate News.
The original mercantilists were advocates of the “utility of poverty” thesis, believing that there was a positive side to poverty and that the State should create and maintain poverty as a way to increase the volume of exportable output. David Spencer argues that echoes of mercantilist thinking can be seen today. There is a persistent stigmatising of those on benefits who are seen as “scroungers” living a good life at the expense of tax payers, and an acceptance of low wages as a way to restore and increase economic growth.
via Six centuries of vilifying the poor: Stigmatisation of welfare recipients and a lack of concern about low wages has origins in early mercantilist thought | British Politics and Policy at LSE.
reblogged from Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies
WASHINGTON, Sep 24 2013 (IPS) – More than a half-dozen governments on Tuesday launched a yearlong collaborative investigation into the economic benefits of taking broad action to combat global climate action.
The nine-million-dollar initiative, dubbed the New Climate Economy project, is being spearheaded by a commission chaired by former Mexican president Felipe Calderon and is backed by the governments of Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Korea, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The research will be carried out by institutes located in most of these countries and will culminate in a report to be published in September 2014, just ahead of a major scheduled United Nations summit on climate.
In addition to an oversight panel made up of former heads of state and finance ministers, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is co-chaired by Nicholas Stern, the British economist who published a touchstone climate change review for the U.K. government in 2006. For this reason, the project is being seen as a direct follow-up to Stern’s previous work.
via IPS – Tallying the Benefits of Climate Action | Inter Press Service.
G’day Deano and the crew.
This is from us back home. You’ll be having some strategy meeting. Knocking around a few ideas. Hell, you might even be asleep. Us at home? We’re doing that too. You’ll have your eye on the big picture, the San Francisco bay weather, the clouds, the rules, what the Americans (or is it Aussies?) are doing to their boat over night. Probably giving the big outboard motor a polish, if the last few days are anything to go by.
We don’t know about any of that stuff. We know bugger all about sailing. I don’t mean that lot by the sea up North with their flash boats sitting around the yacht club yelling at the television in some nautical language we don’t speak, they know about sailing. I mean us. The rest of us out in New Zealand.
via An open letter to Emirates Team New Zealand, from Team New Zealand | Sandysviews.
he group includes a compelling mix of business leaders, former heads of state, scientists, government officials, indigenous leaders, activists, teachers, community organizers and culture shapers, who will complete the Women’s Climate Action Agenda at the first International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, September 20th-23rd.
via International Leaders Gather to Draft Women’s Climate Action Agenda | Use Celsias.co.nz – New Zealands guide to sustainable business.
Researchers found that 300,000-700,000 premature deaths a year could be avoided in 2030, 800,000 – 1.8 million in 2050 and 1.4 million to 3 million in 2100
via Cleaner air from tackling climate change would save millions of lives | Environment | theguardian.com.