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Nov 2, 2009

Q+A: How can economic growth be decoupled from carbon emissions?

By Gillian Murdoch

(Reuters) – Growing economies without emitting carbon is the biggest dilemma of our times, sustainable development guru Tim Jackson argues in “Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet,” published on Monday.

The economics commissioner for the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission, Jackson advises that sustainability won’t be achieved through relentless material consumption growth. Instead, a rewriting of the economic rule book is needed to meet the linked challenges of climate change, ecological degradation and resource scarcity.

Oct 30, 2009

Q&A-China car makers go west as rivals stumble

SINGAPORE, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co. <F.N> named
the parent company of China’s Geely Automobile Holdings
<0175.HK> as the preferred bidder for its Volvo car unit this
week, paving the way for China’s second possible acquisition of
a major overseas automaker this year. [ID:nLS682068]

A dozen China-centred auto deals have been proposed this
year, underlining the growing international clout of the
world’s largest and strongest car market. [ID:nSP357901]

Oct 22, 2009

Time to trim Fido’s “eco pawprint”, authors say

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – They’re faithful, friendly and furry — but under their harmless, fluffy exteriors, dogs and cats, the world’s most popular house pets, use up more energy resources in a year than driving a car, a new book says.

In their book “Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living,” New Zealand-based architects Robert and Brenda Vale say keeping a medium-sized dog has the same ecological impact as driving 10,000 km (6,213 miles) a year in a 4.6 liter Land Cruiser.

Jun 24, 2009
via Environment Forum

On the origin of the Darwin myths

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Ever been told by a ruthless boss that, “as Charles Darwin said, it’s survival of the fittest”?

Rather than answering that it was actually a one-time sub editor for The Economist magazine, Herbert Spencer, who coined the phrase, or fighting back with an equally wrong comment about someone being descended from monkeys, Darwin academics are calling for a moratorium on the everyday use and abuse of the great naturalist.

Two-hundred years after he was born, and 150 years after he published “On the Origin of Species”, it’s time to check the facts, as “most of what most people think they know about him is not true,” according to Darwin scholar John van Wyhe, a historian of science at the University of Cambridge.