But there is a piece of news today that is up there with those breath-catching facts. It's in the Financial Times:More
The Guardian has just put up a fantastic Carbon Atlas, which represents countries by the size of their emissions. It's a very effective way of making the stats accessible - and astounding. Compare the United States with one our favourite little countries here at nef, the kingdom of Bhutan.More
But as we have seen since September, there is little national governments can do to encourage lending when the Banks are locked in to a global credit crunch with plenty more steam in its engine. The reality is that these behemoth banks, through successive rounds of deregulation and mergers, are no longer structured in a way that properly serves the needs of local communities and businesses. More
It was asked to:
- Assess the impact of liberalisation (de-regulation) on the UK postal services market;
- Explore trends in future market development;
- Consider how to maintain the Universal Service Obligation (delivering mail from John O'Groats to Land's End and everywhere in between).
In its interim review in May this year Hooper said some extremely interesting things. It found that there have been "no significant benefits from liberalisation for smaller businesses and domestic consumers. More
If you hoped that the recession might buy us some time to combat climate change, you're likely to be disappointed. That's according to figures from the UK's Committee for Climate Change which predict that even a serious fall in GDP would only deliver a fraction of emissions reductions. The Guardian has the full story here, including some perspectives from nef's Policy Director Andrew Simms. Andrew explains:More
Happy New Year, blog readers! 2009 is going to be a key year for us here at nef, and probably a make-or-break year for climate change and energy policy. Naturally, our politicians will remain preoccupied with the world's economic woes. Which is why the Green New Deal - a series of joined-up solutions to the triple crunch of peak oil, climate change and recession - still matters. More
Until now, that is. A couple of days ago the government of South Korea announced that it would invest 50 trillion Won - £25.2 billion - over the next four years on environmental projects which will create nearly a million jobs. According to the Associated Press, the money will be directed to "energy conservation, recycling, carbon reduction, flood prevention, development around the country's four main rivers and maintaining forest resources".More
The conference, which is hosted by the University of Warwick, will address the applications of positive psychology in work, education and the wider community. Nic will be speaking on 'The Power of Well-being: Measuring what Matters and Transforming Policy'.
For more details and booking information visit the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology's website.More
In the US, Barack Obama has given his first public address after being elected in November. Last Thursday he revealed some of his plans to help the ailing American economy, including several hints of a Green New Deal:More