Stiglitz (and Robert Kennedy) on Alternatives to GDP

Nobel prize winning economist Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz co-chaired a committee of enquiry for former French President Sarkozy, looking into alternative measures for society's progress and well-being.  He will now give evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, on …

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Inefficient big biomass to get Government subsidies

Regrettably the Scottish Government has confirmed it is ready to support inefficient biomass power stations with up to £5 billion (yes, billion) of public money over the next 25 years, provided they meet a very low threshold of 35% efficiency in producing electricity with a small amount of heat.  …

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Four Dundee streets among the most polluted in Scotland

Friends of the Earth Scotland has highlighted findings from  the Scottish Government's regular monitoring of air quality, which show that Dundee has several streets which are in the top 15 of the most polluted in Scotland.  More details are provided in this report in the Courier on 4 February, and …

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Lord Stern says he underestimated the risks from climate change

The author of the influential report published by the UK Treasury in 2006 on the economic impacts of climate change, now says he underestimated the risks which it posed.  He was speaking at the World Economic Forum at Davos in January 2013. Rather than the two degrees of global warming …

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