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Principles for analysis
Goals
  • Finding the underlying basic problem
  • Solutions
  • Finding solutions that are required and technically feasible
  • Principles
    1. The problem at hand could be one of a series of environmental and/or social problems, which may be caused by an underlying basic trend.
      Arguably the basic problem is "Overshoot", that is the overload of the earth by too many people consuming to much (non-renewable) resources.
      Compare I = P x A x T (glossary)
    2. Hope and Optimism may help to keep motivated and determined. But they are unacceptable if they are voiced as an expectation that we will probably find a solution in the future, since "humans are adaptive and creative" or "since we have always found a solution in the past.
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    3. Statements like "We have to..." or "we must" always require a clear distinction between hope and physical and technical feasibility.
    4. Statements like "people will never agree to...." are no valid argument in the face of ecological necessities and resource limitations.
    Development & Poverty Reduction
    Goals
  • Poverty reduction, increased wellbeing, catching up with "western" lifestyles
  • Solutions proposed
  • Economic growth - "inclusive", really benefitting the poor
  • Feasibility & alternatives:
  • Growth is only one solution for poverty reduction. The demand to generate "inclusive growth" recognises that the "tricle down" mechanism is frequently not working. On the contrary, general economic growth is often increasing the gap between rich and poor.

    Other possiblilities to reduce poverty are:
    ......

    Footnote: Growth is increasing the depletion rates of resources, most of which are non-renewable. Growth is measured in GDP = Money = material. Immaterial growth is not possible. Efficiency increases, themselves also limited, etc. do not nullify this pinciple.
  • Climate Change
    Goals
  • Climate change avoidance and mitigation
  • Solutions proposed
  • "Kyoto" style international treaties and "Kyoto Protocol" mechanisms, like Joint Implemetation, Clean Development Mechanisms, Emissions Trading, Alternative Energies, Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Feasibility & alternatives:
  • "Kyoto" Copenhagen, Cancun...

    Other possiblilities to deal with climate change are:
    ......

    Footnotes:
    1. A basic flaw of the climate change conventions and debate is the attribution of greenhouse gas emissions to countries. It is a major reason why no agreements have been reached with some very large countries. Factually emissions correspond with the GDP per capita, i.e. the standard of living of the reisdents of a country.
    2. Climate change is seen as the largest environmental problem. However, it is one of many. The basic problem is overshoot - too many people consuming to much resorces per capita. Population and economic growth are increasing overshoot and resource depletion rates.
  • Fossil Energy and Alternative Energies
    Goals
  • Handle energy shortages and increase energy availability for poorer regions of the world.
  • Solutions proposed
  • Search for more fossil fuel reserves, shift to alternative energies, electrification of poor regions, ...
  • Feasibility & alternatives:
  • ...

    Other possiblilities are:
    ......

    Footnotes:
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  • Feasibility & alternatives:
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    Other possiblilities are:
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