Dasgupta Review puts biodiversity in stark economic terms

February 3, 2021 by  
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While humans often feel like the luxuries money can buy enhance their lives, human prosperity has not been good for the planet. Now, a landmark review by Sir Partha Dasgupta of the University of Cambridge is showing just how devastating prosperity can be. Dasgupta is challenging the idea that the internationally used Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a worthy measure of economic prosperity. He believes the system needs to be redesigned to recognize nature as an asset. Related: World gets F on Aichi biodiversity report card “Truly sustainable economic growth and development means recognizing that our long-term prosperity relies on rebalancing our demand of nature’s goods and services with its capacity to supply them,” Dasgupta said in a statement. The 606-page report, titled “The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review,” stresses that humans are part of nature and that natural resources are finite. The review uses financial terms to explain the dire situation we face by living beyond our means vis a vis the natural world. “We have collectively failed to engage with Nature sustainably , to the extent that our demands far exceed its capacity to supply us with the goods and services we all rely on,” is one of the headline messages of the report. “Estimates show that between 1992 and 2014, produced capital per person doubled, and human capital per person increased by about 13% globally; but the stock of natural capital per person declined by nearly 40%.” Dasgupta offers many recommendations, including making food and energy systems sustainable with technology and setting policies to change prices and behavioral norms. The report urges more investment in addressing biodiversity loss and in community-based family planning programs. Dasgupta calls on governments to introduce natural capital into national accounting systems. Biodiversity is on a steep decline, with nearly one-quarter of global animal and plant species threatened with extinction . There’s been about a 70% decline in mammal, fish, bird, amphibian and reptile populations since 1970. “The survival of the natural world depends on maintaining its complexity, its biodiversity. Putting things right requires a universal understanding of how these complex systems work. That applies to economics too,” natural historian Sir David Attenborough said in a statement. “This comprehensive and immensely important report shows us how by bringing economics and ecology face to face, we can help to save the natural world and in doing so save ourselves.” + The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review Via BBC News Image via Jarekgrafik

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BREEAM-Excellent Le Monde Group HQ by Snhetta opens in Paris

February 3, 2021 by  
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French media company Le Monde Group has recently welcomed its 1,600 employees into its new headquarters, a striking Snøhetta-designed building that’s not only certified BREEAM Excellent but has also been awarded the prestigious French real estate prize, Grand Prix SIMI, in the category “New Office Building Larger than 10,000 square meters.” Located in the city’s 13th arrondissement, the curvaceous office building draws the eye with its bold plaza, soaring archway and semi-transparent outer skin that comprises over 20,000 pixelated glass elements in a pattern with nearly 800 possible configurations. The facade’s sophisticated, text-like pattern evokes the printed letters of newspapers and magazines.  Located at the intersection of Paris ’ old historic parts and the more modern district on the Rive Gauche, the 23,000-square-meter Le Monde Group Headquarters unites the company’s six newsrooms, which had been previously scattered across different sites in the city, under one roof. Transparency, accessibility and a sense of open dialogue with Paris drove the design of the building’s translucent, dynamic facade and public plaza with ground-floor retail spaces. The site also features over 300 bicycle parking spots and easy access to a neighboring train station. Related: Snøhetta completes stunning Norwegian cabins for glacier hikers “Since its inception the Le Monde Group Headquarters has embodied an architectural and symbolic counterpoint to the many challenges our societies face today,” said Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, founding partner of Snøhetta . “The building is primarily about opening up in a time where fear and uncertainty pushes our societies to increase barriers and strengthen security enforcement. In this sense, the project invites us to reflect on how architecture can create spaces that can be both public and private, exterior and interior, transparent or opaque. Like so many other of our projects, it is a hybrid building that explores the interstices of architecture and that is conceived to be at the service of the public.” Solar panels cover almost the entire roof of the building, while a portion of the building is pulled back to make room for an open-air terrace framed in vegetation. Accessible from both sides of the structure, the elevated terrace provides stunning views of the surrounding cityscape and the Seine River. Inside, the light-filled interiors include high-quality, expansive offices with a variety of flexible workspaces and meeting rooms as well as amenities such as a library, a staff restaurant, an auditorium and a Le Monde Group analogue archive. + Snøhetta Photography by Marwan Harmouche, Ludwig Favre and Jared Chulski via Snøhetta

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Why Masturbation is an Economic Act

September 13, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Quinn Dombrowski , used under Creative Commons license. From the economics of happiness to David Korten’s focus on real wealth , it’s no secret that many greens believe we must move beyond Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a primary indicator of our well-being. The fact is that our money economy, and the… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Wood Industry Opposes Biomass Power Too

September 13, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Land Rover Our Planet , used under Creative Commons license. Only yesterday Matt posted a video on why replacing coal with forest-based biomass fuels is no climate solution. And now we hear news that the UK wood industry is raising serious concerns about the use of biomass as a replacement for coal. Surely though, folks who sell wood would be happy about a new … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Planned Solar Projects Swell from 17GW to 24GW Due to Falling Prices

September 13, 2011 by  
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While anti-solar distortions continue to proliferate , solar itself is looking like an increasingly serious player in the world of energy. And even though tumbling solar prices have seen some manufacturers go under, most notably the high-profile Solyndra bankruptcy , it’s a much more positive environment for project developers. We’ve already seen, for example, plans … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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New York Fashion Week: John Patrick Organic For Spring 2012 (Slideshow)

September 13, 2011 by  
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Three Letters That Mean A Lot–MRV

November 28, 2009 by  
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China made big news this week when it announced that at the upcoming climate negotiations it will offer to r educe its “energy intensity by 40-45 percent by 2020 , relative to 2005 levels. Some see this as a positive development while others are left scratching their heads and asking, “What does ‘energy intensity’ even mean?” Well, first a definition. Energy intensity refers to energy output per unit of gross domestic product.

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Attention Green Shoppers: Buy Nothing Day on Cyber Sunday, Too?

November 28, 2009 by  
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“Sit and Spin” submitted by Pearse O’Halloran to Adbusters Media Foundation Yesterday was the recommended “Buy Nothing Day” in North America. Today, November 28 is “Buy Nothing Day” for the rest of the world, when consumers (that means most of us) “participate by not participating.” The Adbusters BND campaign has been written about in Treehugger with good points about the idea, from why only one day to buying green as an alternative.

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Energy costs to soar if no carbon deal, agency says

November 10, 2009 by  
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The International Energy Agency says that without a global agreement on climate change, the ratio of energy spending to gross domestic product will double by 2030.

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