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Their Recession is not our Degrowth!

Our proposal is not necessarily to reduce GDP (an arbitrary indicator), but rather to ask new questions and search for alternatives to today’s society based on a predatory, unjust and unsustainable capitalist economic system.

The Growth Delusion

Rather than ask how to achieve more, it is time to ask, “More of what? And why?”

Monetizing Nature: Taking Precaution on a Slippery Slope

In the wake of declining political will for environmental protection, many in the environmental community are advocating for the monetization of nature.

Five steps for a high well-being society

It’s now eight years since David Cameron first declared that “it's time we focused not just on GDP, but on GWB - general well-being” and in that time the UK has become a global leader by measuring national well-being – but we have yet to make the leap from measurement to …

Gross Domestic Problem: Don’t Shoot the Measurement

The realization is gradually spreading that GDP growth can’t continue forever. This reality is causing societal angst and discomfort.

Krugman's Growthism

Paul Krugman often writes sensibly and cogently about economic policy. But like many economists, he can become incoherent on the subject of growth.

Oil Supply and Demand Forecasting with Steven Kopits   

Steven Kopits, Managing Director, Douglas-Westwood talks peak oil and oil markets.

Do We Have the Courage to Bring the 800-lb Gorilla out of the Corner?

The planet’s ability to provide useful materials and absorb wastes (its biocapacity) is deemed essential to sustain human life. Yet consumption of those useful materials (our ecological footprint) per person is rising at an alarming and unsustainable rate.

West Virginia’s Elk River Chemical Spill and How We Measure Progress

It’s a cruel irony for the 300,000 West Virginians forced to turn off their taps for five to ten days... will count as a plus according to...GDP.

Italy's slow collapse: how declining energy consumption affects GdP

The economy of Italy seem to be declining as a consequence of the increasing cost (or - equivalently - declining energy returns, EROEI) of primary energy sources, mainly natural gas and crude oil.