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‘Not acceptable in a democracy’: UN expert condemns lengthy Just Stop Oil sentences
  • It is not acceptable anywhere. This "in a democracy" bit is just taking away blaim from dictator who do this kind of stuff all the time.

  • Biden steps down as Democratic nominee: Live updates, explainers, analysis
  • Not being American, but is this really good news? After all this probably leads to a contest to determine the next presidential canidate. That means Democrats fight other Democrats, while Trump can just chill. So why would this be a good choice?

  • What other Principles should be part of Degrowth?
  • Point 3 is pretty close.

  • China's consumers aren't buying stuff, but it's not because they're broke
  • Also an extremely weak social safety net and a lot of Chinese are still very poor. As in so poor that a cut can realistically mean starving.

  • What other Principles should be part of Degrowth?

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    Solar to meet half of global electricity demand growth in 2024 and 2025
  • The key is to lower emissions. However electricity is only a part of the transition. For a lot of the rest, the key is to electrify the processes. Heatpumps and EVs are two clear examples However both are much more efficent the their fossil fuel alternative in fact to the point that using 100%gas power plant electricity would lower emissions for them. Obviously at that point the only thing needed is to clean the grid, which already started.

  • Solar to meet half of global electricity demand growth in 2024 and 2025
  • The IEA seems to be wrong on China. Electricity demand has grown by 2.3% YOY in China, which is obviously much lower then the projected 6%of the IEA. China makes up about a third of global electricity production, so this has a big impact to the better.

    Source:

    https://www.stats.gov.cn/english/PressRelease/202406/t20240625_1955166.html

    EDIT: Just did a bit of math. To me it looks like the lower growth in Chinese electricity generation, if all other IEA figures are correct, would lower global growth to 2.8% this year. That would mean renewables would lower global fossil fuel electricity production for the first time. Certainly good news.

  • Slow Fashion Center For Degrowth : Corinne Loperfido x ARTFIELDS 2024

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    What Project 2025 Means for Our Cities

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    Historic South African Election Dethrones Ruling Party ANC
  • Why a 10 party coalition? DA and ANC have 62% of the vote already, so that would be enough right?

  • Germany slashes Ukraine funding in savings push
  • The last budget also only had €4billion for Ukraine aid. That was increased by €3billion to the €7 billion actually send in the end. The reason for that is simple. We do not know how the war will continue or even if. So the German government signs big deals with the military industry, which give the industry the ability to set up large scale production, but allow the German government to stop ordering more weapons quickly. Then additional funding is approved as need be. So if somebody takes Putins job and makes peace with Ukraine, Germany does not send unneeded arms to Ukraine.

    Sorry, but that is the background. German government communication sucks for a lot of reasons.

  • Ursula von der Leyen is re-elected European Commission president
  • This means that most of the recent EU enviromental laws will remain on the books and she also announced a green industrial strategy, which should be good news.

  • www.euronews.com Ursula von der Leyen is re-elected European Commission president

    The re-election was shrouded in uncertainty and rested on complicated arithmetic among the four centrist parties. #EuropeNews

    Ursula von der Leyen is re-elected European Commission president
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    www.euronews.com Being active on your commute lowers risk of disease and mental health

    A landmark study undertaken over two decades showed cyclists had about half the risk of dying compared with inactive commuters.

    Being active on your commute lowers risk of disease and mental health
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    Yes, Joe Biden’s mind is a problem. So is his cold heart towards Palestinians
  • The article argues to swap out Biden with a more progressive canidate. It clearly would be better to do so with Trump, but it is what it is.

  • UK first European country to approve lab-grown meat, starting with pet food
  • Sounds like not much, but it actually has a relativly big impact 25-30% of meat is used for cat and dog food in the US.Obviously the UK is going to be different, but it is a still going to be a asizeable portion.

  • www.wri.org Lessons From the Coal Boom That Didn’t Happen

    The world avoided a catastrophic coal boom in the last decade. What can countries learn from this that will help them cancel all remaining coal in development?

    Lessons From the Coal Boom That Didn’t Happen
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    Wealth Tax to Fund the Green Transition
  • Companies have to be owned by real people directly and foreign companies are not allowed to operate in the country. They have to set up a new separate company in the country, which then pays taxes. The rest can be done using minimum taxes and being hard on tax heavens.

  • Wealth Tax to Fund the Green Transition

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    www.common-trust.com What is an Employee Ownership Trust? • Common Trust

    Discover how Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs) can boost employee engagement, simplify succession planning, and protect your company's legacy.

    What is an Employee Ownership Trust? • Common Trust
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    EU hard-right parties to back von der Leyen after ‘intense’ meeting
  • All groups but EPP are silent on the matter. However the Greens were not part of the previous coalition supporting von der Leyen. As of right now everything is open. Also Renew does not like the EPPs move to the right.

    The problem is that the groups are not perfectly in line due to being made up of different parties. Combine that with secret voting and it makes back stabing all the more likely. So the best move for von der Leyen is to either make no deal with ECR and use the negotiations as leverage or make a secret deal with them, so S&D and Renew do vote for her. My guess is the former as without S&D and Renew she can not rule.

  • EU hard-right parties to back von der Leyen after ‘intense’ meeting
  • The Greens are not part of von der Leyens coalition. Only EPP, Renew and S&D are. If the Greens would be part of it, she would have a save enough majority to get elected.

  • Ukraine says Russia's last naval patrol ship leaving Crimea
  • This is cruitial. The Russian navy is needed to defend ships supplying Crimea. This leaves only two options to resupply Crimea namely the Kerch bridge and the land corridor through the occupied territories of Ukraine. I hope the F16 come with some proper long range weapons to blow up the Kerch bridge. That would make cutting the land corridor much easier. However even today Himars and similar longer range systems are able to make transport on the land bridge much harder. To be fair air supply is also an option, but Ukraine is getting F16 and more air defence systems, while Russia has too few planes for it to be a real option.

    This war started in Crimea and if Ukraine wants to win, it will end in Crimea.

  • The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.22 to 16.07.24

    Source: https://t.me/GeneralStaffZSU/16160

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    www.nceo.org The Employee Ownership 100: America's Largest Majority Employee-Owned Companies | NCEO

    An annotated list of the 100 largest U.S. companies 50% or more employee-owned through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) or other means, ranked by the number of employees.

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    Europe’s battery problems show the governments need to up their game
  • Sorry, but the fact of the matter is that the EU has a ban on fossil fuel cars starting 2035. The EU parliament is very likely going to have a coalition of EPP, Renew and S&D with maybe some support of the Greens or some groups from ECR. S&D and Renew are mostly pro ban. France just voted in a more left leaning parliament as well. So the Council is very likely to remain pro ban and it takes a qualified majority to change that law. There is basically no way to get the ban removed before the car manufacturers have to make the big investments into new EV factories.

    This is CEOs preferring short term profits to make themself richer, while destroying the future of their companies.

  • Tesla Cybertruck gets vandalized by climate activists
  • Also they are easier to spot.

  • Trump Rally Gunman Was ‘Definitely Conservative,’ Classmate Recalls
  • It is pretty simple and something a lot of men suffer from. You end up being nice try to follow the rules. The problem is that when you follow the rules all the time, you end up having to compromise a lot. Unfortunately Western culture stereotype of men is that of a strong silent hero, who does not complain. So quite a few never talk about there problems. Mostly it is just suffering, if it becomes really bad it ends up with a suicide and this is really the worst case. Basically they end up thinking that they are losers anyway, of which everybody is ignoring their needs, because quite frankly they often do. So this is the way to do something "great", a way to stick out, to become famous.

    Obviously not just a male problem, but you just have to look at who statistically commits suicide and mass shootings, to see the problem.

  • They turn clunkers into 100% solar-powered homes on wheels: No need of 🔌
  • They do not need better breaks as those are trucks, which are designed to carry heavy cargo.

  • How Costa Rica nearly trippled its tree cover, protected 25% of its land and became the largest Food exporter in Latin America per capita

    news.mongabay.com Conservation pays and everyone’s benefitting from it (commentary)

    In just one generation, Costa Rica halted deforestation and reversed land degradation. Currently, Costa Rica boasts 57% forest cover, with 25% of its land territory protected. All of this has been achieved while the country’s agricultural sector became the most robust per capita agricultural exporte...

    Conservation pays and everyone’s benefitting from it (commentary)
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    They turn clunkers into 100% solar-powered homes on wheels: No need of 🔌

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    World passes 30% renewables milestone for the first time, decline of fossil inevitable
  • Universal health care is not EU wide. Quite a few countries do not have that. Bulgaria sits at 15% uninsured for example. PTO is nice, but it is really just a way of paying out money. In the end it hardly matters. If you earn more on the days you work, then it ends up being roughly the same. Mutual assistance is very very loose. Plenty of EU countries have no problem whatsortever to send refugees to die. Homelessness is much more common in the EU then in the US.

    At the same time the EU has with Hungary a full blown dictatorship. Far right governments are ruling multiple member states already and are systematically removing workers rights. Greece just introduced the 6 day work week and eliminated a lot of worker protections as well.

  • www.ubilabnetwork.org Basic Income and Degrowth: Creating an Alternative Ecological Future? — UBI Lab Network

    Degrowth is the perspective that argues, in this light, that to avert ecological collapse the economy of rich countries must undergo a controlled contraction in material throughput, to eventual stabilisation, to levels supportable by the earth’s processes.

    Basic Income and Degrowth: Creating an Alternative Ecological Future? — UBI Lab Network
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    Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks was registered as a Republican

    eu.usatoday.com Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know

    The FBI identified the shooter as a 20-year-old from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Public records show he was a registered Republican.

    Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know
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    www.nationalobserver.com Degrowth offers a path to a truly just global energy transition

    How do we balance the needs of an energy transition with the harsh realities of mining critical minerals?

    Degrowth offers a path to a truly just global energy transition
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    1/4 of the population lives in Countries whose Population has already Peaked

    Our World in data has already updated their charts using the current UN world population prospect:

    Fertility rate:

    https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/children-per-woman-un

    Population projections:

    https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/population-with-un-projections?tab=map&country=~CHN

    Some of the highlights are. Nearly all countries in the Americas, all countries in Europe and most countries in Asia have below replacement fertility rates. The only continent with a fertiltiy rate above replacement is Africa with 4.07 in 2023. Besides Afghanistan all countries with fertility rates above 4 are in Africa. Even above 3 is rarer outside of Africa and Central Asia. China is at a total fertility rate of 1. That means every new generation is half the size of the previous one and the population has a fairly high chancing halving over within this century.

    According to the data the number of births globally has peaked in 2012. Since then it is down a bit.

    We will likely see large regions have structural population declines in the coming years. Especially rural areas in middle income countries will loose a lot of people. Due to the young ones moving to cities, with a stable to falling population. At the same time migration will always be a big topic. Especially since racism is much stronger for black people then for brown ones. So with Sub Sahrah Africa being the region with the most births, this is really the only region able to provide enough migrants to prevent population decline for other regions.

    Anyway good news in general. It really shows we only have to create a sustainable economy once and then it becomes easier to keep it running, thanks to lower population.

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    www.faz.net Annalena Baerbock steigt aus: Rennen um Kanzlerkandidatur bei den Grünen

    Lange hat sie versucht, das Rennen um die Spitzenkandidatur offen zu halten – jetzt steigt Annalena Baerbock aus. Dass sie es in Washington verkündet, soll auch ein Zeichen sein.

    Annalena Baerbock steigt aus: Rennen um Kanzlerkandidatur bei den Grünen
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    degrowth.info Degrowthers of the World, Unite: A proposal for degrowth academics, activists, and practitioners to join forces as equals

    An open letter presented at the 2024 degrowth conference, which calls for addressing inequalities in the degrowth movement

    Degrowthers of the World, Unite: A proposal for degrowth academics, activists, and practitioners to join forces as equals
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    wagingnonviolence.org Why the climate movement is actually close to winning

    Despite widespread discouragement among climate activists, a tested blueprint for successful movements shows immense progress being made.

    Why the climate movement is actually close to winning
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    www.resilience.org How to start Participatory Budgeting in your city - resilience

    In 1989, the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre developed a new model of democratic participation, which has become known internationally as participatory budgeting (PB). Through this process, community members directly decide how to spend a portion of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay...

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