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Why do capitalist economies need to grow? (pdf)
What is needed is a systematic attempt to show why capitalism intrinsically depends on unending growth. This essay tries to do that, using a new understanding of the arguments made by Rosa Luxemburg.
What Is the cost of climate change?
A report estimates the total value of our global ecosystems, currently threatened by climate change and other forms of ecological damage, at between $125 and $140 trillion.
World’s major banks poured over $80 billion into coal last year alone
Banks all over the world are fuelling a whole new round of coal mines and coal-fired power plants when humankind needs to be rapidly pulling back from coal in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Earth’s major aquifers are in trouble
Two billion people use aquifers as a primary drinking water source, and groundwater accounts for roughly one-third of the world’s water withdrawals. The highest rates of groundwater depletion are in the world’s largest food-growing regions.
Circle of Blue
Global wealth: 1% own 48%; 10% own 87% and bottom 50% own less than 1%
The poor (that’s 90% of us) are getting poorer and the super-rich (0.1%) who rule the world are getting very much richer.