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Climate Change Emergency in Asia

By clubofrome,

Sandrine Dixson Declève is issuing a dire warning on climate change.

The Co-President of the Club of Rome says it could spell the extinction of the human race.

 

The complete interview is available on the website of NHK World News

Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in New York to make her point at the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit. Newsline In Depth presenter Aiko Doden talked with the Co-President of the Club of Rome about the urgent need to address the climate emergency. This more comprehensive version of the video is also available on the  NHK site

My Partner and Friend, Eberhard von Koerber

By norbert,

My Partner and Friend, Eberhard von Koerber

by Ashok Khosla, Co-President of the Club of Rome with Eberhard von Koerber from 2007-2012

Eberhard’s friendship was among the most treasured and cherished gifts I have ever received. Over the twenty years we were colleagues, then collaborators and then inseparable partners, it was not long before we became as close as life-long brothers.

We shared much more than our very different life experiences would have predicted. The distances between the cultures we inherited, the divergences in the professional career paths we chose and the dissimilarities in the personal networks we had built around the world were not inconsiderable. He came from a German upbringing, a hugely successful business career and with a vast set of relationships with leaders in governments, international businesses and philanthropic institutions. I was an Indian, with a grounding in science and environmental activism and mostly involved in the work of NGOs and non-profit civil society institutions. In other words, we were virtually opposites in every respect.

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In commemoration of Eberhard von Koerber

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It is with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and unexpected passing of one of our longest serving and most dedicated members, former Club of Rome co-President (2007 – 2012)

Dr. jur. Eberhard von Koerber

11th June 1938 – 3rd August 2017

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The queen of the social sciences is dying

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“Economics is the queen of the social sciences”, was proudly proclaimed by speakers at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management Conference. But this queen is badly in need of a rethink believes Graeme Maxton, Secretary General of the Club of Rome.

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A political platform for rich nations toward 2050

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While rich countries increasingly recognize the need to shift from pursuing higher consumption and income to pursuing higher well-being, the policies needed for this shift are not always so clear.

However, Jorgen Randers found 7 new policies would allow this shift:

1. A guaranteed annual income for all

2. More compulsory vacation

3. An increasing pension age

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Recycling atoms, circular economy and our relationship to goods

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What’s the ultimate goal of a circular economy? According to Walter Stahel, it’s to recycle atoms! For that, “we will need new technologies to de-polymerize, de-alloy, de-laminate, de-vulcanize and de-coat materials” he explains in an article in Nature. We will also need to revisit our relationship to goods and materials and our policy focus.

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Towards a WW2-scale climate mobilisation

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During a live debate on CNN, US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders compared climate change to World War 2. The Centre for Climate Safety asked Club of Rome member Ian Dunlop to comment on this.

“Responding to climate change goes beyond strengthening the green party. Sanders is absolutely right; a war footage is the sort of response we have to adopt. After WW2 the whole economy was turned on its head in the space of one-two years. What we need is a Government of National Unity.” – Ian Dunlop

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The art of leading collectively

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Today’s unsustainable global trends―from climate change and water scarcity to energy insecurity and growing inequality―demand an entirely new kind of leadership, one based on collective, not individual, efforts.

But how can we get people―from heads of state to corporate leaders to issue-minded advocates―to work together, effectively, toward common goals? It is the question that Club of Rome member Petra Kuenkel answers in her new book “The Art of Leading Collectively”.

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What do the happiest countries in the world have in common?

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So, it’s out. The 2016 World Happiness Report, commissioned by the UN. And what does it say? Well, much the same as last year. The happiest places in the world are Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland, with Canada not far behind.

Why are these places so happy? That’s not too hard to answer. They are all economically advanced.

So, we can conclude, economic development leads to greater happiness, no?

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A new Club of Rome study on the Circular Economy and Benefits for Society

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The Club of Rome has released its latest study on “The Circular Economy and Benefits for Society” at the European Parliament, Brussels ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, (COP 21) in Paris at the end of November 2015.

Its findings provide rigorous scientific new arguments for a swift move to a circular economy – an industrial system that is restorative by intention and design. Rather than discarding products before their value is fully utilized, we should design and produce them for continuous re-use.

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“The limits to growth”, a prescient classic according to Nature

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While Nations gathered in Paris to negotiate an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, Nature magazine published a special “Paris Climate Talk” edition in the run-up to COP21. For this issue, Nature asked Adam Rome, environmental historian at the University of Delaware in Newark, to revisit the classics that first made sustainability a public issue in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Joint Statement issued in response to COP21 agreement

By norbert,

COP 21 has produced an accord reaffirming the world’s collective action on greenhouse gas emissions. It is not ideal – it can be be criticised for many shortcomings: It has still to prove to developing countries that the availability of finance, mostly from the private sector, will meet their needs; and it needs to demonstrate that the mechanisms for review, transparency, and accountability in meeting emissions targets are sound.

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