Pacific Ecologist

Articles from No. 16, Winter

A Matter of Survival: Pacific Islands Vital Biodiversity, Agricultural Biodiversity and Ethno-Biodiversity Heritage
Biodiversity is the foundation for survival and sustainable development on pacific Islands, with a high proportion of pacific Islanders livelihoods coming from natural resources, writes PROFESSOR R. THAMAN. But urbanisation and western development,...
Banrock Station Backs Eco Trusts: Carbon Credits Potential Raised
Tony Sharley, manager of Australian wine company, Banrock Station in recent discussions with local wetland groups in New Zealand, raised the issue of the government's emissions trading scheme (ETS). He believes it might be possible for groups which...
Beyond Growth: The Environment Key to Survival in the 21st Century
"Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist." Kenneth Boulding We have developed an economic system over the past two centuries dominated by exponential growth of world domestic...
Can Australia's Consumer Society Reduce Climate Emissions to Safe Levels? Questions for the Interim Garnaut Report
Can Australia reduce its greenhouse emissions to safe levels, as the Interim Garnaut Report claims, with little effect on the economy? TED TRAINER looks into the report and wonders how it will be possible to cut dependence on fossil fuels by 90% and...
Don't Cry for Kiribati, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Parts of Papua New Guinea, the Caribbean, Bangladesh, Africa
"It may be too late for Kiribati," said Kiribati's President Anote Tong gently at a public meeting at Victoria University on World Environment Day, hosted in Wellington, NZ, 05/06/08. But perhaps if action is taken other countries can avoid a similar...
Energy Transition: An International Emergency
Consumption of declining finite fossil fuels continues to rise in both rich and developing countries, and there are no 'supply-side' solutions to replace current consumption rates, let alone ever-expanding demand rates, ANDREW MCKILLOP reports. Denial...
Food Security and Sovereignty: Food for Life
Palliative emergency measures will not solve the structural problems causing the current global food crisis generated by today's unfair, predatory international economic order, says ESTEBAN LAZO HERNANDEZ, vice-president of Cuba. We must change the...
Forum: Will Tradeable Energy Quotas Deal with Climate Change/peak Oil Crises?
GARY WILLIAMS discusses why he thinks the Tradeable Energy Quotas, proposed by Ian Dunlop in issue 13 of Pacific Ecologist won't deliver the big changes needed to resolve the energy and climate crises. IAN DUNLOP explains why he thinks they can play...
How Should We Live? If You Are Looking for Inspiration and Relief from 'Post-Petroleum Stress Disorder' or 'Climate-Change Catatonia', Joanna Santa Barbara Recommends Three Books with Plenty of Ideas on How to Create Resilient Sustainable Communities Able to Face the Growing Problems of Energy Depletion, Climate Change and Global Financial Instability
Are you looking for inspiration and ideas to transform your town, city, or neighbourhood into a vital community, producing its own nutritious food, supplying its own energy, resilient to the expected shocks of climate change and energy depletion? These...
Key Report Calls for Shift to Sustainable Farming: A Major International Project in Its Final Report Calls for a Shift Away from Industrial Agriculture to More Sustainable Methods, to Address Hunger, Social Inequities and Environmental Problems
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From 7-12 April 2008, the future of agriculture was up for debate. Governments and scientists from around the world gathered in Johannesburg to debate the final report of the United Nations' International Assessment of Agricultural...
Navigating Peak Everything to Secure Societies
The 21st century will see decline in many major resources including fossil fuels and an end to the growth which sustains current societies. We can avert the worst-case scenario of global economic and ecological meltdown, and the tragic consequences,...
Nine Earths Needed for Rich-Country Development Worldwide
To avoid drifting to climate catastrophe, rich countries with their far deeper carbon footprints and historic responsibility must soon start cutting their emissions by at least 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 from 1990 levels, reports the new UN HUMAN...
Towards an International Renewable Energy Agency: Nuclear Power No Solution to Global Warming
Insecurity is increasing worldwide with the global warming and energy crises, but establishing an International Renewable Energy Agency to help bring a speedy transition to harnessing earth-friendly renewable energy resources would greatly assist in...
What's Your Consumption Factor?
The population in developing countries is growing, but since they consume so little, it's not a burden on the world, reports JARED DIAMOND. The real burden lies in the consumption of the one billion people who live in developed countries, who consume...