Rethinking Prosperity’s weekly roundup of news on the topic of economy, environment and democracy


Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science? — National Geographic (March 2015)

We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge — from climate change to vaccinations — faces furious opposition. Some even have doubts about the moon landing.

Type/tags: article, environment, society, science, climate change, Internet, beliefs


How the Attack on Science Is Becoming a Global Contagion — Yale Environment 360 (October 3, 2016)

“Assaults on the science behind climate change research and conservation policies are spreading from the U.S. to Europe and beyond. If this wave of “post-fact” thinking triumphs, the world will face a future dominated by pure ideology.”

Type/tags: article (opinion), environment, politics, science, climate change, post-fact


Is the Swedish deputy PM trolling Trump with this all-female photo? — The Guardian (February 4, 2017)

“Sweden’s deputy prime minister, Isabella Lövin, has published a photograph of herself signing a climate bill surrounded by her closest female colleagues, apparently mocking a photo of US president Donald Trump.”

Type/tags: article, media (photo), politics, environment, Trump, climate


No degrowth without climate justice — Uneven Earth (February 7, 2017)

“Our analysis was that if we want degrowth to leave the ivory towers of academia and lecture halls, we need to enter into alliances with other social movements; and if we want degrowth to move beyond lofty visions for future societies and towards intervention and action, we need to enter into a conflictual political arena, thus forcing degrowth to take clear stances. Even though a vision of transformation and a good life for all is important, if degrowth is worth anything, it should make a difference by intervening in political struggles.”

Type/tags: article, environment, economy, politics, society, degrowth, climate justice, social movements


Carbon Tax Push From Former GOP Officials Faces Uphill Slog — The Associated Press (February 8, 2017)

“A push by a group of senior Republican statesmen for a tax on carbon to help lessen the effects of climate change is already meeting entrenched opposition from within their own party.”

Type/tags: article (news), politics, environment, Republicans, carbon tax, climate change


Amidst Everything Else, We’re Now Dealing with a War on Science — Esquire (February 8, 2017)

“From climate change and evolution to sex education and vaccination, there has always been tension between scientists and Congress. But [Lamar] Smith, who has been in Congress since 1987 and assumed the chairmanship of the Science Committee in 2013, has escalated that tension into outright war.”

Type/tags: article, science, politics, climate change, Science Committee


The World’s Happiest and Greenest Countries — EcoWatch (February 8, 2017)

The Happy Planet Index measures life expectancy, well-being, environmental impact, and inequality to determine a nation’s success and happiness. According to the 2016 ranking, Costa Rica was the happiest and greenest country.

Type/tags: article, environment, politics, economy, society, Costa Rica, health, happiness, well-being


Do we have a population crisis or a consumption crisis? — TreeHugger (February 8, 2017)

Despite falling birth and poverty rates, increasing consumption per capita is continuing to cause environmental problems.

Type/tags: article, media (infographic), environment, sustainability, population, consumption


Treasury Nominee Vows No Tax Cut for Rich. Math Says the Opposite. — The New York Times (February 9, 2017)

Treasury nominee Steven T. Mnuchin assured that “there would be no absolute tax cut for the upper class”, although this promise looks to be impossible under Mr. Trump’s and Republicans’ proposals for tax overhaul.

Type/tags: article (news), politics, economics, tax cuts, Trump, upper class


Jimmy Carter Continues His Green Energy Legacy With 10-Acre Solar Farm — EcoWatch (February 10, 2017)

Former President Jimmy Carter leased 10 acres of his land to develop a solar farm in Georgia. It is projected to produce half of the power needed for 683 residents, continuing Mr. Carter’s legacy of support for renewable energy.

Type/tags: article, environment, energy, renewable, solar, Carter


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