The Growth of Growth

“Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which consumption exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate – has moved forward two days to 1 August, the earliest date ever recorded. To maintain our current appetite for resources, we would need the equivalent of 1.7 Earths. …
Thirty years ago, the overshoot was on 15 October. Twenty years ago, 30 September. Ten years ago, 15 August. There was a brief slowdown, but the pace has picked back up in the past two years. On current trends, next year could mark the first time, the planet’s budget is busted in July. …
Replacing 50% of meat consumption with a vegetarian diet would push back the overshoot date by five days. Efficiency improvements in building and industry could make a difference of three weeks, and a 50% reduction of the carbon component of the footprint would give an extra three months of breathing space.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/23/earths-resources-consumed-in-ever-greater-destructive-volumes

A proud day as our growth in guzzling has so overgrown that for the next five months we are in the red. Fear not, resource intensive work, leaving no stone unturned, has already begun to grow a spare earth.

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Couldn’t Car Less

“Turning down the thermostat by just one degree to save energy at home, and using the car less for short journeys can make a real difference to the environment.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/World-Environment-Day-1996.aspx)

Using the car more on shorter journeys also defies the first law of thermodynamics.

Filamentary

“The phase-out of class D halogen light bulbs was due to take effect from September next year … The European Commission proposed to postpone the final stage based on industry’s concern, backed by some member states, that LED technology would not be ready to replace halogen lamps by 2016. … But recent studies have shown that efficient LED bulb replacements are already available on the market.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/20/eu-delays-ban-on-halogen-bulbs)

How many EU politicians and industry lobbyists does it take to change a light bulb?

Two weeks till the UK general election. Here’s a simple quiz to help you find the political party closest to your views: http://election2015.votematch.org/

Needless

“British and other European competitors of imported Asian [vacuum cleaning] appliances that were marketed for their high wattage, said power consumption did not improve cleaning and so needlessly added to buyers’ fuel bills.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/15/us-eu-regulations-dilemma-idUKKBN0JT0RW20141215)

At this time of year, it’s hard to avoid needles added to your vacuum bill.

Regalikarian

“Large polluters will find these conclusions to their linking since they may escape a meaningful pollution price signal for at least another decade. With renewable energy and efficiency targets barely above business as usual trends, a carbon market that will remain irrelevant for a decade and nothing to reign in coal power, Europe’s early efforts to combat climate change and advance clean energy have been set adrift.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=7354)

Unlinked large polluters should seek opportunities in a coaligarchy.