Biosphere Smart Agriculture in a True Cost Economy – This new paper recommends to World Bankers a four point procedure to avoid industrial agriculture’s shredding of the planetary life support systems. It promotes a systems based approach with smaller-scale, soil building, and more flexible agricultural techniques that do not externalize their damaging costs.
Mandatory Corporate Ecological Impact Disclosure at SEC – An initial step on a True Cost Economy would be to tell the ecological truth about the damage we do to the planet. Here is a plan for a “one stop shopping center” for our dedicated researchers, concerned citizens, and elected officials to use to solve pressing problems. We don’t want to wait to take such a common sense step in a post-collapse rebuild when we can do it now.
Canadian Report Card – Foundation Earth, with help from the Council of Canadians, produced a report card to grade Canada & Prime Minister Harper against a short list of bold steps being taken by countries worldwide to achieve a healthy, truer cost, economy and a cleaner planet. Canada, once a leader on many fronts, has fallen under the current national leadership.
Towards a World Bank Group Policy on the Social and Environmental Impacts of Dams, Reservoirs and Hydroelectricity Projects – This paper by Goodland, Hayes, and Blackwelder offers the case that mega dams as proposed by the World Bank are not the answer to the Bank’s stated priorities, namely reducing poverty and preventing climate change. The paper also offers ways the World Bank could vastly reduce the impacts of energy- and hydro-development while reducing poverty and climate risks.
Global Ecological Mega-Concerns – Garvin Boyle presented Foundation Earth’s assessment of Global Ecological Mega-Concerns a the June 2013 Ecological Economics Conference in Burlington, VT.
The Economic Rethink: Brazil and Rio+20 – In preparation for the Rio+20 Conference, Foundation Earth selected 16 criteria in the categories of economy, ecology, and equity to apply to the host nation, Brazil. We then showcased countries that are undertaking bold solutions to meet these challenges to demonstrate how Brazil can improve.
The Real Price of Gasoline – The third in a series of studies assessing the environmental and social impacts of transportation technologies, the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) identifies and quantifies the many external costs of using motor vehicles and the internal combustion engine that are not reflected in the price Americans pay for gasoline.