January 25, 2010
And, no, not by anything like recycling, using environmentally friendly lights or appliance, solar panels, or switching to a lower-emission vehicle.
You see, in case you hadn't heard, you're Killing The Planet™ by, well, existing. However, even you can help to save the planet - and, no, not by ceasing to exist (although that would be super helpful). If you condemn yourself and your government to poverty and continuing economic backsliding, you can be part of the solution!
Continuing global economic growth "is not possible" if nations are to tackle climate change, a report by an environmental think-tank has warned.
The New Economics Foundation (Nef) said "unprecedented and probably impossible" carbon reductions would be needed to hold temperature rises below 2C (3.6F).
Scientists say exceeding this limit could lead to dangerous global warming.
"We urgently need to change our economy to live within its environmental budget," said Nef's policy director.
Andrew Simms added: "There is no global, environmental central bank to bail us out if we become ecologically bankrupt."
None of the existing models or policies could "square the circle" of economic growth with climate safety, Nef added.
Burried at the end of the article is, however, a true gem from the Tom Clougherty, director of what appears to be a not-lame think tank, the Adam Smith Institute:
"There's only one good thing I can say for the Nef's report, and that's that it is honest. Its authors admit that they want us to be poorer and to lead more restricted lives for the sake of their faddish beliefs."
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