Striving for an Ecological Democracy

on February 6th, 2009 | ecology, Values

The Grenelle Environment Forum established to tackle the environmental challenge must take into account the need for institutional reform – summarized by the term “ecological democracy.” Yet the groups responsible for the Grenelle Environment process are missing this opportunity. For the most part, their proposals are limited to marginal reform and to merely asking the […]

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The Environment: Banking on the Innovation Economy

on February 6th, 2009 | ecology, Growth

Twenty years: that is the timeframe that we have adopted to restore the Earth’s climate. If we fail, our countries will be unable to survive the three-fold population, global warming and energy crisis that will culminate in 2030. Although the Grenelle Environment Round Table marked a new threshold in France in the effort to raise […]

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Stratégie européenne pour la croissance verte

Greening Economic Growth: Towards a Global Strategy for Europe

on February 6th, 2009 | ecology, Growth

In the context of an unstable global economy, three of the principal polluting nations ­ China, India and the United States ­ have, up to now, been reluctant to ratify any binding agreement on climate change. Consequently, it has been difficult for the European Union to commit to an ambitious environmental strategy without risking the […]

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Trade Policy and Climate Change: Options for a European Border Adjustment Measure

on January 20th, 2009 | ecology, Growth

In November 2006, the French government announced the concept of introducing a carbon tax (so called CO2 tax) on imports originating from countries refusing to commit to the Kyoto Protocol. The French initiative stems from the fact that non-compliance with the Kyoto Protocol leads to a competitive disadvantage that would adversely affect European exports. This […]

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