October 22, 2017

How to feed people under a regime of climate change


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Modern agriculture is not only highly vulnerable to climate change, it is also a major cause of climate change due to its emissions of greenhouse gases and its damaging effects on soil and freshwater resources. A combination of traditional agricultural knowledge and techniques, combined with newly emerging sustainable technologies, may hold the answers we need. […]

Climate Change—what we must do about it

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The Guardian has recently published two very valuable articles on climate change. The first was Sir John Houghton’s statement in the Guardian of 28th July 2003, and the second was by George Monbiot in his weekly column of July 2003. I certainly hope that they do not fall on deaf ears. Sir John regards the […]

Forum 2000

Edward Goldsmith attending "Forum 2000" in Prague, 2002 (photo by Jan Symon)

Edward Goldsmith was a panellist at the plenary session of the 2002 meeting of Forum 2000 in Prague, an event founded by the Czech President Václav Havel, Japanese philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel. Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. I am afraid that for me there is an unbridgeable gap […]

Rethinking basic assumptions

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The ‘New Labour’ government led by Tony Blair is not just a disappointment from an ecological perspective, it is the worst government that Britain has ever had: assiduous in its efforts to please multinational corporations, ever seeking to promote dangerous and untested new technologies, utterly subservient to power, and despite its superficial green rhetoric, always […]

A question of survival

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Edward Goldsmith argues that the fight against climate change should take precedence over all other priorities.  Published in The Ecologist Special Report on climate change, a supplement issued with Vol. 31 no. 9, November 2001. The problem of climate change is probably very much worse than the latest assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate […]

Biotechnology and global warming

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Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez interview Edward Goldsmith for the “Democracy Now!” programme on Pacifica Radio, USA. Broadcast 30 April 1999. The original audio can be found here. Background: In September 1998, The Ecologist produced a special issue called “The Monsanto Files: Can We Survive Genetic Engineering?” exposing the genetic engineering giant’s chequered history and […]

The economic cost of climate change

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Industrialists who continue to lobby governments to prevent them from taking the necessary action to combat climate change try to persuade themselves that inaction is in the best interests of their businesses and the economy itself. Given the enormous financial costs climate change will inflict, such an attitude is short-sighted in the extreme. Co-written with […]

The Crash Programme: a solution-multiplier

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The crash programme required to restabilise global climate can be funded by mobilising funds that are either currently wasted or used in destructive ways. The real cost for humanity is negative since the programme has to be undertaken in any case to solve nearly all the other critical problems that confront us today. Published in […]