In the news / New articles / Conference and seminar annoucements / Open positions

In the news:

  • The UNEP writes that “The amount of money lost due to environmental crime is 10,000 times greater than the amount of money spent by international agencies on combatting it – just $20-30 million.”
    Environmental crime, “which includes the illegal trade in wildlife, corporate crime in the forestry sector, the illegal exploitation and sale of gold and other minerals, illegal fisheries, the trafficking of hazardous waste and carbon credit fraud – is growing two to three times faster than global GDP.”
  • Nice history lesson by Spencer Banzhaf from RFF on environmental economics.
  • A (really large) reading list on political ecology by Julian Bloomer. Would be nice to have this in a more structured way – general readings on sub-topics first, and then more specific items.
  • Within the EU and since 2000, employment in the eco-industries has risen by 20 % and produced over 4.2 million jobs.
  • Now Austrians can finally drink with a clean conscience: The world’s first CO2 neutral brewery
  • Ljubljana has been named the European Green Capital of 2016. There are some who feel that `naming and shaming’ cities for their greenliness or pollution is bad practise, but oh man don’t we all love rankings? (Btw – Germany is playing France and Wales is up against Portugal… How will that ranking turn out?)


New articles:

There is an interesting special issue in Environmental Values, vol 25 no 1, on geoengineering:

Editorial: The Ethics of Engineering the Climate. Christian Baatz, Clare Heyward and Harald Stelzer

The New Prometheans: Technological Optimism in Climate Change Mitigation Modelling. Michael Keary

Can We Have It Both Ways? On Potential Trade-Offs Between Mitigation and Solar Radiation Management. Christian Baatz

Aerosol Geoengineering Deployment and Fairness. Toby Svoboda

How Much Risk Ought We to Take? Exploring the Possibilities of Risk-Sensitive Consequentialism in the Context of Climate Engineering.  Harald Stelzer and Fabian Schuppert

Climate Engineering and the Cessation Requirement: The Ethics of a Life-Cycle. Christopher J. Preston

Conference and seminar annoucements:

  • Memorial workshop in honour of Richard Cornes on 2nd and 3rd September 2016, Research School of Economics at the Australian National University, Canberra. Contact Geoffrey Brennan (, Maria Racionero ( and Jose Rodrigues-Neto (
  • Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation, in INRA, Montpellier on 15 and 16 November.
  • Workshop on population ethics to be held at Cambridge, United Kingdom (for now…) on 26 September. contact for inquiries