Strengthening Local Resilience in a World of Floods, Fires and Storms

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Local resilience is in the news. Nobody who keeps up with world news will have missed the devastation of the Lahaina, Maui fire. We received on our televisions graphic pictures of mudslides in Southern California and fires in Greece.

All very interesting to watch. But not so good if it happens to you. Those in Hawkes Bay will be wondering if there was anything else they could have done to prepare for Cyclone Gabrielle which turned them upside down.

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Our Climate Shituation – crises for your doomscrolling

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Despite the alarming global environmental emergency, I am so looking forward to pohutukawas in full bloom in New Zealand

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Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs) – Rationing that works

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Some years ago I read about Tradable Energy Quotas as a method of ensuring everyone has access by right to their fair share of fossil fuels yet their usage gradually declines.

The last week has seen flash floods in Greece, Southern Brazil, Bulgaria, Turkey, Hong Kong, Turkey, the Caribbean and Boston. Climate change is here with a vengeance.

Peter Victor in his 2023 book Escape from Overshoot says we now need to reduce emissions by 9.7% every year till 2030 in order to meet the Paris Agreement. So, aware that we were not going to make the necessary cuts to emissions in time to have a liveable climate, it’s certainly time to revisit the idea. Continue reading “Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs) – Rationing that works”