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Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism, month 2, 20th February – 20th March 2017: Tech-for-good and truth take a pounding

Screenshot 2017-03-25 17.18.18 This month evidence of the potential use of AI and robotics for social benefit continued to lag portentous developments. On the one hand, the prospects for improving healthcare systems continue to grow. Google plans a health record tracking system loosely based on the bitcoin concept and using its DeepMind AI,… Read-more
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Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism, month 2, 20th February – 20th March 2017: Climate action holds ground and energy transition accelerates

Screenshot 2017-03-24 13.22.41 Action around the world on climate and air pollution continued to offer cautious grounds for hope this month. The IEA reported that carbon dioxide emissions have not increased for a third year in row, despite the global economy growing. Fighting climate change requires that they begin to fall soon… Read-more
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How can renewables help to create a better civilization? Statement by Dr Jeremy Leggett, Executive Chair of SolarAid, to the Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival, Berlin, 20th March 2017

Screenshot 2017-03-20 09.32.31 I speak today about the wider context of all the wonderful innovation and creative disruption we are hearing about from around the world at this inspiring event. My message is about how to maximise its impact, in the singular times in which we live. The first is to inspire allcomers… Read-more
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The business case is clear: renewables companies must openly resist the new despotism

google-protest Picture: Google employees protest against Trump immigration policies. Blog: A slightly extended version of my latest column for Recharge: By building on the explosive growth of clean energy in recent years, and triumphs of multilateralism led by the Paris Agreement, a renaissance of civilisation can realistically be envisioned in… Read-more
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Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism: State of Play on 20th February 2017, one month into the Trump presidency

Screenshot 2017-02-26 15.31.07 Suddenly believers in the possibility of a better civilization, one rooted in increasing human co-operation and harmony, find ourselves in a world where demagogues can now realistically plot the polar opposite: a new despotism rooted in rising isolationist nationalism and human conflict. The more we dig into how the demagogues… Read-more
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G20 climate risk report is a wake-up call for fossil-fuel investors

Untitled My latest for Recharge: It is rare for a report to hold the potential to change the world, but one study published last month may do just that. The Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD — a group of experts assembled by the G20’s Financial Read-more
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Two heart-warming competitions aiming to accelerate the revolution

screenshot-2017-01-08-11-20-14 In an era of populist leaders prepared to ignore both the clean energy revolution and the imperatives for it, favouring wilful denial and incumbents that are uneconomic or soon to be, companies and governments with eyes open face much greater leadership responsibilities than they would have in a world unified… Read-more
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State of The Transition, December 2016: As fossil fuel diehards take over The White House, the evidence of a fast-moving global energy transition has never been clearer

screenshot-2017-01-03-08-47-43 As captains of the fossil fuel industries and their lobbyists prepare to take over the White House – appointed by a President elected by a minority, claiming to represent the people on an anti-elite ticket yet possessing by far the highest cumulative wealth of any cabinet ever – they will… Read-more
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State of The Transition, November 2016: Steps forward continue to outnumber steps back, notwithstanding the Trump election. But.

screenshot-2016-12-04-15-37-29 The global energy transition remains in a state of net forward momentum as of the end of November. However, evidence that the society is in danger of reaching its eventual target of complete or near-complete energy decarbonisation too late to save the planet from runaway global warming was particularly clear… Read-more
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State of The Transition post-Marrakech: Unity is strength as the “irreversible” climate train rolls towards Trumpism

untitled My latest for Recharge: Donald Trump’s would be climate saboteurs might have hoped that merely the mention of their intention to quit the Paris Agreement would be enough for the climate talks to fall apart at the annual climate summit in Marrakech. Exactly the reverse happened: the rest of… Read-more
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Appropriate civilization includes environmental balance, sustainable capitalism, empathic societies, racial and religious harmony, poverty alleviation at home and abroad, common security, and use of tech for social good.

New despotism includes environmental sabotage, reckless capitalism, isolationist nationalism, incitement to racial and religious hatred, retreat from aid, war mongering, and the use of tech for social harm.

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