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From state to system: Financialization and the water-energy-food-climate nexus (by Jeremy J. Schmidt & Nathanial Matthews)

Since the 2008 financial crisis, one of the most significant shifts in global water governance has been the rise of the water-energy-foodclimate nexus (hereafter: nexus). In 2009, Ban Ki-moon focused attention on the nexus when, as Secretary General of the United Nations, he asked the global financial community […]

An Introduction to Ecological Economics: Biophysical Foundations and the Human Subsystem

The transdisciplinary field of Ecological Economics is not so much a branch of economics as it is an ecological view of the economic system. The basic premise of ecological economics is that the economy-embedded-in-society is a continually evolving physical subsystem of a complex, finite global ecosystem, subject to […]

Good climate policy is incompatible with expanding fossil fuel extraction (by Damon Matthews & Daniel Horen Greenford)

The budget Canadians need to be talking about. Imagine for a moment a world where environmental crises are given the attention that they require. Imagine a country that actually prioritizes environmental sustainability and social justice as prerequisites to a healthy economy. Imagine that our annual fiscal budget update […]

When newspapers talk about your field… and confirm your worries (by Alice Damiano)

Being a fellow of the Economics for the Anthropocene project, I spend a lot of time reading and reflecting on the Anthropocene, i.e. the current epoch in which human activities are significantly impacting the environment (see, for example, here). I think about this most of the time, both as a graduate student, and as […]