Sunday, 23 September 2012

resources, famine and the cornucopians

I copy from here

"Human societies and economies depend on the biosphere's natural capital and its many life-supporting ecological services. As demand on and scarcity of these ecological resources increases, economic success can no longer be secured without carefully managing and tracking the availability and consumption of natural capital.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the Mediterranean region. For more than two years, the region has been rocked by economic crises resulting from overextension of financial resources. But Greece, Italy and other Mediterranean countries face another yawning deficit—an ecological deficit—that poses deep-seeded risks to the region’s long-term success."

On October 1, 2012, Global Footprint Network will publish its two-year investigation into the link between environmental and economic crises in the Mediterranean region.

The report's key findings are on:
  • To what extent are resource constraints relevant for economic success?
  • What potential risks could national ecological deficit impose?
  • If a country or the entire Mediterranean region is in a deficit situation, what actions are in the region’s self-interest?
  • What will 2030 look like if we fail to address ecological overshoot now?
  • How is it in each country’s self-interest to make resource management a priority?
  • What immediate actions can government decision-makers and other leaders take to ensure a viable future for their country?
  • Knowing the answers to these questions can mean the difference between a country’s long-term success and its vulnerability in an ever increasingly resource-constrained world. 

    further reading
    "Why are resource limits now undermining economic performance?" 



    "Keion to Nomimon" 

    The lawmaker Aristides, one of the seven sages of ancient Greece and known for his strict, model legislation, hailed from Kea. One of these laws was titled "Keion to Nomimon", according to which any citizen whose intellectual faculties and physical abilities were no longer beneficial to society should die. Thus, anyone over the age of seventy ended their own lives by drinking conium (or hemlock) from the mandrake. This practice ended in the third century A.D. as the population converted to Christianity.  

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