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Envisioning a world without work

Posted by steve on January 7, 2013

We are getting closer to 1984 and Brave New World, where people work but that has nothing to do with the cost of living, rather something they just have to do. In this article in the Guardian,   analyses the disparity between the value add workers bring, to the amount of wages they take home.

The theory has been that if companies retain a higher percentage of profits, investment will grow. Looking at the data gives another picture: as wages plummet, partly thanks to the influx of workers from Easter Europe, firms take on more staff to do menial jobs rather than automate.

And the gap between wages for workers and the top-end salaries widens.

Sadly, this is a very negative preparation for peak oil. Reduce wages as far as possible so that workers can become cheap replacements for automation.

In a related post by Guardian’s Economic Editor,  LARRY ELLIOT,  he explains why more jobs may be bad for British workers.  Low wage and falling investment are symptoms of a failing economy.

Swedish Foundation postulates fees as cure for externalization of P and N

Posted by steve on January 6, 2013

coverphosph1 Inorganic phosphorus in the form of the phosphate PO3-4  is required for all known forms of life, playing a major role in biological molecules such as DNA and RNA where it forms part of the structural framework of these molecules. For humans it is essential in food and  Sweden imports some 730,000 tons of fertilizer a year, up to one third of it containing phosphorous. At the same time, much of it ends up in the Baltic seas causing algal blooming and other problems.  Some sources give our current system – reliance on phosphorous rocked mined in Morocco – as only having 35 years left,

Although nitrogen is not mined, it is extracted from the air in industrial processes to produce chemical fertilizer, the same issues exist with the massive import into the country and the resulting 120,000 tons  of emissions into the Baltic.

Both elements are in the top four the biggest challenges to humanity as exceeding or being close to exceeding planetary boundaries.

In this latest briefing paper, the TSSEF explains how changing the regulatory system can both restrict the amount of dependency on imported fertilizers and encourage new, green business to work with recycling and thereby radically reduce  the burden on the environment whilst stimulating organic food production.

Download the report here brief_phosphorousrc

Planetary boundaries already exceeeded