Time for Plan B?

first_imgLester Brown and the first Plan B book, published in 2003. There have been three subsequent editions. Photo: Earth Policy InstituteDear EarthTalk: Some friends of mine were talking about a book called “Plan B” that proposes a plan for rescuing the environment and ending poverty around the world. Is it a realistic plan or just some utopian pipe dream? — Robin Jackson, Richmond, VAWhat started as a book has grown into a movement known as “Plan B” which presents a roadmap for achieving worldwide goals of stabilizing both population and climate. According to Lester Brown, author of the 2003 book, Plan B (and three subsequent updates) and founder of the non-profit environmental think tank, Earth Policy Institute, the plan is based on replacing the fossil-fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy with a new economic model powered by abundant sources of renewable energy.Brown argues for transportation systems that are diverse and aim to maximize mobility, widely employing light rail, buses and bicycles. “A Plan B economy comprehensively reuses and recycles materials,” he says. “Consumer products from cars to computers are designed to be disassembled into their component parts and completely recycled.”Brown even proposes a budget for eradicating poverty, educating the world’s youth and delivering better health care for everyone. “It also presents ways to restore our natural world by planting trees, conserving topsoil, stabilizing water tables, and protecting biological diversity,” says Brown. “With each new wind farm, rooftop solar water heater, paper recycling facility, bicycle path, marine park, rural school, public health facility, and reforestation program, we move closer to a Plan B economy.”Plan B is an integrated program with four interdependent goals: cutting net carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent by 2020, stabilizing population at eight billion or lower, eradicating poverty, and restoring the Earth’s natural systems. Where Plan B really hits home is in the numbers: Brown puts realistic dollar values on the various aspects of his plan, and compares these costs with current military spending. Needless to say, restoring the environment and economy looks like a bargain when viewed against what the developed nations of the world spend on being ready for battle.The beauty of Plan B is that it is feasible with current technologies and could well be achieved by 2020 with a concerted international effort. Brown reportedly wrote the latest incarnation of Plan B as a warning call for leaders of the world to begin “mobilizing to save civilization” given that time is more than ever of the essence. Luminaries from Bill Clinton to E.O. Wilson to Ted Turner have spoken highly of Plan B, and at least one university (Cal State at Chico) has made the latest version of the book (Plan B 4.0) required reading for all incoming freshmen. 1 2last_img read more

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UK announces new post-Brexit global tariff regime

first_imgTopics : Britain said the regime, known as UK Global Tariff, would be simpler and cheaper than the EU’s Common External Tariff. It will apply to countries with which it has no agreement and removes all tariffs below 2%.”Our new Global Tariff will benefit UK consumers and households by cutting red tape and reducing the cost of thousands of everyday products,” International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said.The government said tariffs would be eliminated on a wide range of products, with 60% of trade coming into the UK tariff-free on WTO terms or through existing preferential access.The UK will maintain tariffs on products competing with industries such as agriculture, automotive and fishing, and remove levies on 30 billion pounds ($37 billion) worth of imports entering UK supply chains.”Keeping agricultural protection makes sense as a bargaining chip for EU & US trade negotiations. But means big cost increases for agriculture imports if no UK-EU FTA,” said Thomas Sampson, Associate Professor at the London School of Economics.The UK will also remove tariffs on products, which support energy efficiency and will introduce a temporary zero tariff on goods being used to fight COVID-19 such as personal protective equipment. The United Kingdom announced a new post-Brexit tariff regime on Tuesday to replace the European Union’s external tariff, maintaining a 10% tariff on cars but cutting levies on tens of billions of dollars of supply chain imports.After decades outsourcing its trade policy to the EU, Britain is seeking free trade agreements with countries around the world and aims to have deals in place covering 80% of British trade by 2022.The new tariff regime, in place from January 2021, marks a departure from what some UK officials call an overly complex EU system, setting out Britain’s stall as it negotiates trade deals with both the United States and the Brussels-based bloc.last_img read more

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AUDIO: We Won’t Underrate Benin Republic – Alhassan Ibrahim

first_img????????????????????????????????????Akwa United star midfielder Alhassan ‘Muazzam’ Ibrahim says Nigeria will not underrate Benin Republic when both teams clash this weekend in the first leg of the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifying playoff.The home-based Super Eagles will be guests of the Squirrels in Cotonou on Sunday before the reverse fixture in Kano, a week later, with aggregate winners advancing to the tournament which is exclusive for players plying their trade in their respective domestic leagues.In a chat with www.busybuddiesng.com ahead of the two-legged tie, the former Flying Eagles star admitted that there are no minnows in football these days and as such, Benin will not be taken for granted.“In football now, there are no lesser countries,” the 20-year old said. “Benin Republic are a good side because they have qualified by beating Togo.“We are not going to underrate them. We are going to approach them with all seriousness, and we are going to give it all and give it our best.“Hopefully, by God’s grace, we are going to qualify Nigeria for the CHAN coming up next year.”The lanky and very skillful midfielder also stated that he will be working very hard to ensure he gets a place in the starting lineup against the West Africans.“I am going to work hard. (There are) a lot of good players,” he said.“To select 30 out of the entire number of players in the country is a massive achievement for me and it was good.“I am going to work hard and to make sure that I get my starting shirt to play for Nigeria and of course, it will be a good opportunity for me, for my family, for my team and for Nigerians in general.”Nigeria finished third in the 2014 CHAN in South Africa under the tutelage of late Stephen Keshi but was eliminated from the group phase of the last edition in Rwanda last year when Sunday Oliseh was in charge of the team.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Alhassan-August-10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Alhassan-2-August-10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: We Won’t Underrate Benin In CHAN Qualifiers – Salisu YusufJuly 25, 2017In “Africa”Yusuf Lists Ezenwa, Odey, 28 Others For CHAN FixtureJuly 11, 2017In “Africa”AUDIO: Maikaba Confident of NPFL TriumphAugust 1, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

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