Why the Paris climate agreement is failing and what we can do about it

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The Paris climate agreement should have been the kickoff for the necessary reforms to our economies and the way we do business. The sense of urgency was enormous. However, five years after many nations signed the agreement, there’s still no sign that we can pivot away from an economy based on fossil fuels. By 2030, the costs of climate change will increase to 2 billion USD¹ per year. …


The bitcoin price is surging, but the climate still suffers.

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Tesla announced last week it bought worth of bitcoin. Going forward, Tesla will also accept bitcoin as payment. are increasing their exposure to cryptocurrencies too, indicating a broader adoption by “serious” corporations. After tweets of Elon Musk, the price surged as high as 50k USD for one bitcoin.

Bitcoin has many things going for it, such as the brand name, major investors swooping in, and the number of validators. There is one major elephant in the room when it comes to bitcoin, however, that many seem to be forgetting.

There is one major elephant…


Hi Blaine,

I think you're right to point out the inconsistency in my story. I would expect that if you promote proper care of arable and potentially arable lands to speed up the process of "healing" the soil, some positive effects will occur instantly, whereas others will take longer.

And I'm thankful for your time to give this extensive reply to my story. I feel it complements what I'm trying to say.

The main goal that I had when I wrote this story is to make people think and (hopefully) reframe the climate problem. There are still many companies who…


Why Joe Biden needs to restore shareholder democracy in the US.

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We can’t waste any more time addressing the global warming issue we’re facing. The amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere are rising to dangerous levels. Nevertheless, due to political conflicts of interest, governments are slow to act. Moreover, the US is not exactly one of the frontrunners in fighting climate change. That’s a shame because the US's wealth and resources could prove pivotal in global climate action.

There are many ways we can contribute to a better environment ourselves, however. One approach is to use our pensions and wealth to help steer the big oil companies into falling…


The answer might be soil quality. Here´s why.

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COVID-19 has hit the world economy hard. I expect the worst is still to come, given the massive government spending to counter the lockdown's worst effects. Once governments stop boosting economies, a recession will hit that much harder. Not a nice outlook. However, could the current government spending also be an opportunity? With global warming and various other environmental problems, we should radically change how we consume and produce.

Could COVID-19 state expenditure be the answer for the rapid decline of our planet? What would be the costs for decisive climate action?

What would pivotal climate action look like?

It would be naive to think that…


Myth #1: You need to eat meat for the proteins

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Have you ever been in a discussion about why you should or shouldn’t eat meat? And as a vegetarian, did you feel you have to defend yourself?

Chances are you have. After reading about the adverse effects of meats, I’ve dramatically reduced animal protein intake for a couple of years. I’ve found that many people don’t accept or even make fun of the fact that I don’t eat meat. They act as if they’re sure they’re right, and I’m not. While not an expert, I’ve immersed myself in the topic of eating meat, and my critics haven’t. Therefore, I…


How to disproportionately influence the climate debate right from your couch

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We need to make a serious dent in the climate debate. Politicians and large companies are unwilling to make serious changes in the current business models and our economy's structure. The climate actions taken by world leaders have proven insufficient so far. The pledges in the Paris climate agreement in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990. Therefore, we need to do more to prevent climate change.

But what can you do right now to have a disproportionate influence on the climate debate?

I have three tips on how you can…


Three confessions of an insomniac control-freak

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Let me guess. You’ve read every article promising better sleep you could get your hands on. Yet, you’re reading my story. So probably, all the tips you’ve seen so far did not result in you sleeping much better, did they?

I’ll not tell you that if you would just follow my advice, you’ll sleep like a baby. No, because that would be baloney. If you’re a terrible sleeper like me, another tip will not help that much.

Sure, there’s plenty of scientific evidence that you can improve your sleeping pattern. You shouldn’t drink any caffeine before going to bed…


The COVID-19 crisis feeds your negativity biases. Here’s how to stop a downward spiral into despair.

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Did you know that the human brain retains more negative than positive memories? This is called the negativity bias.

All that negativity can quickly become toxic, especially now. Many of us face adversity or at least have to cope with lives that look radically different. We probably can’t reach the goals we set out for ourselves at the beginning of the year. A lot of us have to combine taking care of our children with working remotely. As a result, we start to worry, and these worries quickly lead to overpowering negative emotions.

As with many people, I sometimes suffer…


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Using the science of positive psychology to get back into the driver’s seat

The corona crisis led to massive amounts of lay-offs. Many companies “forgot” the humungous profit margins of the recent boom years; they are all too eager to side-track the employees who made it possible. Unfortunately, you don’t always control what happens to you. No matter how professional you are and regardless of what your mindset is.

Life happens to us while we’re planning. During these times, not everyone finds it easy to find a new job. …

Martin Van Duyse

Finance guy. I write about topics at the intersection between economics and climate change, and about climate action in general.

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