In the summer of 2019 several countries in Europe broke their all-time temperature records in a series of heatwaves. It is clear for everyone to see that the climate emergency – one of the many facets of the ecological breakdown – is now a concrete reality.

Yet global carbon emissions are on the rise and hit record levels in 2018 because of sustained increases in energy demand worldwide. Energy demand is in turn driven by economic growth. The ecomodernist credo is predicated upon decoupling GDP growth from energy consumption, and decoupling energy consumption from carbon emissions. But does ...


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