Halina Brown: The relentless household carbon footprint creep: US and China

Since last summer I have been writing about the relentless upward creep of household consumption (and carbon footprint) with growing household income. The question that preoccupies me is this: can income and private consumption be decoupled? In my view this is one of the most important challenges for the SCORAI community: the researchers, activists and Read more about Halina Brown: The relentless household carbon footprint creep: US and China[…]

Halina Brown: “Sustainable lifestyles worth holding on to”

It is much harder to change consumption patterns that have already been established than to find ways to keep them from increasing. This is why I think that the growing middle class in the post-soviet Europe presents an opportunity to promote sustainable lifestyles. On the one hand, these are well educated people whose basic needs Read more about Halina Brown: “Sustainable lifestyles worth holding on to”[…]

Halina Brown: “Happier with a smaller income?”

I am approaching the stage in my life when I need to plan for my retirement. So recently I talked to my financial advisor Jason at TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association), which is a very large retirement fund for people working in academic, research, and medical fields. TIAA will provide me with a big Read more about Halina Brown: “Happier with a smaller income?”[…]