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I saw a figure somewhere recently: $6000.

It was an estimate of how much a thirtysomething 'couple' in the USA should now be putting into their combined pensions annually, to avoid their fund being 'inflated away' before retirement.

Can anyone who has a head for economic mathematics point me to some robust worked estimates of this number? What would the minimum wage need to be currently to both cover a 'poverty-line' standard of living, and also, a 'poverty line' retirement, in the UK?
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http://www.planb.org/ are looking for UK support for the following:

Early Day Motion 407: DEVELOPMENT AID FOR OIL

Meacher, Michael

EDM text )

I read that as calling for the Department for International Development to stop funding oil projects, and spend the money on renewable energy projects instead. Seems sensible. UK residents can use the EDMI site to find out whether their MP has signed.

(PlanB.org are a collaborative campaign of http://risingtide.org.uk/, http://www.foe.co.uk/ and 'Platform Research Ltd'. They have the unrealistic core goal of "calling for an end to fossil fuel extraction.")
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Ah, those ultra-left-wing Scandanavians!

By Alister Doyle, Reuters Environment Correspondent

"Spending to protect the environment, from coral reefs to forests, can bring big returns to aid a worldwide assault on poverty, a U.N.-backed report said on Wednesday. The study, coinciding with a summit of world leaders in New York, even suggested that forests may be more valuable when left standing rather than being cleared for crops because trees can absorb the heat-trapping gases widely blamed for global warming.

"The environment...is not a luxury good, only affordable when all other problems have been solved," said Klaus Toepfer, head of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) which was among 30 international groups behind the report.

The study estimated that annual investments of $60-$90 billion in the environment over 10-15 years were needed to reach a world goal of halving the proportion of humanity living on less than a dollar a day, currently more than a billion people. [...]"
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Environmental degradation increases poverty and the reverse may also be true.
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Proposition: "In the near future, the determining factor between poverty and comfort in old age will be whether or not you own your own, energy efficient home."

Discuss.
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After sharing condolences with those affected by the London bombings, Barbara Stocking (Director of Oxfam UK) writes:

"The G8 summit was ... over-shadowed ... but some real progress was still made. ... The commitments ... will help millions ... as a beginning.

Aid ... not enough. The G8 promised to increase aid to around US$50bn [~UKP2,850M] a year by 2010 ... the delay will keep 300 million people trapped in poverty.

Debt relief ... The G8 agreed to help only 18 countries. ... we're pressing for many more to receive the same support.

Trade justice The was little progress to make trade fair. ...

... the world's leaders do have another two opportunities in 2005 - a UN Summit in September and a World Trade Organisation meeting in December. ..."

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