Archive for December, 2009

SA Aiyar, writing in his Swaminomics blog in the Times of India, argues against romanticising Bhutan as a haven of happiness. Prominent thinkers such as Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz have lauded the Himalayan kingdom for proclaiming happiness as a priority and downplaying economic growth. Yet in reality it has enjoyed rapid growth as a […]

Andy Warhol’s paintings of Campbell soup cans are among the most widely recognised images of American pop art. But I had not thought about their symbolic value until a read a review in yesterday’s Financial Times by Jackie Wullschlager of several books on him. She makes the point that: “His Campbell soup cans and Coke […]

Fraser Nelson has a piece in the current Spectator which usefully delineates four different propositions on climate change: “The truth about global warming is that the debate has many levels that can broadly be divided into four categories: 1) that global warming is happening; 2) that mankind is largely responsible; 3) that we are reaching […]

The latest initiative from the Optimum Population Trust, a Malthusian organisation supported by the likes of David Attenborough and Jonathon Porritt, is a population offset calculator. It allows people to offset the carbon emissions made on, say, a summer holiday by funding family planning in the developing world. The Guardian had a piece which clearly […]

Isabel Galiana and Christopher Green, economists at McGill University in Montreal, have an article in Nature arguing for a technological development as the best way to tackle climate change: “A technology-led approach can stabilize the climate with higher probability and much lower cost than the emissions-target approach”. The two authors are part of the 2009 […]

I always find it amusing when academic types write scholarly pieces advising people on how best to shop or consume goods. It is an area where there are guaranteed to be many millions of people more knowledgeable and expert than them. Sadly they do not usually confine themselves to practical advice but usually tell people […]