Limits to environmentalism 3 and Limits to environmentalism 4, Politicalclimate blog, by Matthew Lockwood. After a gap of over a year Matthew Lockwood, an associate director at the Institute for Public Policy Research, has written two more parts to his critique of Tim Jackson’s Prosperity Without Growth. For links to parts one and two see [...]
This special edition of “articles of note” groups together some reactionary ideas that are often considered radical nowadays. Clinton is proving that a feminist foreign policy is possible – and works, Guardian, by Madeleine Bunting. The author praises Hillary Clinton’s feminist foreign policy. For more on this theme see posts of 23 August 2009, 9 [...]
I have spent the past two weeks or so taking a break and thinking about future plans. More on the latter when the arrangements are firmer but my immediate priority is my debate in Birmingham on Tuesday evening. In the meantime there follows some interesting references I have stumbled across in the past few days: [...]
Over-rated: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Standpoint, by Jamie Whyte. Ten key aspects of developed economies, post recession, UK After The Recession blog, by Rob Killick. Does microfinance reduce poverty? An analysis of India’s crisis, Brookings, by Arvind Panagariya. The foie gras police, Wall Street Journal Europe, by Kirk Leech. Two cheers for nature, the Chronicle Review, [...]
How a different America responded to the Great Depression, Pew Research Center, by Jodie T Allen. Opinion poll evidence suggests Americans were more optimistic in the late 1930s than they are now. A Czar is born, Claremont Review of Books, Joseph Postell. A review of books by Cass Sunstein including Nudge. Matt Ridley on technology, [...]
What resource curse?, Foreign Policy, by Charles Kenny. A development economist argues against the idea that the discovery of resource wealth is a “curse” for the country involved. New mission for US military: break its dependence on oil, Yale Environment 360, by Louis Peck. The American military is investigating ways to conserve energy and develop [...]
Africa needs growth, not pity and big plans, Wall Street Journal, by Matt Ridley. Africa needs aid, not flawed theories, Wall Street Journal, by Bill Gates. Ridley and Gates debate the problems of Africa and climate change. Beyond ‘dangerous’ climate change: emission scenarios for a new world, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, by [...]
Avoid US route: Indian minister says American way is ‘recipe for disaster’, the Guardian, by Jason Burke. Jairam Ramesh, the Indian environment minister, tells the British newspaper that Indians should not aim for an American lifestyle. How to live with climate change (subscription may be required), the Economist. The Economist argues that the best protection [...]
Ireland still has the power to make itself a country worth living in, the Observer, by Fintan O’Toole. The assistant editor of the Irish Times argues the Ireland should embrace “ethical austerity”. I suspect that will be even more painful than regular austerity. Government ‘planning to measure people’s happiness‘, BBC. For a critique of this [...]
No “articles of note” for a while and then two come along at once: Population bomb still a fizzer 40 years on, the Australian, by Oliver Marc Hartwich. A critique of environmentalism’s worship of nature. Fair trade does not help the poor, report says, Daily Telegraph, by Harry Wallop. Discusses a report from the Institute [...]
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