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 […]
Finally, a chance to respond to Tim Jackson’s piece on our debate last weekend (see 2 November blog post). The most surprising thing about Jackson’s note on our debate was his surprise. Everything I said last Sunday was completely in line with the arguments in Ferraris for All. I would not have expected him to […]
It was hard to resist laughing at the divisions among greens brought out in What the Green Movement Got Wrong, a Channel 4 documentary broadcast on Thursday. Some greens, such as Mark Lynas and Stewart Brand, wanted a more positive attitude towards such issues as nuclear power and genetically modified food. Others, such as George […]
Obama could kill fossil fuels overnight with a nuclear dash for thorium, Telegraph, by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. Evidently Carlo Rubbia, a Nobel laureate, is working on thorium as a clean, cheap and safe alternative to uranium in reactors. Are cattle an endangered species?, Rational Optimist, by Matt Ridley. The author finds that one of the plants designated […]
These article focus on science and the environment. Green menace, the American, by Blake Hurst. How a coalition of Haitian peasant groups – backed by American funding – are protesting against seeds donated by Monsanto to kick start food production in Haiti. Not even just genetically modified seeds but hybrid seeds too – a technology […]
The other oil spill, Economist. On the green campaign against palm oil. Friction and vested interests in pulp and palm oil production, Jakarta Post, by Bill Durodie. Argues that the campaign against palm oil emanates from the West. China’s export economy begins turning inward, New York Times, by Edward Wong. The Chinese authorities have not […]
President of change unwilling to tackle US oil addiction, Der Spiegel, by Gregor Peter Schmitz. A leading German publication endorses the bizarre notion that the world is “addicted” to oil rather than needing it to fuel prosperity. New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rainforests, New York Times, By Elisabeth Rosenthal. Declining Latin American inequality, Vox, […]
Shale gas will change the world, Financial Times, Gideon Rachman. Money can’t buy happiness but it helps: poll, Reuters. The limits of the green machine, Forbes, by Joel Kotkin. On the criticisms of Obama and BP over the Gulf oil spill, American Situation, by Sean Collins. Why the EU will thrive on Greece’s troubles, spiked, […]
James Heartfield, writing it today’s Guardian, outlines a model study of one of the many damaging consequences of growth scepticism: the failure to build sufficient homes in Britain. He summarises the process as follows: “first, the announcement that there will be millions of new homes built; second, outcry from conservationists about the threat to our […]
Both the new British prime minister has claimed the Liberal-Conservative coalition is going to be the greenest government ever. I fear he is probably right. David Cameron made the claim in front of civil servants at the Department of Energy and Climate Change with Chris Huhne, the new minister, at his side – although it […]
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