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 […]
Two reports I hope to study in detail as soon as I have more time. By far the most important is the 20th anniversary edition of the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report. From what I have read so far the report is interesting for two reasons. First, for its attempt to measure how […]
Lord Peter Mandelson, a former British business minister and European Union trade commissioner, has an entirely unoriginal opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal Europe headlined “Prosperity is more than just money”. He uses the release of the latest version of the Legatum Prosperity Index, for which he spoke at the launch, to make the […]
Evidently humans have scored another victory against nature. The rinderpest virus, which has killed millions of cattle, has been elimated according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). According to the BBC report on the subject: “The eradication of the virus has been described as the biggest achievement in veterinary history and one […]
Prince Charles evidently has a new book coming out. In an interview in Vanity Fair he describes the main arguments puts forward in Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World (with Tony Juniper and Ian Skelly). It should come as no surprise to those who have followed his outbursts that he presents himself […]
I have been so busy over the past few days that I have not been able to write all the blog posts I would have liked. There follows some brief notes on subjects I would have liked to have covered in greater detail. In the run-up to the publication of the 20th anniversary Human Development […]
The Economist’s latest Charlemagne column has the headline “calling time on progress”. Although it starts by discussing European attitudes towards progress it soon starts giving its own view. Charlemagne blurs the distinction between short term debt problems and the longer term trend towards progress. In its mind both suggest people living beyond their means: “the […]
When ideas have sex. Matt Ridley on Ted talks. Explains the huge growth in prosperity in relation to the propensity of human beings to exchange things. Such trade allows for specialisation which facilitates increased productivity. [I would focus more on the capacity of human cooperation to transform production]. Americans need to work less. Juliet Schor […]
It is estimated that the world’s five billionth mobile phone will be connected this weekend according to an article in the Financial Times. This is fantastic news as it means the world is more connected than ever before. The vast majority of the world’s population has the means to communicate with others over long distance. […]
The 2009 Ellen McArthur lectures by Professor Nick Crafts of Warwick university – now available to watch as video podcasts – on 250 years of economic growth look set to be fascinating. I have so far watched the first one in which he examines the Industrial Revolution from the perspective of its past and future. […]
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