Tag Archives: Environmental

News from the past… and the future!

Last year _The Economist_ indicated that “climate change would be the big issue of 2008″:http://cominganarchy.com/2007/12/31/the-big-issue-of-2008-climate-change/. Until the economic collapse of last September, I think it was at least a major issue this year. Alas, my biased experience is the only … Continue reading

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Global Trends, Part 1: Projected Water Scarcity

Clean water is set to become the world’s scarcest — but most vitel — natural resource. Check out this global map of water scarcity. Climate change will play a role in water scarcity. Demand will increase for water for domestic … Continue reading

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What kind of crazy ideas would a country’s engineers and policymakers come up with if you took away its advanced degrees?

Turkmenistan has been making tremendous strides since the death of President “Turkmenbashy” Niyazov several years ago. For example, the country has reinstated the PhD degree, which was abolished in 1997. But some bad ideas remain, one of them being the … Continue reading

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Can we survive China’s rush to emulate the American way of life?

Readers would not often catch Lord Curzon perusing the pages of Mother Jones, a liberal-progressive commentary magazine. However, a recent article subtitled, “Can the world survive China’s headlong rush to emulate the American way of life?” caught my eye like … Continue reading

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The Extinction of Rinderpest

Rinderpest, an animal disease that plagued livestock and their human keepers across Eurasia and Africa for millennia, may be on the verge of joining smallpox as the only viral diseases to have been eradicated in human history. The virus never … Continue reading

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Forecast: Gloom and Doom

In a follow-up to Younghusband’s post on The Economist stating that climate change would be the big issue of 2008 comes this dated, but relevant, article from the January 1 edition of the New York Times. Findings In 2008, a … Continue reading

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Kaplan on the environment and Bangladesh

“Waterworld”:http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200801/kaplan-bangladesh is a long feature from this month’s _Atlantic Monthly_ in which Robert Kaplan gives a narrative of his travels in Bangladesh – a country struggling with Islamic fundamentalism, weak governance, overpopulation and climate change. The themes of this article … Continue reading

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The big issue of 2008: climate change

I was struck by the prominence of climate change in “The World in 2008″:http://www.economist.com/theworldin/ – the annual forecast by _The Economist_. In 2008 the two big events will be the US presidential election and the 2008 Olympics in China. But … Continue reading

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Owning the Issues

Germany’s moderately left Social Democrats (SPD) are proposing sanctions on what they deem to be wasteful American products, i.e. those that use too much energy such as cars. This comes of course as both France and Germany oppose new EU … Continue reading

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Al Gore Nobel Peace Prize? Cool it!

Saint…? Anti-Christ…? Or neither? In the public debate on environmental policy and global warming, there appear to be only alarmists and deniers. There are those who feel that global warming is the greatest threat facing humanity today, that we must … Continue reading

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