Thursday, 28 May 2009

Stern talking to

Nick Stern on climate change

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Giving money to the poor

Letting the poor decide how to spend aid money - hand it to them directly:

"When USAID provides blankets, seeds and fertilizer to flood victims, they are doing their best to decide for the victims what their most urgent needs are. With the cash transfers, the people can decide for themselves how to meet their most urgent needs. This gives people who have lost their livelihoods, belongings or loved ones a new feeling of control over their lives, builds money-management skills, and restores to them their power to make economic decisions. If you were in their shoes, which would you prefer?"

via Aidwatch

Friday, 15 May 2009

Climate change and food safety

Impact of climate change on food safety from FAO

"It is likely that some of the first detectable changes of global
climate change on food safety will be seen as longer summertime peaks of foodborne disease
and/or increased geographic range"

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

More on cap and trade and carbon tax

1. Why cap and trade with auctions is the same as a carbon tax

2. Opinion on why advocating carbon tax is a waste of time

3. The politics of introducing US cap and trade

4. Nice pictures from Liberia