Tuesday, July 22, 2014
  1. Winds of Vanity

    Bjørn Lomborg

    Winds of Vanity


     exposes the flawed logic underlying Copenhagen's quest for carbon neutrality.

    Wind Turbines Wes Gibson/Flickr

    Copenhagen wants to be the world’s first CO2-neutral city by 2025. But, as many other well-meaning cities and countries have discovered, cutting CO2 significantly is more difficult than it seems, and may require quite a bit of creative accounting. READ MORE

  2. Containing the Resource Crisis

    Alejandro Litovsky

    Containing the Resource Crisis


     addresses the increasingly close links between resource scarcity and political risk.

    Oil Sands Elias Schewel/Flickr

    Competition for scarce resources is sorely testing global governance and cooperation. But even in the absence of overarching global legal frameworks, it is possible to maintain a sense of common security if the terms of resource investments are founded on long-term political understanding and commercial relationships. READ MORE

  3. The Lawless Sea

    Andrés Velasco

    The Lawless Sea


     outlines an agenda for saving the global ocean from imminent life-threatening risks.

    Law of the Sea Lawlessness Graeme Law/flickr

    The ocean is our planet’s life-support-system, keeping it healthy and productive. But overfishing and pollution are causing tremendous damage, and there is virtually no governance or rule of law to prevent it. READ MORE

  4. The Limits of Climate Negotiations

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    The Limits of Climate Negotiations


     says that the fight against global warming is mainly a technological problem.

    Sunset Smoke Stacks Carbon Pollution Stewart Innes/ZumaPress

    Decarbonizing the world’s energy system requires that our production of vast and growing amounts of electricity does not boost atmospheric CO2 emissions, a zero-carbon transport fleet, and a lot more production per kilowatt-hour of power. These are mainly engineering problems, not negotiating problems. READ MORE

  5. The Environment of Poverty

    Bjørn Lomborg

    The Environment of Poverty


     deplores the ineffectiveness of environmental aid to developing countries.

    Poverty in Kibera Kenya Gates Foundation

    Some of the world's most lethal killers stem from environmental problems, and poverty underpins many of them. So why does the world consciously choose to spend its aid money so ineffectively by devoting most of its environmental assistance to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions in developing countries? READ MORE

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