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Adair Turner

Adair Turner

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Adair Turner, Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, was Chair of the UK Financial Services Authority from 2008 to 2012. He is the author of many books, including Between Debt and the Devil.

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  1. Why Aviation Should Embrace Carbon Taxation
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    Why Aviation Should Embrace Carbon Taxation

    Aug 19, 2021 Adair Turner urges the airline industry to reconsider its opposition to the EU’s proposed levy on conventional jet fuel.

  2. The Upside of Population Decline
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    The Upside of Population Decline

    Jun 10, 2021 Adair Turner sees important economic and environmental benefits in developed countries' declining fertility rates.

  3. Greta Thunberg or Bill Gates?
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    Greta Thunberg or Bill Gates?

    Apr 27, 2021 Adair Turner thinks that while technology is our best hope against climate change, we must also worry about the short term.

  4. Food, Not Steel, Is Our Biggest Climate Challenge
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    Food, Not Steel, Is Our Biggest Climate Challenge

    Apr 1, 2021 Adair Turner shows that in most sectors, a green transition will cost consumers little, and often will make them better off.

  5. Achieving a Sustainable Chinese Recovery
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    Achieving a Sustainable Chinese Recovery

    May 19, 2020 Adair Turner urges the country's leaders not to repeat the strategy implemented after the 2008 global financial crisis.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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