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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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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga

    Creating a world free of poverty on a livable planet hinges on boosting growth and creating jobs in Africa. At this week's G7 summit, leaders must focus on how they can help African countries achieve these goals, which will require a strategy based on five key priorities.

    urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.

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