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Robert Watson

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Robert Watson, a former chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a former director of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development.

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  1. Feeding a Greener World
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    Feeding a Greener World

    Oct 13, 2020 Robert Watson calls for an end to agricultural practices that are bad for not just nature but also food security.

  2. Nature by the Numbers
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    Nature by the Numbers

    Jul 31, 2020 Robert Watson highlights a new study's calculations of the economic benefits of protecting 30% of the planet by 2030.

  3. Business and Biodiversity
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    Business and Biodiversity

    Feb 22, 2019 Robert Watson argues that the despoliation of natural systems by global corporations can no longer be kept off the books.

  4. Sounding the Alarm on Biodiversity Loss
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    Sounding the Alarm on Biodiversity Loss

    Nov 10, 2017 Robert Watson touts forthcoming research that should focus policymakers' attention on ecosystem health.

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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

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    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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