Archive for August, 2009

Until I caught up with the Pelican Brief, the 1993 legal thriller based on a John Grisham novel, on television I had not reallsed how much it reflects the environmentalist spirit of our times. The plot involves a law student (played by Julia Roberts) who stumbles across a conspiracy by a big oil company which […]

This is my comment from this week’s Fund Strategy. I also wrote a cover story which is a guide to the debate on global economic imbalances Rumbling beneath the surface of the current discussion on economic prospects is a debate about inflation and deflation. Some warn that inflationary pressures are likely to emerge soon, while […]

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16 Aug 2009

I think I have figured a way to automatically feed my blog posts on to Twitter. Hopefully this will work.

Partha Dasgupta, a professor of economics at Cambridge University and a patron of the Optimum Population Trust, tries to play down the costs of dealing with climate change in a lecture to the Sante Fe Institute. He argues that the costs of dealing with climate change could amount up to 10% of the GDP of […]

Yesterday’s Guardian weekend magazine was on the theme of “How to be happy right now” The introductory article by Oliver Burkeman tried to distance itself from the more obviously quackish claims of the more extremist exponents of positive psychology. But this did not stop other parts of the magazine offering instant solutions such as its […]

According to an article on Fox News John Holdren, President Obama’s science adviser and an arch Malthusian, favoured forced abortions and sterlisations as means to curb population growth. The proposals came in a 1977 book in co-wrote with Paul and Anne Ehrlich on “Eco Science”. The article even reproduces several pages from the book to […]

My spiked review of Neal Lawson’s All Consuming is the featured book review on Arts & Letters Daily today.

GDP is far from perfect as a measure of economic output but the suggestions for replacements are generally worse. The recent attack on GDP by Eric Zencey, a professor of historical and political studies at Empire State College, in the New York Times, is certainly flawed. One of Zencey’s points is that GDP does not […]

I am preoccupied with other things at present but cannot resist commenting on the British governments drive to encourage greater national self sufficiency in food. This is a peculiar target to aim for. Surely the key criterion in food production is to produce plentiful cheap food on a global scale. The more plentiful, inexpensive food […]

This is my comment from this week’s Fund Strategy. The optimism about economic recovery in the middle of last week was misplaced. Those who proclaimed that an upturn was underway based on a few short-range indicators had it wrong. Admittedly, by the end of the week pessimism had set in again. But in many respects […]