Web pages that have caught our eye...
The Ted-O-Matic! How to Generate Your Own, Faux-Profound TED Talk | Vanity Fair 28/03/13
"The art of faux profundity: nine easy steps to your own audience-flattering ted talk."
Information Is Beautiful | How Many Gigatons of CO2? 28/03/13
One of the best infographics on climate change I've ever seen
The Scary Hidden Stressor: Climate Change and the Arab Spring - Thomas Friedman 17/03/13
“The Arab Spring and Climate Change” doesn’t claim that climate change caused the recent wave of Arab revolutions, but, taken together, the essays make a strong case that the interplay between c. […]
Fabian Society » Green Social Democracy 01/02/13
Michael Jacobs, former climate & energy adviser to Gordon Brown at No. 10, on the other crisis of capitalism
Jared Diamond’s Guide to Reducing Life’s Risks - NYTimes.com 30/01/13
On the utility of "constructive paranoia"
Secret Lives of North Korea 29/01/13
What it's actually like to live there - by a former British ambassador
Equitable Access to Sustainable Development: An idea whose time has come? « Hiya Maya 11/01/13
Required reading for anyone interested in the sustainability nexus of limits and fairness
Resources Futures | Chatham House 11/12/12
Big new report from Chatham House, based on 12 million data points, no less. Key message: it's the volatility that kills you.
Australia May Join Europe With Extended Kyoto Climate Pledge - Bloomberg 10/11/12
Tantalising remarks from Australia's Parliamentary secretary on climate change
Obama breaks silence on climate change. Does this presage action in his second term? – Telegraph Blogs 10/11/12
Geoff Lean reads the tea leaves - interesting historical discussion of environment in past Republican policy
Pro Bono: How rockers change the world - FT.com 10/11/12
Sympathetic review of BBC doc on Bono and Geldof's journey so far
The scenarios on a (large) postcard 22/10/12
Good futures outlook to 2025 from the Challenge Network
ICTSD • ‘One Billion Hungry’ Peak Missing From New FAO Numbers 11/10/12
FAO addresses criticism of its methodology and comes up with new hunger total of 870 million
A Reader's Guide to the WEF Global Redesign Initiative 01/10/12
A detailed online companion to the most comprehensive proposal for global governance reform since WW2
Ethiopia: navigating through the emotive, outrageous, and the subtle but dangerous narratives on the demise of Meles | African Arguments 16/09/12
Comprehensive and fair assessment of Ethiopia after Meles.
Upwardly Mobile Pakistan on 66th Independence Day - Haq's Musings 23/08/12
A Pakistan optimist celebrates the country's progress.
Niger struggles against militant Islam - The Washington Post 17/08/12
Situated next to Mali, Nigeria, and Libya, all of which are spreading instability across the Sahel, Niger looks increasingly vulnerable.
Crafting State-Nations: India and Other Multinational Democracies by Alfred Stepan, Juan J. Linz, Yogendra Yadav 10/07/12
Helps reconfigure the debate on the relationship between ethnic diversity and political institutions.
Ex WB Chief Economist makes case for manufacturing in Africa 09/07/12
Justin Lin discusses his new book on light manufacturing in Africa with examples from Ethiopia.
Why is Nobody Freaking Out About the LIBOR Banking Scandal? | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone 04/07/12
If collusion took place between the Bank of England and Barclays, what might have happened between Hank Paulson and US banks in 2008?
Barclays Libor scandal: how can we change banking culture? | Business | The Guardian 04/07/12
Outstanding broadside from Aditya Chakrabortty - who knew that each one of us in the UK has given £19,271 to the banks...
The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com 03/07/12
Great takedown of our addiction to busyness. Citizen's income now!
Will Civil War Hit Afghanistan When The U.S. Leaves? : The New Yorker 02/07/12
"“The Americans have failed to build a single sustainable institution here. All they have done is make a small group of people very rich. And now they are getting ready to go."
George Monbiot – The Mendacity of Hope 27/06/12
Monbiot at his furious best, on the failure of Rio 2012
The Battle Over Climate Science | Popular Science 25/06/12
Excellent reportage from both sides of the climate war's front line
Why Women Still Can’t Have It All - The Atlantic 22/06/12
Must-read reflection on her time as head of policy planning at the State Dept by Anne-Marie Slaughter
Rio Minus: The End of Post Cold-War Treaty Making? 22/06/12
Reflections on the failure of Rio from the former head of the Sierra Club
Neal Stephenson's Past,Present, and Future - Reason.com 20/06/12
Great interview with Neal Stephenson from just after he published the Baroque Cycle
Pope Benedict Focuses on Legacy While Ignoring Vatican Power Struggle - SPIEGEL ONLINE 19/06/12
"The mood at the Vatican is apocalyptic. Pope Benedict XVI seems tired, and both unable and unwilling to seize the reins amid fierce infighting and scandal."
Trust, Democracy and Diversity - Democracy In Africa 15/06/12
Good introduction to a book on a key challenge for fragile states and developed countries alike.
"The End of the World as We Know It" 14/06/12
Great euro-driven disaster scenario from Dani Rodrik on Project Syndicate
Have we arrived at a financial singularity? - Finance Addict : Finance Addict 13/06/12
Are the financial algorithms, models and computers taking over from their human creators? Have we reached a financial singularity?
Exclusive: EU floats worst-case plans for Greek euro exit: sources - chicagotribune.com 11/06/12
European finance officials have discussed as a worst-case scenario limiting the size of withdrawals from ATM machines, imposing border checks and introducing capital controls in at least Greece should. […]
My break with the extreme right - Politics - Salon.com 25/05/12
Awesomely good take down of America's new right - by one of its old right
A new Europe of competing currencies - FT.com 25/05/12
A thoughtful take on one possible consequence of Grexit, from Samuel Brittan
An Arab Spring south of the Sahara? - Phil Clark in Juncture 22/05/12
Why didn't the Arab Spring reach sub-Saharan Africa? From the first edition of IPPR's new journal Juncture.
Ideas for a Sustainable Development Outlook | International Environmental Governance 20/05/12
Latest thinking on the idea of a Sustainability Outlook report (one of the few useful things that might yet emerge from Rio+20), from the Mexican Mission to the UN's Jorge Laguna Celis
Greeks apologise with huge horse 15/05/12
Left outside the European Central Bank in the dead of night, the horse has now been moved into the ECB’s central lobby where it is proudly on display.
Fascism rises from the depths of Greece's despair - Europe - World - The Independent 09/05/12
"Still half-asleep, Panayiotis Roumeliotis was surprised to be asked to show his identity card by two young men with shaved heads. It was his first direct contact with the vigilante groups that have b. […]
If you're not worried yet... you should be 08/05/12
Reasons to be gloomy from ZeroHedge