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Are corporate ‘green’ efforts just for PR?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Traditionally, the public has viewed corporations as primarily focused on their own profits. And not for nothing: economists have long held the same view. But in recent years, corporations have started thinking beyond their bottom line. Two types of corporate governance programs have made sustainability a larger issue: corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental social […]

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The climate crisis: How did we get here?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The climate crisis is easily the greatest global challenge of the current century. President Biden rightly called it an “existential threat.” Even so, it remains a deeply misunderstood issue. Climate change refers to the shift in average weather conditions, specifically the warming of the Earth’s weather over time. Scientists have found that climate change is […]

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How is climate anxiety impacting young people?

Reading Time: 2 minutes A landmark survey of 10,000 respondents ages 16-25 suggests that climate anxiety—a chronic fear of environmental doom—is taking an outsized psychological toll on the young, especially when compared to Gen X and Boomers. “Such high levels of distress, functional impact and feelings of betrayal will inevitably impact the mental health of children and young people,” […]

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Exponential Change

Reading Time: < 1 minute Humans are prone to overshoot – acting only when it is too late. Take climate change or population growth or both or similar. Imagine there is big old pond in your back garden. On the first day there is 1 lily pad, the next day 2, the day after 4 and so on. On the […]

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Debating Climate Change

Reading Time: 2 minutes There is no debate. Past that, there are idiots who still like to debate it, some will infest these threads, and media channels still try to present both sides by giving them equal air time. Some of you might say “Well, that is no way to try and change their minds.” But I think they […]

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Going Nuclear

Reading Time: 9 minutes Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now is proving to be an interesting and thought-provoking read. In this excerpt, he gives an account of how some of our energy and carbo problems are necessarily solved by nuclear energy. This is from his chapter on The Environment, and starts with a look at the idea of decaarbonisation: The long sweep of […]

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What Do Some People Have Against the Environment?

Reading Time: 8 minutes For some reason, the environment is a trigger idea for right-wingers. The problem is that, as I have stated a number of times, the right takes free-market economics very seriously, but free-market economics cannot arbitrate for negative externalities. Negative Externalities What this means is that, if a company wants to make widgets, they have costs […]