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Talking about Population

February 16, 2012 by

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Summary: The ‘population question’ comes and goes, but the issue never really goes away, and there is still a general unwillingness to talk about it. While I certainly don’t see it as the world’s greatest threat, I think the goal of a stable population across the world is an honerable one, and one unavoidable requirement […]

Is Sustainability Relative?

October 17, 2011 by

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Appropriate strategies for sustainable development are context-specific, with different priorities depending on how far people are up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. A four point strategy for identifying approaches for sustainable development is outlined and the importance of regulatory ‘top-down’ intervention emphasized. The concept of sustainable development concerns the management of resources available to humanity. My […]

In the COP

January 1, 2011 by

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A climate change conference can be very tiring. For me it meant twelve hours of work for fourteen days, plus the nightly networking sessions. In Cancún three hours of travels to a totally isolated venue were added to that – a major ground for complaint amongst the delegates. However, one could manage to put even […]

Nero’s breakfast?

January 1, 2011 by

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It’s a year after the 15th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (COP15), and the appropriately named COP16 is also now over. Unfortunately we still don’t have the much-hankered-after binding agreement. In the absence of more informed and informative comment, I’ll have a go at sharing with you […]

The Shale Gas Rush

December 1, 2010 by

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While some nations are investing in the development of technologies to provide renewable energy, others are putting their trust in companies that are digging deeper and deeper for hydrocarbons. In North America, the hydrocarbon giants are now drilling three kilometers down into the earth to extract natural gas from within shale formations. Unfortunately however, this […]

Democracy Endangered

July 1, 2010 by

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This article is a summary of a larger (11 page) essay on the topic of oil and democracy. If you would like to read the extended, more detailed version, I can email it to you on request. Democracy first developed in Athens about 2,500 years ago, but the modern, representative democracy of today is independent […]

The First-World Doctor

July 1, 2010 by

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A good doctor takes a systems approach. If we speak to a doctor with a whole raft of complaints; poor sleep, lethargy, headaches, skin infections, hair loss, impotence – let’s say general stress – they should not just treat each symptom separately. They would enquire about our lifestyle, whether we are happy in our relationships […]