World Economic Forum - 19 Jan 2018
Environmental issues dominate the list of the most urgent risks identified in this year’s WEF annual assessment of global risks. Environmental pollution is no longer just a global externality – to be dealt with by someone else at some other time. We are now internalizing environmental risks within our own bodies, often unwittingly and even in the richest countries in the world (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 19 January 2018
Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 9 Jan 2018
Now that the Trump administration has removed climate change from the list of security threats under its new National Security Strategy (NSS), the academic contends that military is the only institution that can break the partisan deadlock on the issue. He quotes various reports showing the link between global warming and critical issues of national security. The threat comes from the direct impact of climate change on agricultural production and sea levels but equally importantly from the huge waves of migration that climate change is likely to cause (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 12 January 2018
The Guardian - 5 Dec 2017
The author of Consumptionomics explains why solutions offered by market mechanisms and technological “innovations” won’t be sufficient to address climate change. This is why decisions in Beijing, New Delhi or Jakarta will be more important than those taken in Washington or Brussels. In Chandran’s opinion, only Asia, led by China, can decide to put more focus on collective welfare over individual rights; and manage expectations so as to avoid overconsumption and waste (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 8 December 2017