In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.
In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.
As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key. This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.
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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!
- REVIEW OF BOOKS
Robinson Meyer, "The Atlantic Ocean and an Actual Debate in Climate Science"
The Atlantic - 7 Jan 2017
As the WEF Global Risk Report concluded recently that extreme weather events are now the biggest risk of all, we decided to post this article that highlights one of the major debates in climate science: whether the Gulf Stream might shut down. If it were to do so, this would provoke significant problems for the global economy. Its disappearance would quickly worsen sea-level rise on the US East Coast and subject the Southeast to unusually intense tropical storms. It would also cause upheaval in agriculture in India, Europe, and the African Sahel (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 January 2017
Paul Ferraro, "The Free-Market Case for Climate Science"
Bloomberg View - 27 Dec 2016
The academic explains why the theory of climate change is simply stronger than its competitors. In brief, the concept of human-caused climate change has won out because alternative views contradict what competitive markets are demonstrating. There’s room to argue over the economic implications of climate change or the best ways to mitigate and adapt to it, but the scientific consensus is no longer a matter of debate (reads in less than 5 min).
Published in Weekly selection 31 December 2016
Gernot Wagner and David Keith, "Cop22 After Trump"
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 21 Nov 2016
We are reminded on an almost daily basis that global warming is a perfect example of “the tragedy of the commons” (a problem that no single country can resolve on its own). This article looks at what the good and bad news for climate change policy is going to be in the coming months and years. Trump might reverse policies but there is some hope that he’ll be constrained by the current momentum in technological advancement and other factors, like China taking the climate leadership mantle from the US (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 November 2016
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