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Kenneth Rogoff
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  • ENVIRONMENT, Climate Change, GEOPOLITICS, Conflicts

    Joshua Busby, "Warming World"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 1 Jul 2018

    This is a must-read for those in denial about the significance of climate change. The US academic explains why climate matters more than anything else. The world is entering a period that the climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe calls “global weirding”, and its “disruption to the earth’s climate will ultimately command more attention and resources and have a greater influence on the global economy and international relations than other forces visible in the world today” (reads in 8-10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 30 June 2018

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  • ENVIRONMENT, Climate Change, GEOPOLITICS, Conflicts

    Maria Abi-Habib, "Deadly Tensions Rise as India’s Water Supply Runs Dangerously Low"

    The New York Times - paywall - 17 Jun 2018

    Everybody is blaming everybody for a drought in an important Himalayan resort. This article exposes the many immediate and unintended consequences that stem from an unexpected water crisis – the decision to ask tourists (the mainstay of the economy) not to come being the most prominent one.  As climate gets warmer and water scarcer, such crises will multiply around the world. Some regions and countries will be hit particularly hard (reads in 7-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 23 June 2018

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  • ENVIRONMENT, Climate Change

    Henry Fountain, "How Oman’s Rocks Could Help Save the Planet"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 26 Apr 2018

    A fascinating article with stunning pictures about how some rocks naturally react with carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into stone – a process called carbon mineralization. Some scientists claim that if this natural process could be harnessed, accelerated and applied inexpensively on a huge scale (many very big “ifs”), it could help fight climate change by removing some of the billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide that humans have pumped into the air since the beginning of the Industrial Age (reads in 8-10 min.)

    Published in Weekly selection 28 April 2018

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