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  • ENVIRONMENT, Climate Change

    Umair Irfan, "4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report"

    Vox - 9 Oct 2018

    The new report from the IPCC on climate is out. Its focus is limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Its prognosis for the planet is grim: to reach this target, we may have as little as 12 years to act on climate change by slashing global emissions by 45%.  The overarching conclusion is that every fraction of a degree of warming matters: 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming will be much worse than the 1 degree Celsius we’re experiencing now (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 13 October 2018

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  • ECONOMICS

    Barry Eichengreen, "The Dollar and its Discontents"

    Project Syndicate - 10 Oct 2018

    The academic thinks that 5-10 years is a plausible time frame over which the US could lose the “exorbitant privilege” afforded by issuing the world’s main international currency. Having unilaterally re-imposed sanctions on Iran, Trump's administration is threatening to penalize companies doing business with it by denying them access to US banks. But that could hasten the dollar's demise as the main global currency (reads in 6-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 13 October 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition

    Mark Seal, "“He Actually Believes He Is Khalid”: The Amazing 30-Year Odyssey of a Counterfeit Saudi Prince"

    Vanity Fair - 1 Nov 2018

    History rhymes! This is the amazing story of an “epic con artist” for whom “no scheme seemed out of reach”. Investors all over the world fell for the schemes of the man who called himself Khalid bin al-Saud. His different scam involved allegedly duping dozens of prominent international investors out of millions (a long article – more than 20 min, but it reads like a thriller).

    Published in Weekly selection 13 October 2018

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