The Simpsons and aid; biofuels update; shooting camels from helicopters; food geopolitics; poor countries out-promise rich ones on climate change; me and my suit; aid is how much? Links I liked

Simpsons Quotes for aid agencies [h/t John Magrath] Alex Evans miscellany: Nice (and optimistic) update on biofuels. Why would Australians shoot camels from helicopters? To combat climate change. Of course, how silly of me….. More on positive framing and climate change. Lester Brown on the new geopolitics of food (h/t Kate Raworth and John Magrath)…

By admin June 16, 2011 1

Is the blogging bubble about to burst?

I’ve been worrying about the viability of blogging recently. Partly it’s finding myself squeezing this kind of thing in before breakfast and wondering if I really ought to get a life (although I’ve always thought work-life balance was over-rated – depends on the work, depends on the life….). But it was also the raised eyebrows…

By admin June 15, 2011 20

The first ever World Disability Report – what took them so long?

North-South convergence is undeniable (and a bit of a development cliche), but it’s not just about economies or political power. There’s also a growing recognition that social issues look increasingly similar across the North-South divide. Similar, but not identical – obesity may be on the rise in countries like Mexico and South Africa, but there,…

By admin June 10, 2011 6

The Globalization Paradox, a great new book from Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik is one of the handful of heterodox heroes, prominent economists who took on the lazy thinking of the Washington Consensus in its prime, and continue to dance productively on its grave. His latest book, The Globalization Paradox: Why Global Markets, States and Democracy Can’t Coexist, feels like a Big Book, one that may…

By admin June 9, 2011 4

Africa is big; interactive Arab Spring; DIY glasses; gendercide and global imbalances; IMFboss.org; blaming China; mass lipsynching American Pie: links I liked

The true size of Africa (keep clicking to enlarge). That Mercator’s got a lot to answer for. More examples of ‘immapancy’ here. [h/t Martin Walsh and Richard King].   The Arab Spring at your fingertips – brilliant interactive timeline from the Guardian DIY specs for the developing world, but why do they have to be under patent?…

By admin June 6, 2011 0