The head of the UN Environmental Programme's Green Economy Initiative, Pavan Sukhdev, sits down for tea with The Economist to discuss how to assign an economic value to nature.
"Despite the hype surrounding microfinance as an answer to solving world poverty, new research shows it isn’t the savior economists envisioned." Read more at Miller-McCune.
"How can the United States legitimately claim the right to promote democracy and human rights at the same time that, at home, it is becoming somewhat less democratic, and a great deal less just?"
"Scientists yesterday hailed a potential breakthrough in the fight against Aids after a vaginal gel was found to cut HIV infection rates by up to 50 per cent." The Independent reports
"Marijuana is one of the top cash crops in the United States. So why is there so little coverage of this business, as a business?" The Big Money inaugurates a blog on the marijuana trade.
A new history of voting through the ages is timely, says The New Yorker, as the U.K. prepares for electoral reform while the U.S. holds out against newer and fairer electoral methods.
Charles Simic recalls the excuses he offered the first time he watched his native Yugoslavia lose at the World Cup. The poet lists the four universal excuses given when a soccer team loses.
"Is our modern mobility sustainable? We are facing an energy crisis, a climate crisis, and an economic crisis—and perhaps a mobility crisis as well." An urban studies professor on the car.
"In a marriage, the common symptoms of A.D.H.D.—distraction, disorganization, forgetfulness—can easily be misinterpreted as laziness, selfishness and a lack of love and concern."
A Harvard psychologist says we group people into two broad categories: "moral agents" and "moral patients"; those who take action and those who receive the actions of others.
Did Obama abuse the power of the Presidency when he told BP to create a $20 billion escrow account? "Yes," say Nobel Laureate Gary Becker and Judge Richard Posner at the U of Chicago.
"The finance industry, regulators, and political leaders need to create a shared sense of collective responsibility for the system as a whole," says Nobel Laureate Michael Spense.
"The mass-deportation fantasies of some restrictionists notwithstanding, the great majority of 'illegals' are here to stay." The New Yorker draws the borderlines of the real immigration debate.
"Any effort to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians must reckon with the fact that bitter experience has taught many Israelis to doubt that their foes want a lasting concord."
"Us ranchers on the Great Plains are used to adapting. City folk could learn much from the way we use our scarce resources." One conservationist rancher writes about her hopes for The Guardian.