Analysis, interviews, and book reviews on ethics, globalization, and sustainability by Policy Innovations staff and partners.
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Project Syndicate 05/16/13
If GDP is an inaccurate indicator of growth in poor countries, how can we make good decisions about allocating development aid?
Tomas Sedlacek, Devin T. Stewart 03/28/13
Economists worship efficiency, profit, computability, numbers, growth, and wealth. But Tomas Sedlacek thinks the time of economists as priests is coming to an end.
Yale Environment 360 03/07/13
In this era of global warming and expanding human populations, not even the farthest reaches of Tibet can escape profound change.
Edward O. Wilson, Devin T. Stewart 02/28/13
Only through science-based pursuit of what humanity is, where we came from, can we start to think and act in terms of a global ethic, defining where we, as a species, want to go.
Ethics & International Affairs 02/15/13
Mining is the material basis for life, yet there is no international law governing mining projects. We are ready to discuss almost any other ethics before the ethics of mining.
Alliance for Responsible Mining 02/14/13
The Alliance for Responsible Mining is working to bring ethical gold to the retail jewelry market through a new Fairtrade and Fairmined Standard.
Union of Concerned Scientists 02/13/13
It took a broad group of actors to reduce Brazilian deforestation by 75 percent in seven years. Now, their success can be emulated in other tropical countries.
John Haffner 02/07/13
Author and energy analyst John Haffner will profile ten clean energy leaders who are driving green development in China in our new More Like This series.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Public Affairs 01/29/13
Hidden risks, agency problems, diffusion of responsibility, and excessive complexity were at the root of the financial crisis. Taleb proposes a simple remedy.
Calestous Juma 10/11/12
Historian Eric Hobsbawm understood the deep tensions between technology and the prevailing social order. Today's revolutions and movements still play out along this fault line.
Enrique Penalosa, Devin T. Stewart 09/19/12
Colombian urbanist Enrique Penalosa says there are four key aspects to global ethics: inequality, public access to land, leadership, and the end of the nation-state.
Steve Dorst, Evan O'Neil 08/15/12
A new film looks at American leadership during the ozone crisis and compares it to the situation with global warming today. The clock is ticking for the United States to step up to the plate this time around.
Richard Evanoff, Evan O'Neil 08/10/12
Bioregionalism proposes an alternative future in which overconsumption is drastically reduced, the natural environment is preserved, and proactive measures are taken to provide basic needs.
Richard Evanoff, Evan O'Neil 08/09/12
Through local governance, appropriate technologies, and the occasional confederation for solving big problems, bioregionalism promotes human flourishing along with natural sustainability.
Richard Evanoff, Evan O'Neil 08/03/12
The developed countries need to learn to live more sustainably within the confines of the local resources available to them rather than exploiting the resources of others, writes Richard Evanoff, author of Bioregionalism and Global Ethics.