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Do we care about climate change? We know that some do, passionately, and most of us, if asked, will say we do. But the evidence is clear that our collective, honest, answer to the question Do we care about the threat of climate change? is a resoundin...

Sometimes we can achieve a short-term goal only by worsening prospects for the long term. Kicking the can down the road, in other words. It's something we may be doing when it comes to peace:[I]t’s the same with [Steven] Pinker and war. 2011’s Be...

Making policy is very much like thinking, in that it’s limited by the way it abstracts from reality the finite range of facts available to it. For makers of policy whose remit covers more than a family, clan, tribe or village, this should be a...

Transcending narrative

on May 15, 2019

We waste a lot of energy trying to identify the root causes of social and environmental problems; energy that would be better spent trying to solve those problems. With climate change we think we know that greenhouse gas emissions are the culprit. It...

Make them tradeable

on May 6, 2019

I've explained why I don't like Social Impact Bonds and it turns out that, ten years after the issue of the first SIB - Peterborough Social Impact Bond - others don't either.Professor James W Williams, in a report he summarises here, looks at the rec...

Why we need to target broad indicators that either actually are, or are inextricably linked to, the goals we actually want to achieve: A 2014 law compelling parties to nominate equal numbers of men and women for elections has led to a phenomenon...

Jeremy Farrar writes:  There is no viable route to market for new antibiotics, however valuable they may be to society. A disaster is unfolding in the antibiotics market, Jeremy Farrar, 'Financial Times, 21 AprilIncentives matter, which is why w...







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