A study shows the advantages of a circular Economy in a country where infrastructure is not as advanced and car ownership is not as widespread as in mature economies.
By designing the economy to share, reuse, recycle as opposed to the linear “take-make-dispose” model they would experience faster and greater growth while creating a more sustainable and environmentally sound economy.
India Could Leapfrog Advanced Countries By Adopting A Circular Economy
Large American and European banks are financing the destruction of rainforest, despite “sustainability pledges which specifically mention deforestation.”
The money is aiding a process that scientists say destroys ecosystems, displaces indigenous communities and covers the region each year in a thick, suffocating smog that stretches from Jakarta to Hong Kong.
How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests in Peril http://nyti.ms/2gY48gO
Another story of our demand for food threatening our environment. There is a way for us to live in harmony with our world, but we haven’t figured it out yet.
There must be somewhere we could grow avocados sustainably which wouldn’t have such a impact, but greed gets in our way of finding it.
Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico http://nyti.ms/2f4itH3
There are models the U.S. can look to for positive long term growth.
Australia has had 25 years without a recession. Its attributed in part to an open immigration policy (open to skilled immigrants at least).
Powering Australia’s Economic Surge http://nyti.ms/2dYDMyo
This article is a good discussion of the work that went into pacifying amd unifying Europe and North America over the last century. It’s important to remember that it wasn’t all that long ago that we were not aligned in our goals and motivations. It’s taken decades to get where we are.
This same sort of pacification and unification of goals still needs time for the West to align with the Middle East, Africa, South America, and maybe even Asia. The greatest tools have been shared markets and peace treaties.
If we want to ultimately resolve the issue with terrorism or security in general we’re going to have to give the markets time to work their magic on developing economies. Prosperity is the greatest tool for widespread security.
The Decline of the West, and How to Stop It http://nyti.ms/2egn38N
Here’s an interesting idea to incentivize positive behaviors: offer a lottery prizes.
Who knew that people could be cajoled into improving their behavior in a ton of different areas just by offering prizes.
Safer sex, slower driving, voter turn out, paying taxes all benefitted from showering folks with prizes and moola.
For Better Citizenship, Scratch and Win http://nyti.ms/2dRanDb
Why not to go into Syria.
Awful things are happening, nobody denies that, but we have to stop believing that American exceptionalism as a solution to world problems. Sometimes there isn’t a solution and especially not one the US can provide.
Boots on the ground is a serious mistake.
But the biggest problem with the arguments for intervention — even the calibrated airstrikes that the dissent channel memo calls for — is that it would lead to boots on the ground. Assuming Mr. Assad were to escalate attacks in response to the airstrikes — a virtual certainty — the option of a limited response would no longer be available.
Direct military action against the Syrian government would ignore the primary lesson of Libya: that regime change, absent the willingness and capacity to engage in subsequent stabilization operations, opens the door to extremist groups. An American commitment to such operations in Syria would also ignore the primary lesson of Iraq: that true stabilization requires both counterinsurgency and state-building, for which the United States, like most mature democracies, lacks the stomach for brutality and political stamina.
American resources are better spent on sustaining a stricken population and regional governments’ needs while nurturing a political process on Syria, however tortuous, than on conducting futile military assaults against the regime.
Why the U.S. Military Can’t Fix Syria http://nyti.ms/29Ptrkj