After the disappointment at Durban, this Businessweek article suggests that big, complex global problems like climate change can be tackled through other routes than a big, complex globally binding treaty like Kyoto.
Got Cheap Milk? calls for cosmovorism --eating as if the planet mattered. I discussed the piece on the Kojo Nnamdi show. Not popular with the Seattle Times, amongst others (and on reflection some of the language in the middle of the piece was unnecessarily inflamatory). But the CattleNetwork liked it.
A Note on the Ethical Implications of the Stern Review is an unpublished short paper. The Stern Review adopts two interesting elements in its calculation of the costs and benefits of climate change mitigation.First is a ‘global welfarist’ approach that values the utility of the World’s people (now and into the future) equally, and sets global utility maximization as the correct goal for policy.Second is an assumption of a declining marginal utility to income.Consistent application of the ‘global welfarist’ approach and the declining marginal utility of income together would demand an urgent process of global income redistribution.Over the long term, this might see the richest ten percent of the World’s population facing an average redistributive tax rate in the region of 82 percent. A version will be published in the Journal of Environment and Development.