If you only read one thing this week…

British government report on climate crisis – “prevention now will cost 1% of GDP, cure later more like 20%”. by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
October 30, 2006, 8:50 pm
Filed under: Environment, If you only have 15 mins

Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economics Service and Adviser to the Government on the economics of climate change and development, published perhaps the most significant report on climate change in years this week.

Read the report here, or the BBC summary here. In essence, the report takes 700 pages to say “(the effects of) global warming could shrink the global economy by 20% … but taking action now would cost just 1% of global gross domestic product.” Tony Blair said the Stern Review showed that scientific evidence of global warming was “overwhelming” and its consequences “disastrous”. Continue reading


Nobel Peace Prize for the inventor of micro-finance by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
October 13, 2006, 11:25 pm
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, If you have 30 mins

Our own Sara Aviel conributes some articles dedicated to Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Bank and the thousands of micro finance practitioners who have spread his inspired vision around the world. The Nobel Peace Prize committee recognized today what Mercy Corps has long understood—economic development and peace-building go hand in hand. Continue reading

Is there any evidence that development works for the poor? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
October 13, 2006, 8:02 pm
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, If you have 30 mins

The British Overseas Development Institute is hosting a World Bank paper entitled “Are there lasting impacts of a poor-area development project?” Nathan Plowman writes this summary of this fascinating paper that not only looks at what the short and long term effects of this program was, but also compares two different evaluation methodologies. Continue reading

California introduces carbon trading in a bold step to address climate crisis by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
October 13, 2006, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Articles, Environment, If you only have 15 mins

The Los Angeles times covers this in a brief but informative article that describes what may be the shape of things to come in terms of environmental protection. Their ‘cap and trade’ system sets limits to emissions, and then allows polluters to trade credits to reduce overall emission levels. National Public Radio Science Friday also has a podcast of a show that deals with this.

Humanitarian Dating by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
October 12, 2006, 10:19 pm
Filed under: If you have time for longer reading!, Web sites

OK Folks, following on from our article on Hope For Dave (here), Bob points out that HumanitarianDating.com does indeed seem to exist, and function. Your fearless reporter registered for the site, and verified that it is, indeed, a dating web-site aimed at humanitarian workers, and that there are, indeed, humanitarian singles out there looking for like-minded folks. You’ll need to register to get access, but it looks like a potentially useful resource.