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Look beyond climate talks for action: UNEP chief

29 November 2017

To solve an environment problem, turn it into a business opportunity, says Erik Solheim As a parent of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN Environment (UNEP) always watches anxiously as government negotiators bicker at the annual climate summits. And after all the hot air [read more]

Review: “Risk”, by Laura Poitras, 2017

9 October 2017

Laura Poitras, who filmed and directed “Risk” came to prominence with “Citizenfour” a documentary film about the release of secret documents by Edward Snowdon (2014). In June 2013, accompanied by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, from The Guardian, she went to Hong Kong and meet Edward [read more]

Review of Dark Money by Jane Mayer

1 October 2017

Pub. Scribe, Melbourne and London, 2017 Jane Mayer is a well-known American journalist who wrote The Dark Side, a book dealing with the negative effects on American life of the conduct of the so-called war on terror, and has co-authored two other books. She says, “In many ways, the research on [read more]

Review of The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

23 September 2017

Pub. Little Brown, London 2017 Edward Luce’s previous book, “Time to Start Thinking: America and the Sceptre of Decline” was a timely account of the decline of the American state, this book, appears to be primarily a commentary on the rise of populism, with particular reference to the [read more]

The Attitude of George W Bush’s Administration

10 April 2017

ExxonMobil has not been the only American organization which has questioned the scientific consensus on climate change, and members of George W Bush’s administration were been prepared to edit scientific reports.  The New York Times reported in 2005 that, Philip A. Cooney, “a White House [read more]

Throttling climate science, Trump style

29 March 2017

Joydeep Gupta The US President’s executive order to roll back the Clean Power Plan will not impact the policies of other countries, but moving money away from climate research will. US President Donald Trump’s executive order repealing previous president Barack Obama’s Clean Power [read more]

Review of The Margin of Victory, by Douglas Macgregor

22 December 2016

Margin of Victory, Five Battles that Changed the Face of Modern War – by Douglas McGregor, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis Maryland 2016 This is an important book for two reasons, firstly, it gives a series of fascinating insights into some key campaigns and battles of the 20th century. [read more]
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