Friday, August 23, 2013

Looks like a fun read!

From The Economist:
Economics and eating

THE dismal science has been getting a makeover. Long associated with the abstruse art of mathematical modelling, economics has become the discipline of choice to explain all sorts of phenomena, from human decision-making to the mysteries of the housing market. Economists such as Steven Levitt have been making their fortunes by grappling with real-world problems in books such as “Freakonomics”. Tyler Cowen, a professor at George Mason University with a widely read economics blog called “Marginal Revolution”, joins the crowd with a book on food, now out in paperback.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Let's not lose site of the big picture and big problems in the future...

I read Dot Earth pretty regularly and think Andrew Revkin has some really insightful points and great debates about climate science.  This one stopped me in my footsteps.  He shows a graph that plots the decline in arguments/discussions about long term climate consequences and the rise of arguments/discussions focusing on the immediate a environmental groups.  He wisely points out that this really misses the point that our earth will change in some big ways in the medium and longer term and these are the issues that really need discussing.  Read the essay and talk about this at this weeks dinner party!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

excellent article about seafood labelling...

The Conversation has an excellent article about seafood labelling in Australia.  The issues are universal.  Is sustainable seafood possible?