Daily Archives: September 5, 2018

A new paper critiquing net-zero targets

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I wrote a post a few weeks ago responding, in part, to absurd claims made in a TV interview by the Green Party co-leader and Minister for (against) Climate Change, James Shaw about the economic impact of pursuing the net-zero emissions target he and the Labour Party are championing.

He says investing in meeting our climate change goals will be a massive economic boost, rather than a burden.

“What we’re talking about here is a more productive economy, with higher-tech, higher-valued, higher-paid jobs. It’s clearly a cleaner economy where you’ve got lower health care costs, people living in warmer homes, congestion-free streets in Auckland.

“It’s an upgrade to our economy. It’s an investment, you’ve got to put something in, in order to generate that return. If we don’t, the clean-up costs from the impacts of climate change will well exceed the costs of the investment we’ve got to make to…

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Zombie economics is back on seller concentration and market power @Noahopinion

From https://one.oecd.org/document/DAF/COMP/WD(2018)69/en/pdf

Discussing scientific research can be a discriminatory act

Tragic paradise: the story of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn Island.


Two hundred and twenty-five years ago today, on April 28, 1789, 20 men of the British warship HMS Bounty mutinied against their captain, William Bligh, and took over the ship. This is probably the most famous nautical mutiny in history, having been the subject of countless books and three big-budget movies (one in 1935, one in 1962, one in 1984), and the term “Captain Bligh” has passed into our language as a synonym for a tyrannical, overbearing authority. There’s no need to retell the whole Bounty story here, even as it is different than pop culture would have us believe–Captain Bligh, for instance, does not appear to have been as tyrannical as he’s often been portrayed. There are many lesser-known aspects of the mutiny that deserve attention, in my opinion, and one of them is the interesting fate of what happened to nine members of the Bounty’s crew who eventually settled on…

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Nations with greater gender equality have a lower percentage of female STEM graduates