A short and late one this week, as I’m thinking about sparse matrices and little else.
- Scientists scathing of basin plan – via the Australian. The full statement from the Wentworth Group is available here [pdf]
- Conserving biodiversity hotspots ‘could bring world’s poor $500bn a year’ – the Guardian. There’s also a blog post with more details about the paper (Turner et al. 2012, below) via Conservation International
- Coal as a systemic risk to financial markets – could unburnable coal be a ‘carbon bubble’? via Carbon Tracker
- Scrapping fossil-fuel subsidies would get us halfway there on climate change – the Washington Post, and also:
- Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies ‘could provide half of global carbon target’ – the Guardian
- Ackerman, F., and K. P. Gallagher. (2000). Getting the Prices Wrong: The Limits of Market-Based Environmental Policy. http://18.104.22.168/eps/dev/papers/0106/0106005.pdf
A useful critique of the use of market based approaches as a panacea for dealing with environmental problems.
- Turner, W. R., Brandon, K., Brooks, T. M., Gascon, C., Gibbs, H. K., Lawrence, K. S., Mittermeier, R. A., et al. (2012). Global Biodiversity Conservation and the Alleviation of Poverty. BioScience, 62(1), 85-92. doi:10.1525/bio.2012.62.1.13
You can access the pdf of the full paper (likely for a limited time) via BioScience