The week that was #4

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.
    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

p.s do you like the new blog theme? The header image was taken at Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre last year.

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