Can we have prosperity without growth? In 1930, the English economist John Maynard Keynes took a break from writing about the problems of the interwar economy and indulged in a bit of futurology. In an essay entitled “Economic Possibilities for … Continue reading The critique of economic growth
Nature versus nurture: how modern science is rewriting it The question of whether it is genes or environment that largely shapes human behaviour has been debated for centuries. During the second half of the 20th century, there were two camps … Continue reading Genes and environment
The False Promises of Green Materialism Recently, I’ve been thinking about buying a new pair of shoes. I don’t need new shoes—the pairs I have don’t hurt my feet, aren’t broken, and are sturdy enough to last through Virginia’s comparatively … Continue reading Consuming less?
If we’re serious about changing the world, we need a better kind of economics to do it In 2017, a poll in the UK asked: “Whose opinion do you trust the most when they talk about their field of expertise?” … Continue reading The humane economics
Why we’re rethinking the images we use for our climate journalism At the Guardian we want to ensure that the images we publish accurately and appropriately convey the climate crisis that we face. Following discussions among editors about how we … Continue reading Fewer polar bears
Climate Change and Our Emerging Cultural Shift I receive hate mail for my research and my writing on why people reject the science of climate change. Most of it can be sorted into a few basic messages. Some people fear … Continue reading Culture and environment
The Power of Fear in the Thawing Arctic How long did I walk in the footsteps of the bear? It was a warm day, 20 years ago and 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the sky translucent blue behind … Continue reading Climate change fear