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Papal White Paper

Papal encyclicals don't normally hit my radar. But this summer, when the Vatican released what some called a papal white paper on economic globalization and ethics, I took note because of the subject and the fact that so many people ask me "What's a white paper?" Since so few white papers garner any publicity, I'm commenting on this one, released prior to the G8 meeting in Italy.

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Greenfinger?

"There are now 38 people in the world with $10b or more in private assets...theoretically, one of these people could reverse climate change all alone." Even a poor country like Bangladesh could afford to take unilateral action to reduce the chance their low-elevation coastal zones would wash away in global-warming-induced rising seas. Question: How to fund and coordinate efforts to stem global warming?

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Global Defense Bonds?

What if we paid down our massive foreign debt by selling our portfolio of defense weapons to a global defense bond fund? I got the idea from a white paper published by the Prince's Rainforest Project, which I covered in the May blog.

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Clean Energy and National Security

I'm helping Ian Thomson, Co-founder of CleanTechies.com as he looks for existing data, contacts, leads or reference material that demonstrate a strong correlation between clean/domestic energy and global security.

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Royal Whitepaper

I had an "aha moment" this morning. I decided to build a repository of white papers I like in different categories for general perusal. First up, The Prince's Rainforests Project Report, which I thank my Twitter follower, Dan Tefft for bringing to my attention.

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Krugman v Samuelson on Green


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Green Investments and the US Labor Market

Support or refute this EPI claim: "Each dollar of infrastructure investment—broadly defined—provides on net about $1.59 in additional economic growth, making it about 33% more effective than generic tax cuts and literally 10-15 times more effective than most business tax cuts. In short, infrastructure spending, including 'green' investments, is about as good economic stimulus as there is."

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Disassembly Line


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A Smarter Planet

Quoting Brendon Riley "Critically, the digital and physical infrastructures of the world are converging. Computational power is being put into things we wouldn't recognise as computers. It's easy to embed sensors in all sorts of ecosystems, from hospitals to supply chains to natural systems like rivers. Almost anything can have a digital presence in a networked world." This in turn leads to increased effectiveness - simply doing what works, faster.

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No Green from the G20 (yet)


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