If the other short stories in Beacons are half as good as Take Notice by Adam Thorpe, then this publishing venture by Stop Climate Chaos will be rewarded.
Happy days of hunter-gathering
A new book on the role of food in shaping history suggests that stone age man was taller than our modern selves.
Trafficking, insurgency and globalisation in India
There are social and economic connections between the Naxalite assault in Chhattisgarh and the unresolved problem of human trafficking of sex slaves to Mumbai. Is globalisation a common contributory factor?
Connecting rural India then and now
The closure of the Redcar blast furnace in Teesside is an ironic reversal of colonial power relations between Britain and India. But India’s industrialists cannot rest easy until their wealth stimulates the rural economy.
The Worst Week Ever
This has been a terrible week for climate change campaigners. Should we take our cue from US Senator John Kerry and just avoid mentioning the climate word?
Make haste for IPCC Fifth Assessment
Climate change sceptics tell us not to worry so much whilst many respected scientists such as James Lovelock warn that it’s too late. We won’t know who to believe until the science improves.
Public image of aid threatens climate talks
Critics of the aid industry point to Kenya where rampant government corruption has not stopped the aid flowing. If the Copenhagen talks are to succeed, we need more positive attitudes towards aid.
Perhaps this happened in other rooms
Daniyal Mueenuddin’s In Other Rooms, Other Wonders is likely to get my vote for book of the year. The publishers have also taken trouble with old-fashioned virtues of design.
Comparing notes on HIV/AIDS and climate change
The characteristics of HIV/AIDS and climate change could not be more different. But there are remarkable similarities in the reluctance to change human behaviour that both crises have encountered.
Time to burst Dambisa’s bubble
Critics of Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid are missing the point. Worse still, by conducting the debate on her territory, they provide fodder for the anti-aid media circus and damage prospects for the Copenhagen climate change negotiations.