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BP will pay for the Gulf oil spill, but will the rest?

The true tragedy of the Gulf oil spill is that the political posturing of Obama and Congress will prevent those really responsible from being held accountable.

There is Nothing Wrong with Climate Litigation

The WSJ argues that climate litigation is both frivolous, anti-business, and sets and a dangerous precedent leading to an anarchic world. Yet, a long history of litigation suggests that society is better for it. Despite the costs involved, the principle should simply be to let the truth prevail.

Developing Responsibily, And Paying For It

The Indian Solar Mission is an example of a developing country attempting to decouple growth from carbon emissions. But if developed countries want concerted action on climate change it is time they put their money where their mouth is. Then we can start defining a post-Kyoto framework.

Ecuador Grants Rights to Nature: A Breakthrough?

Ecuador’s new constitution grants nature legal rights and humans the ability to sue as proxies. Environmentalists hail this as a major step towards conservation. But is this anything more than a principle that is practically unenforcable and legally meaningless?

Challenging Population-Growth Environmentalists

Population-growth environmentalists assert that immigration threatens Earth’s scarce resources. Yet, a close scrutiny reveals that there is no inherent “absorptive capacity” of the earth. If they are concerned about the environment, these “environmentalists” would do better to focus on consumption, rather than on the immigrants that will pay their pensions.

Climate Change and India: Negotiating A Friendly Global Policy

Getting the world to act on climate change is in India’s interests, yet the country has avoided action of its own. This can be explained by the realities of international negotiation. But amid mounting pressure for a global policy framework, what are the steps India should move the agenda in its favor?

India and the Politics of Climate Change

India would benefit from a collective response to global warming, but in the short term a unilateral strategy of high emissions growth is better. How can India ensure the optimal outcome?

Venture Capital and Cleantech Innovation

Cleantech venture capital may have to accommodate longer innovation cycles if it is to reduce its dependence on subsidies and become financially sustainable.

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