'environmentalism' Category

  • Science and politics: the case of passive smoking

    March 5, 2014

    As a student of politics, I’m often frustrated by the way science is used in the political domain. Increasingly, scientific research is not only wielded as a weapon by political forces, but scientists themselves have become politicised, advocating openly for particular policies. The obvious example is with climate change, but the tendency is also extremely […]

  • Monocle appearance

    March 5, 2013

    I was on Monocle 24 again last night discussing the latest developments in Asia. Weibo alters China’s environmental debate – FT [Myanmar] Govt Sends Controversial Press Law to Parliament – Irrawaddy Cambodia Khmer Rouge tribunal staff go on strike – AP N Korea builds mysterious “panorama museum” in Cambodia – Kyodo You can listen to […]

  • Academic Experts and Democratic Policy-Making

    October 4, 2011

    A freedom of information (FOI) request by tobacco giant Philip Morris for the data behind an academic study on teenage smoking habits recently caused considerable outcry. Naturally, the company was seen as trying to subvert the research for its own nefarious purposes and Stirling University consequently resisted. They should not have. Not because FOI itself […]

  • Kein Fortschritt ohne Wirtschaftswachstum

    November 17, 2009

    My 2008 essay, ‘Slam Dunk the Funk: Defending Progress in the Age of Environmentalism‘, has been translated into German for the magazine Novo Argumente. Sprechen sie deutsch? If so, you can read it here.

  • Recycling – a waste of time?

    February 26, 2009

    There’s a fascinating report in the Guardian today on Recycling, which is free from the usual liberal-left moralising. Some impressions: 1. Prices paid for recycled commodities are pitifully low. £50 for 300kg of PET plastic. £30-£50 for a ton of steel. The most profitable remains paper, at £280 per ton. 2. The only reason recycling […]

  • Battle for Progress

    November 3, 2008

    Readers may recall that over the summer I spoke at an event at London’s South Bank Centre called ‘The Battle for Progress’. I said then that I would at some point jot down what I said when I had the chance and put it up online. This is essentially what I had the opportunity to […]

  • Children, Forward to the Glorious Green Future!

    August 12, 2008

    I have another article up on spiked on attempts to indoctrinate children into environmentalist ideology. It just gets more sinister as time goes on. A paragraph was deleted by whoever subbed it, which I think should have remained, as it’s important. It was the penultimate paragraph, which was just glossed to the last line of […]

  • March of the Eco-Imperialists

    July 6, 2008

    My article on eco-imperialism is published by The First Post here. Initially it was the main ‘splash’ on their front page, with a quite nice graphic: This very short piece draws on some of the things I said when I spoke in a debate last Saturday, the ‘Battle for Progress‘. There is a (rather idiosyncratic!) […]

  • Against Indigenism

    July 2, 2008

    Some time ago I published an article entitled ‘Is West Papua Being Eco-Colonised?‘ on spiked-online. It was an admittedly controversial piece which argued that a weak independence movement, by being forced to appeal to external supporters as a result of its politico-military defeat at home, became somewhat hostage to the interests of those supporters, who […]

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