Jueves, 2 de agosto de 2007

By Matthew d’Ancona, the editor of the Spectator; a longer version of this article appears in today’s issue of the magazine (THE GUARDIAN, 02/08/07):

To be on the road with a new prime minister on his first big international adventure is to observe him before the habits and resentments set in. Things are always more interesting when they are still a little provisional, rough-edged and buzzing with new enthusiasm. This week we saw Gordon Brown feeling his way into the job, taking his band across the Atlantic to try and break America.It suits him. I think he is beginning to clock how much more appealing he is as a new boy than a know-all.…  Seguir leyendo »

By David Clark, a former Labour government adviser (THE GUARDIAN, 02/08/07):

The decision of the UN security council to authorise the deployment of a new peacekeeping force of 20,000 troops in Darfur is a positive step forward after four years of lethal inaction by the international community. Particularly welcome is the greater moral urgency brought to the issue by Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy, who co-sponsored the resolution and seem genuinely determined that it should live up to the secretary general’s description of it as «historic and unprecedented». It won’t bring back the estimated 400,000 killed so far, nor will it remove yet another appalling stain on the conscience of the world, but it could bring an end to the conflict that is still causing 7,000 deaths a month – provided, that is, the political will exists to implement it to the full.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Max Hastings (THE GUARDIAN, 02/08/07):

Britain’s armed forces greeted Gordon Brown’s arrival in Downing Street with a shiver of apprehension. As chancellor, he displayed relentless scepticism towards defence spending. The army has been obliged to fight Blair’s wars with threadbare resources. Treasury parsimony has cost lives. The word from Westminster was that soldiers, sailors and airmen would find no friend in the new prime minister.Yet last week, to the delight of the Royal Navy, Brown announced the government’s commitment to the £4bn carrier programme. Following his chilly visit to Washington, there are hints that Britain could soon pull most of its troops out of Iraq.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Maximilian Auffhammer, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Richard Carson, a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California at San Diego, who is immediate past president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (THE WASHINGTON POST, 02/08/07):

China is about to emerge as the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases, a position the United States has held since 1890. Now is the time for China to take the lead in finding a way to reduce global emissions, which the United States has thus far failed to do.…  Seguir leyendo »

By John D. Dingell, Democratic representative from Michigan, is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (THE WASHINGTON POST, 02/08/07):

Successful laws to protect the environment are built on simple concepts. They discourage harmful behavior — the dumping of sewage or industrial waste into bodies of water, the destruction of habitat, the emission of toxic chemicals — by a variety of measures, all of which raise the cost of engaging in certain behavior. You can’t develop land, and profit, if you’re endangering a threatened animal. You have to dispose of chemical substances responsibly. And so on.

Good environmental law can also encourage good behavior: the development of alternative approaches, such as substances that cause less harm, or new technologies.…  Seguir leyendo »