Andrew Burger

UN Leader Calls for Resolve, Leadership in Fight Against Poverty, Climate Change

International aid, development finance and foreign direct investment from the world’s wealthiest nations is in danger of drying up as the financial crisis and recession spreads and deepens, compounding systemic, long-term problems in the poorest countries related to climate change, poverty, lack of water and sanitation, agriculture and food supplies. Speaking at a development finance conference in Doha, Qatar November 29, UN Secretary General …

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How Now Brown Cloud?

Massive brown clouds caused by burning fossil fuels, forests and fields are now fixtures over huge areas of Asia, the Middle East and southern Africa, altering weather patterns, climate and threatening health and agriculture, according to a UN report. An international response and more research is urgently needed, according to the lead researcher of a UNEP study.

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Of Speculative Bubbles, the Crisis in Finance, Corn & Ethanol

A two decade-long period of unbridled money supply growth and use of leverage is now coming to a painful, and what's likely to be protracted, end, bringing with it prices of just about every type of financial or physical asset in existence, including key agricultural commodities such as corn. That's likely to change the face of the US ethanol industry, or at least possibly provide even more impetus to develp second generation biofuels.

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Whither US Autos & Industry: Where’s the accountability?

The US government finds itself between a rock and a hard place as US automakers intensify their pleas for a government bailout. The economic “drama” points out not only how far they've fallen, but the dangers and risks of moral hazard, vertically and horizontally industrial behemoths, and the glaring lack of accountability and social justice ingrained in the US political economy.

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Emissions, Green Vehicle Quid Pro Quo for Auto Makers’ Bailout

The US government should tie any further emergency bailout aid to the “Big 3” US automakers to guarantees that they'll drop opposition to states' stricter emissions reduction propositions, as well as guarantees that they will fast-track development and production of electric, PHEV and cleaner burning flex-fuel vehicles, according to two Civil Society Institute project teams.

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