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At the root of Egyptian rage is a deepening resource crisis

At the root of Egyptian rage is a deepening resource crisis | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Egypt’s resource crisis is more than the primary driver of its own collapse: It could potentially destabilize the entire region, if not the world."

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Must-read article on the crisis in Egypt and the Middle East. Nafeez Ahmed  is one of the few analysts who is able and willing to understand the nexus between the economic, the ecological and the energy crises.

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Water Risk in Supply Chains Draws Investor Scrutiny

Water Risk in Supply Chains Draws Investor Scrutiny | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Jonas Kron is worried about water. The investment adviser at Trillium Asset Management, a $900 million fund manager that focuses on environmentally sustainable investment, fears the world’s dwindling supply of fresh water is hurting the companies...

 

Interesting Bloomberg story on dwindling freshwater supplies and the supply chain risks for industry and investors.

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G20 to Support the Establishment of National Risk Officers?

Do our governments need National Risk Officers to assess future black-swan risks for our societies?

 

Good idea in principle but will this work in practice? In my opinion what we really need is political leaders with long-term vision and an open ear for warning signals coming out of civil society itself.

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Carbon bubble: Bank of England's opportunity to tackle market failure

Carbon bubble: Bank of England's opportunity to tackle market failure | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Ben Caldecott and James Leaton: Bank's willingness to consider fossil fuel exposure as a risk to financial stability will serve as an important test of whether anything has been learned from the sub-prime crisis...

 

Interesting development in the financial sector in the UK.

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The Failure of Governance in a Hyperconnected World

The World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2012 report explores dystopian threats (failed globalisation), system safeguards (20th century institutions for 21st century challenges) and the "dark side" of the Internet (source: NY Times opinion pages).

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Map reveals stark divide in who caused climate change and who's being hit

Map reveals stark divide in who caused climate change and who's being hit | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The global north is at lower risk of global warming impacts and is better placed to cope than the global south, but globalisation means we are all affected..."

 

Good article by Guardian's Damian Carrington on the new climate risk map by risk analysts Maplecroft.

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