A carbon tax for countries like ours, to fund climate change defense?

A resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) in a cloud forest in Costa Rica. Photo by Francesco Veronesi, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Economist, conservationist, political leaders want tropical carbon tax to halt deforestation by Mongabay A February 13 comment piece published in Nature urges tropical countries to adopt a tax on carbon emissions in order to […]

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A birthday note (2): National defense and the emerging main economic story

Panama’s national defense starts not so much with men and women bearing weapons of death and destruction laying in wait along our shores for some armed enemy. It’s about men and women shoring up the shores, replanting mangrove forests, battling rising seas and ocean pollution, creating new coral reefs and fish hatcheries, and in general […]

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Sea change: no respite for whitetip sharks in the Pacific

Oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus). Image by Cvf-ps via Wikimedia. Whitetip sharks are declared critically endangered,but they gain no protections in the Pacific by Monica Evans — Mongabay This past week, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classified oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus) as “critically endangered,” citing “steep population declines” in all oceans. The […]

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The neuroscience of fake news

Fake news works at a cognitive level to shape our perceptions and drive our decisions. Shutterstock Fake news grabs our attention, produces false memories and appeals to our emotions by Rachel Anne Barr, Université Laval “Fake news” is a relatively new term, yet it’s now seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy and […]

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