Welcome to another edition of my regular newsletter, offering a round-up of the week’s causes for optimism as seen in the media. Plus links to discussion of optimism and pessimism.
* In the journal Nature, strong doubts about the RCP 8.5 climate scenario. RCP 8.5 has long been mis-represented as a ‘business as usual’ climate-planning scenario, supposedly arising from a firm scientific ‘consensus’. It has been relied on by thousands of the most alarmist journal papers predicting future catastrophe.
* Barry Brownstein, professor emeritus of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore, on “The myth that our planet faces an overpopulation crisis.”
* In Macleans, “A belief in African and South Asian countries over-breeding the earth into catastrophe has a lengthy history steeped in scientific racism, imperialist arrogance and western paternalism.”
* Marian L. Tupy, on how “The Battle to Feed All of Humanity Is Over. Humanity Has Won.”
* “Will the Optimist Trump Run Away With the Election?” muses William F. Marshall at Town Hall… “Donald Trump’s optimism is not the sunny, cheerful optimism of a Californian actor steeped in history and conservative political philosophy, like that of Ronald Reagan. [President Trump has been] too busy experiencing freedom and free markets to worry about their intellectual underpinnings. His conservatism – and his visceral belief in the bedrock principles of conservatism – is born of real-life lessons that the rest of us can relate to.”
* Daily Business, “Hold tight and try to avoid the bad news sickness”… “[Since ancient times] Generation after generation are attracted to negative news, preferring pessimism for some reason. And it’s always been that way. Bad news spreads like a virus.”
* From this week’s edition of the UK’s leading magazine, Country Life, news of… “A £20m trial for on-demand buses in rural and suburban areas was announced this week, allowing passengers to order rides through a mobile app. Some £30m of further funding will be spent to improve or restore bus services that have been cut.”
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