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Go on, stick your head in deeper

Apparently it’s a fallacy – ostriches don’t stick their heads in the sand.

Investment bankers frequently do, though, especially all the greedy ones who only cared about their end-of-year bonuses when they knew perfectly well that the credit crisis was …

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A drowning man will clutch onto anything

A drowning man will grab hold of any floating debris – even a plastic bag made from standard-grade Chinese polyethylene (PE).

Hence, last Friday a statement by Wang Tianpu led to a few days of excited speculation about the cancellation …

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Uncle Sam back from the dead?

A very interesting report by McKinsey (you can sign up free for their online newsletter which only takes a minute) expands on the theme of reverse globalisation which I talked about last week.

The cost of shipping a standard 40-foot …

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Yes, I know – I was wrong!

Anybody who has had the misfortune to have to listen to me ranting on about Peak Oil of late might have heard – if they managed to stay awake long enough – that I predicted crude could not fall below …

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The ultimate consumption tax

In what could be the world’s first fat tax, the State Employees’ Insurance Board of Alabama is to charge extra insurance premiums for employees with a body mass index over 35 from 2010.

The southern state enjoys the dubious status …

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What’s it like to be a millionaire?

….You might have to be to be able to afford this lot in a few years time (at least in some inflation-battered and collapsed local currency)

Thanks to Mark Berggren of MMSA for pointing out this wonderful quote: “Foreign aid …

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Get off your backside!

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The Asian Energy Youth Summit – organised by the non-profit organisation Energy Carta – is an example of doing something about the climate-change challenge.

Speakers at the event which takes place in …

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India petchem hubs – no chance!

The long-contemplated attempt to build integrated petchem hubs in India, complete with shared utilities and strong investment incentives – aka China and Singapore – now seems even more of a hopeless pipe dream.

This follows the decision by Tata Motors …

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Do you ever get that sinking feeling?

I am afraid I do when it comes to climate change and, as a result, don’t always switch off lights when I leave rooms, don’t always say no to unnecesssary plastic bags when I buy anything and will happily (and …

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Gustav points to a much bigger problem

The good news on the radio as I came into work this morning was that Hurricane Gustav had weakened in intensity with forecasts that it might make landfall in the US with wind speeds of less than had been earlier …

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