Daily Archives: January 25, 2013

It may seem hard not to be pessimistic about the global battle to manage the huge risks of climate change, a defining challenge of this century. The most recent UN climate change summit in Doha made only modest progress. It made crystal clear that the pace of international action is not consistent with the scale and urgency of the challenge the world faces.

Given this backdrop, it is not hard to see why there is so much pessimism. However, if one takes a step back and examines what is happening at national and provincial levels, a wholly different picture is emerging. Read more

David Cameron made a well-received intervention here in Davos on his priorities for the Group of Eight, which he chairs this year, but inevitably the focus of attention has been the speech he made about Europe, before leaving London.

He was wise to lay his egg at home, as it would have been in the lead balloon category here. Davos Man, and his fur-clad trophy wife, are europhiles, almost to a fault. The eurosceptic tendency is very thin on the ice. You might think that there would be a natural constituency in the alpine confederation, but the Swiss who show up in Davos are typically those who bemoan their lack of influence in the councils of Europe and wish their compatriots weren’t, well, so damned Swiss about it all. Read more