4IR and the environment

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This report from the UK think tank the Social Market Foundation (SMF) focuses on the role that Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies can play in improving the environment. In particular, it explores the role of 4IR in reducing air pollution and decarbonising the economy. It is the fourth in a series of SMF reports on… Read more »

Net zero and beyond

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This report from the UK think tank Chatham House looks at overreliance on bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. Policymakers are in danger of sleepwalking into ineffective carbon dioxide removal solutions in the quest to tackle climate change. This paper warns against overreliance on bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). Current climate efforts are… Read more »

The emperor has no clothes

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This pamphlet from the UK think tank Demos puts forward a proposal to bolster the authority of Select Committees. A pamphlet from the Rt. Hon. Lord Andrew Tyrie is calling for the establishment of a new parliamentary court to strengthen Select Committee powers, ahead of the election of new Select Committee Chairs on January 29th 2020…. Read more »

Government reshuffles

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This report from the UK think tank the Institute for Government makes the case for keeping ministers in post longer. Boris Johnson is said to be ready to reshuffle his ministerial team in February – this report warns that he should then keep his ministers in place. Excessive ‘churn’ means they never get properly on… Read more »

Cities Outlook 2020

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This report from the UK think tank Centre for Cities takes an in-depth look at air pollution. Air pollution is an urban problem Centre for Cities finds that air quality tends to be worse in urban areas. The report estimates that just one pollutant, PM2.5, is the cause of more than one in 19 deaths… Read more »

Rent controls

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This report from the UK think tank EPICENTER looks at how rent controls damage the housing market, the economy and society. Rent controls are now being discussed in cities like Berlin, London, and New York. Sweden has had rent controls since 1942. There are at least nine reasons why the Swedish experience should serve as… Read more »

Synergy in North Africa

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This report from the UK think tank Chatham House looks at furthering cooperation in North Africa. Discussions of North African integration have evoked ideas of a shared identity and a common destiny in the region. However, recent attempts to build regional blocs in North Africa have been unsuccessful. This paper examines the benefits of a… Read more »

Core assumptions and British strategic policy

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This report from the UK think tank The Henry Jackson Society reviews the 15 core assumptions of British foreign policy. The “principles that Number 10, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Ministry of Defence are guided by” have been branded “progressively obsolete”, by the former Defence and Foreign Secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind. The stark… Read more »