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Want to Avert the Apocalypse? Take Lessons From Costa Rica (Reader Inez)
The author writes, “Today, Costa Rica is a thorn in the side of orthodox economics. The conventional wisdom holds that high GDP is essential for longevity … But Costa Rica shows that we can achieve human progress without much GDP at all, and therefore without triggering ecological collapse.”
Scotland Rejects Fracking, Citing Overwhelming Public Opposition (Jimmy)
The author writes, “Scotland will block fracking indefinitely after a public consultation found overwhelming opposition to the practice, the British region’s energy minister said on Tuesday in a victory for environmentalists.”
Africa’s Separatist Movements (Dan)
Spain and Iraq aren’t the only countries where particular regions look to secede. Cameroon and Nigeria in West Africa have seen growing numbers participate in “independence” movements.
Battle of the Plutocrats (Jimmy)
On the coming race for governor in Illinois, the author writes, “But by backing one of the wealthiest candidates ever to run for governor, the Democratic establishment is ignoring the rising tide of populism that has upended American politics, setting up a battle between two private-equity plutocrats.”
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