Monday, May 13, 2013

Learning from Odysseus: Can stuffing our ears help us make better decisions?


"When Odysseus wanted to sail around the island of the Sirens, he stuffed his fellow sailors’ ears with wax and tied himself to the mast.  In doing so, he influenced his future decision by wise precaution – and became the first to listen to the enchanting song of the Sirens without steering his ship into the cliffs." The University of Heidelberg's Centre for Social Investment has a new report on how choice architectures may improve decision-making. 


https://www.csi.uni-heidelberg.de/report/pdf/CSI_report_14__2013-05_english.pdf

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Unburnable Carbon

If governments are serious about climate change, a portion of oil and gas reserves of major energy companies would not be usable.  Carbon Tracker has done an interesting analysis of this issue.
http://www.economist.com/news/business/21577097-either-governments-are-not-serious-about-climate-change-or-fossil-fuel-firms-are