How can the media cover the future when it’s not happened yet?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 31, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA I know of at least one media outlet that has a job with the following title: “Future Correspondent”. Until I saw that, I never realised the future was a newsbeat. That the future was something you cover just like you do the Water Board, the local Council, Health Services, Crime … Continue reading “How can the media cover the future when it’s not happened yet?”

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Danone stirs the ESG pot and sprinkles on some scepticism

by Rashmee

Posted on March 18, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS It was Gillian Tett at the Financial Times who joined the dots and spelt out the words. Fickleness. About. ESG. Indeed, the corporate stance on Environmental and Social Governance appears all too shifting and contradictory this year. As Ms Tett pointed out in the FT’s Moral Money section, Danone removed an ESG-espousing … Continue reading “Danone stirs the ESG pot and sprinkles on some scepticism”

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Bill Gates has gone from 0 to 100 on climate change and it shows in the words he uses

by Rashmee

Posted on February 19, 2021


/ LANGUAGE Me too. Like Connie Hedegaard, I too thought Bill Gates was supremely uninterested in climate change. Ms Hedegaard, former European Commissioner for climate action and Denmark’s former environment minister and minister for climate and energy, recently interviewed the Microsoft founder and good Samaritan for Project Syndicate. The occasion was publication of Mr Gates’s … Continue reading “Bill Gates has gone from 0 to 100 on climate change and it shows in the words he uses”

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Green good news shoots from Britain

by Rashmee

Posted on February 17, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY Two pieces of green good news from Britain. Only one is a direct result of Brexit. On February 1, Britain decided to ban bottom trawling, the fishing technique that allows enormous nets to be dragged along the bottom of the sea, in a protected area of the North Sea. This is to be … Continue reading “Green good news shoots from Britain”

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Can managing climate change ever be good business?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 11, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS Can managing climate change ever be good business? It should be, as noted by a recent report commissioned by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Titled ‘Managing Climate Risk in the US Financial System’, the report assesses the current situation as alarming for more than just the physical costs of the damage … Continue reading “Can managing climate change ever be good business?”

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Joe Biden, convener of the free world?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 19, 2020


Even during the four years that Donald Trump inhabited the White House, the US president was occasionally referred to as the “leader of the free world”. It was a habit, a lazy one, still occasionally indulged in by the western media, even though Mr Trump was clearly and defiantly not leading the world, free or … Continue reading “Joe Biden, convener of the free world?”

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As Paris pact turns five, climate change is the new cold war

by Rashmee

Posted on December 7, 2020


  This is the week the Paris Climate Agreement marks its fifth birthday. December 12 is the big day. In its young life, the Paris deal has had some hairy moments. Most importantly, Donald Trump pulled out America, the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. There were fears that other countries would follow but … Continue reading “As Paris pact turns five, climate change is the new cold war”

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10 reasons to feel grateful this Thanksgiving

by Rashmee

Posted on November 25, 2020 / The National


Despite these testing times, American Thanksgiving (November 26) may be a useful moment to take stock. What should we, as a planet, give thanks for in a year that threw up the depressing new word “doomscrolling”? It is true that 2020 has felt like a particularly bad year. It was roiled by two spreading crises, … Continue reading “10 reasons to feel grateful this Thanksgiving”

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Bolsonaro sheds crocodile tears for Trump. Don’t cry for him, Brazil

by Rashmee

Posted on November 23, 2020


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s public truculence about dealing with a new US president who is not Donald Trump raises a pertinent question: What did Mr Trump ever do for Brazil? Peter Hakim has an excellent blog on US-Brazil relations, which underlines the showy nature of the relationship between Mr Trump and Mr Bolsonaro and the … Continue reading “Bolsonaro sheds crocodile tears for Trump. Don’t cry for him, Brazil”

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That pointless but pleasant email? Don’t press send if you care about the planet

by Rashmee

Posted on November 21, 2020


It’s not just paper and all those dead trees. Your online life is also bad for the planet. Especially pointless emails or ones in which the point is purely to be pleasant, courteous, social, even. In an astonishing revelation, the Financial Times has covered the idea that it’s better to limit brief, pointless email exchanges. … Continue reading “That pointless but pleasant email? Don’t press send if you care about the planet”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK