A ‘can’t do spirit’ might be America’s biggest problem

by Rashmee

Posted on February 20, 2021


/FAITH, HOPE… Change readiness is a survival skill, a core competence, for countries as much as businesses. It rests on faith and hope, a willingness to see possibilities in new situations. As its response to the problems in Texas have shown, America is not change ready and doesn’t even seem to realise it should be. … Continue reading “A ‘can’t do spirit’ might be America’s biggest problem”

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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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Why books and films about outbreaks are surging

by Rashmee

Posted on May 4, 2020 / The National


On April 28, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright’s first novel, The End of October, was published, dropping silently into my Kindle reader because it was on pre-order. There is every chance the novel, though not an especially good read, will sell well. For, it is seen as prescient in a world afflicted by Covid-19. Set … Continue reading “Why books and films about outbreaks are surging”

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Greta Thunberg is right to be deeply disappointed but for the wrong reasons

by Rashmee

Posted on December 16, 2019


  Hardly a day goes without news of a climate-related development or some kerfuffle over how to respond to it. In days past, it’s the climate conference in Madrid that has made headlines. Particularly, Greta Thunberg’s slow activism – the Swedish schoolgirl took four weeks to sail the seas and get to Madrid, disdaining air … Continue reading “Greta Thunberg is right to be deeply disappointed but for the wrong reasons”

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To beat climate change, cities would have to shrink to the size of ancient Rome

by Rashmee

Posted on August 30, 2019


Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl climate activist, took a yacht across the Atlantic rather than fly. It wasn’t exactly fun–there was no hot food or a loo on the boat–but the 16-year-old wanted to send a message. She, and anyone else who cares about their carbon footprint, should re-examine transport choices carefully. Those of us … Continue reading “To beat climate change, cities would have to shrink to the size of ancient Rome”

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Hope is a far more powerful force than confrontation when it comes to climate change

by Rashmee

Posted on April 24, 2019 / The National


Extinction Rebellion has a point but should stop presenting the eco-warrior as an anarchist For more than a week, a group called Extinction Rebellion (XR) has brought parts of London to a standstill, conducting sit-ins and blocking traffic. Activists belonging to the group glued themselves to trains and buildings; nearly 1,000 protesters were arrested. While … Continue reading “Hope is a far more powerful force than confrontation when it comes to climate change”

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Paying people to reduce their carbon footprint could be the answer to climate change

by Rashmee

Posted on December 19, 2018 / The National


In a depressing coincidence, the gilets jaunes protests were raging in France when diplomats from nearly 200 countries assembled in Katowice, Poland, to write a common rulebook on climate-friendly policies. What the COP24 summit eventually produced isn’t legally binding, but it does present a way to make the 2015 Paris Agreement operational. The snowballing French … Continue reading “Paying people to reduce their carbon footprint could be the answer to climate change”

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War on expertise means people just don’t believe facts on free trade and more

by Rashmee

Posted on July 21, 2018


The benefits of free trade. The effects of climate change. The protections afforded by vaccination. These are three areas that are feeling the effects of the long-running war on expertise. The US Chamber of Commerce, which leans Republican, has been running an advertising campaign to persuade Americans that tariffs are bad but trade is good. … Continue reading “War on expertise means people just don’t believe facts on free trade and more”

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Trump is wrong on guns for teachers & on climate change. Only one is a domestic issue

by Rashmee

Posted on February 22, 2018


Gun control is a domestic issue for America but climate change is not. On guns, only the American public can force the Trump administration and the Republican Party to start down the road to change. But on climate change, the world must force the US government to realise that it cannot behave like a disruptive … Continue reading “Trump is wrong on guns for teachers & on climate change. Only one is a domestic issue”

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Trump or not, climate change is not a domestic American issue

by Rashmee

Posted on February 8, 2018


It doesn’t matter what Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt says about the US administration’s concern about the environment. It’s deeds not words that count. Both are pretty suspect in the case of the Trump administration and its attitude towards the environment. Mr Pruitt told The New York Times podcast that his job … Continue reading “Trump or not, climate change is not a domestic American issue”

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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