Thursday, August 14, 2008

Bill McKibben - the Environmentalist

I came across this author while reading an old Economic Times Citings in Edit page. Extract from his book ; ' Deep Economy'. Interested, I browsed further.

From Wikipedia :

Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the need for more localized economies. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he led the organization of the largest demonstrations against global warming in American history. McKibben is active in the Methodist Church, and his writing sometimes has a spiritual bent. Al Gore wrote in 2007 that "when I was serving in the Senate, Bill McKibben’s descriptions of the planetary impacts... made such an impression on me that it led, among other things, to my receiving the honorific title ‘Ozone Man’ from the first president Bush.”

Came upon interesting info. His page on wikipedia @ :

This is the author's official web site, where all his book reviews, aritcles, submitted papers and research, interviews etc can be found. ( tehelka was strongly recommending this site ) has an article about him, strongly criticizing his take on environmental issues.

Here is an elaborate book review of his , " Deep Economy"

Here is a very good interview of his :

Read more about him. You will know more.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Economist Ronald Coase

I came across this great Economist ( a Nobel Laureate too) Ronald Coase, while reading Tim Harford's irrepressibly tongue-firmly-in-cheek replies !! He referred to Ronald Coase while mentioning property rights and transaction costs.

Coase is considered as one of the most unusual of economists, who wrote the fewest. One , on
"why firms exist ? " and another , " problems of social cost ". Articles on the gist of his writings, are here :