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    Saudi Arabia ponders the risks and opportunities of taking Aramco public

Saudi Arabia ponders the risks and opportunities of taking Aramco public

Ask almost any Saudi citizen which institution works best in his country and the answer will be Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil giant. Ask international oilmen what is the best-run national oil company in OPEC and the reply will be the same.

Given the company’s exemplary reputation, it is surprising that the Saudi kingdom’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman mentioned his […]

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    An environmental disaster in Brazil raises highly problematic risk and regulation issues

An environmental disaster in Brazil raises highly problematic risk and regulation issues

The bursting of the dam in Mariana in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on 5 November 2015 has generated considerable headlines. The dam containing the tailings of the Fundão iron-ore mine caused at least 16 fatalities, displaced hundreds, disrupted water supplies and caused considerable environmental and ecological damage. It also had potential devastating economic and social impacts on […]

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    New economics of climate change action challenges ‘costly burden’ arguments

New economics of climate change action challenges ‘costly burden’ arguments

As representatives from more than 190 countries gather in Paris to negotiate an international deal to tackle climate change it is timely to reflect on the evolving economic rationale for international climate cooperation.

A central conclusion of the 2006 Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change was that the global costs of failing to act on climate change would […]

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    Immigration controls resemble apartheid in failing to treat workers as people

Immigration controls resemble apartheid in failing to treat workers as people

Is immigration control like Apartheid? The purpose of the policy devised by the South African government, and implemented for nearly half a century beginning in 1948, was to establish and maintain a separation between the black and white peoples of that country. Blacks were to be restricted to their designated homelands, and whites to theirs. Some movement would have […]