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A troubling conundrum

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Election victories everywhere are built on promises of faster economic growth and greater prosperity. But despite the evidence of the massive economic damage from climate change, few politicians here in Asia or elsewhere have successfully run for national office vowing to confront the problem.

Posted: June 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Preparing better for more frequent natural disasters

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Imagine three typhoons with the force of Tropical Storm “Ondoy” hitting the National Capital Region in a single rainy season, or Mindanao, which until recently was thought to be largely off the path of extreme storms. Such a scenario would have seemed wildly alarmist just a decade ago, but not any longer.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Faster progress in education and health

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Economic growth is front-page news everywhere. But experience tells us that the link between income and human development is far from assured. Worldwide, countries with similar per capita incomes have had quite different achievements in basic education or basic health. In the 1990s, the Philippines and Sri Lanka had similar per capita incomes, yet the poverty rate in the Philippines was much higher then and has remained so.

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A new growth paradigm

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The economy of the Philippines stands out for its relatively robust 6.6-percent growth in 2012 amid lackluster economic growth in most places around the world. The crucial question, however, is how the country can sustain this performance to generate far more jobs and reverse the rise in poverty seen in the past decade.   Domestic [...]

Posted: February 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The new roadblock to prosperity

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The rising incidence of climate-related natural disasters will be a key concern at the milestone United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June. The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change links more intense rainfall and more extreme temperatures worldwide with carbon emissions and manmade climate change. This scientific evidence warns us that it is no longer enough for affected countries to mop up after a flood; all the world’s economies together must turn off the tap.

Posted: April 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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