Gerry Canavan

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January 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

Friday Night!

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* At long last: A third Bill & Ted movie? I hope they motion-captured George Carlin.

* Progressives catch a break: Obama has put Elizabeth Warren in charge of setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

* Wikipedia’s massive list of misconceptions. Via AskMetaFilter.

* Grist and the Los Angeles Times interview Matthew Kahn, author of Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future. Spoiler alert: the market will fix everything.

Q. You seem to see this all as a market problem. To me, 10 million Bangladeshis who can’t feed themselves anymore and are crossing the border into India where they’re not wanted — that’s a humanitarian and political problem. How does an entrepreneur innovate for that?

A. In India, many households benefit from access to cheap labor. Migrants to India will move to those cities where they will have the greatest opportunities. One could imagine a win-win, where the growing Indian middle class is actually happy to see many of these Bangladeshis if they need help with household chores.

But I agree with your point that adaptation in the developing world is the trickiest. My magic bullet is economic development. The Nobel laureate Tom Schelling contrasts malaria in Singapore and Malaysia. These countries are very close and have the same geographic conditions. Yet one [Malaysia] has much more malaria than the other. Schelling argues that economic development helps to mitigate environmental challenges through things like better diets and better access to medical care.

In some ways stage three climate denial is the worst.

* And this year’s must-attend conference: Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right: First Annual Catholic Conference on Geocentrism. More here. Via Alex and MeFi.