Climate revisionism; land grabs in Mali; animated African history; Malawi fertilisers cont'd; access to information – reality, hype and risks: links I liked

the shifting dynamics in the negotiations. Was the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit really such a disaster? Depends which hemisphere you’re in, according to Saleemul Huq: ‘For many of the heads of state who had attended a climate change summit for the first time in Copenhagen, it was a wake-up call to the importance of the problem, which most of them had hitherto not fully appreciated. Thus, with greater public awareness of the climate change issue, together with increasing climatic events, such as the devastating floods in Pakistan, the issue has taken on an importance it did not have before Copenhagen.’ Land grabs in Mali, c/o the Guardian An animated Atlas of African history [h/t Chris Blattman] ‘If the UK government were only allowed to implement inherently time-limited policies there would be no National Health Service.’ Owen Barder (and commenters) continues the discussion kicked off on this blog by Max Lawson on the wider lessons of the Malawian fertilizer subsidy success story. Access to information on everything from the price of onions to the latest cricket score, for non-literate villagers in India and elsewhere. But sometimes the price of information is death – the Guardian on India’s data activist martyrs. And anyway, how real is all this info revolution hype? Try this (45 minute) lecture on ‘ten myths of ICT in development’ [h/t Chris Blattman] ]]>

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