Who's publishing what they give? Complexity, development and the euro crisis; companies v governments; China and Zambia; the Queen v earth summit; climate finance; denial tango: Links I liked

publish their aid data and how far have they got? Handy graphic (and yes I’m only putting it up aid transparencycos Oxfam does well – always a pleasant surprise…..) What does the new atlas of economic complexity tell us about development? Potentially a huge amount – I think this is probably v important, but while I’m trying to digest it, have a look at Ben Ramalingam’s post. And while we’re on complexity, what does managing forest fires and other ecosystems tell us about how to solve the Euro crisis? Investor-State Dispute Mechanisms sound dull, but could be offering large firms (including Philip Morris, Enron Creditors, Total, Mobil, Shell, Dow Chemical, Chevron, Siemens and Cargill) and lawyers a lucrative way to sue governments who have signed up to dozens of bilateral investment treaties without reading the small print. Are Chinese-owned mines in Zambia better or worse than non Chinese-owned ones? The case for a global ‘social protection floor’ and why that’s not the same thing as old-school safety nets Climate change miscellany: ‘Rio Earth Summit postponed after clash with Queen’s diamond jubilee’. And no, this is not from The Onion, and April Fool’s Day is a long way off. Priorities, priorities. Where have we got to on the rich countries’ promises in the Copenhagen summit of 2009 of an extra $100bn a year in climate finance? The Economist tries to make sense of the numbers. ‘Men with Day Jobs’ perform ‘Denial Tango’. Maybe the IPCC should change its comms strategy? [h/t John Magrath] ]]>

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