An interesting and ambitious new collaboration seeks to trigger debate on the question of poverty. This project is run by Steps with 70 national broadcasters, aiming to reach 500 million people.

To see the data and films go to:
http://www.whypoverty.net/
 
 
With thanks to ODAC at the New Economics Foundation.... 
A new IMF working paper was released this week considering the economic impact of a number of scenarios around stagnating or declining oil production. The report Oil and the World Economy: Some Possible Futures follows on from  The Future of Oil: Geology versus Technology released earlier in 2012, which found that geological modelling of oil production proved much more accurate than economic modelling.  There are interesting scenarios ranging from mildly negative effects on growth to the "downright implausible."