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Adair Turner

Adair Turner

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Adair Turner, Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, was Chair of the UK Financial Services Authority from 2008 to 2012. He is the author of many books, including Between Debt and the Devil.

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  1. Why Aviation Should Embrace Carbon Taxation
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    Why Aviation Should Embrace Carbon Taxation

    Aug 19, 2021 Adair Turner urges the airline industry to reconsider its opposition to the EU’s proposed levy on conventional jet fuel.

  2. The Upside of Population Decline
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    The Upside of Population Decline

    Jun 10, 2021 Adair Turner sees important economic and environmental benefits in developed countries' declining fertility rates.

  3. Greta Thunberg or Bill Gates?
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    Greta Thunberg or Bill Gates?

    Apr 27, 2021 Adair Turner thinks that while technology is our best hope against climate change, we must also worry about the short term.

  4. Food, Not Steel, Is Our Biggest Climate Challenge
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    Food, Not Steel, Is Our Biggest Climate Challenge

    Apr 1, 2021 Adair Turner shows that in most sectors, a green transition will cost consumers little, and often will make them better off.

  5. Achieving a Sustainable Chinese Recovery
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    Achieving a Sustainable Chinese Recovery

    May 19, 2020 Adair Turner urges the country's leaders not to repeat the strategy implemented after the 2008 global financial crisis.

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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.
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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.

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