Carbon trading and cash values on forests cannot curb carbon emissions - Oscar Reyes argues that climate change solutions cannot be created by unfettered markets, despite what business leaders think, The Guardian, Thursday 28 May 2009. "When Sir Crispin Tickell had the temerity to suggest that 'the business community needs to re-examine the fundamentals of economics' at the recent World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, his discordant tone was drowned out by a chorus of more than 800 delegates singing the praises of unfettered markets as a means to tackle climate change ... "
Markets and the environment - are markets enough? - Lecture to the Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK. 20 February 2009.
The ecological challenge in a global context - Lecture to Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona. Friday 18 February 2005.
The impact of climate change on the economy - speech to the Woodhouse Group, University of Leeds, 10 February 2004. "It is notoriously difficult to distinguish natural from man made processes, but there is a growing consensus, expressed in successive reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that the human contribution is now having a significant if not decisive effect."
The no-win madness of catch-22 subsidies - an analysis of the $2 trillion a year paid by taxpayers in perverse subsidies that defy economic rationality and cause immense human and environmental harm. Co written with Norman Myers. Published in the Financial Times, 28 July 2003. "The OECD countries account for two thirds of perverse subsidies, and the United States over one fifth. A typical British taxpayer pays at least £1,000 a year to fund perverse subsidies, then pays another £500 through increased prices for consumer goods and through environmental degradation... "
Johannesburg and its aftermath - lecture to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The future: prospects, hazards and opportunities - lecture to the BAAS Annual Conference at the University of Leicester. "Implicit in much human thinking is the idea of progress; but it is wiser to talk about continuity of change. In terms of both human society and evolution generally, there are processes of improvement and degradation, of greater and lesser complexity, of new departures and endings, none with certain directions..."
Scientists and Gaia - "The Gaia hypothesis is a human observation about the relationship between life and its physical environment work on the surface of the Earth. It at once a very old idea and a very new one. What was first a kind of analogy has now become an integrative factor in modern science." For the Financial Times.
Economics for the Earth - review of "Eco-economy: Building an Economy for the Earth" by Lester R Brown, and "Human well-being and the natural environment" by Partha Dasgupta.