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Articles by Nick Dowson
Green face, old tricks
How can we prevent an unjust transition?
asks whether a market approach will just mean more of the same.
What if…social media were not for profit?
imagines a different world of online communities that puts our needs first.
What if… electricity were a right not a commodity?
Universal, free access to electricity could be better for people and the planet.
explores how it could be done.
Global cost of living crisis: causes and ways out
As the cost of living crisis becomes entrenched,
examines the scene of the crime, tracks down the culprits and proposes a route to resolution.
Fighting the fossils
Profiles of groups from Palestine, Mozambique, Uganda and India who are saying no to new oil and gas infrastructure.
The new greenwashing
gives the low-down on the latest tricks in corporate spin.
How we halt Big Oil's climate-wrecking business
We cannot let the fossil fuel industry block urgently needed climate action.
lays out a path to change.
Tough talk, empty promises?
Nick Dowson weighs up the prospects for success at the COP26.
explores what happens when Big Data meets Big Ag. Interview by
The Gates factor
investigates the oversized influence of Bill Gates on the global response to the pandemic
Safeguarding without snooping
explores options for monitoring people in the interest of public health while respecting their privacy.
How to one-up the universal basic income
A radical proposal to redefine and extend service provision to all those in need without breaking the bank has the potential to spark something truly transformative.
takes a closer look.
COP24: Who are these UN climate meetings for?
highlights the issues up for debate, obstacles to negotiations and where all this leaves the majority world.
Will Brexit backfire with lawsuits?
asks if Brexit will expose the UK to being sued.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: top picks
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe,
suggests a few shows to get your teeth stuck into.
The efficiency myth
dismantles the notion that the private sector does things better.
Humanitarian drones and other anachronisms
Aid-by-drone, what’s not to like? New tech in the sector brings many problems,
Meet Anabela Carlón Flores
speaks with the indigenous lawyer and campaigner fighting a gas pipeline in Mexico.
Using comedy to break down stereotypes
reports on Mark Thomas’s attempt to train a comedy troupe in the West Bank.
Game over for hunters in Tanzania
Maasai activists are hopeful that they will return to traditional grazing grounds lost to big-game trophy hunters,
Saving our underwater meadows
Citizens are coming to the rescue of endangered seagrass meadows, writes
Plutocrats and paupers: life after robots
If automation decimates jobs, we need better solutions than these, argues
Brexit’s threat to Africa trade
reports on Brexit’s impact on some Global South economies.
Monbiot: ‘we need that new political narrative’
The acclaimed journalist talks to
about how to get out of the mess we’re in.
Why a basic income could be a gift to the Right
The desirability of a basic income depends on what we are expected to give up in return, writes Nick Dowson.