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What we learned this week

In the last three weeks we’ve discovered that Sweden survived a financial crisis, is going oil-free, and is the most honest country in the world. Here’s another feather in ‘s cap: they’re one of only five countries who have met the international target to give away 0.7% of their GDP. The other countries in this generous top five are Norway, Luxembourg, Denmark and the Netherlands. Is there nothing Sweden can’t do? Let’s all move there.

The often repeated fact that lifestock raised for meat accounts for 18% of world CO2 emissions, that we’ve mentioned a couple of times, is entirely false. Sorry about that. The latest issue of the explains why.

The $700 billion bail-out bill was so l additions and concessions that it includes tax credits for rum exports to Puerto Rico, funding extensions for ‘wool research’, and the frankly bizarre ‘exemption from excise tax for certain wooden arrows designed for use by children.’ Hooray for American democracy.

China is now the biggest emitter of Carbon Dioxide emissions. One third of their territorial emissions are from exporting products.

The US military consumes a grand 300,000 barrels of oil a day, equivalent to the whole of Portugal. 

Quote of the Week: “Nobody ever made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he thought he could only do a little” – Edmund Burke

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