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Making Capitalism more creative by Bill Gates

Capitalism has improved the lives of billions of people — something that's easy to forget at a time of great economic uncertainty. But it has left out billions more.

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Is Capitalism dead?

As financial panic spread across the globe and governments scrambled to contain the damage, reality seemed to announce the doom of U.S.-style free markets and President Bush's ideology.

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / Is Capitalism dead?

Rethinking Capitalism’s Contours

A planned international summit on the financial crisis is turning into a debate over the future shape of capitalism, with European leaders favoring greater international oversight of markets, and U.S. officials preferring the current model of national regulation.

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Gordon Brown to warn Barack Obama on dangers of protectionism

Mr Brown will urge the rejection of "beggar-thy-neighbour protectionism that has been a feature in transforming past crises into deep recessions".

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / Gordon Brown to warn Barack Obama on dangers of protectionism

Meet the Capitalism panel

Read the biographies of Vince Cable MP,
Shadow Chancellor, Liberal Democrats,
John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of
The Economist and BBC broadcaster
Evan Davis.

The future shape of Capitalism / Focus / Meet the Capitalism panel

United on climate change: Obama’s Chinese revolution

US President wants the world's two biggest polluters to form a partnership in the battle against global warming. Geoffrey Lean reports

Future of low carbon energy / In The News / United on climate change: Obama’s Chinese revolution

Learn the right lessons from the Depression

This crisis is not a total failure of world capitalism and nothing will be achieved by a retreat into narrow nationalism

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / Learn the right lessons from the Depression

Great clean-up - can economic rescue plans also save planet?

Campaigners hope huge spending packages aimed at easing the slump will spell the first serious attempt to tackle climate change. But are they as green as billed?

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / Great clean-up - can economic rescue plans also save planet?

Brown to engage Obama on global scale

Gordon Brown’s meeting with Barack Obama this week is being portrayed by British officials as a make-or-break opportunity to ­persuade the new US administration to engage in international efforts to tackle the recession.

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / Brown to engage Obama on global scale

Brown to tackle US on protectionism

Gordon Brown will on Wednesday challenge Democrats on Capitol Hill to resist protectionism

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / Brown to tackle US on protectionism

Meet the panel for ‘Engineering our climate’

Read the biographies of the panel for 'Engineering our climate' event. Prof David Keith is an internationally renowned environmental scientist, based at Calgary Univeristy, Canada and Dr Paul Johnston, Head of Science Unit for Greenpeace International

Engineering our climate / Focus / Meet the panel for ‘Engineering our climate’

Will the G20 expand the role of the IMF?

It wasn't long ago that Gordon Brown wanted to downgrade the lending side of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and make it an independent economic watchdog instead.

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / Will the G20 expand the role of the IMF?

Gordon Brown to warn US against economic protectionism

Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister, is preparing to use a speech to the US Congress in Washington to urge American politicians to avoid retreating to economic protectionism.

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / Gordon Brown to warn US against economic protectionism

Brown says US bond ‘unbreakable’

In Gordon Brown's speech to both Houses on Capitol Hill, he states that neither nation should "succumb" to protectionism "which protects no-one", but seize opportunities ahead.

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / Brown says US bond ‘unbreakable’

So much for capitalism

For two decades, in the 1980s and 1990s, China pushed forward a series of economic reforms that came at a vast cost, exceeded only by their vaster rewards. Now, as the financial crisis sweeps across the world, those reforms are going into reverse. It is a sign of how hard governments find it to shake off the habit of ownership.

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / So much for capitalism

Hopes of climate change accord ‘are sinking’

Two leading climate scientists have broken ranks with their peers to declare that hopes of getting a meaningful political deal on halting global warming this year are already lost. Is Geoengineering Plan B?

Engineering our climate / In The News / Hopes of climate change accord ‘are sinking’

The Future of Capitalism

The Financial Times have started a new series 'The Future of Capitalism'

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50 people who will frame the debate on the Future of Capitalism

50 people who will frame the debate on the Future of Capitalism

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / 50 people who will frame the debate on the Future of Capitalism

Carbon capture: Scrubbing the skies

Removing carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere could help combat climate change. Will it really work?

Engineering our climate / In The News / Carbon capture: Scrubbing the skies

A guide to the G20

Read a quick guide to the Group-of-Twenty (G20) meeting in London, April 2009

The future shape of Capitalism / 60 Seconds / A guide to the G20

Artificial trees and brightened clouds may help to cool us down

Techniques for geo-engineering are coming under serious scrutiny as temperatures and CO2 emissions continue to rise

Engineering our climate / In The News / Artificial trees and brightened clouds may help to cool us down

Scientists perform ocean experiments

An international team of scientists has returned from the southern ocean after conducting the biggest experiment into geo-engineering.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Scientists perform ocean experiments

Ahead of G20 summit, report says: promote sustainability over growth

The pursuit of economic growth was one of the root causes of the financial crisis, and governments should respond to the recession by abandoning growth at all costs in favour of a more sustainable, greener system, says a report out today.

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On eve of G20 summit, new blow to Gordon Brown

Ministers were struggling to maintain momentum for the G20 summit last night after it emerged that any spending decisions would be deferred to a later meeting, further narrowing the scope of this week's London talks, which have been plagued by divisions between European leaders and Gordon Brown.

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / On eve of G20 summit, new blow to Gordon Brown

Barack Obama arrives in Downing Street for G20 talks with Gordon Brown

US president cheered by No 10 staff as he and wife Michelle arrive for discussions with prime minister

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / Barack Obama arrives in Downing Street for G20 talks with Gordon Brown

New world order emerges from chaos

Slowly the shape of the world after the financial flood is beginning to emerge.

The future shape of Capitalism / In The News / New world order emerges from chaos

Obama climate adviser open to geo-engineering to tackle global warming

The global warming situation has become so dire that Barack Obama's chief scientific adviser has raised with the president the possibility of massive-scale technological fixes to alter the climate known as 'geo-engineering'.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Obama climate adviser open to geo-engineering to tackle global warming

L.A.’s water emergency

Recent rains mean nothing; the city must get serious about dealing with water shortages.

Importing goods, exporting drought? / In The News / L.A.’s water emergency

Droughts ‘may lay waste’ to parts of US

The world's pre-eminent climate scientists produced a blunt assessment of the impact of global warming on the US yesterday, warning of droughts that could reduce the American south-west to a wasteland and heatwaves that could make life impossible even in northern cities.

Importing goods, exporting drought? / In The News / Droughts ‘may lay waste’ to parts of US

Importing food means exporting drought

We need to change the way we eat if we are to tackle the looming catastrophe of water scarcity

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Fiddling With The Earth’s Thermostat

Scientists, including Obama's science advisor, get tied in knots over geoengineering.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Fiddling With The Earth’s Thermostat

Obama to regulate ‘pollutant’ CO2

The US government is to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, having decided that it and five other greenhouse gases may endanger human health and well-being. Future of low carbon energy / In The News / Obama to regulate ‘pollutant’ CO2

Time to act

Without a solid commitment from the world's leaders, innovative ways to combat climate change are likely to come to nothing.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Time to act

Professor Steven Chu: paint the world white to fight global warming

Steven Chu, the Nobel prize-winning physicist appointed by President Obama as Energy Secretary, wants to paint the world white. A global initiative to change the colour of roofs, roads and pavements so that they reflect more sunlight and heat could play a big part in containing global warming, he said yesterday.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Professor Steven Chu: paint the world white to fight global warming

Carbon capture technology tested

New carbon capture technology is being tested for the first time in the UK on a working coal-fired power station.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Carbon capture technology tested

Obama launches National Information Literacy Awareness month 2009

Launch of National Information Literacy Awareness Month, which highlights the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age. This new type of literacy also requires competency with communication technologies, including computers and mobile devices that can help in our day-to-day decisionmaking.

Digital Divide in the UK? / In The News / Obama launches National Information Literacy Awareness month 2009

Importing goods, exporting drought?


October 2009

George Alagiah chairs a discussion with Robin Farrington, WWF and Andy Wales, SAB Miller on the scale of global water consumption needed to produce what we use and consume and the dramatic impact it has around the world.

Watch the talks

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Interview: Ken Caldeira on geo-engineering’s possibilities and pitfalls

Atmospheric scientist Ken Caldeira first became known for his groundbreaking work on ocean acidification, a phrase originally coined as a headline for one of his papers. Of late, however, Caldeira's research has led him into the controversial area of geo-engineering — the large-scale, deliberate manipulation of the Earth's climate system.

Engineering our climate / In The News / Interview: Ken Caldeira on geo-engineering’s possibilities and pitfalls