World diets; moslem tigers; British aid policy; untranslatable words; good and bad biofuels; fractals and finance; shooting poverty: links I liked
How many people can the world support? Depends on their diet, says Lester Brown
Dani Rodrik discusses why, when it comes to human development, the top ten performers are not dominated by the East Asian tigers, but my majority moslem countries, and not all of them big oil exporters.
The Guardian’s Madeline Bunting thinks British aid policy makes no sense
Iktsuarpok (Inuit) – “To go outside to check if anyone is coming.” 20 wonderfully untranslatable words from around the world [h/t Chris Blattman]
The Economist reckons a new generation of biofuels may finally be on its way, but not the cellulosic ones everyone was expecting – instead ‘drop in’ hydrocarbons made from sugar could replace ethanol.
More on biofuels: ‘Plans to make European motorists use more biofuels could take an area the size of Ireland out of food production by 2020 and accelerate climate change’
Alejandro Nadal celebrates Benoit Mandelbrot’s work on fractals in financial markets, and why it means they need to be regulated
Washington Consensus R.I.P part 237: Ilene Grabel celebrates the return of capital controls in developing countries
And a film competition linked to the international campaign for an arms trade treaty – here are the shortlisted contenders – vote for your favourite. Here’s the current front runner: