NYT dates the start of the Great Recession from Q4 2007 and 5 years on has a great graphic showing the current state of play. No recovery to pre-recession levels in Britain, Japan, France, Italy and Spain. Has the end of growth already arrived in these countries?
The knock-on effect of earlier-than-expected Arctic sea ice melt will be greater-than-expected absorption of sunlight and, therefore, higher Arctic circle temperatures and faster-than-expected permafrost thaw. NYT highlights a study (here) confirming the first part of this causation chain.
Since the economist Robert Gordon came out with his technological stagnation thesis earlier in the year, the flood gates have opened for economic comment in this area. The FT’s Izabella Kaminska has put together a wonderful linkfest on the subject at her blog Towards a Leisure Society.
The Oil Drum (TOD) is reposting its top 10 articles for 2012. Among them, I recommend Art Berman’s take on shale here and Ron Rapier on tight oil, shale oil and oil shale here.