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If I ruled the world: Martin Rees

We need an enlightened despot to save our vulnerable planet

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Space-ship Earth” is hurtling through space. Its passengers are anxious and fractious. Their entire life-support system is vulnerable to break-downs. But there is no “captain”—no authority to safeguard the planet’s future.

Our politics focuses on the urgent and immediate; the parochial trumps the global; and getting re-elected trumps almost everything. We downplay what’s happening in impoverished far-away countries. And we discount too heavily the problems we’ll leave for our grandchildren. In the world’s two largest democracies, India and the United…

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