Davos Notebook

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Water water everywhere…

Peter BrabeckFrom barely getting a mention last year, water scarcity and conservation has become a big issue at Davos in 2008, with a plenary and five other sessions.

The most interesting idea to emerge from a session this morning was the suggestion that market forces – specifically a market price for water – should be used to help prioritise use and drive conservation.

Nestle Chief Executive Peter Brabeck said such a move would cause a major rethink of production processes. In particular, production of biofuels — turning crops into energy — would not be viable if producers had to pay the true price of the water they use.      

Breakfast meeting – it’s not Rock’n Roll for Bono

Tramping through the Davos snow for a 7:45 am breakfast meeting may be cold – but it it definitely ain’t cool. Irish rock star and anti-poverty campaigner Bono explained his dilemma to the assembled suits at the World Economic forum on Thursday: “If anyone sees my band, please don’t tell them I was up this early. It’s not very Rock ‘n Roll.”

IPCC plea in Davos: Don’t forget the planet…

The World Economic Forum has a record number of sessions and workshops about global warming this year – but you wouldn’t guess it from the the buzz in the corridors, where the economy and roiling markets dominate conversations. That’s a worry, according to climate experts.

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), fears the issue may be pushed to the sidelines, with potentially disastrous long-term results. If business and political leaders don’t take it seriously now, they won’t make the necessary investments in green technology or tackle CO2 emissions, he argues.

“A lot has been achieved so far, not only in terms of the public becoming aware of the reality of climate change but also leaders round the world taking fairly forward-looking positions,” Pachauri said. “If we get distracted by the aberrations that you see in the financial market right now it would clearly be very unfortunate.”

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Emma Thompson in Davos and why she’s there

Emma Thompson discusses her reasons for attending the World Economic Forum -- filed by Adam Pasick

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New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine at Davos sees a ‘mild recession’

The former Goldman Sachs CEO talks about the coming recession and what states and the federal government can do about it .

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Dow Chemical: no U.S. recession

Dow Chemical is seeing continued growth in demand for its products and does not expect the United States to tip into recession, Chief Executive Andrew Liveris tells Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. Get Video here

Gurria lauds Fed rate cut

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria speaks to Reuters in Davos at the World Economic Forum meeting
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EBRD’s Tony Williams on market turmoil

Tony Williams, spokesman for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, tells Reuters’ David Schlesinger that despite market turmoil, people should pay attention to the group’s forecast for robust growth in the region.

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