Two things to file under "up is down" this morning.
Here's Julian Savulescu talking about the negative side of being green. Small measures like recycling make you mean, some new research shows (you did your bit, now you can be selfish). They also deceive you into thinking environmental problems are being taken care of when they're not.
Must we help the poor because they're so miserable? It turns out they're not so miserable. See: Happiness around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires, by Carol Graham. Here's a New Yorker review.