I'm pleasantly surprised that this comes from The Huffington Post. Not only is it a generally Leftie site and thus prone to the very pessimism that Mr Ridley talks about, it has also sadly been involved in the peddling of some dangerous pseudo-science, such as that coming from the anti-vaccine cranks.
He does point to a curious phenomenon though. In a world were just about everything, on any measure, is getting better, the doom-mongers and those seeking to make money from it (like Greenpeace, Oxfam, the WWF etc) are doing a roaring trade. What strange creatures we are.
"Matt Ridley is the author of the new book The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (Harper). He has worked as a zoologist, conservationist, and journalist, and has written such previous, prize-winning books as The Red Queen, The Origins of Virtue, Genome, Nature Via Nurture, and Francis Crick. His books have sold over 800,000 copies and have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He has appeared on “The Today Show”, “Newshour”, and NPR. He writes a blog at www.rationaloptimist.com."
Via Greenie Watch