Post Tagged with: "environment"

Review – Crude Reality

Review – Crude Reality

Brian C. Black’s examination of the history of petroleum is a fascinating account of its evolution from black goo to indispensable fuel, however his analysis of contemporary energy issues is superficial.

Promoting Northeast Asian Environmental Cooperation: Reflections from the EU

Promoting Northeast Asian Environmental Cooperation: Reflections from the EU

The European model could be very useful for Northeast Asian countries as they start to draw up a road map for multilateral cooperation and regional integration.

Nuclear Energy and Resolving Environmental Problems: Examining the Case of India

Nuclear Energy and Resolving Environmental Problems: Examining the Case of India

Enhancing energy production and sustaining the environment are not an either/or choice. India must be greedy enough to want both. Nuclear power does provide a solution worthy of consideration.

How Can Islam Help Us Tackle Climate Change?

How Can Islam Help Us Tackle Climate Change?

Rather than lagging behind in awareness and action around climate change, Islamic nations should be leading the way by taking their Islamic duties to the environment more seriously.

Review – Security and Environmental Change

Review – Security and Environmental Change

Dalby’s book provides an inspiring conceptual framework to deal with environmental security. Whilst worthy of further study, it is built on a restricted perception of reality.

Profit Pathology

Profit Pathology

The ‘free marketeers’ continue to take irresponsible risks, plunder the land, poison the seas, sicken whole communities, lay waste to entire regions, and pocket obscene profits.

The advocacy politics of NGOs: shaping society to respond to climate change

The advocacy politics of NGOs: shaping society to respond to climate change

In his seminal article The Tragedy of the Commons, Garret Hardin described a dilemma whereby individuals, acting independently and in rational pursuit of their own self-interest, will ultimately destroy shared, limited resources, even when it is accepted that this is not in anyone’s long-term interests. Today, climate campaigners see this unfolding before their eyes. But what does it mean for the study of advocacy politics?

The Irrelevance of Climate-Gate, and the Political Economy of Climate Change

The Irrelevance of Climate-Gate, and the Political Economy of Climate Change

If there is no consensus on an international agreement on climate change, it will not be due to some irrelevant ‘-Gate’, but rather, due to the political economy of climate change. What this particular ‘-Gate’ has done is mar the scientists, not the science supporting climate change.

The politics of climate change

The politics of climate change

Efforts to combat climate change will proceed apace regardless of Copenhagen; indeed, the possible shortcomings of the summit should not detract from the task that national governments have already embarked upon and will continue to face over the decades to come. This is because globalisation means that problems are precisely that: global.

Culture and Global Environmental Governance: Harnessing the Power of Habits

Culture and Global Environmental Governance: Harnessing the Power of Habits

Cultural dynamics reside at the heart of global environmental governance. The politics of the environment is – alongside questions of distribution/justice and physical sustainability – always a matter of meaning and purpose. And this should not come as a surprise.

India’s Development Paradox

India’s Development Paradox

Intended to raise the standard of living for millions of the nation’s poor, many Indian development projects are criticized for destroying their livelihoods and the environment in the process.

Water and Cooperation

Water and Cooperation

Recent news in June 2008 that a Japanese firm has prototyped a car that runs on the reaction between metal hydride and water, did not cause joy in my heart. I was delighted to learn it was not really true. Like the rush to biofuels based on plants people eat, putting even small amounts of water into a car only bodes ill for the environment and human rights ahead. Meanwhile, climate change offers too much fresh water here, too little there, or too saline yet other there. Sorting out the public health/human rights of water from the ecological issues will be a stern challenge for politics at all levels of governance.

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