• Time to hold governments accountable for destroying the planet’s rainforests

    “Directing agro-industrial activities towards savannah is good for #forests but has a real commercial cost! Is promoting zero deforestation commodities the answer?” This tweet was written from the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) during a discussion on Land-Use planning that CAFI had organised following the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum...
  • Is sexist social politics holding us back from having fewer children?

    The current world population of 7.3 billion is expected to reach 11.2 billion by 2100. And the world can barely support the number of people it contains now. During 2015 to 2050, half of the world’s population growth is expected to be concentrated in nine countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan,...
  • Nigeria’s ‘weather wars’

    Thousands of people have been killed due to increasing violence in central Nigeria, where herdsmen and farmers have been fighting over access to fertile lands. Herdsmen – mainly Muslims from the Fulani ethnic group – accuse farmers of grabbing grazing lands and of stealing and killing their cattle. On...
  • Extreme weather: How can we be more prepared?

    On the annual celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, people around the world demonstrated their support for environmental protection. It is imperative to consider not just what we can do now to protect the environment, but how we can protect ourselves against the effects of climate change in the...
  • Philippines shuts down Boracay island: all for a casino?

    On the 9th of February 2018, during a conference held in Davao City, the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte threatened to close the country’s most sought out destination island of Boracay due to environmental concerns. Whilst it’s inhabitants we’re kept in limbo – a spokesman of the President,...
  • Cameroon: the dark side of the agri-business

    One of the main sources of development in many African countries might actually be its greatest limitation. Industrial Agriculture creates jobs and promotes economic development, which many countries on the African continent desperately need. Unfortunately, it has a dark side that includes the social injustices experienced by some local...
  • The last drop: is Cape Town’s water crisis making inequality worse?

    Cape Town authorities were very serious when it came to water management. Just 3 years ago, Cape Town had beat 91 other countries to win first prize for the ‘Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Programme’ award at the C40 Cities Awards. The biggest water users were published in...
  • Tackling climate change in rural and urban Senegal

    Compared to other Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, Senegal’s urban areas have always had better access to facilities. However, as climate change alters weather patterns and extreme events become more frequent, living standards in urban areas may be negatively affected. Urbanisation is an important process in all countries, as it...
  • A year in office

    January 20th 2018 marked the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. He was already known for his opposition to climate change after tweeting in 2012 that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make...
  • We could end the plastic nightmare, here’s how

    Imagine yourself on a Canadian fishing vessel in the waters off New Brunswick on a cold November day. Now imagine your surprise, when in a crate of captured lobsters, you discover one with Pepsi’s logo tattooed on its claw. Ocean litter has reached massive proportions, with estimates of up...
  • #Newyearnewme – Is your health regime damaging the environment?

    This January 2018, as with every new year, the usual resolutions will be made, often focused on starting health regimes and diets. However, the impact of some of the most popular ‘healthy’ diets today aren’t all positive, particularly when considering the cost to the environment. The health and wellness...
  • Think about your e-waste this Christmas

    During the holidays, many people around the world will receive brand new mobile, phones and laptops. Others may have taken advantage of the Boxing Day sales to buy new household items such as hoovers and washing machines. But what happens to the old phones, laptops and hoovers? The International...
  • How does climate change affect men and women differently?

    Women and girls will be disproportionately affected by climate change. That is due, first and foremost, to the fact that globally speaking, women tend to be poorer than men. This, according to the World Bank, means they are more likely to live in fragile housing in disaster-prone areas, and...
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    The rise of environmental conflict

    November 6 marks the United Nations (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, an issue which has been become increasingly more relevant since the day was declared in 2001. The day aims to raise awareness about the effect war has on...
  • The dirty secret behind your smartphone

    In September this year, millions of excited customers around the world queued up to get their hands on the new iPhone 8.  How many phones do you need? In a 2017 survey on consumer behaviour by researchers Martinho, Magalhães, and Pires from the Nova University of Lisbon, it was...