All posts tagged: climate change


Climate change: our planet and health are under serious threat

To protect people from the impact of climate change and bring about transformation, we need educational institutions to train a new breed of policymakers, managers and scientists who can ‘steer this planet towards less emissions and less waste, while creating new jobs and reducing poverty’, says Dr Rolph Payet, United Nations executive secretary for the […]


Britain’s lost megafauna and the extinction factor

About 50,000 years ago, Britain had great forests and populations of megafauna that most people would find it hard to believe inhabited this country, says Professor Keith Somerville, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. They included the cave hyena, sabre-toothed cats, the cave lion, the woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros and Irish elk […]

Development and sustainability

Towards a ‘Commonwealth 21st century development paradigm’ 

Image: © Commonwealth Secretariat In the seventh of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Dr Nicholas Watts, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) , examines the organisation’s strong development role on sustainability which improves problem solving and relevance.  

#PoTW – Climate change-related displacement: what scope for protection under refugee and human rights law?

  Climate change is already contributing to the displacement of millions of people worldwide by increasing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters. Proposals for responding to the phenomenon overwhelmingly rely on the State to act, with limited discussion of the role of the courts in interpreting States’ existing obligations under refugee and human rights […]