Known for its steep, defined, fragile and mysterious landscape, the Himalayas, the third pole, recently witnessed a devastating flood. Dr Rahul Ranjan, a political anthropologist at Oslo Metropolitan University, explores the emotional impact of the disaster.
Investigating Lesbian responses to the natural world, particularly the ‘back to the land’ movements of the late-20th century, Professor Nancy C Unger, author of Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History, considers how LGBTQ+ experiences have long-inspired the exploration of alternative paradigms for living with nature.
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 […]
Dr Domenico Giannino, visiting fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, looks back on the Escazú Agreement, the world’s first legally binding treaty on environmental democracy that compels states to investigate and punish killings and attacks on people defending their land or environment.
Dr Majed Akhter, a lecturer in environment and society at King’s College London, talks about his work examining the contentious history of dams built in the 20th century, from the Colorado River, to Ghana, to the Indus, and the politics of international development. He is one of ten 2019 New Generation Thinkers whose research will be […]
Courts have increasingly become the locus of environmental disputes. Dr Ainhoa Montoya looks at one such case, which occurred in El Salvador, where resource extraction has preoccupied many of its citizens for more than a decade.
Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a serious warning of the dire consequences of exceeding 1.5o C of global warming. It urged governments, yet again, to cut carbon emissions faster and warned that the ‘next few years are probably the most important in our history’. Dr Damien Short, director of the […]
In the wake of Michael Gove’s announcement that Britain is to tighten its laws on ivory exports, Professor Keith Somerville questions the value of bans that have no machinery in place to back them up.
Image: Members of a large pride at Ongava, south of Etosha, © Keith Somerville Professor Keith Somerville looks at how Namibia, a country subject to periodic droughts with often little permanent water for wildlife or livestock, has gone much further than most African states to conserve its population of lions. Farmland makes up 43 per cent of […]