News comment and analysis

22 July
2019

3 ways to ensure the Climate Assembly really addresses the climate emergency – Rebecca Willis, Rich Wilson & Lucy Stone

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This post originally appeared on Open Democracy UK.  Parliament is setting up citizens assemblies to demonstrate the public desire for climate action. But we’ve been here before – what will be different this time? The UK recently passed historic legislation setting a net-zero target for emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. Setting a target though, is one [...]

9 July
2019

Cultured meat: the food of the future? – Paige Isaacson

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The connection between meat production and climate change and environmental degradation is widely recognised. We know that the livestock industry is responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse (GHG) emissions globally, while accounting for 40% of arable land and 29% of agricultural freshwater use. Industrialised livestock production also results in large quantities of animal waste which leads [...]

21 June
2019

We won’t get ‘Carrie-d’ away. Fight on! – Theo Yeung

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At 7am on Sunday the 9th of June my phone started buzzing and it kept buzzing in the days to follow. Instant updates and messages firing from various media outlets, family and friends overwhelmed both my WhatsApp and social media accounts. It was the start of a very tough week for Hong Kong. What happened? [...]

18 June
2019

Losing its soul in the Mediterranean Sea – Anne Hammerstad & Gemma Norrington-Davies

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As the EU and its member states have dramatically reduced the number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe across the Mediterranean, the Council of Europe asks if the price was worth it. Its scathing report is out today on the deadly and abusive results of European migrant deterrence policies in the central Mediterranean. 20th [...]

10 June
2019

The World Environment Day Is Not Enough – Agulhas Climate Hub

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World Environment Day started in 1974 as a way of raising awareness of environmental issues such as environmental degradation, marine pollution and sustainable consumption. This year’s theme, “Beat Air Pollution”, was chosen by China and focuses on how everyone can implement lifestyle changes to reduce the amount of air pollution each of us produces. Events [...]

23 April
2019

An introduction to China’s Belt and Road Initiative – Theo Yeung

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The 21st century Silk Road – the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. This enormous investment project aims to improve economic connectivity between two-thirds of the world’s population. It also reveals China’s ambition for global dominance, from Asia to Africa, and across Oceania to the Caribbean. [...]

12 April
2019

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine against anti-vaxxers – Mark Kelleher

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Let’s be clear. Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective and successful technologies to save lives ever developed. They save between 2 to 3 million lives every year, constitute a sound and broad-ranging investment in a country’s future workforce and productivity and, when vaccination rates are high enough, protect the non-vaccinated in a population through [...]

19 March
2019

Fridays for the Future – Hiba Ahmad

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Last Friday saw thousands of concerned young people and adults in over 100 countries take to the streets and demand action on climate change. After a period of relative silence following the Paris agreement, calls for climate action are back and louder than ever. Global mass movements like the Youth Strike for Climate and Extinction [...]

18 March
2019

The Jordan Compact and the Rules of Origin scheme: was it a good idea? – Giulia di Porcia

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International leaders gathered last week in Brussels for the fourth international conference on supporting Syria and the region. The first of these conferences took place in London, in 2016, where an innovative approach to dealing with displaced populations was adopted, the so-called Jordan Compact. And one of the most innovative features of the Compact was [...]

8 March
2019

Data Gaps in Gender Development – A reflection on gender mainstreaming on International Women’s Day – Trisha Chauhan

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International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements and contributions that women have made in society and that society has made in advancing the position of women. In the development sphere, we tend to coin this “gender mainstreaming”.  As a feminist in development, I believe it is important to celebrate these successes – but without any naivety [...]

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