Climate Change and the Environment

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    Hydropower in Africa: Plans for new dams could increase the risk of disruption to electricity supply

Hydropower in Africa: Plans for new dams could increase the risk of disruption to electricity supply

As hydropower power generation continues to grow on the African continent, Declan Conway highlights some of the risks involved in over-reliance on hydropower and how they can be combatted effectively.

 

Malawi’s state owned electricity company said in December 2017 that power output had plummeted after a severe drought. Malawi relies heavily on hydropower. Generation reportedly dropped by half when water levels in […]

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    Book Review: Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon

Book Review: Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon

John Mwangi Githigaro says this book is a must-read for scholars interested in environmental politics and the politics of natural resources governance in Africa.

This book broadens existing scholarly debates on the political economy of Democratic Republic of Congo’s natural resources. The book is timely in helping to unravel the changing trends in resource governance post-2001. The book demonstrates the […]

Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks in Benin

Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks is affected by their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. One must parse these components before designing policies for climate resilience, says Boris Odilon Kounagbè Lokonon. Agro-ecological factors are especially important, as their variation means that households with low adaptive capacity do not necessarily have high exposure or sensitivity to climate shocks.

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Book Review: Cotton by Adam Sneyd

In Cotton, Adam Sneyd brings the reality of international trade into focus through tracing the local and global politics behind the circulation of one of the most everyday of materials: cotton. This is a vividly told, interrogative read that establishes its author as a leading expert on the politics of commodities and development, finds Dr Milasoa Chérel-Robson.
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    Leapfrogging 101: Catalysing innovation for green industrialisation – Ethiopia’s bold ambition

Leapfrogging 101: Catalysing innovation for green industrialisation – Ethiopia’s bold ambition

Jeremy Wakeford discusses how green innovation holds the key to sustainable industrial transformation.

 

The Federal Government of Ethiopia aspires to transform the country into a middle-income economy within the coming decade. To achieve this goal, the government has adopted two successive five-year Growth and Transformation Plans (GTPs), which are focused on industrial transformation.

At the same time, though, the authorities are […]

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    Book review: Participatory planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

Book review: Participatory planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

This book is accessible in the best sense of the term and yet offers complex ideas and challenges to traditional planning norms that have shaped a geography of vulnerability across Maputo, says Jonathan Silver.

The climate crisis is not an uncertain future or purely scientific debate but a frighteningly real present that particularly threatens coastal, low-lying cities that an estimated […]

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    Book Review – Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon

Book Review – Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon

Jonathan Silver says Congo’s Environmental Paradox by Theodore Trefon might prompt consideration about how we value Congo’s contribution to the world.

In Congo’s Environmental Paradox; Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty, Theodore Trefon has written an important book that weaves together an overview of the country’s key ecological resources with a concise and important political analysis. Trefon examines […]

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    Africa’s Nile basin countries should invest in rain, not big infrastructure projects

Africa’s Nile basin countries should invest in rain, not big infrastructure projects

South Sudan could export as much as $1.8 billion in rain-fed food products, writes Christian Siderius.

 

In July 2016, the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) and over 1000 experts gathered in Dar es Salaam during the Africa Water Week to discuss new pathways for development and increased investment in water infrastructure. The challenges are huge; the El Nino of […]

A Natural Solution: Environmental Solutions to Displacement

Nassim Majidi discusses linkages between environment and displacement, stemming from a plenary session held at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi in May 2016. Displacement challenges in Somalia – and other settings, such as Afghanistan – raise critical questions on the role and potential of the environment.

 

On 25 May 2016, at the UNEA session on Environment and […]

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    #History, #Demography and the #Environment: Looking Back, Going Forward: LSE Academics Reflect on 2015 and Look Ahead to 2016

#History, #Demography and the #Environment: Looking Back, Going Forward: LSE Academics Reflect on 2015 and Look Ahead to 2016

LSE academics reflect on a key story of 2015 along with what they expect from 2016.

Dr Joanna Lewis – Assistant Professor in Imperial and African History, Department of International History

In 2015, once again, events in Africa define the historical conversation between ourselves and our sense of our own humanity. First, in September, a new human ancestor was discovered in […]

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