Climate Emergency

Antigua and Barbuda at the US climate summit

MSc Development Studies alum, Alejandra Padin-Dujon, analyses the key points in an address by Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, at the US Summit of 40 Leaders on Climate Change, 22-23 April 2021. This article first appeared in Ale in Antigua.

Two Caribbean heads of state were invited to U.S. President Joe Biden’s “Summit of 40 Leaders” on April 22-23, 2021. […]

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    Book review: Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown by Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton

Book review: Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown by Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton

MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation candidate, Flora Parkin reviews Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton new book, Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown, which encourages the reader to reimagine an economy that can foster a healthy and flourishing environment for all. 

As marine species leave warming equatorial waters, and German insect populations plummet by 78%, not even the Earth’s […]

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    Climate change and the important role it plays in the Western Sahara conflict

Climate change and the important role it plays in the Western Sahara conflict

In this article, MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies candidate Johana Bretou-Klein highlights the role of resources and climate change in the ongoing conflict in the Western Sahara. Johana argues that considering and taking action on these issues is crucial to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Often referred to as “Africa’s last colony” or the “largest prison in […]

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    Book review: Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism by Mariana Mazzucato

Book review: Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism by Mariana Mazzucato

MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation candidate, Flora Parkin reviews Mariana Mazzucato’s new book, Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism, and questions whether it goes far enough to tackle the worsening global climate crisis. 

Don’t forget to join us for the live stream of Mariana Mazzucato’s guest lecture tomorrow from 4pm. You can tune in via our YouTube channel. 

As the UK prepares to […]

Reconciling catch-up industrialisation with de-growth

In this article, LSE ID alum Tobias Wuttke argues that a fundamental debate in development studies must be about reconciling catch-up industrialisation with the insights of de-growth and ecological economics. Wuttke builds on his argument from a previous article where he questions the viability of de-growth as a concept in light of the climate crisis. 

It is time to move away from simple claims like […]

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    Common challenges faced by agriculture in India and the UK, and new opportunities for greener practices

Common challenges faced by agriculture in India and the UK, and new opportunities for greener practices

Recent agricultural policy reforms in India and the UK have highlighted a fundamental paradox: food is the most important good produced in the world, yet those who produce it struggle to earn a living without government subsidies, or by damaging the environment. LSE ID alum, Suhrid Patel questions whether the new UK policy could represent a new approach to support farmers to earn […]

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    ‘Common but differentiated responsibilities’: a beacon of realism

‘Common but differentiated responsibilities’: a beacon of realism

The principle of ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’ forms the core of international environmental law. Whilst it has been the object of vehement debate due to its endorsing of asymmetrical commitments among states, it seems that both in terms of bindingness, as well as content, the principle acts as an effective policy against climate change, reaching a realistic balance between the interests and […]

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    ‘Environmental’ catastrophes: an overview of the power relations behind the Mariana Dam Disaster in Brazil

‘Environmental’ catastrophes: an overview of the power relations behind the Mariana Dam Disaster in Brazil

On November 2015, the Mariana Dam burst and released up to 63 million cubic meters of toxic mud into the environment, causing irreversible damages in the States of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo. The main narrative describes the disaster as an environmental one. However, this narrative risks to cloud important aspects related to social justice, development and dispossession practices. […]

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    “Stop the Etalin Hydropower Dam in Arunachal Pradesh and centre the demands of the community”

“Stop the Etalin Hydropower Dam in Arunachal Pradesh and centre the demands of the community”

The Etalin Hydropower Dam is a massive infrastructural project proposed in the North-East Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh, that has been reopened for consideration by the government. The Idu Mishmi community has been protesting the massive dispossession the project will bring, facing violence from the government and a lack of solidarity from some conservation institutions. MSc Environment and Development candidate, […]

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    Is the EU’s solution to palm oil a needed environmental intervention or unwanted post-colonial governance?

Is the EU’s solution to palm oil a needed environmental intervention or unwanted post-colonial governance?

Emma Sowden looks at the potential repercussions of the recent EU parliament vote to ban the use of palm oil for the production of biofuels by 2030. 

As the EU embarks on its new Green Deal for carbon neutrality, Southeast Asian government anxiety is growing.  Prior to the deal, last year saw the EU parliament vote overwhelmingly in support of draft measures […]