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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 […]

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    From Negotiation to Action: The science and politics of climate change

From Negotiation to Action: The science and politics of climate change

MSc Development Management student, Michelle Nazareth, reflects on a Cutting Edge Issues in Development guest lecture from Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow in the Climate Change Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development, and, the director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, about the science and politics of climate change.

The last lecture in the cutting- edge series […]

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    How Bolsonaro is undermining human rights protection mechanisms in Brazil

How Bolsonaro is undermining human rights protection mechanisms in Brazil

MSc Criminal Justice Policy candidate, Gabriella Saad Azevedo, and MSc Environment and Development candidate, Júlia Bussab Fonseca, collaborate in this article which looks at how Jair Messias Bolsonaro’s policies are undermining basic human rights in Brazil. 

In 2018, Jair Messias Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil with an authoritarian discourse that often incited violence and undermined respect for basic human rights, especially those of ethnic […]

Compliance hasn’t carried much weight in the past

Professor Robert Wade responds to Gillian Tett’s article, “Alphabet soup of green standards needs a new recipe”, for the Financial Times. 

“Compliance hasn’t carried much weight in the past”, letter, Financial Times, 21 January 2020
From Prof. Robert H. Wade

Gillian Tett describes the pressure on the Big Four accounting groups “to create a common framework for companies that want to report […]

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    Richard Kozul-Wright presents the 2019 UNCTAD’s report on trade and development: financing a global green new deal

Richard Kozul-Wright presents the 2019 UNCTAD’s report on trade and development: financing a global green new deal

MSc Development Management student, Lou Aubay, reflects on a recent guest lecture from Richard Kozul-Wright, lead author of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) annual report, which suggests that meeting the financing demands of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires rebuilding multilateralism around the idea of a Global Green New Deal.

Mr Richard Kozul-Wright is the current director of the […]

Reconciling de-growth and development economics

MSc Development Studies alum and PhD Candidate at the Centre of African Economies at Roskilde University, Tobias Wuttke, questions how viable de-growth is a concept in light of the climate crisis when we are also trying to combat income poverty globally. 

Nobody can deny the relevance of the de-growth concept in light of the climate crisis, and the correlation of economic growth […]