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Blog posts in the category - Environment

The management of natural resource wealth is one of the most critical challenges posed to developing countries nowadays and it has been the case throughout history; from the diamonds of Sierra Leone to the oil of Venezuela, and the ivory of Tanzania. At least 40 percent of internal conflicts worldwide are linked to natural resources yet it would be far too simplistic to state that availability triggers conflict directly.  

Birsha Ohdedar explores the links between climate change and human rights in the context of access to water in India.

Can Tanzania Reverse the Curse?

Many resource rich countries fall victim to the natural resource curse. Tanzania has recently discovered vast reserves of natural gas, and has passed policies over effective management of these reserves. It is leaving many people asking if this new legislation is enough for Tanzania to reverse the curse.

The example of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is an interesting case to start unravelling the link between migration, trafficking and natural disasters. The country is one of the most disaster-prone in the world, experiencing an average of 20 typhoons a year – most recently, Typhoon Nock-Ten (local name Nina) which hit the country on Christmas Day 2016.

Low carbon development: time to act now

Our climate is rapidly changing around us.

The global carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere has recently hit the unprecedented level of 400 parts per million (ppm).