As world leaders descend on Paris today for the climate showdown, I couldn’t resist digging out the corresponding moments of the doomed Copenhagen COP15 in 2009, filmed by indefatigable colleagues at OneWorld. First, the grand entrance of Angela Merkel. Although the OneWorld crew* extracted only a single word from the doughty Chancellor, this was almost… Continue reading Salutary Clips from Copenhagen COP15
These are tricky times for shaping NGO strategy. The business model for the traditional UK and European agencies may be broken. Let’s go on holiday
Should we pay more attention to the science of genetically modified crops before campaigning against the introduction of GM food in developing countries? Yes, but science is not the only issue.
Quantitative easing in the eurozone and the BP Energy Outlook 2035 both represent last ditch efforts to maintain the status quo of bond and equity markets. The social and environmental consequences threaten to accelerate intergenerational injustice.
The 2015 Letter of the Gates Foundation is optimistic about prospects for poor countries. It doesn’t state whether the UN goal to eliminate global poverty and hunger will be achieved.
It may be going too far to suggest that the collapse in the price of oil was predicted by the 350.org divestment campaign, but it can only boost momentum. Prospects for Global Divestment Day on Feb 13/14 will be enhanced.
The coffee plant is sensitive to temperature and the full impact of climate change on coffee may become apparent even during our lifetimes. The feeble outcome of the Lima COP20 UN climate talks represents more bad news for coffee growers and drinkers.
Greenpeace International has lost 3.8 million euros in a disastrous currency hedging exercise. Is this about a rogue trader or a failure of governance?
Eleanor Catton writes about the inadequacy of language to describe nature. Perhaps it’s no surprise that climate scientists can’t explain what’s being lost.
Investors believe that Africa is the growth continent. But new UN hunger figures tell a different story. Is this a case of bad growth or bad poverty data?