Nearly 3 years have passed since the oil rig Deepwater Horizon blew up, causing one of the worst environmental accidents in US history. How are the flora and fauna now? Have liabilities been settled? What stage is the recovery in?
So you thought you weren’t contributing to climate change? Think twice! Food production accounts for one third of greenhouse gas emissions. With global population numbers increasing (expected to reach 9 billion by 2050), feeding the world and tackling climate change will pose a great challenge, especially if we don’t begin adapting.
Many of the high-tech devices we depend on—cell phones, laptops, and hundreds of others—would not exist without an obscure group of earth elements called rare earths. China supplies over 97% of the world’s rare earth needs but has enforced strict export restrictions, creating controversy and uncertainty about future global supplies of these critical raw elements.
Next month, in Rio, the UNFCCC will be blowing out 20 candles. But has the UN´s climate change organ matured and aged gracefully, and should Rio+20 be a big celebration? United Explanations provides a recap of global climate change negotiations.
As the Arctic heats up, so does the battle for its opening seaways and mainly its energetic resources, which are becoming exposed on the seabed as the ice melts. But who do these resources belong to? And what will countries resort to for control over the strategic riches?
Genetically modified organisms (GMO) represent one of the most controversial debates in EU agricultural policy. The European Commission tries to play a facilitator role between the biotech sector, the biofood producers, and the dissenting EU Member States.
What if you discovered a hidden treasure beneath the soil in your backyard, but found out that in order to dig it up, you would have to chop down a unique and irreplaceable tree? The country of Ecuador is facing this problem, however on a much bigger scale: preserve the Amazon, or exploit the petroleum underneath? Their solution is to ask the international community to pay them not to extract the black gold.
With 2011 over, Durban behind us, and another 365 days gone to save the planet from the devastating effects of global climate change, United Explanations looks back. What is the final score? Did Kyoto find an African grave? And what about this new ‘Durban Platform’?
As the 20,000 delegates in Durban head into their second and final week of climate negotiations, what are the ones with the EU badges saying? What are their positions, who are their allies, and what do they mean by ‘yes, but…’ to a second round of Kyoto commitments?
In recent years renewables have become increasingly central in the debate on the quest for energy sources that are alternative to crude oil and other fossil fuels. The use of renewables continues to grow reaching a share of 16% over the global energy consumption in 2009. What are renewables and how are they related to our everyday lifes?