Monthly Archives: March 2012

GEP Course Notes: Conservation in Africa, the Elephant






African elephants have been a major subject recently. News reports state that… At least half the elephant population in Cameroon’s Bouba N’Djida reserve have been slaughtered because the west African nation sent too few security forces to tackle poachers. (Reuters) Over at Africa Unchained, Julie Owono notes that there is a major capacity problem for…

Africa Notes: Top Stories from West Africa






Violence and War Mali’s civil war is growing worse and there are discussions about whether ECOWAS should intervene: “Tuareg rebels take Mali garrision town, say sources.” “Mali Drought, Violence Spur Exodus.” (h/t Sahel Blog) “Ivorian general: Regional bloc mulling armed intervention in Mali to stem Tuareg uprising.” (h/t Sahel Blog) By the way, isn’t it…

Africa Notes: Boko Haram and a failed special forces rescue attempt






Boko Haram is increasingly capturing the media’s attention. Its members have engaged in an unfortunately consistent set of attacks on the Nigerian population over the last two years. As Richard Dowden says in a blog post today (“Boko Haram – More Complicated Than You Think”), this group began as a somewhat peaceful group. For Dowden,…

International Women’s Day






While I “celebrate” International Women’s Day with a lunch and a talk by that famous defender of women’s rights, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, I thought it might be worth taking a moment to think about the broader picture. (Time: “Justice Scalia Mouths Off On Sex Discrimination“) What does this day mean in the developing…

Africa Notes: Seeing Kony






Invisible Children is getting a lot of press for its new campaign: Kony 2012. They even have a slick movie (see below), which is something they are particularly good at. Joseph Kony is clearly a bad guy and no one doubts this. The best piece to read on recent effort to go after Kony is…

GEP Course Notes: Developing Countries and Climate Change






Bad News First: Kiribati’s President is trying to save his people by buying land in Fiji: “Rising Sea Levels Are Forcing this Entire Island Nation to Move to Another Island.” Now the Good News: Columbia’s Earth Institute Blog is reporting that Ethiopia has developed a new online climate service that can provide much needed data…

GEP Course Notes: Climate Change Roundup






This week we are discussing the Montreal Protocol. And why are we discussing it? For the same reason so many others do: we want to know whether there are any lessons from that “success” that can help us resolve the problem of international cooperation on climate change. So here are some recent posts from around…