Environmental Politics

My Post at New Security Beat






Most African states are more vulnerable and less prepared to address climate change challenges than the rest of the world. This observation is supported by a wide variety of sources, including […] Source: Africa’s Regional Powers Are Key to Climate Negotiations – But Will They Cooperate?

In the news: stories relevant to international environmental law






We are now moving on to International Environmental Law in our IL course. Here are some recent stories to get us thinking: First, you may want to look at this projection of “what Earth will look like if we melt all the ice”. Florida is gone, amongst other changes. Second, it is worth looking at…

Africa Notes: Yao-Min vs. the Chinese Government?






I recently posted about Yao-Min’s efforts to combat the ivory trade in Africa. It made for a great photo op. However, as the NY Times story linked below notes, there may be reason to believe that offiicals in the Chinese government are creating the very economic conditions that make elephant poaching profitable. Can Yao-Min impact…

Noted: DNC vs. RNC on the environment






Last week, with the RNC Convention, Romney raised more than a few eyebrows with his comments on climate change: President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family. (Business Insider) He paused in there just enough to get a laugh…

Course Notes – IL & GEP: Equity and climate change governance






My students in both classes have been focusing on climate change governance this week. One of the key themes that emerges is the question of equity. Does fairness matter here? (A question I won’t directly address because it is a take-home exam question!). What are the politics of equity and how does that translate into…

Course Notes – IL: The Precautionary Principle






A couple of my students have engaged in a discussion on our course blog regarding the precautionary principle. One student noted some of the potential advantages to principle: In the U.S. (considering the increase in political chatter about domestic oil drilling) perhaps some of the uncertainties about byproducts from drilling fluids, fracking fluids, and accident/spill…

Course Notes – GEP: Big Dams!






China’s Three Gorges Dam may be a huge mistake, reports Business Insider. Criticisms of the project are by no means new, but the most recent statements that 100,000 people may still need to be moved in response to landslide risks around the dam have brought its downsides back into focus. Meanwhile, China continues to be…

Earth Day: lessons from a penguin






I found this via a Facebook post from my friend, Anna Schmidt. This is from Darryl Cunningham’s blog and book. Follow the link for the full story: http://darryl-cunningham.blogspot.com/search?q=Climate+change