Environmental Politics

Cote d’Ivoire Toxic Waste Trial






Thanks to Robin Turner for the link to this story. clipped from news.bbc.co.uk Trafigura accused over Ivory Coast toxic waste Dutch prosecutors have accused multi-national oil trading firm Trafigura of illegally exporting hazardous waste to Ivory Coast in 2006. The allegations came at the start of a trial in which the firm is accused of…

The environment and Africa: recent stories






Treehugger often feels like a pretty random “environmentalist” website. Half the time, I feel like they are trying to sell me something I don’t need (eco-consumerism is not necessarily a good thing).  That said, they also occasionally have very interesting stories. This week I noticed they had a couple posts about Africa. One does a…

Links and Comments






Twitter apparently thinks that Africa = AIDS. New book, What Works in Development (Editors Jessica Cohen and William Easterly) outlines the debate between those who think randomized evaluation of development projects is a good idea, and those who don’t. African leaders advise Bono on how to reform U2. Rwanda has become a member of the…

Climate and conflict






In the lead-up to Copenhagen, it makes sense that climate issues will be linked to all the evil in the world.  Still, the concern about linkages between weather and conflict are not new in African studies.  Ted Miguel’s work has linked rainfall (via the economic shocks associated with it) to conflict in Africa and the…