Category Archives: Globalisation, (Geo)politics and National Security

Trade endangering wildlife

The illicit capture and trade of wildlife products has garnered the attention of the UN General Assembly during discussions about strengthening national and international governance. International trade in endangered species products is estimated to be worth $8-10B per year globally. … Continue reading

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Urban adaptation to climate change

A city’s ability to cope with higher temperatures and changing precipitation patterns depends upon a number of factors including population density, demographics, availability of green space and geographic location. While urban adaptation to climate change appears to be an issue … Continue reading

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Putting China in the spotlight

Sometimes looks can be deceiving. China has recently surpassed the US becoming the world’s largest emitter of CO2. They also suffer from terrible air pollution and currently build the equivalent of a 400MW coal fired power station every 3 days. … Continue reading

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A new global partnership

The recently documented Busan agreement describes a paradigm shift that is taking place towards a new global reality that involves the west playing a supportive rather than a dominating role. At the Busan Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness … Continue reading

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Power shifts in the agricultural sector

Findings, drawing upon information from the Oxford Farming Conference suggest that the globalisation of markets and the growth of multinational corporations have caused a worldwide shift in agricultural power. Consolidation of these corporations has been followed by a move away … Continue reading

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Oil and gas power shifts

A transformation in fossil fuel supply and demand patterns, driven by an expansion of technological capabilities, along with the declining US influence in the Middle East, Asia and Africa may alter strategic power reach and subsequently control and logistical patterns … Continue reading

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A ‘peek’ at consumption

Our economy depends upon ever increasing levels of consumption. Recent findings, drawing upon information from the Office of National Statistics suggest that our consumption of ‘stuff’ (e.g. food, fuel, cars, furniture) peaked in 2001 and is now trending to decline. … Continue reading

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