Tagged: Africa

A sunnier outlook from the ground up - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 19, 2012

The NZ Herald business supplement recently carried a thoughtful feature by Peter Huck in which he described moves to combat climate change at lower levels than the floundering international negotiations. He begins with a report on Desertec Industrial Initiative, the German-led consortium which this year hopes to trial in Morocco a concentrated solar power plant [...] … Read More

Climate Change and Migration - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jan 15, 2012

It’s all too easy for wealthy America and Europe to treat climate-induced migration as a border security issue. Gregory White, Professor of Government at Smith College in Massachusetts, argues in his recent book Climate Change and Migration: Security and Borders in a Warming World that a security-minded response to the phenomenon is both inappropriate and [...] … Read More

Politics of Climate Justice - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Dec 28, 2011

I warm to any writer who identifies the solution to climate change in the simple terms employed by Patrick Bond in his recent book Politics of Climate Justice: Paralysis Above, Movement Below: leave fossil fuels in the soil, halt deforestation, transform our economies so that renewable energy, public transport and low-carbon systems replace those currently [...] … Read More

Vidal’s voyage to Durban - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Nov 28, 2011

How better to journey to the climate conference at Durban than through the African countries along the way which are already grappling with climate change? That’s the route John Vidal, the Guardian’s environment editor, has been following over the past ten days and reporting on in a series of articles. He started in Egypt. The [...] … Read More

Oxfam on food justice: clearheaded and admirable - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 22, 2011

I thought of Oxfam’s recent report on food justice while I was reviewing Christian Parenti’s book Tropic of Chaos. He wrote of how climate change impacts are compounding the existing economic and political problems of many poorer populations. This is also very evident in Oxfam’s report on the alarming new surge in hunger as higher [...] … Read More

Tropic of Chaos - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 20, 2011

The title piqued my curiosity: Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. Christian Parenti’s book is about what he calls “the catastrophic convergence”, when the dislocations of climate change collide with already-existing crises of poverty and violence. He points to evidence, often in tropical countries, that political, economic and environmental disasters [...] … Read More

The Climate Show #14: volcanoes, black carbon and crocks from Christy - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 16, 2011

A busy news week sees Glenn and Gareth discussing volcanoes in Chile and Africa, busy pumping ash into the atmosphere and disrupting flights in South America, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East, an extreme spring in the USA, drought in Europe and a warm autumn in NZ, a new UN report on black carbon [...] … Read More

Changing Planet, Changing Health - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 23, 2011

Interconnectedness is a major theme of Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens our Health and What We Can Do about It. Jeffrey Sachs describes the book in his preface as “a scientific detective story of the first order, told with brilliance and relish by one of the world’s great ecological detectives”. The [...] … Read More

Under African skies - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Nov 03, 2010

Guardian journalist Madeleine Bunting has been in Mali, learning how it is affected by climate change. In an article published on Sunday she wrote of her visit to the remote town of Anakila where an enormous encroaching sand dune threatens. “For years now, the elders explain, they have been worried by climate change. Disrupted rain [...] … Read More