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The 1991 Eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines

23 May 2017

Pinatubo eruption from Clark Air Base, Richard P. Hoblitt The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines on 12th-16th June  1991 was the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century, exceeded only by the 1912 eruption of Novarupta in the Alaska Peninsula. It produced the largest [read more]

“The World in Crisis” by Andrew Palmer, a Synopsis

10 April 2017

Paradigm Shifts and an Inflection Point   – This is a Synopsis of “The World in Crisis”, which will be published later this year (2017) The World in Crisis is an account of the fundamental and systemic problems that we face today, and the way in which these stresses will interact [read more]

The World Bank on Conflict and Poverty

10 April 2017

The World Bank has published an account of the links between conflict and extreme poverty. It notes that two billion people now live in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV), Somalia being an obvious example. Currently 17% of the global [read more]

Cut carbon emissions by a quarter more, urges UNEP

4 November 2016

by Charlotte Middlehurst Governments must take immediate action to avoid a global temperature rise of three degrees Celsius or more and emissions must peak by 2020 to limit the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. (All graphs from the UNEP emissions gap report) Countries must act immediately to deepen [read more]

Southeast Asia’s last major undammed river in crisis

26 October 2016

China has suspended dams upstream of the Salween but the Myanmar government is pushing ahead with Chinese backed dams downstream, despite environmental costs and cheaper alternatives Tom Fawthrop From the snow-capped mountains of Tibet, the Salween rushes through steep gorges in Yunnan Province and [read more]

Criminality and Corporations

21 October 2016

Some corporations have policies which actively encourage law-breaking, Enron was one example. Rowan Bosworth-Davies’s report on the 33rd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime held at Jesus College, Cambridge in September 2015 “The Limits of the Law, The role of compliance in the [read more]
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