Can Deep Ecotourism Facilitate Global Cultural Relations?

By Angelo Balagtas, GLOBUS Correspondent Ecotourism is now defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”. (International Ecotourism Society, 2015) As is the case when defining sustainable development, much emphasis in our understanding ecotourism goes into environmental conservation. However, ecotourism... Continue Reading →

Africa’s Overfishing Epidemic

By Safiya Hassan, GLOBUS Correspondent Fishing has quickly become one of Africa’s fastest growing industries, with fisheries found to contribute $24 billion directly to the continent’s economy, accounting for 1.1% of total African GDP. The growth in demand is thought to be spearheaded by China’s trade expansion, in its quest to feed its ever-growing population. However, this has... Continue Reading →

Mind Games

Why do people engage with environmentally damaging behaviours in full knowledge of the consequences? By Tori Keene, Assistant Editor To quote Greta Thunberg, ‘our house is on fire’. Our house being the Earth, and the fire being environmental destruction continually wreaking havoc with our planet - be that air pollution, increased temperatures or the endless... Continue Reading →

‘Single-use’ and Sustainable Development

‘Single-use’ has been named Word of the Year in 2018. Why is the banning of ‘single-use’ plastics relevant to sustainable development? By James Rennie The following piece was chosen as the winning entry to the Warwick Global Sustainable Development Year 12 Essay Competition. Plastic – an essential product; one which we use every day, whether to carry... Continue Reading →

Palm Oil Production in the Republic of Gabon

Recommendations to establish sustainable palm oil operations in the Republic of Gabon By Pratyush Satyanarayan This piece is part of a series of assessment submissions from Warwick Economics’ Introduction to Environmental Economics module for first-year students. Executive Summary In recent decades, the global market for palm oil has grown significantly. With South-East Asia’s land availability becoming increasingly... Continue Reading →

Dolphin deaths in the Aegean

 The 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas: desperate call for a marine preservation policy by Silia Tsigka, GLOBUS Correspondent The people and government of Greece have always been grieved by the misfortune finding marine mammals, like dolphins, washed up on the shores of Greek islands.  In previous years, up to two dolphins on average were reported dead for the two-month period... Continue Reading →

The Orangutan-Palm Oil Conflict

By Joe Forsey This piece is part of a series of assessment submissions from Warwick Economics’ Introduction to Environmental Economics module for first-year students. Executive Summary Time is running out for orangutans. In 2016 the International Union for Conservation of Nature classed the species as critically endangered (Ancrenaz et al., 2016), one slip away from extinction. In... Continue Reading →

“The Anthropocene”: Why all the fuss?

By Alicia Siddons, Commissioning Editor In 2000, Nobel winning chemist Paul J. Crutzen and marine science specialist Eugene F. Stoermer argued that human activity has left an indelible imprint on the Earth’s biosphere.  From deforestation to carbon emissions to the use of fertilizers and mechanised predation, humanity’s ecological footprint has had so great an impact,... Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Assumption: Economics and the Environment

By Todd Olive, GLOBUS Editor-in-Chief Nearly twelve months ago, this correspondent set out to answer the question ‘has economics failed?’ (Olive et al, 2018) in a prior editorial for this publication. The conclusion? “Modern economics, with its – albeit slow – growing grasp and integration into interdisciplinary methodologies, is therefore by no means a failure:... Continue Reading →

Facing Illegal Poaching: Supply and Governance

By Maya Suzuki, GLOBUS Correspondent An “astonishing number of pictures of dead elephants”, describes Thato Raphaka, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism (Leithead, 2019). Provoking, the evidence was taken in one of the last elephant sanctuaries in Africa, in northern Botswana. Eighty-eight carcasses of elephants, most of them with... Continue Reading →

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