It has never been more important to protect the environment – and it has never been more deadly

It has never been more important to protect the environment – and it has never been more deadly

A version of this blog was first published on the Guardian website This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed what 99.9% of those who work on environmental issues already knew. We need to change something pretty drastic in the world economy if we want to avoid crashing through the generally accepted safety(…)

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Missing a trick? Making Natural Resources Work for Development

Missing a trick? Making Natural Resources Work for Development

This blog was originally posted on the Huffington Post Next week, over 1000 government officials, aid donors, NGO reps, and private businesses will descend on Mexico City for the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC). It’s basically a big get-together to discuss how well our aid money is being spent,(…)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inconvenient truth

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inconvenient truth

If you went down to the woods today (or rather, tropical forest) you would be in for a very big surprise. As Global Witness revealed last week, high profile actor, former Governor of California and environmentalist Arnold Schwarzenegger is profiting from investments in companies engaged in tropical deforestation. We took a light-hearted approach to highlight(…)

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Is Liberia tired of NGOs?

Is Liberia tired of NGOs?

Ten years after Liberia’s civil war, the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is held up as an example of how reformist leadership can bring peace and democracy to a devastated country. However, recent persecution of civil society groups in Liberia, capped by troubling statements by the President, suggests that the country’s government no longer(…)

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