Category Archives: Environmental Economics

Morocco’s path to solar energy

Morocco ratified the Climate Convention in 1996 and was the first African country to host a Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 2015, Morocco presented its INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environmental Economics, Global Challenges, moral purpose, renewables | Leave a comment

‘Brexit’ and Combating Climate Change in Scotland

By Joanna Wright MSc Carbon Management 2015-2016 [Source:] The front page of The Economist this week (February 27th-March 4th2016) proclaims “Brexit: Bad for Britain, Europe and the West”. Turn tothe Leader on page 9 and it is argued that not … Continue reading

Posted in Brexit, climate change, climate negotiations, Climate Science, Environmental Economics, Environmental Ethics, impact, international law, resources, sustainability, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Two sides of the climate change coin: climate science and policy after COP21

Overview Since the first establishment of the scientific evidence for climate change, little progress has been made in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to mitigate the problem. The pathways along which governments pass in gathering scientific evidence and negotiating climate … Continue reading

Posted in climate negotiations, Climate Science, environment, Environmental Economics, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Justice, Global Challenges, human-environment relations, Interdiciplinary conversations, international law, moral purpose, social justice, sustainability | 3 Comments

Controversies surrounding mega Marine Protected Area

Dr Laura Jeffery Until the end of the 20th century, most Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) were relatively small-scale conservation zones in coastal waters. The past decade has seen a proliferation in the designation of ever larger MPAs. Mega MPAs measuring … Continue reading

Posted in Citizenship, climate adaptations, Environmental Economics, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Justice, Global Challenges, human-environment relations, impact, Interdiciplinary conversations, island ecologies, Marine Protected Areas, resources, social justice, sustainability, sustainable development, trade offs | Leave a comment

Towards Commercial Seabed Mining – Sustainable or Sacrilege?

Dr James Harrison The presence of minerals on the deep seabed was first discovered by the HMS Challenger expedition in 1873. Polymetallic nodules and other seabed resources (polymetallic sulphides and crusts) offer abundant supplies of valuable minerals, including manganese, cobalt, … Continue reading

Posted in deap seabed mining, Energy, Environmental Economics, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Justice, Global Challenges, impact, international law, Marine Protected Areas, Responsible Investment, sustainable development, trade offs, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Perspective on Responsible Investment in Times of Global Change

In this article, Stephen Porter examines some of the arguments around the issue of responsible investment – and raises provocative and pertinent questions about the risks of divestment in relation to personal pensions and charity endowment funds.  He challenges us to carefully … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Science, Environmental Economics, Responsible Investment | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Perspectives on Global Environmental Change: What does it mean for the University of Edinburgh to be a Responsible Investor?

“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.” ― Henry David Thoreau   The University of Edinburgh has a long and proud history of taking action to address environmental challenges and social concerns, and … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Economics, Responsible Investment, Social Responsibility | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments